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Program Manager, World Affairs


Robinson College of Business / World Affairs Council of Atlanta

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The World Affairs Council of Atlanta (the “Council”), established in 2010, is a non-partisan, membership, and grant-supported organization that provides a forum for informed discussion of global affairs that impact metro Atlanta's economy, culture, and quality of life. We organize speaker programs, roundtables, conferences, excursions, international travel, and leadership training that engage Atlantans with critical global issues. The Council is an active and prominent member of the World Affairs Council of America and was awarded the 2019 World Affairs Council of the Year.

Based at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the Council serves as a vehicle for the University’s commitment to important civic and political institutions. The President of Georgia State University and the Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business are Board members. The Board has been chaired by some of Atlanta’s most visible global leaders, including founding Board Chair Dennis Lockhart, former President of the Federal Bank of Atlanta, and David Abney, former CEO of UPS.

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Job Description

The ideal candidate for Program Manager, World Affairs, is passionate about planning events, programs, and experiences that bring people together for cross-cultural dialogue, informed discussion of global trends and issues, and inclusive lifelong learning. They are eager to leverage their skills in event planning, customer service, and community building. The position is eligible for the University System of Georgia's pension, benefits, and continuing education offerings.

This is an external-facing position interacting with the Council’s partners, members, sponsors, and the public. Candidates should be ready to demonstrate a track record of successfully executing in-person and virtual events and programs, exceptional customer service, and a commitment to cross-cultural engagement. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy are essential for frequent interaction with corporate executives, government dignitaries, philanthropic organizations, sponsors, and members. Requirements include the ability to perform detailed reporting and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to meet established targets. Experience living and/or working abroad is preferred.

Reporting to the President of the World Affairs Council, the Program Manager – World Affairs is responsible for the successful planning and execution of events and programs that bring people together in an inclusive environment to discuss and learn about international events and issues. This position oversees researching current global affairs, pitching topical programs, booking speakers and subject matter experts, and planning and executing in-person and virtual panels and forums, roundtables, fireside chats, conferences, receptions, and other programs. This position plans and executes group excursions and international travel. The Program Manager serves as the lead staff member directing the assignments of project staff, graduate students, interns, and/or volunteers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities include:

Program Ideation - Oversee all aspects of researching global affairs topics identifying speakers, dignitaries, and subject matter experts for in-person and virtual programs related to international events and issues. Stay up to date on International news, trends, and issues; multilateral institutions, summits, and conferences; think tanks and thought leaders in government, private sector, and civic institutions. Pitch and deliver innovative in-person and virtual events and programs where members and the public can engage in informed dialogue, discussion, and lifelong learning. (20%)

Program Management - Oversee all aspects of relevant virtual and in-person events and program management, including venues, speaker travel, lodging, itineraries, catering, decor, audio/video, media and sponsor relations, guest and speaker communications, printed and related materials. Direct real-time budget adherence, logistics, and "runs of show" for in-person and virtual events and programs. Oversee travel management and logistics, including identifying destinations, lodging, transportation, and itineraries. Maintain long-term planning calendar with deadlines and delegation of duties, and complete post-program analysis reporting, budgeting, and communications. (40%)

Program Communications - Drive program awareness and registration by developing related promotional materials, reports, briefings, newsletters, and written, graphic, and multimedia communications. Support public awareness and registration strategies through social media, websites, community planning guides, and paid advertising. Assist in developing Board reports and communications regarding programming. (15%)
Program Budgeting - Oversee all aspects of monitoring and reporting on relevant grants and sponsorship benefits, including writing grant proposals and impact reports, tracking budgets, and fulfilling grant, vendor, and sponsor contracts and commitments. Assist in developing revenue strategies and grant and sponsorship initiatives. (10%)

Program Iteration - Develop innovative ways to measure success, collect stakeholder feedback, and formulate steps to systematically improve user, partner, and sponsor experience. Incorporate user, partner, and sponsor feedback into future planning. Prepare operational and statistical reports. (10%)
Other - Other duties as assigned. (5%)

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  • Full Time
Desired skills
  • Experience in international business, diplomacy, and/or international public affairs, journalism, or policy.
  • Experience studying, working, or living in an international or intercultural environment. Second language experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for taking initiative.
  • Sustained success working in complex environments where collaboration and influence management are critical.
  • Organizational and problem-solving abilities, attention to detail, written and verbal communication skills, and a talent for effectively balancing and prioritizing multiple responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and ability to thrive in a highly collaborative team.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with other team members.
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field.

Bachelor's Degree

Required qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience or a combination of education and related experience.
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