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Assistant Events Coordinator
(Full-TIME)

About the IHCC

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

Founded in 1990 as the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is the leading Hispanic business organization in the Midwest and one of the largest, most active, and most respected Hispanic chambers of commerce in the country.  IHCC works with business owners, providing strategic services designed to help those businesses grow.  We do this because we believe in the power of entrepreneurship.  Our work helps individuals succeed in business – helping strengthen communities, creating jobs, and building wealth in the process.  IHCC is committed to inclusion and diversity. IHCC staff is a team of committed individuals that believe in our work. Our team is community-minded, highly collaborative, and fun.

 

IHCC requires full vaccination against COVID-19. IHCC offers a hybrid working model of 2 days a week working from home, and 3 in the office. IHCC offers a full package of benefits including 401K, paid vacation, life insurance, health insurance, among other benefits. 

 
Job Position

 

 

Our ideal candidate must have a positive attitude, be self-motivated, and be determined to achieve results.

 

The individual will be responsible for assisting in the planning, execution and reporting to both internal and external key stakeholders. This individual must be a quick problem-solver and be able to work under pressure.

  •  Plan and ensure execution of events to include but not limited to dates/timing, room set-ups, audio visual/production needs, food service, travel, lodging, transportation, vendor management and coordination, and any other special events.
  • Perform administrative tasks to include invoicing, client follow-up, orders, and reports.
  • Work closely with all involved operating departments to ensure smooth delivery of all services.
  • Coordinate with vendors, obtains quotes, and client contracts.
  • Communicate frequently with team members and take a proactive approach toward ensuring expectations are met or exceeded. 
  • Maintain the highest level of employee/guest relations, and excellent working relationships with all operational departments.
  • Remain alert, courteous, and helpful to the guests always.


 

 

 

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum of 1 year of event planning experience.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite including Calendar, Drive, and Gmail.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Solid organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must have reliable transportation and flexibility to work varied hours, according to scheduled events.
  • Event coordination

$50,000 a year

To apply: Please send your resume to IHCC Chief of Staff Marcela Cartagena at marcela@ihccbusiness.net. 

 
current openings

Membership and Events Manager

About the IHCC

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by assisting businesses to create jobs, increase their revenues and become more profitable. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world.

Job Position

Serving as an integral member of the IHCC team, the Manager of Membership and Events will provide leadership and oversight for all event planning and membership initiatives designed to generate unrestricted funding and attract new members and retain and support existing members. The coordinator will work closely with IHCC’s senior management team, the board of directors, and the IHCC Foundation to lead and support the organization’s event fundraising and membership growth objectives. The coordinator will ensure all events and membership initiatives are implemented effectively and efficiently and all goals are successfully met. This professional should be proactive and creative and savvy when it comes to marketing strategies and social media and be passionate about creating a positive lasting impact on the Latino business community.

  • Event Management and Reporting • Responsible for the successful planning, coordination and execution, and post-event follow up of IHCC’s and IHCCF’s events.

  • Produce events that are valuable to our members and our greater community. 

  • Work with the Chief of Staff and CEO to develop and maintain an annual events calendar and budget that focuses on maintaining fiscal responsibility including reconciliation of all income and expenses, appropriate records, and regular updates. 

  • Work closely with the Chief of Staff and office manager on payment collection, vendor payments, and event budgeting. 

  • Develop reports to share event progress with the Chief of Staff. 

  • Manage event site selection and logistics and contract negotiations, handling all communication with selected venues and vendors.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with prospective and current vendors used for various events. 

  • Work with Chief of Staff and Communications Specialist in the development and content of agendas, communication plans and materials including invitations, promotional materials, meeting websites, social media and other meeting/event collateral. 

  • Regularly update the databases in Salesforce and Google Drive documents used to track participation and payments. 

  • Coordinate with Program Directors to ensure there are no event conflicts with program educational events and webinars. Membership Engagement and Customer Service

  • Responsible for maximizing all business membership sales through recruitment and facilitation of new members, referrals, and assisting in decreasing member attrition. 

  • Work with the Chief of Staff to develop and maintain an annual membership budget and sales plan and create and execute a New Member Onboarding plan and/or process. 

  • Redesign membership packages, including levels, pricing and benefits. 

  • Prepare and present formal proposals to prospective and current members and community members based on their needs and priorities. • Responsible for handling member inquiries and concerns quickly and effectively. 

  •  Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on interactions with LAC. External Engagement and Networking

  • Play a key role in building strong rapport with small and midsize members, corporate members, community organizations, and other business support organizations. 

  • Represent IHCC in community activities and events, as needed, with other organizations, constituents, and key stakeholders to generate community awareness of IHCC and to develop sources for prospective members and partners. 

  • Actively participate in Hispanic business-related events, meetings and national conferences as needed. 

