POSITION: Director, Chicago Forum on Global Cities
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight — and influences the public discourse — on critical global issues. Over the past three years, the Council has embarked on an ambitious path of growth and expansion, increasing its overall staff and revenues by 50 percent. Major new initiatives include launching the Chicago Forum on Global Cities in 2015, a high-level, multi-faceted three-day international forum cohosted with the Financial Times and convened annually in Chicago; extending the breadth of Council programming; expanding research into new areas and attracting a growing cadre of resident and non-resident fellows; creating a major new communications effort focused on expanding the digital reach of the Council’s content to a large local, national, and international audience; and revamping the Council’s work in developing future global leaders. Earlier this year, the Council moved into its new headquarters in Chicago’s Prudential Building, which includes a conference center that can accommodate up to 300 guests as well as state-of-the-art studios for creative, digital programming.
The Chicago Forum on Global Cities is the Council’s signature event, convening international leaders in commerce, civics, culture, and education to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing global cities around the world. The Council is looking for an energetic and creative director to plan and execute this three day event, along with other year-round programming related to global cities. The Director will be the driving force in leading a team to produce this highly complex, thought-provoking event involving many hundreds of participants and dozens of world-renowned speakers in an international dialogue on global cities through a series of keynotes, flash talks, panels, workshops, and informal discussions with global peers. The Director will be instrumental in organizing all aspects of the Forum. At its core, s/he will be responsible for developing and curating content and programs to help establish the Chicago Forum as the premier, annual global event for high-level dialogue about global cities. Working closely with the Council’s Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content and a matrixed Council team, the Director will conceptualize content and develop strategies to increase the visibility and expand the scope, impact, and reach of the Forum.
The Director, Chicago Forum on Global Cities will oversee the planning and execution of the Chicago Forum on an annual basis. Specific responsibilities of the Director will include:
Identifying internationally renowned speakers and a diverse group of global participants, and securing their participation in a broad-based conference of panels, flash talks, workshops and other discussions for the annual Chicago Forum;
Developing the Forum program in collaboration with the VP, Programs and Strategic Content and establishing and overseeing the project plan and flow for all target milestones;
Conceptualizing and implementing creative strategies with the Communications team to increase and broaden partnerships and audience participation through live streaming, podcasts, blogging, and other digital outreach platforms;
Managing a team of two and leading a matrixed, collaborative team focused on content execution, audience development, event production and logistics, strategic partnerships with local and international organizations, budgeting, and sponsorship implementation;
Working in close collaboration with board leadership and the Council’s team to identify, approach, and cultivate partners and donors to help advance the Forum’s objectives;
Conceptualizing, managing, and executing all global cities-related programs outside of Forum throughout the year and leading up to the Forum
The Director will be a strategic thinker, incredibly organized, and an exceptional multitasker with the character and confidence to work comfortably and effectively with a range of constituents and teams locally, nationally, and globally. S/he will excel at event management and will have a proven track record of orchestrating high-level, complex activities. The Director will be skilled at building and sustaining relationships at multiple levels and interfacing with prominent leaders to articulate the Council’s work fluidly across all levels.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
10 years of experience executing high-level, complex events, to include supervisory experience, in business, think-tank, or a nonprofit organization working in the international arena; strong interest and sophisticated understanding of global affairs and/or urban issues;
An advanced degree preferred with a focus on international affairs, international business, or other related field;
Strategic vision and experience developing a multi-faceted, highly intricate, multi-day event to include the ability to identify timely and relevant topics and speakers, tailor programs responding to the international environment, manage complex events schedules/logistics, and direct budgets, all while working under demanding timelines;
Excellent time management skills, superb attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to work with a team in a fast-paced and demanding environment;
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including professional maturity reflecting a sophisticated understanding of the political, economic, and civic communities;
Superior verbal and written communication skills;
Flexible schedule in working late evenings/early mornings, as needed.
Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to email@example.com. Please find other career opportunities 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.