Program Officer

Job Type

Full Time




United States


POSITION: Program Officer

TEAM: Programs

REPORTS TO: Director, Government and Diplomatic Programs and Director, Global Development Programs


The primary responsibility of the Program Officer is to develop and manage the programs and meetings that serve the Council’s general membership, public and global development focused constituencies, and leadership groups in Chicago, domestically, and globally. These programs include organizing public and private events with foreign dignitaries and US government officials as well as experts, fellows, and key leaders in the global development space. Program formats range from breakfast, luncheon, and evening lectures, seminars/symposia, dinners and roundtable discussions, to one-on-one meetings between key government officials and member corporate executives. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as a project manager for a portfolio of government, diplomatic, and global development programs (includes the annual Global Health and Development Symposium), working with the directors and others across the organization, to include developing the content, managing the logistics, and building awareness among Council membership and the broader community
  • Research, identify, and recruit key domestic and international leaders in government as speakers including heads of state/government, ministers, ambassadors, US government cabinet officials, and other senior US government officials as well as experts in the global development space, including global food and agriculture, women, and other related areas.
  • Produce and write program announcements and other materials for the Council’s website and programs
  • Draft invitation letters, manage responses and logistics, and coordinate communications with speakers and stakeholders
  • Coordinate closely with other Chicago Council staff members on program-related topics
  • Provide support at Council events, requiring some evening and early morning hours
  • Occasionally assist at the front desk to relieve the Reception and Database Services Assistant in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls
  • Perform other projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years’ experience managing multi-faceted, high-profile events or other related experience
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with global issues; expertise with a focus on international relations and/or global development; international work and/or study experience suggested
  • Professional maturity reflecting an understanding of the political and business communities
  • Keen attention to detail; excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally in a creative, fast-paced, intellectual team environment
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.


Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at EOE

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree