Program Officer, Urban and Regional Policy Program

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012

Job Summary:

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

The Urban and Regional Policy (URP) Program serves as a key resource and network builder for individuals and groups who make, influence, and implement urban and regional policy in the North America and Europe. The program seeks to inspire innovation and work collaboratively to apply new ideas on the ground by building networks of local and regional policy makers and practitioners. The program focuses on four key activities that introduce local leaders to innovative strategies and equip them with information, tools, and connections to facilitate implementation of these strategies in their communities. The Program’s core activities are: transatlantic network building; professional development and learning; research; and project support and execution.

The Urban and Regional Policy Program is seeking a Program Officer to help lead key initiatives around economic development and community revitalization, with a special emphasis on such cross cutting issues as cross sector/ public-private partnerships, social and economic inclusion, and community engagement. Current initiatives that deal with these topics that the Program Officer may be involved in include: Cities in Transition, Detroit-Torino Partnership, Dialogues for Change, and the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship. The position will be based in Washington DC.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

• Managing and overseeing the program’s initative(s) to include budgeting, reporting, and developing original content for issue-specific study tours in the United States and Europe, practitioner workshops, and other activities related to economic development, community revitalization, and the afore-mentioned cross-cutting issues;
• Tracking and summarizing innovative policy developments related to these topics in second tier cities and regions in Europe and the United States;
• Assisting with communications materials for key initiatives, developing original content for the URP website and blog, and editing publications;
• Writing proposals and related reports to URP donors and partners, including developing and editing proposal narratives and budgets, researching prospective funders, and drafting grant reports; and
• Representing the program and key meetings and conferences.

Qualifications and Requirements:

• A bachelor degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy or another related field is required. A master degree is preferred.
• A demonstrable interest or background in economic development, community development and revitalization, older industrial cities, and civic engagement/citizen participation is desired.
• Prior work experience (at least 3-5 years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting working on issues of economic development and community revitalization. Candidates with experience in cross sector/ public-private partnerships, strategies for social and economic inclusion, and innovative community engagement techniques are highly desired.
• Experience in fundraising, including grant writing and contact development.
• Excellent writing and editing skills in English; written and spoken proficiency in at least one European language is highly desirable.
• Strong project management skills and entrepreneurial spirit, with superb attention to detail and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced team-orientated environment.
• Solid research and analytical capabilities related to contemporary urban and regional policy in the US or Europe.
• Strong computer skills, (MS Office programs) are essential. Experience in WordPress is preferred.
• Working knowledge of contemporary Europe as well as the American urban and regional landscape.
• Knowledge of community and place-based philanthropy is also a plus.

Application Procedure:

To be considered for this opening, please submit your cover letter and resume (as one document) by apply at Due to the high volume of responses, we will only contact candidates of interest.

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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