Supervising Producer of Live Events
Collaborative, hands-on leader who is relentlessly curious and understands how to interest people
Chicago, IL 
Posted 4 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is where your world and the world meet. The Council is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that empowers more people to help shape our global future. Our in-person programming informs, inspires, and involves a diverse community in creating a more open and promising world for all. The Council celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2022. Do you want to help shape our next century?

The Role

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is seeking a Supervising Producer of Live Events to lead in-person programming for the next generation of global influencers.

The Council hosts 2-3 public events monthly at our state-of-the-art conference center to afford our community the opportunity to engage with government leaders, changemakers, and people with lived experience confronting critical global challenges. Council programs also support community connection and offer diverse perspectives that advance civil understanding.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of convening interesting conversations with measurable ripple effects. They will have experience: anticipating what people want to know about global moments, booking compelling people with authoritative and distinct points of view, and creating programming that elevates expertise and grows reach.
The person in this hands-on leadership role will work collaboratively across the organization to generate, vet, and prioritize ideas, coordinate resources, and produce programs that deepen and extend loyalty to the Council and amplify our collective impact in the world.

This job will be most meaningful to a creative thinker with a drive for excellence, strong knowledge of world events, and a commitment to global involvement. You will also be a coach who helps others learn and succeed.

This is a collaborative, hands-on team looking for a leader who is relentlessly curious and who understands how to interest people in the important global events of the day. 

This is a Chicago-based hybrid role and requires in-person attendance at our Downtown Chicago location. The position reports to the Vice President, Studios.


Strategic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Leading strategic vision for the Council’s event portfolio and ensuring a cohesive, consistent approach to accomplish measurable goals that advance the mission;
  • Overseeing in-person programs that engage the public on global issues and diversify the Council’s reach;
  • Developing a dynamic slate of public programs that transcend passive access to expertise to include interactive experiences that accelerate personal and professional growth for participants;
  • Designing new, engaging program approaches that will invite participation by longtime Council supporters and new next-gen loyalists;
  • Creating turn-key processes and systems for event ideation, planning, partner involvement, outreach, execution, and evaluation;
  • Driving team collaboration and coordination on events across the organization, as the leader working with staff and contractors who are coordinating rooms, A/V coverage, catering needs, and other logistics;
  • Establishing feasible and measurable benchmarks for 2023/2024 that align with the Council’s strategic vision for events;
  • Reporting progress regularly, evaluating effectiveness, and optimizing programming products and processes to continuously improve participant experience and return on investment;
  • Aligning with audience growth and development strategies by creating a sense of belonging and deepening of commitment for our targeted constituents;
  • Managing budget for events to maximize return, and helping assess the impact of events on revenue;
  • Advising Council colleagues on event best practices;
  • Exploring opportunities with civic partners;
  • Manage a team of direct reports who will execute programming and engagement initiatives;
  • Fostering the leadership capacities of team members through coaching and feedback;
  • Participating in the team’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies;
  • Supporting the Council’s digital transformation objectives and goals.

Operational oversight includes, but is not limited to:
  • Identifying and inviting speakers, to spotlight world leaders, global influencers, and undiscovered talent;
  • Creating a compelling program structure, flow, and focus for each event through pre-interviews, run-throughs, runs of show, and other mechanisms, in coordination with colleagues, speakers and stakeholders;
  • Providing clear guidance to moderators and hosts as they participate in executing program plans;
  • Enabling the collection of program narratives for marketing and development initiatives;
  • Planning and integrating video and audio opportunities for post-programming storytelling in coordination with colleagues;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is required
  • 5-10 years experience managing high-profile events or a combination of other directly related experience
  • Deep knowledge of international trends that affect global affairs and shape stakeholders’ views, including national politics and power dynamics
  • Track record of innovation in convenings and engaging participants for maximum impact
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; knowledge of CRM systems (Salesforce); knowledge of current and emerging social platforms
  • Experience delivering high-quality service that anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external stakeholders
  • Leadership experience holding self and others accountable for measurable quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Expert ability to present information and programs in written and verbal formats to a variety of target audiences including senior management
  • Deep commitment to the highest standards of ethics and the independent, non-partisan mission of the Council
  • Ability to work in-person events in Chicago, at the Council Conference Center or other offsite venues, requiring some evening and early morning hours

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, handicap or disability, marital status, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or for any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of the Council, and we believe people — their identities, experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and ideas — are critical to our success and to global affairs. We will elevate diverse voices and identities and a full range of perspectives, advance equitable and inclusive access to exploring and shaping ideas, and ensure our organization reflects the diversity of Chicago, our nation, and the world.

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Vaccination Statement 

For the safety and well-being of our staff, the Council requires that all prospective employees submit proof of an up-to-date COVID vaccination and booster record or seek a reasonable accommodation for a religious or medical reason prior to their first day of employment.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
There are many benefits to working at the Council, including a flexible remote/in-office work environment, half-day summer Fridays, paid parental leave, employer-subsidized medical/dental/vision insurance, generous paid time off, retirement match, mobile phone stipend, commuter accessible, fitness center membership, and more.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 10 years
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