Programs/Events Manager

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall
  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 27

Position description

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing global and civic engagement. We deliver a robust slate of programming on local, national and global affairs in order to promote an enriching dialogue for our members and the public to promote better understanding of the connections between Los Angeles and the world.

LAWAC produces approximately 60 in-person and livestream programs per year. Speakers have included international heads of state and dignitaries, current and former U.S. presidents and cabinet members, U.S. Senators and CEOS of the top U.S. think tanks. Recent speakers have included former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Ambassadors to the United States from Brazil, Argentina, Estonia, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, Philippines, Richard Haas, President, Council on Foreign Relations, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Fiona Hill, Bill Gates, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, David Petraeus, and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.

Job Type: Full-time

Note: Final interviews for the position will take place in person. The selected candidate will complete onboarding in person. Following this initial period, a hybrid work arrangement may be considered. The Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall office is located in downtown Los Angeles.


  • 2-5 years of experience in working with key organizations to secure top speakers, panelists and moderators for events with large in-person audiences
  • Experience and/or knowledge in domestic and international policy, government and international affairs preferred
  • Experience with curating in-person and livestream programming in line with our mission
  • Experience with producing and managing in-person and livestream events with audiences ranging from 50 to 1,000
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Highly organized and productive and able to work with a small mission focused team
  • Experience developing programming content aligned with sponsorships and grants highly preferred
  • Experience working with Salesforce and/or relational databases highly preferred

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programs Manager reports directly to the President & CEO.

Program Development

  • Builds and maintains relationship with publicists, publishers, think tanks, government officials, Los Angeles Consul Generals, nonprofits and corporations to generate speakers, topics and program opportunities
  • Works with the President and CEO and key board members to develop a speaker outreach plan
  • Writes invitations to prospective speakers and executes follow up
  • Recruits and manages moderators, as needed
  • Identifies opportunities for new venues
  • Partners with the Marketing Manager to maximize audience attendance
  • Partners with the Membership Manager to promote new membership through quality programming
  • Partners with the President & CEO to identify opportunities for program sponsorships
  • Serves as the liaison to the Board on Programs and Programs Committee

Program Operations

  • Produces approximately five in-person events per month including large public events, smaller member only events and special cultivation events.
  • Manages scheduling of speakers and panelists
  • Works with speakers and panelists to curate impactful, unique quality programming
  • Manages speakers and panelists and program logistics for in-person events
  • Manages venues and vendor contracts
  • Supports the Communications Manager on marketing needs for all events and in the production of livestream events
  • Works with the Membership Manager to coordinate event staffing needs, ticketing seating and special requests
  • Updates LAWAC CRM with speaker information

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 - $70,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Office parking is covered

Application instructions

Interested candidates should contact Alexander Messmann, Executive Vice President, Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall at

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