Executive Director

CHATTANOOGA CHAMBER COMMERCE   Chattanooga, TN   Contract     Management
Posted on August 31, 2021

Chattanooga 2.0

Job Posting – Executive Director



Chattanooga 2.0 launched in 2015 as a cradle-to-career collective impact organization dedicated to transforming education and talent development outcomes in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee. Collaborative partners representing institutions and organizations from all sectors are working together to impact five 2030 goals starting with kindergarten readiness and ending with the attainment of a thriving wage job. 

Since its founding, Chattanooga 2.0 has built significant momentum in Chattanooga-Hamilton County around education and talent development, deepening levels of community collaboration, challenging community leaders to champion systemic change and spurring the launch of several programs and initiatives aligned with our theory of action. Our partners are committed to embracing equity-centered, culturally competent, and inclusive strategies that meet specific needs of our vulnerable children and residents, while improving conditions, outcomes and prosperity for everyone who calls Chattanooga-Hamilton County home. Currently, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is the employer of record for all Chattanooga 2.0 staff. 


Chattanooga 2.0 seeks a new Executive Director to expand upon its five years of success, leverage the strength and credibility of its partners, build on its existing momentum and lead the team’s transition from initiative to sustaining 501c3. The Executive Director will lead the organization toward sustainably ensuring all children and youth receive a quality education and career opportunities to help them realize their full potential by utilizing data insights, a systems change approach and related theory of action.

The Executive Director and backbone staff will create the conditions that stimulate transformation and progress by aligning priorities, driving change, fostering shared accountability, and convening and championing partners. Key skills for success include strong communication, adaptive excellence, political savvy, analytical thinking, innovative/creative thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, consensus building and a robust understanding of collective impact models of systemic change. 

This is an ideal opportunity for a thoughtful and strategic leader passionate about ensuring that economic mobility is achievable in the Chattanooga area, leading a team focused on aligning resources and supports for children, students, and families to enable them to reach their full potential, cradle to career.


Key functions include:

  • Build Chattanooga 2.0’s identity as a respected, neutral convener among a broad spectrum of local stakeholders.
  • Achieve status as a stand-alone nonprofit organization by the end of the first year of employment.
  • Lead and collaborate with volunteer leadership to lead public awareness and education campaigns, educating the community and local officials on key issues, challenges, or needs in the community to mobilize policy change and build public will.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the business, early childhood, and education communities to identify and implement strategies to align talent development programming with both present and future workforce needs.
  • Identify and engage with key state, regional and national partners to advance the mission of the organization.
  • Direct and manage staff, volunteers and stakeholders in creating, implementing and executing programs and partnerships in the early childhood, education, and talent development arenas that achieve the coalition’s goals for a cradle-to-career talent development pipeline.
  • Implement Chattanooga 2.0’s theory of action and work with Steering Committee members to continually evaluate and improve upon the effectiveness of Chattanooga 2.0’s efforts 
  • Conduct research and provide thought leadership in support of innovative programs and systems change recommendations to the organization’s partners, committees, advisory boards, and members.
  • Monitor data from the educational, business and policy environments to identify emerging forces, trends and issues, in order to build and modify relationships to effect positive change. 
  • Manage creation of yearly summary reports of  Chattanooga 2.0  progress and community-wide data indicators for Steering Committee, partners, and external audiences
  • Identify capacity gaps and create hiring plans that acknowledge and plan for possible organizational growth and shrinking.  


This is an outstanding opportunity to play a critical role in advancing equity and opportunity across Chattanooga-Hamilton County.   Therefore, first and foremost, the Executive Director must be committed to the mission and overarching goals of Chattanooga 2.0, particularly as they relate to equity and inclusion and closing achievement and income gaps for our community’s youth. 


Successful candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree, with advanced degrees preferred, plus 7 years prior experience in pertinent fields, with a documented ability to champion systemic change, build coalitions, influence stakeholders, and manage staff and volunteers to accomplish goals. Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S., eligible to obtain a U.S. passport, hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable. An education background is preferred, but not required. 



Candidates for this position will be evaluated by an executive search committee consisting of a small group of volunteers. The most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process. For consideration, please submit a persuasive cover letter and resume, combined into one .pdf document of no more than 3 pages length, no later than 2 PM on September 13, 2021. Additional supporting documents may be submitted as a separate document, but will not be distributed as part of the initial process. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. 



Ideally, the candidate would be able to start by mid-November.


Send applicant materials to:                            jobs@Chatt2.org


Submissions due: September 13, 2021 at 2 PM

Information only inquiries, contact:           Cheryl Millsaps, VP of Finance & Operations




The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce was established in 1887 and is a 501(c)(6) that serves more than 1,800 member companies with a mission to champion member businesses and promote regional economic growth. The Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, an independent but related 501(c)(3), was chartered in 1969, to promote community and economic development and is recognized for its lead role in the area’s recruitment and job creation successes. The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Chamber Foundation are collectively known as “the Chamber” and are engaged in close and productive partnerships with local government, philanthropic, and corporate entities.



The City of Chattanooga, located in Southeast Tennessee near the corners of Georgia and Alabama, is the economic engine driving the economy of a 545,000 person MSA incorporating portions of six counties. Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in Tennessee with a population of 174,000 persons, is the seat of Hamilton County, which has a growing population of more than 350,000. Chattanooga-Hamilton County is centrally located among the cities of Nashville, TN, to the northwest, Knoxville, TN, to the northeast, Atlanta, GA, to the southeast and Birmingham, AL, to the southwest, and is bisected by three major interstate highways, making the area a gateway for logistics and freight movement throughout the southeastern United States.  


Chattanooga is the heart of a vibrant and growing regional economy linked to manufacturing, technology, retail and professional services. The Chattanooga economy includes the headquarters of major insurance, trucking, food and beverage, and manufacturing operations as well as a strong tourism sector. Chattanooga is also a logistics and communications hub with excellent rail, river, and highway connectivity, as well as America’s fastest broadband access.


A focus on protecting the natural environment, close proximity of mountains and the Tennessee River to the downtown area and mild seasonal weather make Chattanooga a natural center of tourism and active outdoor living. As a result, Chattanooga now enjoys a quality of life and economic vitality that national publications ranging from Outside magazine to Industry Week have rated among the best in America.