Program Development Assistant

Salzburg Global Seminar seeks to recruit a Program Development Assistant to the Salzburg-based Vice President and Chief Program Officer (VPCPO) and Vice President, Development & Operations (VPDO), to manage their business schedules and coordinate with staff on a wide variety of administrative tasks, based at our headquarters at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria.

Salzburg Global Seminar: the institution and its work

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Our multi-year programs aim to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems.

We convene outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action on critical issues, connecting local innovators with global resources and fostering lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change. Over 36,000 Fellows from 175 countries have come together through our programs.

Salzburg Global thrives by empowering people of all backgrounds, and an increasingly diverse range of organizations and initiatives, to have greater impact across the world. Our team needs to understand complex challenges and emerging issues, develop insights, set strategy, create tangible goals, build alliances and business opportunities, and above all, translate vision into action and results. If you have an outstanding track record, entrepreneurial flair and are hungry to put your skills to work, think of Salzburg Global as your platform to drive high-impact change.

Position description:

Salzburg Global Seminar is looking for a highly-organized quick learner with an international outlook and experience to serve as the Program Development Assistant. This position reports directly to the VPCPO and VPDO and plays a crucial role in helping the VPCPO and VPDO maintain their extremely busy schedules and manage relationships with program and development contacts and partners. S/he will also support our team of Program Directors as needed. A result-oriented multi-tasker with strong communications skills, s/he facilitates effective planning and communication between Salzburg's international offices, internal management team, and external partners.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Schedule on- and off-site appointments, organize travel plans and maintain relevant database entries.
  • Support internal information flow.
  • Take and disseminate meeting notes as requested by VPCPO or VPDO.
  • Schedule and supply logistical support for weekly development pipeline meetings, regular team meetings, program retreats and training days in coordination with the VPCPO and VPDO.
  • Attend to phone calls and respond to emails from contacts.
  • Meet with VPCPO daily to review calendar, open projects and deadlines. ยท
  • Enter / update notes and general information in Salzburg Global Seminar's database.
  • Prepare monthly time sheets and travel expense reports for VPCPO, VPDO, and other select senior staff in accordance with internal procedures.
  • Support the preparation of background papers, documents and presentations.
  • Conduct research as required.
  • Supply operational support to Program Directors as needed.

Skills  and qualifications:

  • Outgoing enthusiastic personality with excellent communication and organizational skills and a commitment to working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions and meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility and creative problem-solving.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English, with native or fluent German a strong advantage.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and personable telephone skills.
  • Extensive experience in using Excel, Word and database management.
  • Total respect for confidentiality when dealing with senior management.


This position is an entry-level position and will receive a base salary, full medical and retirement benefits, and five weeks annual vacation. Salzburg Global is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply:

Consideration will only be given to those with the ability to work in the European Union.

Please send a concise cover letter including salary requirements, a short writing sample, and a resume to Human Resources with the subject line "Program Development Assistant."

Applications can also be mailed to:

Human Resources 
Schloss Leopoldskron 
Leopoldskronstrasse 56-58 
5020 Salzburg, Austria

Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls please.