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CGI America Working Group Senior Associate- New York City

Organization: CGI America

Position Title: CGI America Working Group Senior Associate/Manager, Economic Empowerment

Location: 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, 10020, United States

Hours and Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: September 30, 2013


Organization Overview

CGI America is a project of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that convenes the public, private, and not-for-profit communities to address social and economic challenges facing the United States today. Each year, CGI America convenes 1,000 thought leaders and doers (“attendees”) in a two-day conference. Attendees self-select into one of ten Working Groups, which aim to identify opportunities for engagement, largely through CGI’s Commitments to Action model. Each Working Group convenes three times during the two-day conference and consists of approximately 80 attendees. These sessions are designed to maximize participant interaction with an emphasis on creating solutions and driving Commitments to Action. A list of the 2013 Working Groups can be found here. CGI America’s 2014 meeting will be held on June 24 – 25 in Denver, CO.


The Working Group Senior Associate/Manager, Economic Empowerment will be responsible for identifying topics and advisors for two Working Groups. S/he will take responsibility of one, while transitioning the second to a five-month Working Group Associate. For the primary topic, s/he will recruit relevant attendees, establish the program for Working Group sessions at the two-day conference; develop new Commitments to Action (“commitments”); and review annual progress on ongoing commitments. The Senior Associate/Manager will work closely with other Working Group Senior Associates/Managers to shape a cohesive message on CGI America’s goals for each year. The Senior Associate/Manager also will serve as point of contact for associate(s) and intern(s), and collaborate across the greater CGI team, including Program, Membership, Sponsorship, and Marketing & Communications, to execute Working Group responsibilities.

For this position, the CGI America team is seeking candidates with a background in project management and/or policy related to economic empowerment in the United States, preferably with experience in financial inclusion, social enterprise, and/or business development. While the specific Working Group topics for 2014 have yet to be finalized, the Working Group Senior Associate/Manager will supervise 1-2 Working Groups in this broader space. Additionally, CGI America has recently expanded its objectives to include issues of social mobility and economic inequality; candidates with specific experience working on these issues with low-income and under-resourced communities are encouraged to apply.


Develop program content

  • Identify topics and advisors for two Working Groups
  • Transition one topic to Working Group Associate and serve as his/her internal point of contact
  • With selected advisors, develop goals and objectives of Working Group and create three sessions for the two-day conference (six hours of programming)
  • Conduct pre-meeting call(s) with Working Group participants
  • Work with Communications & Marketing to message Working Group topic to wider audience
  • Inform overall program development for CGI America, including research on potential topics for plenary sessions and identification of relevant plenary-level speakers

Recruit and manage attendee relationships

  • Work with the CGI America Director, Operations Manager, other Working Group Associates/Managers, and the CGI Membership department to develop priority recruitment list for Working Group(s)
  • Conduct strategic outreach (i.e. emails, phone calls) to recruit attendees
  • Serve as main point of contact for Working Group attendees by disseminating information related to logistics, media opportunities, and potential partnerships
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Membership and Commitments departments in outreach to CGI Annual Meeting members

Develop and manage Commitments to Action

  • Work with attendees to identify appropriate Commitments to Action
  • Review annual progress reports on ongoing commitments
  • Propose outstanding commitments for featuring opportunities at the CGI America meeting and for other exposure, including CGI online stories, pitches to press, briefing documents
  • Adhere to information management processes related to commitment development and tracking

Execute on-site responsibilities

  • Determine appropriate room set-up and AV requirements
  • Prepare meeting materials including agendas, commitment examples, relevant handouts, etc.
  • Ensure program participants (i.e. moderator, table facilitators) are  informed and prepared for designated roles
  • Manage flow of sessions and facilitate as necessary


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (MBA, MPP, MPA)
  • 3-5 years of experience in general project management and/or policy related to social, environmental, economic, and/or political issues of the United States; title and compensation will be reflective of past work experience and educational background
  • Strong knowledge of the implementation of such programs in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors, including key players and constituencies
  • Background in economic empowerment, preferably with experience in financial inclusion, social enterprise, and/or business development
  • Experience working on issues of social mobility and economic inequality preferred
  • Experience in developing and managing relationships with diverse groups and individuals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other relational databases preferred
  • Event planning experience preferred

Other Desired Competencies

  • Exceptional relationship management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • Demonstrates ability to acquire understanding and absorb new information rapidly
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with a flexibility to cooperate with individuals with varying work styles
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner
  • Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook
  • Willingness to work in an “all hands on deck” environment, and engage in a variety of tasks

Physical Requirements

  • 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 occasional lifting, carrying, and/or moving boxes, files, etc., some of which could be heavy or require the use of carts

How to Apply

Deadline for applications is September 30, 2013

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