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Program Officer

The American Council on Germany (ACG) seeks a detail-oriented, reliable self-starter to manage national outreach to a network of 22 chapters. Responsibilities include creating and executing a strategic plan for the ACG’s national outreach, planning policy discussions and conferences, as well as database management, conducting research online, and making travel and other logistical arrangements. The individual should be well-organized, attentive to detail, and a meticulous multi-tasker with a strong knowledge of German politics and German-American affairs.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated to work on a variety of short- and long-term projects both independently and as part of a team. The Program Officer reports to the Chief Content Officer and will collaborate with other members of the ACG staff, including the President and the Program Director.

The ACG established its network of Eric M. Warburg Chapters, named for ACG founder and longtime Treasurer Eric M. Warburg, to promote a greater understanding of German and European affairs beyond the business community in New York and the policy community in Washington, DC, and to enhance the positive impact the transatlantic relationship has in local communities across the United States. Through the Warburg Chapters, the ACG convenes roughly 100 events annually, exposing a broad audience across sectors and generations with deep and nuanced insights about developments in Germany, Europe, and around the world – and how they impact the transatlantic partnership and communities across the United States.

The Program Officer’s key roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and executing a Warburg Chapter strategic plan.
  • Identifying and securing speakers for the 22 Chapters.
  • Overseeing the logistical aspects of events, including developing itineraries, program materials, and financial follow-up.
  • Serving as the main contact for Chapter Directors, speakers, and partner organizations.
  • Expanding the impact of Chapter programming and engaging new local target audiences.
  • Working on grant applications, and interim and final reports supporting Chapter activities.
  • Providing draft write-ups, photos, and other information on programs for the annual report, website, social media, and other resources.
  • Maintaining internal databases and calendars.
  • Helping with other programs and activities as needed.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and at least 2-4 years of professional experience, preferably in German-American affairs or international relations.
  • Strong working knowledge of German is required (oral and written).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Event management experience; including good time management skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Database management experience, preferably in Salesforce.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to engage with high-profile speakers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and editing skills.
  • Organization and project management experience, with a proven ability to adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced atmosphere.
  • Website maintenance skills (WordPress) and social media savvy are highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the strengthening of German-American relations.
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the U.S.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The American Council on Germany offers generous health and 401K benefits. The American Council on Germany is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@acgusa.org. Please confirm knowledge of German and eligibility to work in the U.S. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only contact candidates of interest. No phone calls, please.

Internship Program

The American Council on Germany offers unpaid internships for the spring, summer, and fall for students who are interested in transatlantic affairs, specifically German-American relations. Internships at the ACG provide the opportunity to gain insight on the daily operations of a small nonprofit organization while having the possibility to participate in policy discussions with thought leaders from business, politics, media, and academia. Interns may be involved in membership outreach, fundraising, event planning, and providing research for various ongoing projects.

The ACG will work with students and their course load to coordinate a mutually agreeable schedule; however, interns must maintain a reliable and consistent schedule. Interns in the spring and fall semesters must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week, while those in the summer must make a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week. Internships are unpaid.

The internship duration and the corresponding deadlines are as follows:

Spring Semester (February – May)
Application Deadline: January 15

Summer Semester (May – August) 
Application Deadline: March 15

Fall Semester (September – December)
Application Deadline: July 15

Interns’ duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with event logistics for policy discussions, Warburg Chapters, and the McCloy Awards Dinner;
  • Assisting with maintaining the internal database;
  • Conducting online research for various projects;
  • Assisting with communications, including researching and/or generating content for the ACG website, newsletter, and social-media sites; and
  • Providing administrative support for membership, fellowships, conferences, and/or other projects.

The preferred applicant must:

  • Be a self-starter and highly organized;
  • Have an interest in Germany, Europe, transatlantic relations, international business, and/or international affairs;
  • Have the ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Be a highly motivated team player with excellent interpersonal skills; and
  • Have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Experience in digital projects is desirable, and German language skills are a plus.

To apply, submit a current resume and cover letter outlining why you are applying for the internship and your availability to msteinbuch@acgusa.org.

Foreign nationals must be eligible for a J-1 visa and must cover the costs associated with obtaining the visa. If already in the U.S., they must be eligible to intern at a U.S. organization.

Internship Housing in New York City

While the ACG does not secure housing for interns, internship applicants are welcome to explore the following housing resources:

Educational Housing Services
EHS provides comfortable and secure residences and a comprehensive Student Life Program so students and interns can work while enjoying NYC.

International House
Housing is available for students and interns during the academic and summer sessions. Must be 21 years or older to apply for housing during the academic year and 18 years or older for the summer session.

NYC Intern Housing
This website provides housing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, with furnished apartments in different locations around the city.

Women’s Residence Housing
The Webster Apartments offer an all-women’s residence for students and interns in NYC.

YMCA
The New York YMCA provides guest housing in several locations around the city.

Summer Housing

Columbia University Internship Housing
Summer housing is available for non-Columbia students participating in an internship or summer program in the metropolitan area over the summer.

The New School Internship Housing
New School housing offers a safe and convenient home base in New York City for all summer interns and college students, whether they are affiliated with The New School or with other colleges and universities.

NYU Internship Housing
NYU provides internship housing for students and other individuals during the summer term.