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 discussions with key domestic and international global development leaders, and experts on topics including global food & agriculture, women, and global development. These programs include symposia, luncheon lectures, breakfast expert panel discussions, seminars, dinners, and roundtable discussions.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Act as a project manager for a portfolio of global development programs, including the annual Global Food Security Symposium, and other food and agriculture related programming, working with the director and others across the organization to help develop the content, coordinate the logistics, and build awareness among Council membership and the broader community, including managing our global strategic partners
Assist in researching, identifying, and recruiting key domestic and international global development leaders and innovators for timely, policy-rich programs, as well as build multi-sector global audiences
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, along with the Advisory Group
Provide support at Council events, requiring some evening and early morning hours
Coordinate closely with other Chicago Council staff members on program-related topics
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 a minimum of 2+ years relevant experience
Professional maturity and knowledge of and experience with global issues, particularly with a focus on international relations and/or global development
Project management and logistics experience or other relevant experience
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
Strong 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. 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. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org and follow @ChicagoCouncil.
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
About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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 American 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.