Manager, Leadership Engagement

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Full Time


Details: The Chamber offers its employees a dynamic, fast-paced environment with competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.



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United States


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (The Chamber) brings area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in our region. We support our members with practical, inspiring programs, resources, and events. All that we do serves one clear, bold goal: to make Greater Philadelphia a great place for good business.

We are currently seeking a Manager, Leadership Engagement. This position is a critical organizational resource as both an internal subject-matter expert and an external relationship manager. This Manager, Leadership Engagement will focus on the Chamber’s Energy Action Team and State Advocacy, including the Grow PA initiative. 

The Manager, Leadership Engagement reports to both the Vice President of Leadership Engagement and the Vice President of State Legislative Affairs.


Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT)

GPEAT brings together 170+ business, public sector, labor and academic leaders centered on a broad strategy to enable an affordable, low-carbon energy future. This comprehensive, sustainable strategy will be achieved by supporting the development of advanced electric and natural gas distribution networks, zero emission resources such as renewables, hydropower and nuclear, and tools for energy efficiency and digitization leveraging our region’s unique combination of resources, workforce and geographic location. As an Action Team of the Chamber, GPEAT strives to produce substantive work and create deep engagement within Chamber member companies.

Grow PA

Grow PA is a statewide advocacy initiative of the Chamber to convene people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to establish a modern economic growth agenda for the 21st century that transforms post-secondary education, modernizes all facets of our infrastructure and accelerates the development of innovation in healthcare technology and delivery. In FY 19, Grow PA will present an agenda around the future of Pennsylvania's economic growth to engage candidates of the 2018 gubernatorial and General Assembly elections and set the legislative agenda for 2019. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:

The primary purpose of this position is to lead the Chamber’s Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team. In addition, the position provides advocacy support in Harrisburg on the Chamber’s overall legislative agenda such as business taxes, education, workforce development, healthcare, and infrastructure including advancing the work of the Grow PA initiative. The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Action Team management: Leading the program of work, reinforcing GPEAT member engagement and retention, maintaining frequent communications to GPEAT members, developing and managing a budget including responsibility for revenue for GPEAT related events including ticket sales and sponsorship.
  • Define and drive the development and execution of GPEAT’s program of work in collaboration with and in service to GPEAT’s co-chairs and Chamber members to achieve the action team’s goals.
  • Run high-level internal cross-functional operating team to support member retention/recruitment, branding/marketing, communications, programming and media.
  • Track and identify key energy sector trends and policy initiatives.
  • Manage consultants and external partner relationships as needed.
  • Manage the execution of all GPEAT related meetings inclusive of agenda and meeting material development, follow up, and supporting and briefing volunteer leaders.
  • Manage and track interactions with Chamber members, elected and appointed officials, GPEAT participants, and local partner organizations through the Chamber’s contact management system.
  • Execute frequent communications to GPEAT members (Meeting summaries, emails, quarterly update communications, calls to action etc.). Work with Chamber staff to position energy and GPEAT news in Chamber newsletter, social media, blog, etc.
  • Collaborate with Programs and Member Engagement teams to inform content for programs, identify sponsors, produce events.

  • General State Advocacy & Grow PA Responsibilities:
  • Remain current on all proposed Pennsylvania legislation that impacts the Chamber’s interests. Assist in the development of the Chamber’s public policy agenda, analyze proposed legislation and emerging issues, recommend Chamber action and strategies for interventions to influence legislation toward achieving the desired outcome. This includes a broad array of legislation to include business taxes, education, workforce development, healthcare, and infrastructure.
  • Attend state legislative hearings to occasionally provide testimony and information regarding Chamber positions, attend legislative sessions and interact with legislators. 
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations that also work in the public policy arena and that share the Chamber’s views on key issues. Assist in the development and implementation of grassroots advocacy efforts, including the Chamber’s Grow PA initiative.
  • Build the Grow PA initiative by working with local chambers of commerce, business and civic associations to grow advocates and community leaders from around the state.
  • Advocate for the Grow PA agenda in Harrisburg with the General Assembly, Administration.
  • Assist in the success of Chamber advocacy programs and events with sponsorship and ticket sales.

  • Organizational and regional collaboration: contribute to the overall chamber mission through information sharing and collaboration.
  • Serve as a public representative of the Chamber government, civic, and community events.
  • Collaborate with other local and regional organizations working to improve Greater Philadelphia.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Chamber and its Councils to support projects that achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Complete other duties and projects as assigned.

 Required experience and education:

  • A minimum of five years of public policy and governmental affairs management experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience working on energy policy and familiarity of various energy sectors and key business and civic organizations within industry.
  • Relationships with elected officials and their staffs in Harrisburg. 
  • An undergraduate degree or higher ideally in business, political science, public administration or a related field. 
  • Experience interacting with C-level leaders and building relationships within the business community.
  • Experience overseeing and executing a multi-year program of work and planning and executing meetings that produce tangible outcomes.

Necessary skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with professional presence, and an outgoing and engaging personality.  
  • Ability to organize and facilitate constructive idea generation among diverse groups.
  • Ability to work through different views to arrive at clear outcome and consensus;
  • Organizational skills and success managing and prioritizing multiple priorities, projects, and deadlines in a team environment, with flexibility to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Flexibility in work hours to include early mornings and evenings. 
  • Ability to create, strengthen, and leverage network of relevant relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with database management systems, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Some travel required.

 Ideal candidates will be:

  • Team focused with a collaborative spirit.
  • Self-motivated, approaching work with a sense of purpose and urgency.
  • Knowledgeable of the Greater Philadelphia region and its business and political community.
  • Eager to learn new things and become a subject-matter expert.

Work Conditions/Physical Demands:

The Manager, Leadership Engagement works in a typical office environment. On a standard workday, the majority of time is spent sitting at a desk, using the computer and interacting with colleagues in internal meetings. However, on a regular basis, this role will be required to be in Harrisburg, attend Chamber events or related outside meetings. These meetings/events may take place outside of regular business hours and outside of center city Philadelphia.


Working at the Chamber:

The Chamber provides all the benefits of working for a mid-size business combined with the values and mission focus of a nonprofit. As part of a leading organization in the region’s business community, team members have access to a wide array of resources, connections and opportunities throughout their career with the Chamber. With 85+ employees, the Chamber is right-sized for new team members to have the support of their talented colleagues, opportunities to lead and room for personal and professional growth.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and the names/contact info of three professional references. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be considered.