Responsible for developing and maintaining an effective local chapter/region that enhances the image and increases the membership and influence of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) in respective metro and region area. Oversee daily administration of the metro office, as well as implement the local board’s short and long-range plans. Facilitate planning activities to ensure that financial objectives are met. Lead lobbying for the region (city level) and mobilize membership to address challenges to the advancement of the restaurant industry. Drive new membership and retention of current members through execution of member engagement strategy.
Member Relations (30%)
Drive new member and current member acquisition, engagement, and retention.
Lead staff and maintain constant communication to achieve assigned goals
Facilitate & participate in new restaurant member meetings.
Answer questions on any specific issues or provide referrals to members from across region
Create and drive regional communication strategy that includes driving member engagement across multiple channels
Manage member recognition programs; establish new programs as needed.
Partner with Member Relations Manager to establish new member acquisition strategy and to ensure events are aligned with member and board goals
Lobby Activities (25%)
Represent industry at city council and civic organization meetings in local city and all surrounding areas.
Serve as the point of contact for all elected officials & legislators
Solicit and develop members to lobby locally and throughout the state
Solicit and develop members to contact and work with local and state officials.
Maintain contact with local and key state elected officials through community events and phone calls.
Lobby in Austin during legislative sessions as required.
Develop PAC fund raising initiatives to meet the chapter’s and TRA PAC goals
Attend annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
Organize and conduct candidate interviews for Dallas City Council positions
Fulfill duties as industry spokesperson in local area – be available for all media requests, public testimony and regulatory committee meetings and hearings throughout the area.
Board Leadership/Office Management (20%)
Work with board president to develop a strong, cohesive board.
Facilitate and execute chapter’s annual board of directors’ retreat
Work with chapter boards in North Texas Region to create and execute annual plans.
Approve budgets, supply orders, develop annual budget and achieve all financial targets
Complete annual Hall of Honor, Restaurateur of the Year and TRA Board nominations in timely manner
Work with committee chairs and president to design agenda, prepare materials for all board and non-board chapter meetings.
Public Relations & Media (10%)
Represent metro association and TRA at various city and civic events
Write and give speeches on foodservice to various organizations.
Write speeches for officers to give to various organizations
Research, write, and prepare press releases on officers, board, and events
Build relationships with associated organizations by becoming a member and serving on various committees
Develop relationships with local media – become the first point of contact for local media
Work with all culinary arts instructors in local high schools and include them in chapter meetings and workforce planning
Develop strong education committee within the chapter to support ProStart schools
Facilitate scholarships at end of school year via education committee
Attend the annual TRA Culinary Educators’ Conference
Create and oversee annual fund-raising activities to support growth of Education Foundation
Qualified candidates send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: HR@txrestaurant.org
Bachelors’ degree in Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, or any other related field. 8-10 years minimum of association management or related experience in a membership driven organization
Expert in Microsoft Office Suite
QuickBooks experience a plus
Excellent verbal and written skill with strong public speaking ability
Proven attention to detail
Highly organized and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to maintain a consistently positive outlook towards all members and staff
Experience in the hospitality/ restaurant industry is a plus
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Include: Full medical, dental, PTO, 401K
About Texas Restaurant Association
About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association is a non-profit trade association which exists to protect, advance, and educate the restaurant and foodservice industry in Texas. The TRA has 1,700 members, representing more than 5,800 locations in the state. TRA produces the second largest foodservice trade show and educational conference in the country, TRA Marketplace, with more than 500 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees. TRA’s nonprofit arm, the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, exists to develop and promote the future of our industry through workforce programs and educational opportunities. www.TXRestaurant.org