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CGI America 2014 Working Group Associate- NYC

Organization: Clinton Global Initiative

Position Title: CGI America 2014 Working Group Associate

Location: 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, US

Hours and Compensation: contract (February 2014- July 2014)

Application Deadline: November 22, 2013 (rolling, encouraged to apply by Nov 15)


Organization Overview

CGI America is a program of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that convenes the public, private, and not-for-profit communities to address economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility in the United States. 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 100 attendees. These sessions are designed to maximize participant interaction with an emphasis on creating solutions and driving Commitments to Action. A list of the Working Groups, which convened in 2013, can be found here. CGI America’s 2014 meeting will be held on June 23 – 25 in Denver, CO.

With guidance from a Working Group Manager, the Working Group Associate (“Associate”) will be responsible for overseeing one Working Group from February to July 2014. The Associate will help to implement the vision for the Working Group in the months directly preceding the CGI America 2014 meeting, and will be the on-site lead for the Working Group during the two-day meeting in Denver. Specifically, the Associate will be responsible for recruiting relevant attendees, establishing the program for Working Group sessions at the 2014 meeting, and developing new Commitments to Action. The Associate also will collaborate across the greater CGI team, including Program, Membership, Sponsorship, Marketing, and Communications departments to execute Working Group responsibilities.


The CGI America team will be hiring four Working Group Associates, each of whom will be responsible for one of the Working Group topics listed below. CGI is seeking candidates with a background in project management, policy, and/or business development related to his/her Working Group of interest. Those with experience in low-income and under-resourced communities also are encouraged to apply. Applicants should indicate a Working Group of interest in his/her cover letter.

  1. Sustainable Buildings
  2. Infrastructure Financing for Cities*
  3. Early Childhood Education*
  4. Reconnecting Youth*

Topics with an asterisk (*) convened at the 2013 meeting. You can find a brief description of 2013 Working Groups here.


Recruit and manage attendee relationships

  • Work with CGI America colleagues, as well as the Membership and Commitments departments, to develop a priority recruitment list for assigned Working Group
  • Conduct strategic outreach (i.e. emails, phone calls) to recruit paying and non-paying attendees
  • Serve as the 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
  • Adhere to information management processes related to recruitment

Develop program content

  • With Working Group Manager and external advisor(s), develop the goals and objectives of the Working Group and create three sessions (six hours of programming) for the two-day conference
  • Conduct pre-meeting call(s) with Working Group attendees
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications departments to message the Working Group topic to wider audience
  • Provide suggestions for relevant plenary-level and breakout-level speakers as needed
  • Summarize Working Group outcomes and develop post-meeting plan with Working Group Manager for follow up with attendees

Develop and Manage Commitments to Action

  • Collaborate with Working Group Manager and attendees to identify and develop Commitments to Action
  • Become familiar with 2011-2013 commitments portfolio related to Working Group
  • Propose outstanding commitments for featuring opportunities at the CGI America meeting and for other exposure, including CGI online stories, pitches to press, and briefing documents
  • Adhere to information management processes related to commitment development

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


Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (MBA/MPP/MPA)
  • Minimum of two years of experience in project management, policy, and/or business development related to social, economic, and/or environmental issues in the United States
  • In relation to applicant’s preferred Working Group, knowledge of successful or innovative programs and policies in the U.S., relevant stakeholders from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and key constituencies
  • 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 multidisciplinary environment
  • Demonstrates ability to acquire understanding and absorb new information rapidly
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with the 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

Please apply on our website at

The Clinton Global Initiative maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

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.

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