Business Development Assistant


LOCATION:410 Pierce St., Houston, TX 77002

TYPE: Flexible (between 10 hours/week to full time)

Organizational Summary

The US-China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes innovation through the exchange of ideas and collaboration between China and the US. We organize the annual US-China Innovation and Investment Summit (UCIS) in Houston, which provides a unique opportunity for innovative technology startups to connect with investors, strategic partners, leading incubators/accelerators, and professional services firms from China. It is an excellent platform for technology companies to leverage significant resources from China to accelerate their growth and to expand their market potential. The UCIA also organizes roadshows to bring innovative US technology companies to China for B2B matchmaking and provides other services to help US-based companies connect with complimentary Chinese resources.

Position Overview

The preferred candidate will be a highly organized, detail-oriented, and efficient self-starter who works well autonomously and as part of a team. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with high attention to detail, a positive attitude, and a demonstrated interest in facilitating business and knowledge exchange between the U.S. and China. Project management experience is a plus.

  • Manage the Executive Director’s calendar by planning, prioritizing key tasks and scheduling meetings, calls, and conferences.
  • Research potential partners and sponsors where needed.
  • Prepare material and taking notes for meetings.
  • Answer, prioritize and screen incoming phone calls and voicemail messages.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

  • Commitment to the mission of the UCIA.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in International Relations, Business, Economics or relevant field required .
  • Previous work/intern/volunteer experience preferred in a non-profit setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally in a creative, fast-paced, 
intellectual team environment 
  • Ability to work independently and with other team members to achieve institutional goals.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills .
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills .
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook) .
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of UCIA partners and sponsors.


Depending on the actual working hours, you would be providing 

  • Profile display on UCIA website
  • A free ticket to the US China Innovation and Investment Summit
  • CPT/OPT/E-verify (STEM majors) support


  • This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for experience in or thinking about a career in U.S. – China technology colaboration.
  • Networking opportunity with industry leaders.
  • Work experience with an elite team.

    How to apply

    Please read the application instructions carefully.

    Email the following to and indicate job title “Marketing and Communications Assistant” in the subject line.

    1. Cover letter;
    2. Resume.

    Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted. No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your application as having been received unless your email is bounced back.


    The U.S. – China Innovation Alliance is an equal-opportunity employer.



    7707 Fannin St, Houston, TX, 77054

    Office: 832-491-0069


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