Program Associates – CPI is hiring in North America

CPI North America is hiring Program Associates to join our rapidly growing team!

We are currently building out our programmatic agenda in the areas of city innovation, government legitimacy (helping governments restore relationships with residents) and economic mobility. The Program Associate will play a key role in driving our work in one of these areas.

Roles and responsibilities

Program management and execution

  • In coordination with CPI Program Manager(s), support the day-to-day execution of CPI programs and initiatives, including logistical coordination and program management
  • Conduct research and analysis related to a particular program initiative and deliver insights on how to achieve greater public impact
  • Articulate these insights effectively in written and verbal communications, including in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Manage external partners and stakeholders critical to ensuring effective operations and expanding CPI’s influence

Thought leadership and insight development

  • Take program-related learnings to find platforms to disseminate lessons learned and leading practices to a wider audience
  • Develop online content that reflects our thought leadership in our programmatic areas
  • Support efforts to ensure CPI North America remains at the cutting-edge

Partnerships and commercial development

  • Support the development and implementation of strategic partnerships that enable CPI to better achieve its mission, building on program learnings and relationships

Position requirements, skills and core competencies

  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in a strategy consulting environment to BCG Associate-level or equivalent
  • University degree with demonstrated high academic achievement in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, economics, government, social entrepreneurship or similar)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and passion for the public and social sector, relevant work experience in government, international organizations and/or think tanks ideally with experience interacting with senior stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to engage with all levels of seniority
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills (excellent English a prerequisite) to present complex topics to a senior-level audience
  • Proven organizational skills, able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple parallel tasks
    Self-awareness and openness to feedback and continuous learning

We are a young and rapidly growing organization and offer ample opportunities for growth and personal development. To thrive at CPI you will be:

  • Intellectually curious and excited by innovative, human-centered approaches to big challenges
  • Entrepreneurially minded, with an attitude of continuous learning
  • A proactive self-starter, comfortable with ambiguity
  • Energized by tackling tough challenges in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment
  • A believer in the positive potential of government to catalyze impact
  • Humble, selfless, and good-humoured

To try our best to take bias out of the evaluation process, please apply below.

Do note that the application involves a series of short answer questions.


In an effort to answer any open questions, we are holding two virtual informational sessions on:
Thursday, July 19, 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET

Tuesday, July 24, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET

We encourage you to RSVP and attend. Feel free to submit any questions you may have ahead of the session as well, so we can make sure to address them.

The timing for our interview process is below that we hope to follow and will give you a better sense of what you can expect:

  • Applications due Thursday, 7/26 at 11:59 PM PT
  • Interviewees notified by Friday, 8/3 end of day
  • First-round interviews (virtual + written assignment) – Week of 8/6
  • Notification for second round interview – Week of 8/13
  • Second-round interviews – Week of 8/13
  • Final decisions – Week of 8/13