  • Analyze attributes of other relevant organization industry conferences, seminars, and meetings to explore potential ways to improve IHCC programming and competitive presence.

Must have a bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, communication, business administration or related. • Must have a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in event planning. • Must be fluent in Spanish. • Must be a self-starter, organized, have the ability to work well with others, and be a team player. • Must have exceptional communications skills.

Marketing, and event planning

Salary Range: $60 to $68K, depending on work experience.

To apply: Please submit your resume to Chief of Staff, Marcela Cartagena at marcela@ihccbusiness.net

IHCC recognizes that the working environment and office hours vs. working from home model has changed drastically in the country and around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, changing the workforce dynamics as more and more workers feel more comfortable and productive working from home. For this reason, IHCC allows its employees to have a 2 day remote/3 day in-person work hybrid model.

IHCC also offers a competitive package of benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance, life insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid vacation, sick/wellness days, 12 paid holidays, workers’ comp, training and development, and more.

current openings

Business Advisor (accounting OR marketing specialty)

About the IHCC

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by assisting businesses to create jobs, increase their revenues and become more profitable. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world.

Job Position

The Business Advisor position at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce involves a high level of client interaction and relationship building with different stakeholders. It requires an individual that is detail-oriented, bilingual (English/Spanish), and able to manage multiple tasks to meet performance expectations. 

 
IHCC is looking specifically for an advisor with experience in either marketing and communications or accounting to help clients market their products and services to clients, customers, partners, or government/corporate entities. 

  • Provide one-on-one counseling, with a specific focus on helping small businesses develop recovery and resiliency plans in response to the new challenges and opportunities in the COVID economy. Business advisors are responsible for identifying, arranging, and scheduling their meetings.
  • If Marketing specialty: In addition to the above, marketing advisors, will consult on developing marketing plans, providing guidance and resources from strategy planning through implementation and measuring results. Research and analyze small business needs and provide recommendations for issues such digital marketing (social media ads, costs, tracking, etc.), increase sales/traffic, develop brand fundamentals, webpage development, etc. 
  • If Accounting specialty: Provide small businesses with the necessary guidance, tools and resources needed to achieve financial wellness; be able to know how to evaluate a small business and help them grow. Aid with topics such as cash flow, loans, grants, projections, price setting, inventory, business planning, etc.
  • Conduct community business outreach to invite and recruit small businesses to participate in the program. Outreach to be done via phone, email, AND in-person in Illinois. In-person outreach varies, but the job can require a minimum of 3 days/week visiting businesses within suburban Cook County.
  • Keep ongoing and timely communication with clients and respond to their specific needs per program needs.
  • Obtain information on client status, including business growth, jobs created, business expansions, loans obtained, success stories, and more.
  • Effectively manage administrative tasks, such as maintaining a current and accurate database of client notes, workshops/ webinars delivered, and other reporting requirements per the project guidelines. 
  • Support activities to schedule and deliver training sessions/webinars for businesses as requested.
  • Coordinate and cultivate relationships with various key stakeholders and groups. 

Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields (business, accounting, marketing, media relations), with a minimum of 2 years of similar professional experience.

  • General background in business administration with knowledge of basic business functions, e.g., sales, marketing, operations, HR, and business strategy. Strong business management, marketing and sales background with experience in or knowledge of all of the key marketing functions
    • If Marketing:
      Digital Marketing, social media management, and media-relations skills are a must
    • If Accounting:  
      Bachelor’s degree in business, finance or accounting and a minimum of 2 years similar professional experience.  Strong accounting and finance background with the ability to read and produce financial statements and to create financial models/projections
  • Knowledge of customer relationship management systems
  • Must be fully bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to grasp terms and details
  • Ability to handle and maintain client confidential information
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and external contacts 
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and listening skills in both languages
  • Project a professional and positive image in dress, body language, and attitude when representing IHCC
  • Google: Gmail and Google docs
  • Microsoft:  Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Apple products
  • Preferred: Adobe Creative Suite & Adobe Photoshop or Canva
  • Preferred: Salesforce 

$50 to $55K, depending on work experience. 

To apply: Please submit your resume to Hortensia Aldana (haldana@ihccbusiness.net)

IHCC recognizes that the working environment and office hours vs. working from home model has changed drastically in the country and around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, changing the workforce dynamics as more and more workers feel more comfortable and productive working from home. For this reason, IHCC has a hybrid work model that allows its employees to work 2 days remotely and 3 days in-person at the office (Note, the first 1.5 months, the employee will be in the office every day and employees are asked to attend and support all IHCC key events in-person).

IHCC also offers a competitive package of benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance, life insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid vacation, sick/wellness days, 12 paid holidays, workers’ comp, training and development, and more.

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