Monday, February 22, 2021
Position Announcement: Director of Programming
The City Club of Cleveland seeks a creative, innovative, and engaging Director of Programming to manage a diverse portfolio of in person and digital public programs that serve the City Club’s mission of convening conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive. The ideal candidate understands and embraces the power of civility and civic dialogue to strengthen a community and has experience working with diverse communities to identify the most relevant topics and vital voices to advance the community dialogue. In addition, the ideal candidate
- Is a strong written and verbal communicator, capable of connecting with a variety of audiences
- Is committed to democracy, civility, free speech, and the importance of hearing from a variety of voices
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and the work product
- Is comfortable in public speaking and moderating roles
- Enjoys working with various professional sectors including, but not limited to government, media, publishing, health, education, and social advocacy
- Brings experience producing programs of local and national relevance
- Has proven project management skills
- Is curious about the intersections of and relationship between issues and has broad interest in civic and social topics that shape local, regional, and national dialogues
- Understands the importance of being a neutral, nonpartisan convener
- Is comfortable working on a small team and is a skilled collaborator with colleagues, members, and partner organizations
- Is interested in finding ways to innovate programs to help deepen engagement, elevate critical conversations, and grow our audiences
- Has a passion for community conversation, civic engagement, and both as tools for strengthening democracy
- Possesses a deep and abiding interest in ideas and innovative thinking
- Has relevant work experience in community, education, or other relevant sector
- Has a demonstrated interest in leadership development
The Director of Programming is a member of the executive leadership team, responsible for the work that is central to the City Club’s mission—the actual conversations referred to in our mission “to create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive.” The role works directly with internal and external stakeholders, collaborates with colleagues across the organization, and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
Core Responsibilities include:
- Ensuring the successful planning and execution of all City Club forums, including drafting relevant scripts, coordinating preparation of speakers, and other aspects of forum production
- Collaborating with the CEO to set the vision and strategy for City Club programs
- Collaborating with board members in management of the Program Committee
- Managing member-led topic-specific programming committees and working with them to create meaningful programming
- Collaborating with colleagues in advancement on sponsorship and grant developments
- Collaborating with colleagues in content to ensure seamless production of onsite and digital forums, execution of off-site events, digital distribution, and program archiving
- Serving as liaison to all speakers including outreach to potential speakers to extend the invitation on behalf of the City Club, and ensuring ongoing communication through preparation and execution of the event
- Providing training to moderators to help maintain the highest level of quality conversation
- Managing the quality of each forum’s Q&A portion in ways appropriate to forum format, with an eye toward conversation quality and relevance.
Those interested in applying should email a cover letter and résumé to City Club Chief Financial Officer Julie Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Because written communication is so important in this role, your cover letter and résumé are a key part of our screening process.
About The City Club of Cleveland
Founded in 1912, the City Club is one of America’s leading public forums, producing more than 120 forums every year to strengthen democracy, inform and engage citizens and prepare them to participate in strengthening their communities. A product of the Progressive Era, we were founded in 1912 and are renowned for our tradition of debate and discussion, as well as for convening conversations with some of the most important voices shaping the future of our community, the state of Ohio, and the nation. The founders of The City Club of Cleveland envisioned “a social club with a civic purpose," where strong differences of opinion would converge to produce solutions to complex problems. For more than a hundred years, all of our speakers—more than 7,000 in total, from sitting presidents to community activists—have answered unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.
The City Club promotes and encourages diversity by welcoming speakers, members, guests of different races, backgrounds, cultures and orientations. In our 2013 Strategic Plan, inclusion was among the four core values we articulated and tracking was set in place to measure representation of diverse voices among our forums. We are proud to report that in the years since, we have continued to meet ambitious targets for speaker diversity. Furthermore, we recognize the structural racism that has long benefitted white supremacy; we work to educate our audiences about the challenges this long-standing reality creates for many members of our community.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the City Club has continued to provide the community with a variety of digital programs on the most important challenges and topics, expanding our modes of convening and distribution. As we look toward the future, the City Club will continue to pursue digital innovation, even as we eventually return to in-person convening.