Interim Events Coordinator

Washington, DC
Full Time

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC and London, UK that focuses on the issues and institutions that are critical to inclusive development. Through rigorous empirical research and active engagement with the global policy community, we focus on the policy intersections of low- and middle-income countries and the governments, institutions, and corporations that can be partners in delivering greater progress. 

Since its creation in 2001, CGD has earned a global reputation as a highly effective “think-and-do tank.” Headquartered in Washington DC with a Europe presence led from our London office, the Center has about 130 full-time staff and an annual budget of approximately $37 million.

CGD seeks an experienced, professional Interim Events Coordinator to join its communications team. Events are a central component of our creative communications output and CGD has a reputation for putting on engaging, varied, and substantive events with high profile development policy makers and leading researchers. This position would begin as soon as possible and end on September 30, 2022.

During COVID, CGD has produced an impressive number of virtual events which have increased our reach and our brand globally. The post-COVID vision for our events portfolio will include virtual/hybrid events, live-streamed and recorded content, in-person events, as well as professionally produced high-impact events related to key research and opportunities. Some of our event formats include high-level private roundtables and workshops, conferences, panel discussions, debates, conversations/interviews in a studio setting, book launches, large public events in our on-site conference center, and more.

The Events Coordinator is responsible for leading the planning and execution of our events portfolio. The Coordinator reports directly to the Communications Director, with whom the incumbent will work closely to help make the larger events a reality. As a member of the Communications Team, the Coordinator is required to participate in team meetings and contribute to the success of CGD’s communications function in various other ways, as needed.


  • Event planning: Helps identify newsy event opportunities; collaborates with researchers and the communications team to determine best scope, format, and audience to maximize outreach goals.
  • Event planning: Helps research and engage appropriate event speakers and/or participants.
  • Event preparation: Helps draft and edit all event invitations, utilizes Salesforce to compile invitation lists, and other technologies to send out invitations.
  • Event promotion: Researches and leads outreach to other organizations to co-sponsor or help amplify relevant event invitations.
  • Event preparation: Creates and updates event-related web pages, registration pages and follow-up communications; tracks and reports invite responses.
  • Event execution: Responsible for logistics for all CGD events, including arranging for catering and outside equipment, finding and setting up venues, and producing virtual events. Administers contracts and invoices. Coordinates with publications manager for printed materials and media relations on journalist access. Makes travel and hotel arrangements, as needed.
  • Event follow-up: Reports event attendance internally, develops and cultivates CGD’s relationships with external audiences; updates events photo database.
  • Contributes to CGD communications team weekly and long-term planning.
  • Works closely with institutional advancement team to involve stakeholders in the Center’s events.


  • Minimum education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience managing a varied portfolio of events in multiple formats, including virtually.
  • A tech-savvy self-starter who can research and solve problems quickly.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute events of varying size, scope, objective, and topic.
  • Experience coordinating high-stakes events featuring high-level participants including heads of state and government ministers.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize events to meet specific objectives outlined by organizational leadership.
  • Excellent written, verbal and people skills
  • Poise, good judgment, and professional presence.
  • Extraordinary attention to detail, strong work ethic and sense of humor.
  • A passion for excellence and a desire to contribute to the institution’s positive reputation.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrated interest in global development. A good understanding of the global development community, including CGD’s core audience, is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with contact databases (like Salesforce), email marketing (like Pardot), and event management software (like Restream).
  • Experience producing both in person and virtual events.
  • Basic HTML skills a plus.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $54,000. CGD offers a work environment that is collegial, rewarding, and rich with opportunities for intellectual and professional growth. The compensation package includes base salary, generous paid time off (six weeks per year), a robust benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, Rx, life, disability, EAP, transportation subsidy, all federal holidays plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s paid, plus a market-leading 15% employer contribution to retirement after one year of service, up to legal limits.

This position will be required to work primarily in-person upon hire, with flexibility for limited remote work. CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Candidates must be located in one of these jurisdictions by the start date of employment.

In compliance with United States federal law, all persons hired must verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire.  We are unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

CGD celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, or veteran status. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups. 


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