Clinton Global Initiative Job Description
Position: Program Fellow
Location: Midtown New York
Terms: Full-time, two year position
Target Start Date: February 2012 or earlier
The Clinton Global Initiative seeks a fellow for two years to generate content for several of CGI's annual events.
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.
Program Fellows are responsible for generating the content, including issues addressed and speakers selected, for several CGI events throughout the year. The purpose of CGI and the content of CGI meetings are to help further the mission of turning ideas into action on pressing global issues. Potential candidates should be familiar with the CGI model of commitment-making and solution-driven approaches to addressing key international challenges.
Program Fellows will work closely with the Director of Program, as well as other departments at CGI, advisors, and President Clinton's office to assist with the conceptualization and implementation of the agenda, content, format, and logistics for CGI meetings. Program Fellows will develop processes for turning content into sessions for the Annual Meeting, as well as for the program department's day-to-day operations.
In particular, the CGI Program Department is seeking an individual who excels in three specific areas:
1) Has a background in international relations or a related field that can create content for various parts of CGI meetings.
2) Stays up-to-date on current international affairs, particularly international development, and enjoys thinking of new and different ways to present compelling issues, speakers, and topics that further the CGI mission of turning good ideas into action.
3) Operates well and thinks strategically in an extremely fast-paced and often stressful environment.
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"
Stay up-to-date on current international affairs via news, articles, books, speakers, etc.
Develop the sessions at CGI's Annual Meeting; assist with content development and research, speaker recruitment, and management.
Session types include:
o Broad tracks that include a high-level plenary, several small group discussions and potentially other formats
o Keynote speeches
o Special sessions
o Debates or other provocative formats
o Specific networking sessions
o Opening and closing sessions
Assist as needed on development of sessions at CGI's other meetings, including CGI University, CGI America, CGI Winter and Mid-Year meetings, and Planning Retreat
Work with external advisors to workshop and refine ideas for sessions
Research and seek approval on speakers, manage speaker recruitment, and ensure the program is developing in a timely manner
Draft multifaceted briefing memos for various sessions at CGI's meetings
As needed, work with the Sponsorship and Event Operations Departments to develop content, format, and handle logistics for the Sponsor Dinners at CGI's Annual Meeting
Work with the Communications Department on all content for marketing materials related to the program session descriptions and participants including the schedule, program book, and website
Work within the guidelines set by the organization in terms of composition of program participants, specifically meeting rigorous diversity criteria
Work with appropriate members of the Commitments Department to incorporate commitment makers and commitment stories into the program
Write briefings for speakers and conduct briefing calls
Research and attend relevant panels, speeches, and events where time and cost allow in New York or nearby
Help develop, maintain, and refine CGI Program Department strategy by creating how-to manuals for each major event/season
5-7 years professional experience
Demonstrated interest in CGI's Global Challenges (Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment & Energy, and Global Health) and broad but nuanced understanding of global issues, with an ability to identify cross-cutting themes
Adept in high-pressure situations
Comfortable coordinating numerous time-sensitive projects, able to develop and abide by clear goals, timelines, and priorities
Exemplary oral and written communications skills, attention to detail
Ability to professionally engage with high-level CGI speakers and their staff on phone and in person
Proactive and forward thinking, demonstrated creative vision
Demonstrated ability to 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 develop content with diversity across gender, class, geographic, ethnic, religious, and political groupings
Ability to work long hours in the lead up to major events
Positive attitude and willingness to be a contributing member of a team
Strongly Preferred Requirements:
Master's degree in international relations or similar degree
International work and/or living experience
Expertise in one of the CGI Global Challenges: (Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment & Energy, and Global Health)
Program design or event planning experience
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 resume
2. A description of a hypothetical panel designed for a high-level international conference similar to CGI, not to exceed one page. Please include a one paragraph description of the panel, a recommended list of potential speakers that reflect geographic, gender, ethnicity/race, and constituent (non-profit, business, government) diversity, and a one paragraph description of your rationale for selecting these session topics.
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 "CGIPRGF" 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