Senior Events and Strategic Partnership Manager - DC

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.  

Events are a vital communications tool to advance our mission, and CGD has a reputation for hosting dynamic, agenda-setting conversations with high-profile development policymakers and leading researchers. Each year CGD hosts more than 130 live digital-only, hybrid, and in-person events, including high-level private roundtables, public conferences, debates, workshops and dinners in our on-site conference center, online, and at external sites.

The Senior Events and Strategic Partnerships Manager is a leader, strategist, and hands-on implementer – responsible for spearheading our programming and events strategy, managing a team of event coordinators, collaborating with a range of internal experts and external stakeholders, and developing partnerships to enhance the impact of events. Successful candidates are comfortable overseeing the development of traditional in-person convenings and networking events, digital-first programs, as well as hybrid events broadcast from the Center. The Manager is also a strategic counselor, balancing the needs of our Executive team, CGD researchers, IT and technical professionals, and external partners and their staff. 



  • Strategy and leadership  
    • Offers vision for development of programs, internal operations, and continuous innovation to ensure that CGD’s event strategy and programming advance the organization’s strategic goals.  
    • Serves as a liaison between CGD program leadership and event staff to assign event responsibilities and ensure quality control. 
    • Directs staff and vendors – and coordinates with Communications staff – to ensure each program is of high-quality and achieves strategic impact.   
    • Tracks budget, reach and resonance of events, offers new ideas to maximize the impact of CGD’s event and overarching programming platform. 
  • Event planning, preparation, and marketing  
    • Provides strategic counsel to program and communications staff on event best practices, including scope, timing, format, platform, and audience to maximize reach and resonance. Contributes research and support for event speakers and/or participants, including developing high-level briefing materials. 
    • Oversees the continuum of event marketing, including content development and promotion, registration tracking, and confirmation. Will also consult with digital staff to guide re-marketing of programs.
    • Establishes and nurture partnerships to extend the reach of CGD events. Coordinates with internal colleagues and external partners to develop event collateral and / or support media relations as needed.  
  • Event production, logistics and execution:  
    • Manages high-level logistics for all CGD events, including coordination with the IT department and external production teams, catering and other hospitality, and occasionally with external venues.  
    • Administers contracts and invoices for all event related services. 



  • Minimum education: Bachelor’s degree 
  • 5-7 years event and public program management; digital or broadcast event production experience is a plus. 
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute events and experiences of varying size and scope, objective, and topics as a communications tactic to advance ideas and expertise. 
  • Expertise and interest in developing digital programs and experiences using best-in-class production techniques.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrated interest in global development. A good understanding of the global development community, CGD audience, and stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and people skills. 
  • Grace-under-pressure, good judgment, and professional presence. 
  • Self-starter with 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. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. 
  • Experience with contact databases, email marketing, and event management software. 


Compensation:  $80,000; This is a full-time position, based in Washington, DC. We offer flexible scheduling to allow for early morning, late afternoon and occasionally evening events, including to accommodate viewers in time zones outside of the U.S. CGD offers competitive salary, a full benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as transportation benefits.


Application procedures:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume.

Due to the pandemic our organization is working hybrid with all staff required to be in the office two days per week. CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates who cannot relocate to the area, even while the office remains closed, cannot be considered at this time.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to 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.


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