Volunteer Responsibilities Description


POSITION: Event Planning Volunteer

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: 410 Pierce St., Houston, TX 77002

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


Organizational Summary

The U.S. – China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) is registered in 2015 as a non-profit 501 (c)(3)cc3 tax-exempt organization that aims to provide a platform to promote the exchange of ideas and collaboration in innovation between China and the U.S. We organize the annual U.S.-China Innovation and Investment Summit (UCIS) in Houston that brings Chinese investors and innovative U.S. based companies together. We also put together roadshows that bring innovative U.S. technology companies to China for B2B matchmaking and provide other services that help U.S.-based companies connect with resources in China.

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.

This position helps to extend the resources in UCIA to prepare for the upcoming U.S.-China Innovation and Investment Summit in May (UCIS2017) as well as the InnoSTARS Competition 2017


  • Assist the Executive Director in planning and execution of milestones for the upcoming UCIS and InnoSTARS Competition
  • Lead research initiatives in support of partnerships and track partnership and sponsorship statuses.
  • Coordinate event planning related logistics.


  • Commitment to the mission of the UCIA
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Business, Economics, International Relations or relevant field required.
  • Previous work/intern/volunteer experience preferred in event planning, project coordination and management 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 (English – must, Mandarin Chinese – preferred but not necessary).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook).
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of UCIA volunteers and partners.


  • This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for experience in or thinking about a career in consulting, international relations or event planning.
  • Getting an overview of how an international organization with high-level exposure in both the U.S. and China is run.
  • Networking opportunity with industry leaders, high-level partners and sponsors.
  • Work experience with a passionate and international team.

How to apply

Please read the application instructions carefully.

  • Email the following to hr@uschinainnovation.org
  • Indicate job title “Event Planning Volunteer” 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.


410 Pierce St., Houston TX, 77002

Office: (713) 357-9513

Website: www.uschinainnovation.org