Program Director, Global Development Policy

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC is welcoming applications for the position of Program 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. It brings together policymakers and civil society organizations through workshops, study tours, research, publications, and fellowships, such as the newly launched Feminist Foreign and Development Policy Fellowship. It also aims to platform the perspectives of marginalized people and communities in discussing solutions to issues of global economic development policy and governance. For example, the program currently engages in conversations on how to rethink neoliberal economic principles and assumptions and reorient them toward a true consideration of planetary boundaries, human rights, and global social justice. Moreover, the program collaborates with the Technology & Digital Policy Program in working on digital development/connectivity in the Global South and connects transatlantic and global debates.

Based in Washington, DC, the program closely monitors the work of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and multilateral development institutions around the world. It also works in close coordination 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-Stiftung 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 the challenges of sustainable, democratic, equitable, and inclusive development
  • 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 should indicate if they hold a US work permit

Preferred Qualifications

  • Oral and written fluency in German
  • Relevant work experience, including 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, a flexible home-office policy, and a family-friendly office culture
  • A metro-accessible downtown office
  • 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 6% 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 $68,000 to $78,000, based on level of experience.

The job location is Washington, DC. International and domestic program-related travel is required (around three weeks per year). This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). If requested, a reduction to a part-time position (with a minimum of 30 hours/week) can be discussed.

Our Diversity Commitment: The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung 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 in both our internal and external work. 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.

Anticipated Start Date: We are seeking candidates who can start in the position in mid to late May, 2023.


Please apply with your cover letter and CV via BambooHR.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is March 31, 2023.

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.