REPORTS TO: Director, Government and Diplomatic Programs and Director, Global Development Programs
The primary responsibility of the Program Officer is to develop and manage the programs and meetings that serve the Council’s general membership, public and global development focused constituencies, and leadership groups in Chicago, domestically, and globally. These programs include organizing public and private events with foreign dignitaries and US government officials as well as experts, fellows, and key leaders in the global development space. Program formats range from breakfast, luncheon, and evening lectures, seminars/symposia, dinners and roundtable discussions, to one-on-one meetings between key government officials and member corporate executives.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Act as a project manager for a portfolio of government, diplomatic, and global development programs (includes the annual Global Health and Development Symposium), working with the directors and others across the organization, to include developing the content, managing the logistics, and building awareness among Council membership and the broader community
Research, identify, and recruit key domestic and international leaders in government as speakers including heads of state/government, ministers, ambassadors, US government cabinet officials, and other senior US government officials as well as experts in the global development space, including global food and agriculture, women, and other related areas.
Produce and write program announcements and other materials for the Council’s website and programs
Draft invitation letters, manage responses and logistics, and coordinate communications with speakers and stakeholders
Coordinate closely with other Chicago Council staff members on program-related topics
Provide support at Council events, requiring some evening and early morning hours
Occasionally assist at the front desk to relieve the Reception and Database Services Assistant in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls
Perform other projects as assigned
Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years’ experience managing multi-faceted, high-profile events or other related experience
Excellent knowledge of and experience with global issues; expertise with a focus on international relations and/or global development; international work and/or study experience suggested
Professional maturity reflecting an understanding of the political and business communities
Keen attention to detail; excellent organizational and time-management skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally in a creative, fast-paced, intellectual team environment
Superior verbal and written communication skills
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.
Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org. EOE
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public — and influencing the public discourse — on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of Amer...ican views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security and global immigration. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org.