Program Director – Foreign & Security Policy

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington, DC is welcoming applications for the position of Program Director for its Foreign and Security Policy Program. The program focuses on transatlantic foreign and security policy challenges, and on select issues of global peace and security. Through workshops, study tours, visitor programs, publications, and fellowships, the program brings together policymakers, foreign policy experts, and civil society representatives. In the past years, the program has specifically focused on democracy, rule of law, human rights, and peaceful relations in Europe’s neighborhood (Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Western Balkans and the Middle East) and the US and EU/German policies towards these regions. The program has also worked on the future of arms control in Europe and the US; the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; and the inclusion of climate change in foreign and security policy thinking. The program observes the work of the US administration and US Congress as well as the relevant UN organizations on topics that are in the program’s focus. It also works closely together with other programs in the DC office, with the headquarters of the foundation in Berlin, and with partners and other foundation offices around the world.


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 and other program directors
  • organize, coordinate and implement the program’s activities including conferences, workshops, study tours, publications, and visitor programs
  • build partnerships in the United States and around the world with Heinrich Böll Stiftunng offices, nongovernmental and governmental institutions, and multilateral 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

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant graduate degree
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • An understanding of current foreign and security policy debates, particularly regarding the United States and the EU and its neighborhood
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Creative, self-directed, and responsible work attitude
  • Appreciation of working in international and culturally diverse team settings
  • Sensitivity for issues of gender equality and their intersectional ties, including LGBTQ+ issues
  • A genuine interest in the values and mission of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Oral and written fluency in German
  • Relevant work experience
  • Proven research, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience in managing a program budget
  • Experience with MS Office 2016 and social media

We offer:

  • Flexible work hours, a flexible home-office policy, and a family-friendly office culture
  • A metro-accessible downtown office, with a pandemic-related hybrid work-schedule
  • 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 parental leave, as well as six weeks of paid pre-maternity leave; four months of unpaid parental leave; 20 vacation days per year; 10 sick days per year; pre-tax commuter benefits
  • An annual salary in the range of $60,000 to $70,000, based on level of experience.

The job location is Washington, DC. Occasional international and domestic program-related travel is required. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week).

Our Diversity Commitment: The Heinrich Böll Stitftung 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.

Our Code of Conduct: Gender democracy and a zero-toler­ance policy towards any form of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment set the normative framework that guides the work within the foundation at the programmatic and organiza­tional levels. We consider respect for and the application of our core principles a shared responsibility and common task of all staff members and affiliated partner organiza­tions and individuals.


Please apply with your cover letter and CV here.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.

About the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington, DC

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.