Clinton Global Initiative Job Description
Position: Director of Program
Location: New York
Terms: Full-Time Position
Target Start Date: February 2012 or earlier
The Clinton Global Initiative ("CGI") seeks a Director of the Program Department.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion. CGI's Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting devoted to economic recovery and job creation in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.
The Program Department is responsible for generating the content, including issues addressed and speakers selected, for all CGI events. The Director of Program will work closely with other departments at CGI, consultants, and President Clinton's office to conceptualize, develop, and implement the agenda, content, and format for CGI meetings.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Oversee development of program content for all CGI events; serve as content creative director
Manage the Program Department
Cultivate and maintain a group of CGI Advisors
Manage all content and relations between production teams and CGI staff on-site at events
Serve as an external spokesperson for CGI, including attendance of events outside normal schedule
Serve as a liaison between the Program Department and other CGI departments
Oversee development for program content for all CGI events; serve as content creative director:
Identify topics, priorities and session formats for CGI's diverse membership base which includes CEOs, heads of state and government leaders, philanthropists, and non-profit leaders; engage CGI's network and the other CGI departments to develop proposals that will be submitted to CGI's Director of Program and CEO and well as the Office of President Clinton
Uphold the CGI mission of inspiring action via programming
o Be committed to the CGI mission of turning ideas into action; look at the CGI program as a creative means to inspire its members to take action via "commitments"
Adhere to sector, gender, and regional diversity criteria throughout programming
Oversee development of CGI program and session descriptions for various audiences and marketing needs
Work as needed/directed with other departments, organizations and individuals to ensure the success of all CGI events and programs as they relate to program development/content
Define the format for the working sessions (i.e. determine the proper balance of presentations, discussions, interactivity, and Q & A). Potential sessions range from:
o Traditional CGI plenary sessions designed to inspire audiences via cross cutting conversations among high-level diverse speakers from different sectors
o A conversation with President Clinton and other high level speakers such as Bill Gates
o A debate between two governors or mayors of major cities who took radically different roads toward economic recovery and job creation; a debate between two individuals with opposing views on the purpose and way forward for micro-loans and micro-lending institutions
o A discussion that involves a call to action by a few major CEOs to unlock funding to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
o A case study of a CGI commitment presented via a panel discussion
o Small group discussions designed to connect people working in similar issue areas
o Consecutive workshops designed to result in collaborative commitments between multiple stake-holders across sectors
Manage the Program Department:
Manage CGI program staff of approximately 10 individuals whose responsibilities include:
1) Speaker logistics
2) Program operations management
3) Research and vetting of potential speakers
4) Development of materials to distribute to CGI members and the public regarding the program and session topics
Serve as an effective coach, mentor, and advisor to your staff. Look for ways to inspire and energize staff as well as encourage them to grow and develop professionally
Represent and advocate for the needs of the Program Department to other CGI directors
Help develop, maintain, and refine CGI Program Department strategy by creating how-to manuals for each major event/season
Oversee formal, year-end evaluation process for members of the department in December
Cultivate and maintain a group of CGI Advisors:
Identify topic experts to serve as CGI Advisors to help develop and refine content for specific topics at CGI events; manage this committee and the product that is developed
Manage all content and relations between production teams and CGI staff on-site at CGI events
Work with production in the lead-up to events to ensure all sessions are amply staffed and organized
Manage the "green room" or speaker hold room at all events
Serve as a point person between production directors, President Clinton's team, CGI senior leadership, and program team for all on-site program needs
Serve as an external spokesperson for CGI
Represent CGI as needed at conferences, on phone calls, at member events, etc.
Serve as a liaison between the Program Department and other CGI departments
Work closely with heads of other CGI departments to ensure continuity, consistency, efficiency, and high-quality member services to CGI members. Other departments include: Sponsorship, Membership, Commitments, Marketing, and Communications
Bachelor's degree. Master's degree in a related field strongly preferred
10-plus years of project management experience
Experience with management of large-scale events, experience with political/international relations events a plus
Demonstrated ability to develop original content
Interest in contemporary global challenges (education, energy & climate change, global health, and economic empowerment), as demonstrated by an up-to-date knowledge of international affairs via news, articles, books, speakers, etc.
Adept in high-pressure situations and comfortable coordinating numerous time-sensitive projects
Exemplary oral and written communications skills
Strong organizational skills - can create and oversee clear systems for maintaining and organizing large amounts of frequently changing information
Proactive and forward-thinking
Experience managing various teams simultaneously
Demonstrated ability to develop and abide by clear goals, timelines, and priorities, as well as set and meet deadlines within the context of a larger team
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively in complex, diverse settings with individuals of varying backgrounds and stature
Teamwork skills that support larger organizational goals and actively contribute to team objectives
Commitment to diversity across gender, class, geographic, ethnic, religious, and political groupings
Ability to work long hours
May require travel, which may require walking distances, lifting, and carrying luggage and boxes, and prolonged periods of sitting in tight quarters.
Significant computer work, which may require repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands.
Occasional lifting (> 15 lbs), bending, pulling, collating/filing, and lifting, carrying, and/or moving boxes, files, etc., some of which could be heavy or require the use of carts.
How to Apply:
To be considered for the position, please provide the following:
1. Your resumé
2. A one-page cover letter that discusses original content that you developed or oversaw and any pertinent event/management details that would not be evident from your resume
3. If contacted about your application, you will be asked to provide three references
Please submit applications electronically (no mail or fax submissions, please) both:
1. By email in Word or PDF format to ProgramSearch(AT)clintonglobalinitiative.org. Please put your name and "CGIPRGD" in the subject line of the email; and
2. On the Clinton Foundation website under the appropriate job announcement.
Applicants who do not submit their materials to both locations will not be considered.
Submission Review Process
CGI will review applications to determine whether each application is a match for this position. If an appropriate match is identified, we will contact you directly. Regrettably, due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those for whom a match is identified.
The Clinton Global Initiative is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. For additional information on CGI, please visit: www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.
The Clinton Global Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the positions.