CSG East job opening: Program Manager, Eastern Trade Council

January 4, 2024

The program manager has primary responsibility for managing CSG East’s Eastern Trade Council (ETC) and providing support to the ETC board of directors (“Board”) and executing the directives from the Board. In addition to supporting the ETC, the program manager is responsible for providing policy analysis and research support, which includes monitoring, understanding, and sharing analysis on relevant state policy issues.

This position has work from home flexibility with preference to fill in the New York, NY area.

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How you apply:

If you’re interested in helping state trade directors facilitate trade in the Northeast, please upload the following elements with your application via the CSG employment portal:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and CSG East. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. (See this article from Indeed on how to write a simple cover letter.)
  2. Resume

CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience and education. The salary range for this position, based in New York City, is $90,000 to $115,000. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. CSG is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


What you’ll do:

Eastern Trade Council (ETC) responsibilities:

  • Recommend general policies and program initiatives for the ETC Board’s consideration.
  • Implement and monitor the administration of all policies and program initiatives adopted by the Board.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute ETC trade missions, trade shows, seminars, and other trade development events as directed by the Board.
  • Prepare annual budgets for the Board’s consideration; monitor all expenditures for compliance with approved budgets.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute quarterly board meetings, including budget and progress reports.
  • Secure, with assistance of the CSG East director, annual dues from ETC member jurisdictions.
  • Solicit private or public grants and corporate contributions; identify public and private sector partners to assist ETC in carrying out its goals and objectives.
  • Hire and supervise interns and oversee consultants as needed to carry out ETC projects in consultation with the Board.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for ETC with the CSG East Executive Committee, and report on the status of ETC projects and finances as required by the CSG East director.

Policy analysis responsibilities:

  • Maintain communication, conduct outreach, and establish rapport with policy committee and legislator members, as well as with federal, state, provincial, and local government officials, and representatives of other regional entities.
  • Participate in the planning, organizing, and convening of policy workshops, online webinars, technical tours, and state visits by identifying topics, arranging for speakers, supporting logistical planning, preparing information, and participating in such programs.
  • Develop and manage relationships with state officials and policymakers, including legislative and other governmental contacts.
  • Conduct policy research, surveys, and develop suggestions for the consideration by policymakers.
  • Prepare concise written responses to information inquiries initiated by members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
  • Contribute to Eastern Office publications, web-based resources, and social media efforts as directed.
  • Serve as member of other in-house teams as assigned.
  • Participate in/contribute to various CSG-wide activities.

What you’ll bring:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy, political science, international relations, or related field (additional relevant experience may be substituted for education requirement).
  • Three years’ experience in state government, public policy, association management, or related field.
  • Experience in international trade.
  • Research, writing, and policy analysis experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial processes at the state level.
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple partners, including having worked with public officials.
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills to build relationships with both internal and external partners to maintain open and frequent communication with international and state trade officials, as well as with legislators.
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative processes.
  • Understanding of exporting, foreign direct investment, and current trends in international trade.
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be an approachable, collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete multiple projects in a detail-oriented manner.
  • Facility with Microsoft Office programs and computer competency.
  • Ability to travel by plane, train, and vehicle domestically or internationally, overnight, and for varying lengths, to fulfill duties and responsibilities as needed.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others.
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds.
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