Charleston Metro Chamber Seeking Senior Vice President of Talent


Senior Vice President of Talent

Position Summary

The Senior Vice President (SVP) for Talent Advancement will play the lead role in helping CMCC achieve its vision to provide high quality programs locally, state-wide, and eventually extending the use of its talent initiatives nationally. The SVP will be responsible for the vision, leadership, strategic direction and management of the Chamber’s talent advancement and workforce development programs and initiatives. Reporting to the President and CEO, the SVP will be a member of a 7-person senior leadership team leading Talent Advancement. The SVP will manage a team of 2 and work closely with the SVPs of Government Relations and Leadership/Programs. The SVP will lead CMCC’s strategies to attract and retain highly skilled, career-ready individuals to ensure that the region’s workforce meets the current needs and anticipated labor force requirements of the area’s employers that have the highest job availabilities in revenue maximizing business sectors/clusters. In addition, they will also engage with partners to provide quality programs and services to the region’s existing businesses, young professionals, universities, and local organizations and to support workforce development. A 2021/2022 “front windshield” responsibility will be developing partnerships and targeted programs to rapidly upskill the metro area’s displaced and incumbent workers in high demand industries facing labor shortages. This work focus takes on added significance we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage all talent and workforce development programs and initiatives, including Career Academies, TEALs, Construction Trades, Virtual Industry Deep Dives, Youth Apprentice Program, and Common Skills in High Demand
  • Develop a departmental vision and strategic plan that includes strategies for outreach growth and potential revenue generation based on quarterly objectives and key results
  • Oversee and develop assessment methods for determining the effectiveness and enhancement of the largest talent program at CMCC, Career Academies, which are career-themed schools within high schools, in which the learning environment reflects the atmosphere and expectations of the 21st-century workplace. Manage the existing partnership with the region’s three largest public school districts that includes multiple Career Academy operations in 22 area high schools, with multiple business partners through a Regional Advisory Board in the following areas: STEM, Health Science, Business, Culinary/Hospitality and Computer Science
  • Apply germane experience ensuring metro market’s young talent is career and skill ready
  • Assess immediate and long-term talent and workforce development trends and recommend appropriate programming, initiatives, and expansion efforts
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with key external community stakeholders to develop and execute talent strategies and initiatives and address regional workforce needs
  • Develop and manage the annual talent team budget and budgets for each program and initiative administered by your group
  • Supervise personnel assigned to your group and assess the staffing level and growth needs of the team to effectively execute the annual talent development plan
  • Ability to evaluate and assess current programs and initiatives and make suggestions for improvement and expansion
  • Collect data and submit reports regarding talent and workforce development programs and initiatives that demonstrate progress to be shared with AGC and Foundation investors
  • Serve as CMCC’s representative on appropriate talent boards and committees at the local and state level and attend meetings pertaining to CMCC’s talent and workforce development programming and initiatives
  • Act as CMCC’s member, business community and general public spokesperson on talent and workforce development efforts, issue and research questions
  • Participate in fundraising activities as needed in collaboration with the President and CEO and partner senior staff members. Provide support to the existing Accelerate Charleston fundraising initiative that provides $500,000-600,000, per year, over and above normal Chamber revenue to help fund major metro advancement initiatives, including the Talent Platform of the Chamber
  • Meet directly with all four public school superintendents, twice per year, to build collaborative delivery programs, share progress updates and secure their Chamber funding commitment for the upcoming academic school year
  • Work directly with the SVP of Government Relations and government relations team to assemble research findings and state public policy recommendations to increase the quality of SC public schools’ educational outcomes and equitable access for all students to a high quality education


  • 8+ years of relevant professional experience, including Chamber, business/professional association and/or education advocacy organizations
  • 6+ years of managing and directing teams with outward facing responsibilities and budget and programmatic performance results
  • Proven experience and substantive increasing responsibilities and metrics based performance results in community development, regional advancement and/or talent development
  • Excellent communications and relationship-building skills, both internally and externally, with the ability to build and sustain relationships with targeted industry executives
  • Ability to engage in public roles when interfacing with a wide array of funding, design and delivery coalition partners
  • Demonstrated track record of working with public school superintendents and elected boards, high school principals and faculty, and business and industry partners to build collaborative talent and workforce training programs resulting in actual skilled employee pipelines and regional hiring successes
  • Ability to gather large amounts of data, analyze, evaluate and disseminate in a succinct and effective manner. Demonstrated reporting, data analysis and research skills
  • Fundraising and or grant seeking experience and marked results of securing funds for program operating budgets preferred
  • Understanding of and passion for CMCCs missions, programs, culture, and values
  • Bachelor’s degree and professional credentials


This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program.

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