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About The Unit: Created by former White House Senior Advisor and Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, the Institute of Politics formally opened in January 2013. The goal of the Institute is to enrich the political discourse and to help inspire a new generation of leaders by providing opportunities for students to engage with the leading public servants and political practitioners of our time. The Institute seeks to do this through three principal means: 1) Public lectures and panel discussions; 2) A program for visiting fellows; and 3) Student internships and civic engagement opportunities.
Unit Job Summary: Associate Producer: Plays a vital role in the execution of the Institute of Politics' acclaimed Speakers Series. Since its launch in January 2013, the Institute's Speakers Series has featured more than 200 distinguished guests, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Mayor Julian Castro, former Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. Sen. John McCain, Governor Deval Patrick, and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. Research, locate and book guest speakers and moderators; research topics and conceptualize content; determine event format and structure; coordinate logistics with Institute guests and staff; write and prepare letters of invitation, event briefings and program promotional copy; maintain the Institute's editorial and events planning calendar; coordinate the Institute's quarterly campus 'call for proposals' process with the Institute's Student Executive Board; work collaboratively with Institute colleagues as well as with its University and external partners to produce and execute a diverse array of programs. Reports to the Institute's Deputy Director, Programming.
Essential functions include: Working with IOP senior staff to design overall content and focus of IOP speaker series program(s), consistent with platform goals; researching topics and guest speakers around which to develop content and speaker series events; developing novel and creative ways to present content and conceptualizes the format of IOP speaker series events; participating in creative meetings to brainstorm ideas, select programming content and delegate work assignments; aggressively identifying, selecting and booking guest speakers, coordinating with those assisting with guest logistics; pre-interviews guests; developing interview questions where necessary/appropriate; writing and producing program copy and related event briefings; supporting and maintaining relationships with internal and external programming partners, working effectively and collaboratively with University departments, centers and student organizations (among others) to produce certain events.
Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required.
Advanced degree preferred.
Unit Experience: 1-3 years experience working in an editorial and/or programming environment, including journalism, broadcast programming, and/or live event production required.
Unit Job Function Competencies: Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
In-depth knowledge of, and passion for, politics, public policy and current events required (local, national and international).
Ability to conceptualize timely opportunities for speakers and topics and to develop them into compelling events required.
Strong background in talent bookings required.
Comfortable working with high profile individuals required.
Willingness to approach contentious issues from all possible sides, with an eye towards fairness and accuracy required.
Exceptional interpersonal verbal and written communications skills required.
Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task, and work under shifting deadlines in a fast paced environment required.
Strong organizational skills and superb eye for detail required.
Demonstrated effectiveness as a creative, collaborative team player required.
Ability to problem solve and to adjust to changing priorities required.
Strong commitment to diversity required.
Demonstrated initiative required.
Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines is required.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior leadership, Board members, consultants, colleagues, students and volunteers required.
Proficiency with computers required; knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred.