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Event Content Director

  • Requisition no: 524949
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of International and Public Affairs
  • Grade: Grade 14
  • Categories: Commun/PR/Editorial, Other, Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn, General Administration
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: commensurate with experience

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications and Policy Strategy, and working closely with the Events team and the Research Director, the Event Content Director will advance understanding of global energy policy by developing content for webinars, events, workshops, briefings, and external conferences. They will be responsible for generating speaker and topic ideas, guiding and managing content selection, and tracking metrics for a dynamic portfolio of public and private convenings, organized by the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and those led by other partners. The position will also communicate regularly with key program stakeholders and participants to ensure all aspects of the experience are designed and delivered successfully.

The majority of these events will take place on the Columbia University campus in New York City. Additional event locations will include other domestic and international cities . This role will interact with a wide array of Center stakeholders including senior policymakers, private sector executives, NGO leaders, and Columbia faculty.

The Event Content Director will be responsible for hiring, mentoring, and managing a Sr. Program Manager.

A particular focus for the organization is the impact of issues of racism, environmental justice, gender equality, and inclusion in our energy and climate systems. The Center supports a culturally diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment, reflected across our staffing, leadership, scholarship and operations.


  • Working with the Director of Research, Scholars, and Events team, construct and manage a structured process to facilitate an intellectual exchange of ideas through expert panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, webinars, and briefings. Serve as event content developer on organization-wide projects and programs as needed.
  • Draft topic and speaker ideas, considering regional, topical, and speaker diversity. Consider how events and topics will position CGEP in the energy landscape of institutions engaged in research and analysis, how they further the Center’s agenda and mission, and topics relevant and forward-thinking on energy and climate issues. Speakers should cull from a wide range of sectors including world leaders; senior government officials; and prominent thought leaders and practitioners in NGOs, academia, policy, civil society, and business.
  • Work in close partnership with CGEP research scholars and University faculty to develop agendas for half-day, day-long, and multi-day public and private events across topics (e.g. energy, climate, geopolitics, finance) and geographies (e.g. North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe-Eurasia, Middle East, North Africa, etc.) within the Center’s scope. Highlight relevant CGEP research and publications where applicable.
  • Factor in audience development, identifying new and diverse constituents and deepening relationships with existing contacts.
  • Draft and oversee planning documents, agendas, speaker invitations, and tracking.
  • Develop strong working relationships with scholars, faculty, staff, and external partners associated with the program; manage scope of delivery and regularly inform stakeholders of program related activity and/or decisions. Track and analyze program content and materials and recommend improvements.
  • Keep apprised of the energy sector and key stakeholders, organizations, news, and like-minded programs in the field.
  • Work with the Director of Research and Director of Events to ensure established workflow, work tools, and processes efficiently support program implementation and provide an optimal experience to event participants.
  • Work with the CGEP finance team on budget development and tracking related to events.
  • Work with the CGEP development team to engage potential partners in the event series.
  • Report statistics in order to define and evaluate program success and track and comply with any reporting requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree, or equivalent in education and experience.
  • 5 years of full-time, directly related experience, with demonstrable interest in energy, climate change, public policy, and/or international affairs.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines, maintaining strong attention to detail, and possessing organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, maintain professionalism, and possess the ability to exercise excellent judgment, tact, confidentiality, and diplomacy in all interactions.
  • Possess deep knowledge of the energy sector and key stakeholders, organizations, news, and like-minded programs in the field.
  • Enthusiastic team player with a positive and flexible attitude who can work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Must be able to independently troubleshoot and problem-solve, as well as identify when to escalate issues when necessary.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and content management skills.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Events marketing experience (e.g. Mailchimp, Greenvelope).
  • Experience with graphic design (e.g. Canva, InDesign, PPT).

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