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Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington, DC

Program Director – Transatlantic Democracy Program

Transatlantic Dialogue · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Transatlantic Dialogue
Employment Type Full-Time

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC is welcoming applications for the position of Program Director for its Transatlantic Democracy Program. The Transatlantic Democracy Program concentrates on domestic policy and governance issues that challenge democracies in the United States and Germany/Europe. The Program has a special focus on migration and integration policies, inclusion, and social cohesion. Through workshops, study tours, research and publications, the Program brings together policymakers and civil society organizations to discuss how to respond to current democratic challenges in order to promote a strong transatlantic partnership and inclusive democratic societies.


The Program Director will be responsible for all program-related activities. Specifically, she/he/they will

  • design the strategic vision for the program’s goals and activities, in close coordination with the executive director
  • organize, coordinate and implement the program’s activities including conferences, workshops, study tours and visitor programs
  • identify and build partnerships in the US and Europe with relevant hbs offices, US and European institutions, and international organizations
  • represent the Program to the media and in expert discussions
  • assume principal responsibility for the program’s website publications, including regular updates, preparation of reports, and other information
  • manage funds in close cooperation with the Finance Manager, including budget planning, expense monitoring and project evaluation
  • undertake literature reviews, policy research, and writing assignments

Preferred Qualifications

  • An understanding of the challenges facing liberal democracy in the United States and Germany/the EU
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and working experience with US and German/European policies
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • Oral and written fluency in German (strongly preferred)
  • Proven research, writing and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Creative, self-directed and responsible work attitude
  • Experience in managing a program budget
  • Appreciation of working in international and culturally diverse team settings
  • Sensitivity for issues of gender equality, including LGBTQ+ issues
  • A genuine interest in the values and mission of the Heinrich Boell Foundation
  • Experience with MS Office 2016 and social media
  • Applicants must have a U.S. work permit
  • Graduate degree required

We offer:

  • Flexible work hours and a family-friendly office culture
  • A dynamic, welcoming and non-hierarchical team environment
  • An office environment that encourages creativity and collaboration
  • A strong progressive values orientation
  • Excellent benefits: 401(k) with a 3% employer match; health insurance, including vision and dental, and a 50% employer contribution to premiums; two months of paid maternity leave, as well as six weeks of paid pre-maternity leave; 20 vacation days; 10 sick days; pre-tax commuter benefits; and more.

The job location is Washington, DC. International travel is required from time to time. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week, core work hours 9am-5pm).

Our Diversity Commitment: The Heinrich Boell Foundation is committed to offering a diverse and inclusive workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We welcome applications from candidates with a demonstrated commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. 


Please apply via BambooHR, our online HR system. Only complete applications will be considered.

The deadline for applications is January 26, 2020.

About the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a non-profit organization that is part of the global green movement. The foundation is based in Berlin, Germany, and has a network of over 30 offices around the world. It advances political and socioeconomic transformations through civic engagement and political dialogue.

The Washington, DC office, in line with the foundation’s guiding principles and values, works to strengthen civil liberties, human rights, and democratic institutions. We promote gender equality, social justice, and equity. We strive to preserve a habitable planet for current and future generations.

As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, we run global and transatlantic dialogue programs. We work to shape multilateral processes and the norms that govern them, and to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Europe.

We foster these goals through a diversity of projects such as public seminars, fellowships, study tours, and publications.   

For more information, please refer to our website.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Transatlantic Dialogue
  • Employment Type