Project Coordinator

The Global Parliament of Mayors Project
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

The  Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) is a governance body of, by and for mayors from all continents. It builds on the experience, expertise and leadership of mayors in tackling local challenges resulting from global problems. At the same time, it brings local knowledge to the table and thus participates actively in global strategy debates and underscores the need for practical, action oriented solutions.

Founded by internationally acclaimed political theorist, Dr. Benjamin Barber, the GPM was launched in September 2016 in The Hague with over 70 cities and 30 NGO’s represented. 

The structure of the GPM was determined by the founding mayors in September 2016 and continues to develop as a global foundation that will provide a formal structure to support the GPM. This foundation, currently administered by a Secretariat based in the City of The Hague, will remain an autonomous entity governed by a mayors onlySteering Committee and a Consultative Committee of experts and former mayors.

As founder of the GPM, Dr. Barber is a member of its Steering Committee and is also the Chairman of the new Consultative Committee.

In this regard, Dr. Barber is seeking a new Project Coordinator to work with the Consultative Committee and Steering Committee primarily to provide organisational support. 

The position of the GPM Project Coordinator requires an applicant with a broad range of practical and political experience in local government, with a familiarity in protocol, partnership relations, information management, senior level meetings, and helping to manage the complex project timeline. Polished writing skills are a must.

This position will commence in April 2017, for a minimum of 12 months, with a first review in the third month and a second review to be confirmed in relation to the development of the GPM. This position may require domestic and international travel; current passport and travel documents are essential.

The position is advertised as an Independent Contractor with a salary appropriate to the position and commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with Dr Benjamin Barber as Chair of the GPM Consultative Committee and Member of the GPM Steering Committee on strategy and day-to-day delivery of the GPM program; providing political analysis to Dr. Barber as appropriate, commensurate with personal experience in politics and government
  • Writing and developing original documents and correspondence under the oversight of Dr Barber and Consultative Committee team
  • Managing relationships with mayoral offices (staffers, international relations, press) around the world through written and verbal communication (both via phone or Skype and in-person), coordinating work with the rest of the GPM team
  • Coordinating with the GPM Secretariat on GPM planning, agendas and logistics with external organizations, mayors associations, intercity associations, stakeholders, academic supporters
  • Coordinating with the GPM Secretariat on GPM events including the proposed June 2017 Chicago Forum for Global Cities partnership, the second convening of the GPM in Fall 2017, a Los Angeles/Mexico City Cross Border event, and further events as agreed with the Steering Committee and Consultative Committee.
  • Overseeing general program administration, including crucial maintenance of project databases and contact lists; this work involves managing office staff, researchers and interns
  • Liaising with Dr. Barber’s Executive Assistant on relevant the day-to-day operations of the GPM Project NY office.


  • BA is required, ideally in the social sciences; Master's degree preferred
  • Knowledge of city or municipal politics and policy
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in politics and policy on an urban level is required
  • Management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment
  • Capacity to work quickly and efficiently under pressure
  • Highly developed organizational skills

Additional qualifications

  • Proficiency in a foreign language is useful
  • Presentation skills
  • Literacy in Microsoft Office suite, Google products, and standard Internet tools

Application instructions

Please send a complete resume with two current, relevant references and a writing sample indicative of communication skills. The first deadline for applications will be for April 14 with qualified candidates receiving an opportunity to interview on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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