Program Director – Global Development Policy

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC is welcoming applications for the position of Director for its Global Development Policy Program. The program strives to ensure a global dialogue on a sustainable, democratic, equitable, and human rights-based approach to development. Through workshops, study tours, research, coordinated policy work and publications, the program brings together policymakers and civil society organizations. It also aims to lift up the perspectives of marginalized people and communities in discussing solutions to issues of global economic development policy and governance. For example, the program currently works with civil society partners in Africa on how to develop strategies for an inclusive, values-based approach to digital connectivity; how to find a more coordinated approach to sustainable infrastructure in the context of the G7; and how to better align climate change goals and trade policy in Africa. Another key component of the program is the critical analysis of the impact of World Bank and IMF policies on the environment, social inclusion and human rights. The program also closely monitors the work of relevant UN organizations and other multilateral development institutions on topics that are in the program’s focus. In doing so, it collaborates 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 hbs 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 challenges of sustainable, democratic, equitable and inclusive global development
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Creative, self-directed, and responsible work attitude
  • Appreciation for working in international and culturally diverse team settings
  • Sensitivity for issues of gender equality and intersectionality, including LGBTQ+ issues
  • A genuine interest in the values and mission of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
  • Applicants must already be legally authorized to work in the US

Preferred Qualifications

  • Oral and written fluency in German
  • Relevant work experience, preferably in the Global South
  • 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 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; 10 sick days; 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 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 and strongly encourage candidates from historically marginalized communities to apply.

Our Code of Conduct: A strong commitment to 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.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

About the Heinrich Boell Foundation

The Heinrich Boell Foundation is a non-profit organization that is part of the global green movement. The foundation is headquartered 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: