Director of Communications and Marketing

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce


The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of over 1,000 area businesses with more than 60,000 employees, continuously delivering value to its members by cultivating a thriving business community, presenting the united voice of local business to government, offering consistently upgraded products and services for business enhancement and providing strategic business advisory services.

Since 1910, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has been the leading voice and resource for business in the region because of our inclusive and diverse approach to our work, our advocacy for improving the quality of place in the region, and our position as a strong source for leadership development.

Position Details

Director of Communications and Marketing
Central and Southern Illinois
Peoria, IL


The Communications Manager position is responsible for conveying the organization’s internal and external messages. This position will be responsible for communications and marketing for the CEO Council and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce. This position will work closely with senior leadership, along with sales and membership staff to deliver appropriate messages/information to members and potential members which result in delivering a high level dynamic communication strategy for the organization.

All duties and responsibilities will be performed in accordance of the strategic plan within the general nature of business as outlined by respective governing boards. The position requires individual to have strong positive skills in communication, be highly organized, be task-oriented, manage time effectively, have current computer skills, have supervisory capabilities, be a team player and have a desire to succeed.



Identify and develop story angles, cultivate beneficial relationships with area journalists, pitch stories to print and broadcast media and write clear, compelling news and press releases. Handle media requests. Represent organization as key contact for press events. Coordinate the design of materials for press events. Coordinate speakers, ensure media coverage and coordinate with internal staff concerning logistics.

Brand Management:

Manage Chamber brand to ensure the proper image is maintained in outbound communications. This includes monitoring use of logos, organization name and other representations of the organization by outside groups. Social Media Management - Monitor distribution of social media messages for Peoria Chamber of Commerce, YPGP and CEO Council on all platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)


Produce newsletter for Chamber and YPGP as needed. Maintain and manage Chamber website. Assist with design and production coordination for brochures, flyers and other marketing materials for the Chamber, YPGP and CEO Council. Public Presentations: work with staff on content for presentations when needed. Responsible for assisting with editing of Chamber Report (Quarterly print publication). Identify opportunities for PACC to tell its’ story, promote membership and accomplishments resulting in greater community awareness.


Work with staff to coordinate messaging, create media advisory and invite media to event, promote through all electronic media channels. Develop event agenda with assistance of event staff. Create media kits, write press release to distribute day of, email release to the media not attending.


Provides staff support Chamber & CEO Council Committees as needed. Provides staff support along with the Program Director for YPGP committee; assist with YPGP functions and events

Project Management:

Shop Local 365 - Connect with local partners to schedule promotional press conference. Create press releases, provide regular updates to Chamber membership that can be shared, social media updates and website updates.


Identifies and implements cost saving office management strategies. Prepares daily check register for all payments coming into GPBA family of companies. Responsible for visitor reception and telephone duties, to include call direction for all entities and daily mail distribution.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following: English, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or Journalism.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Comprehensive writing skills
  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing/public relations skills
  • Highly organized
  • Task Oriented/Self Disciplined

Equipment Used:

  • Computer/Cell phone 
  • Phone System 
  • Copier/Printer

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Standard Business environment 
  • Ability to lift 15lbs. 
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule. 
  • Must attend early morning meetings, late night/weekend events that generate 40+ hour work weeks.

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