Employment Opportunities

Posted 10/30/2019, open until filled

Fellow, Global Innovation and Trade Policy

Help a unique non-profit connect global entrepreneurs and technology innovators with government officials.

The Global Innovation Forum (GIF) seeks a Fellow for Global Innovation and Trade Policy to advance its mission.  This is a temporary, six-month, full-time position based in Washington, DC that reports to the Executive Director.  At the end of the six-month commitment, the potential exists for the Fellow to explore a full-time staff position.

About the Global Innovation Forum

GIF is a nonprofit, non-governmental effort to connect a network of entrepreneur, business, nonprofit and university stakeholders with government officials around issues surrounding access to the global marketplace.  Housed under the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Foundation, GIF helps a range of startup and small business leaders tell their global stories, articulate their challenges, and improve the policy landscape on critical issues surrounding trade and regulation.

We take discussions about trade and public policy to technology gatherings such as SXSW and involve fresh business, startup, nonprofit and university perspectives in international organizations including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.  We elevate the role of diverse stakeholders in the global marketplace through reporting and online platforms, and act as a clearinghouse to identify and involve a network of innovators and entrepreneurs in public policy discussions.

What you will do

  • Plan and execute private meetings and public forums in the United States and around the world with startup, business, university, and government stakeholders about the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the global marketplace and on specific trade policy issues.
  • Conduct research, draft and lay out reports, and write background notes on the global opportunities and challenges that startups and small businesses face and the role of public policy in their success.
  • Support engagement with international organizations including the WTO, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and APEC on enabling global e-commerce and small businesses.
  • Help build out GIF’s work to support women’s economic empowerment, including by exploring the specific opportunities and challenges women face as small business and startup leaders and the role of public policy in enabling their global journeys.
  • Summarize and report on GIF activities for partners and government officials.
  • Identify and build relationships with globally-minded startups and small businesses to engage in reporting and programming.
  • Help manage GIF’s relationships with U.S. and foreign officials, including the diplomatic corps in Washington, DC, and with other nonprofit organizations.
  • Manage GIF’s online platform and social media presence.
  • Attend events and raise GIF’s profile in Washington, DC startup and policy communities.

An ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. You should be able to communicate ideas succinctly and tell a good story on paper and in person (and on social media).
  • The ability to manage multiple projects, with minimal supervision and with attention to detail, from outset to conclusion.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and a commitment to help scale a nonprofit startup at the intersection of entrepreneurship, trade and public policy.
  • Experience working with startup, business and/or policy communities.
  • Familiarity with publishing and design software (e.g. Adobe InDesign/Illustrator), WordPress and HTML/CSS.
  • Prior experience organizing events and/or developing fundraising proposals.
  • The ability to travel for business purposes up to 15% of the time.

Salary and benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Fellow will receive paid vacation and is eligible to participate in medical and dental benefits.

How to apply

Please send the following information to info@globalinnovationforum.com:

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications (1-page max);
  2. a resume (1-page max); and
  3. a writing sample, preferably on a topic related to global trade, technology or entrepreneurship policy (3 pages max).