Our diverse and dynamic team enjoys competitive compensation packages and leadership opportunities for each team member. We seek creative and passionate individuals who will uniquely add to the Chamber’s mission in making San Diego the most business-friendly region in California. If interested in joining our team, please take a look at the following positions and submit your cover letter and resume to Dana Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources at


LEAD San Diego – Leadership Program Manager

The Leadership Program Manager is responsible for the implementation of LEAD San Diego’s leadership programs Advance and San Diego Young Leaders (SDYL). This position includes responsibilities in program management, promotion and evaluation, alumni engagement, community recognition and event management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

    • Manage and implement day to day operations of two leadership programs (Advance and SDYL)
        • Secure speakers, refining topics that coincide with contemporary public policy and topical issues affecting our greater region.
        • Secure venues, process contracts and invoices. Ensure all payments are processed in a timely manner.
        • Work with venues/hosts to ensure smooth execution of program logistics, including A/V, program supplies, appropriate background checks and handle special requests by hosts or presenters
        • Communicate with speakers and secure supporting materials (PowerPoints, handouts, etc.)
        • Review and update incoming and outgoing program surveys. Analyze results and provide reports as needed for program evaluation and planning.
        • Review and update monthly session surveys. Analyze results and provide reports to support program evaluation and planning.
        • Manage and track sponsor deliverables and trade agreements.
        • Aid in providing program day social media content
    • Manage marketing needs for program recruitment
        • Review, update and post applications
        • Manage the marketing and collateral process for applicant recruitment, including creating promotional flyers, social media promotional plans and posts for various LEAD and Chamber newsletters.
        • Receive and process program applications, including vetting individual information, setting up interviews (when applicable), and keeping applicants informed of process
    • Manage all communications for participants in both programs
        • Notify applicants of acceptance to program and provide necessary orientation materials
        • Request and track invoices for program tuitions
        • Provide day of program details to applicants in advance of program dates
        • Provide all program follow up communication, including photos, reports and presenter slides, etc.
    • Provide support for both LEAD Board of Directors and SDYL Board
        • Create meeting notices for board meetings and committee meetings
        • Communicate with board members to provide agendas and supporting meeting materials
        • Manage meeting logistics including A/V needs, catering needs, and meeting minutes
        • Provide promotional emails and materials when appropriate

Alumni Engagement

    • Support alumni relations in growing alumni attendance at events, social/professional network opportunities and continuing education programs.
    • Manage and maintain accurate alumni and affiliate databases (Salesforce and Volunteer Match)
    • Play an active role in evaluating database procedures as they relate to alumni and programs
    • Monitor information about alumni, prospects and program participants from media, magazines and circulate to appropriate channels
    • Solicit, edit and publish opportunities on Volunteer Match (Leader Match)

Community Partners and Leader Recognition

    • Support Director of Leadership Programs and VP of Leadership and Engagement in developing relationships with partner organizations, speakers and community leadership development issues.
    • In partnership with Director of Leadership Programs, track sponsorship deliverables and trade agreements
    • Play a lead role in coordinating communication with honoree, honoree guests, presenters and other key stakeholders for Visionary Awards
    • Manage scheduling of Visionary Award honoree videos
    • Process ordering and invoices of honoree awards
    • Play a lead role in coordinating with media sponsors to recognize community leaders (Community Spotlight) and managing a committee to select an annual Community Spotlight honoree

Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required
    • 2-3 years’ experience in program management for educational, public affairs, or nonprofit organization(s) is preferred.
    • Comfortable using social media for promotional purposes.
    • Experience with general event planning and execution preferred.
    • Outstanding customer service skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and professionalism in dealing with staff and the public.
    • Excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail.
    • Ability to adapt and problem solve in a changing environment
    • Experience with non-profit boards a plus
    • Familiarity with the LEAD and the San Diego business community a plus

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Dana Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources at


The San Diego Chamber of Commerce offers several unpaid internships within our International Business Affairs, Marketing & Events, Membership and Public Policy departments on a rolling basis. Candidates must be eligible to earn school credit through their respective universities. For students pursuing a career in these industries, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain practical work experience. Interns should have the ability to conduct independent research and prepare cogent and well-written reports in a timely manner with minimal supervision. If interested, please email Dana Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources Director, at

Marketing & Events Intern

The Chamber’s Marketing & Events Department produces about 60 events and workshops annually, ranging from small meetings up to 1000-person events. Types of events include networking events, policy-related meetings and speakers series, member benefit workshops, and business/policy signature events. This department also manages promotional efforts for those events through web, email and print marketing.

Internship Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides support to the Marketing & Events and Communications Departments.
  • Assists with all aspects of event production on an as needed basis, including but not limited to: set-up, breakdown and cleanup, registration lists, online registration management, flyer creation, and other marketing materials using MS Office, design software such as Adobe Photoshop, and Salesforce CRM system.
  • Attends all Chamber events to assist with on-site event registration (some events occur outside of normal business hours).
  • Develop a manual/instruction booklet as he/she becomes proficient in tasks, in order to help transition in new interns.
  • Draft various Chamber communications such as newsletters, social media posts, website copy, etc.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

This is an unpaid position. Students must be eligible to earn academic credit for the internship through their university’s internship program office. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of ten to fifteen hours per week for ten to twelve weeks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, MS Office Suite, social media, knowledge of mail merge a plus.
  • Ability to write business correspondence.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow through.


Public Policy Intern

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic place to witness the nexus of public policy and commerce. Every month our members take action regarding proposed legislation, regulation and issues that affect business expansion and job creation. The Public Policy Department’s committee structure provides valuable insight and information upon which the Chamber relies to form positions on the important issues of the day.

Chamber Public Policy internships are available that provide insight and experience on public policy issues and the business community. Interns are responsible for tracking committee discussion and actions as well as researching and preparing committee staff and members with the information they need to lead commerce-related public policy in San Diego.

Interns will research and prepare policy positions on such matters as state and local ballot propositions, taxation, regional transportation, public finance, performance of governmental agencies and major public works projects. By participating in substantive discussions with various agencies, interns will gain a clear understanding of the structure and process of the many layers of San Diego county governance. For those students pursing a career in public policy/administration or government affairs, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain practical work experience.

During the program, interns will periodically meet with Board Members and public officials representing a variety of political agencies. Interns will also be invited to participate in various committees and special events.

This is an unpaid position. Students must be eligible to earn academic credit for the internship through their university’s internship program office.

Interns should have the ability to conduct independent research and prepare cogent and well-written reports in a timely manner with minimal supervision; understanding of local issues and policy-making processes is helpful.

Interns will be expected to work a minimum of ten to fifteen hours per week for ten to twelve weeks.