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Office Manager I - Global Trade Watch

General Description:

GTW Office Manager I performs administrative tasks relating to the functioning of Global Trade Watch with minimal supervision and a high degree of proficiency. These tasks include running GTW’s intern program and GTW Director’s Paid Speaking Engagement program; copyediting and quality control and of GTW written materials; maintaining briefing books, lobbying folders and other materials needed by GTW staff for public events; tracking briefings, hearings and other outside events of interest to GTW staff and providing notes of relevant events; and providing project support and administrative support to GTW staff and campaigns.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and supervise general, research and field interns for GTW;
  • Work with Director to develop twice-per-year pitch materials to seek university and other paid speaking opportunities, researching such opportunities, developing databases and producing mailings and emails and conducting follow up to seek to book GTW Director for paid speaking opportunities;
  • Provide copyediting and quality control for GTW written materials including research,  field, press, and foundation documents;
  • Maintain briefing books, lobbying folders and other materials needed by GTW staff for public events by creating a system of easy access to such materials and preparing copies for events;
  • Work with Research Director to track think tank and other organizational briefings and events, congressional hearings and other outside events of interest to GTW staff and, as assigned, to cover such events and prepare notes for use by the team and GTW allies;
  • Provide project support and administrative support to GTW staff and campaigns, including special projects relating to GTW events and activities;
  • Maintain, organize, and update various Access databases.


Education: College degree required.

Work Experience: Experience in copyediting, recruitment and management of volunteers, office management,  and project coordination. Two years office experience.  

Skills: Excellent editing and copyediting skills, including excellent facility with English grammar and syntax.  Ability to work with and mentor student volunteers.  Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Design skills a plus. Familiar with databases, especially Microsoft Access; familiar with basic office equipment.  Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Some research skills. Knowledge of university speaker booking systems a plus.

Knowledge: Familiarity with issue or electoral campaigning and nongovernmental organization and political protocol. Working knowledge of trade and globalization issues a plus; however, we will invest in training a candidate with strong skills and commitment to Global Trade Watch’s goals.

Capabilities: Ability to juggle multiple tasks and manage time, prioritization, project tracking and follow-through; ability to work well with a wide range of people; ability to adapt to challenging situations on a daily basis; excellent attention to detail; ability to undertake projects with minimum supervision.  High energy and enthusiasm.

Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to the public interest and promotion of the goals of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. Minimum two-year commitment.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume and writing sample to GTWapplicants@citizen.org.  Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will close as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.


More About Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch:  

Public Citizen is a national nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent the public interest in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for social and economic justice in globalization and trade policies; for clean, safe and sustainable energy; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; for safe, effective and affordable medicines and health care; and for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts. We have offices in Washington, D.C., and Texas. Public Citizen has over 300,000 members and supporters.

The mission of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division is to ensure that in this era of globalization, the 99% in America and around the world have the opportunity to enjoy economic security; a clean environment; safe food, medicines and products; access to quality affordable services such as health care; and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.

Public Citizen started working on globalization and “trade” issues in 1991 when we recognized that this was necessary simply to remain effective advocates for the public health, consumer safety, environmental and economic justice goals Public Citizen had promoted over decades. Motivating this strategic initiative was our realization that today’s international commercial agreements, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were no longer mainly about trade per se. Rather, these far-reaching agreements were backdoor delivery mechanisms to implement an expansive, enforceable package of nontrade policies – limits on financial regulation and food safety, new monopoly patent rights over medicines that limit access, limits on Internet freedom, new investor rights that promote job offshoring and subject public interest policies to attack, and more. This corporate-led version of globalization is designed to limit governments’ role in regulating the economy and to eliminate many of the public-interest safeguards Public Citizen and like-minded organizations and activists had won over decades. And it shifts decision-making on matters previously determined in national, state and local venues to international bodies where those affected by the decisions have no meaningful role.

Since its inception in 1995, GTW has been a leader in popularizing the globalization and trade debate by connecting these seemingly arcane policies to people’s everyday experiences – and helping people make a difference in the future of globalization by giving them the tools they need to educate their communities, hold Congress accountable for policy choices and hit the streets to protest. GTW works with diverse national and international coalitions and is an active member of the national Citizens Trade Campaign coalition and the Our World Is Not for Sale global network.

For more information, please see our website: www.tradewatch.org.

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