International Program Manager, Chicago Sister Cities International

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

Chicago Sister Cities International, an initiative of World Business Chicago, advances Chicago as a global city and promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation through citizen diplomacy – one individual, one community at a time – for the benefit of Chicago and its sister cities.

To accomplish its mission, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) develops programs in the areas of culture, education, government relations, and international business.

CSCI is the largest and most active sister city program in the U.S.:

·       Chicago has 29 sister cities in 28 countries

·       CSCI is a volunteer-based program, comprised of committees for each of its sister city relationships

·       37 volunteer committees: 28 sister city committees, 8 social services committees and 1 humanitarian committee

·       Over 600 committed volunteers building relationships with Chicago’s sister cities

Position Summary

Chicago Sister Cities International is seeking an International Program Manager. The manager furthers Chicago Sister Cities International’s mission to promote Chicago as a global city, develop international partnerships and networks, and share best practices on a city-to-city basis. The International Program Manager manages committee volunteers; plans and executes events and exchanges; and cultivates relationships with partners. This staff member will work as an integrated member of the CSCI team.

Primary Responsibilities

The International Program Manager reports to the Executive Director and Deputy Director of CSCI, and primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead or provide support to CSCI’s key initiatives, including the Discover our Sister Cities Series; the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit; and the Chicago Consular Corps Gala
  • Manage the relationship with and activities of CSCI’s volunteer committees
  • Lead and project manage a diverse group of events and initiatives in the fields of international business, culture, education, and government relations
  • Develop and manage budgets for projects and committees
  • Create itineraries for international delegations in collaboration with city, public and private sector representatives
  • Work with internal teams on strategies for fundraising, marketing and logistics
  • Act as a liaison with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago, international contacts, consular corps representatives, community organizations, and other Chicago-area institutions
  • Represent the organization at events
  • Provide administrative support for Finance, HR, and Development processes
  • Manage membership database and ensure its accuracy
  • Manage database of external partners and stakeholders
  • Prepare a variety of written correspondence, reports, directives and other materials
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three to five years of experience in event programming, project management, and/or volunteer management
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of individuals within and outside of WBC/CSCI
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate to all levels of management
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong computer skills with expertise in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience with database management; Salesforce preferred
  • Ability and willingness to work some early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • A passion for international relations and protocol
  • Foreign language skills a plus


If interested, please send a cover letter and resume by April 23 to: