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Director, Next Generation - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Organization Information

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public—and influencing the public discourse—on global issues of the day. Under the direction of its president, Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, the Council has embarked on a significant expansion of its hosted events and research publications. As part of this strategy, the Council plans to expand its offerings to engage the next generation. 

Location - Chicago, IL 

Job Description

The director, next generation will oversee the full spectrum of next generation activities, including engaging high school teachers and students around the Council’s Chicago public programs, further building the membership and developing a sustainable funding model for the Council’s vibrant and extremely successful young professionals group, revamping the highly selective emerging leaders program, and evaluating and, as appropriate, implementing a brand new corporate talent development component of Chicago Council corporate membership. 

To manage this diverse and growing portfolio, the director must be an enthusiastic leader who has immediate credibility with and relates well to Chicago’s emerging leaders and young professionals, and who can work in a team environment to implement and build new initiatives. As a senior member of the development team, s/he must excel in the ability to develop engagement opportunities relevant for all segments of the diverse next generation market.

Job Responsibilites

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Set a new strategy that will significantly expand the Council’s next generation initiatives, working closely with a newly formed Ad Hoc Committee of the Council’s Board of Directors and other community leaders
  • Manage the young professionals officer and director, emerging leaders 
  • Develop and oversee a dynamic and cohesive suite of next generation activities to expand engagement by high school students, young professionals, and emerging civic and corporate leaders in the full range of work of The Chicago Council
  • Work directly with leaders across the city, including in Chicago Public Schools, selective enrollment high schools, parochial high schools, teachers groups, model UN programs, and others, to develop and implement a dynamic way to engage high school teachers and their students in public programs offered by The Chicago Council
  • Expand the already successful young professionals (YP) group (now 2,200 members, ages 25-40) by building the “buzz” around YP membership, increasing event attendance, and deepening the sense of community among YP members. Working with colleagues in the development team, identify and secure sources of funding (corporate, individual, foundation) for YP events and YP engagement; increase financial support from YP members through upgrades of support, membership dues, and gate fees.
  • Redefine and revamp the Council’s emerging leaders program tailored to a highly-selective group of 20 corporate and civic leaders; transition curriculum from 2-year to 1-year program, tapping into the full range of the Council’s events, experts, fellows, Board members, and other leadership engagement opportunities
  • Working with the director, corporate relations, assess the demand for and viability of a new corporate talent development feature of corporate membership in the Council; define the objectives, curriculum components, pricing structure, participation requirements, and evaluation metrics for any new initiative
  • Perform other projects as assigned

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years’ relevant professional experience, including management, in combination with program and curriculum development, constituency-building, and fundraising, preferably related to young professional groups, and emerging business and civic leaders
  • Demonstrated interest in international relations, current events, and public policy
  • “People person” and enthusiastic leader who has immediate credibility with and relates well to Chicago’s emerging leaders and young professionals
  • Professional maturity and a sophisticated understanding of the political, economic, and civic communities in the Chicago area
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, and leadership skills; ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with minimal supervision
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills; savvy in new media and social networking, and experience and vision in use of social media to build networks and communities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally in a creative, fast-paced, team environment
  • Ability and willingness to work weekday evenings to support Council events

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume as Word documents to hr@thechicagocouncil.org. You can also apply via the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org in the Career Opportunities section. EOE