Charleston Metro Chamber Hiring for Director of Talent Initiatives

This position serves as a Chamber liaison with the Charleston County School District, Dorchester School districts, Berkley County School District and Trident Technical College, as well as business and industry partners in talent and workforce efforts. This includes planning and management of Advisory Board meetings for approximately 22 high schools.


  • Serve as a Chamber representative throughout the low country school system.
  • Recruit and retain Academy Partners (business partners) for Career Academies.
  • Attend High School Advisory Board meetings.
  • Assist Academy Partners and schools in planning and executing Career Academy activities and events, including but not limited to YPAMAs (Ask Me Anything), Bridge Walks, Hackathons, Discover MUSC and other talent programming as relevant to support the division efforts.
  • Update Regional College and Career Guide in full collaboration with all metro school districts.
  • Lead Mapping Your Path project.
  • Support with coordination of Human Resources Professional Network.
  • Support in the update of Wage and Benefits Survey, in partnership with marketings survey and CRDAs research and analysis.
  • Liaison with Trident Technical College on Youth Apprenticeship Program, promoting YA program throughout the region.
  • Recruit and retain TEALS volunteers, recruit new schools in the metro region and partner with TEALS Regional Manager.
  • Plan and execute 3 All Academy meetings per academic year.
  • Work with internal resources to ensure consistency of Chamber brand.
  • Exercise strong volunteer management skills and serve as a contact for members.
  • Thoroughly review specific events and meetings to include feedback from partners in attendance.
  • Work cross divisionally to maintain up-to-date information relating to involvement in academic activities. on the Chamber website and Weblink.
  • Adhere to approved processes and financial procedures when handling money.
  • This position is responsible for maintaining positive working relationships with area schools, colleges and business partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Self-starter who can anticipate the next thing, move, etc. and can help see where Chamber should or shouldn’t weigh in.
  • A strategic thinker, who can see the big picture
  • Gets the Chamber and has buy-in into our mission
  • A hard worker, not a clock watcher and someone who will work to get the project done.
  • A professional who is an excellent representative of our organization.
  • Team oriented. Not an “I”, but a “we” person.


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Also listed below are the physical demands that must be met by the employee and the work environment that the employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and automobile insurance acceptable to the Chambers liability insurance provider.


  • Preferred 4-6 years of work experience in a related field or bachelors degree.
  • 2-3 years of experience working with committees and boards.
  • Preferred experience working with members of the academic community.
  • Preferred prior grant writing experience.


  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with members, partner organizations, school districts and campus faculty, business and industry partners.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including grammar and spelling, with an emphasis on clear and concise content.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from customers, managers, and employees using tact, courtesy and cooperativeness.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities while maintaining deadlines.
  • Demonstrated reporting, data analysis and research skills.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and work independently.
  • Ability to deal with abstract and concrete variables, exercising judgment, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and initiative.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a budget. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business and academic periodicals.
  • Thorough knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently with an eye for detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and/or stand. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and depth perception. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee will normally work in a climate-controlled office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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