Program Officer

American Council on Germany
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 07

Position description

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.


  • 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.

Application instructions

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume. 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.

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