Communications & Programs Specialist

New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
Job Description
The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce strives to provide our members with superior service and value in membership. The Chamber welcomes new members and promotes existing members through a competitive environment in the New Ulm area. At the Chamber, we are a face and voice for the New Ulm community and customer service is a significant thing we do for Chamber Members, New Ulm citizens and those visiting our community and utilizing the services of the Visitor Center.  The Mission of our organization is to encourage economic growth in our community by supporting our members through business development, networking, education, advocacy and access to resources.
The Communications & Programs Specialist serves as the communications and programs lead for the initiatives of the Chamber. This position coordinates with the President/CEO to run media relations and marketing, prepare and execute events, and work directly with members. This position reports directly to the President/CEO, and works towards strengthening the overall vision and goals for the organization.
Essential Job Functions
  • Develop effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Be a liaison between committees, Chamber Board and Chamber members.
  • Support the organization as a whole by demonstrating professionalism at all times.
  • Able to handle confidential information about area businesses, and display urgency to member requests.
  • Additional tasks and job responsibilities may be added at the discretion of the President/CEO.
  • Write all marketing and PR related content including press releases, blog posts, emails campaigns, social media reports, presentations and promotional materials.
  • Utilizing funds available create a marketing plan that includes a variety of the following: print, social media, web and internet, video presence, ad layout, brochures and design.
  • Responsible for company website strategy. Manage website redesign during 2023-2024 timeframe.
  • Skills in design and multi-media platforms for event/program promotion and educational applications.
  • Social Media and internet content creation and management.
  • Create the weekly Chamber email newsletter, and the bi-monthly Chamber Update in the Journal. Manage the Community Calendar, including promotion of events.
  • Position is responsible for initiating and maintaining media relationships.
  • Work with team on event development. Organize and carryout large and small events which support the overall organization.
  • Manage all aspects of an event from pre-planning, determining resources, pre-event marketing, and on-site coordination, to post event follow up.
  • Perform marketing tasks, volunteer signups, vendor agreements with financial obligations, host collaborative in-person and digital meetings, conduct post-result event analysis.
  • Strong ability to schedule. Experience in creating a clear and well-organized plan for all events/programs.
  • Ability to manage program and event budgets. Create reliable financial reports and collect payments on time. Perform financial data accurately.
  • Order and maintain supplies needed for events.
  • Coordinate staff at events, assign volunteer duties, and provide general direction. Address potential problems that may arise.
Minimum Requirements
  • Experience in communications, marketing, event planning, or similarly related field is preferred. A portfolio of writing samples, promotional collateral, or successful events will highlight your recent accomplishments.
  • Must be able to work well in an environment with multiple interruptions. Must be a self-starter requiring little direction to accomplish tasks with a high level of optimism, enthusiasm, and "can-do" attitude. Able to work with multiple business leaders, attend and direct meetings and coordinate schedules.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and web-based programs (such as Constant Contact, Canva, and WordPress).
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Strong organizational and time management skills.
Work Hours & Compensation
  • 2 Weeks PTO upon hire date
  • Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; occasional nights and weekends.
  • 8 total paid holidays
  • Retirement 3% Matching
  • Position is full-time hourly. Compensation depends on qualifications but will range from $15-18 per hour. 
All interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Contact Chamber President Sarah Warmka at or 507-233-4303 with any questions.
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