This position is a 3-month temporary assignment with potential for extension into Spring 2013. The Chinese Partnerships & Events Coordinator will be able to commit 30-40 hours a week throughout the contract and must be able to travel for a period of up to 3 weeks.
The Chinese Partnerships & Events Coordinator’s primary focus will be the coordination of a study tour for a delegation of Chinese government officials from the Beijing Parks and Forestry Department (BPFD), which will take place in November-December 2012. In addition to providing the delegation an introduction to American culture and strengthening the relationship between Forest Trends and the BPFD, the study tour will serve to introduce the Chinese delegation to best practices and innovative approaches in the US to issues relating to urban forestry, including: forest carbon sequestration, cultivating urban ecosystems for stormwater management, forests and park management, drinking water source protection, and eco-compensation (payments for environmental services).
The Chinese Partnerships & Events Coordinator will be responsible for the organization and coordination of the logistical arrangements and meetings for the study tour as well as supporting other events and projects of Forest Trends with Chinese partners over the next 3-6 months. Specific responsibilities will include:
- Arrange and confirm all formal meetings, lectures, and field trips of the US Study Tour, as well as cultural/leisure activities, in the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, New York, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle;
- Work with travel agent to coordinate and book domestic travel (flights, train, airport transfers, field visits, etc.) and book hotel accommodations
- Track expenses against the budget for the Tour
- Compile and translate key documents
- Travel with the group on the Study Tour in order to coordinate any local logistics with local contacts and assist with interpretation when necessary
- Support other Forest Trends events and projects undertaken with Chinese partners
- Fluency in English and Chinese (Mandarin)
- Familiarity with conservation finance/payments for ecosystem services, forestry, watershed management, or other relevant environmental field
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; event organizing and budget management experience a plus
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and a collegial demeanor
- Interest in building international relationships around innovative solutions to environmental challenges
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