Career Opportunities

Language Program Coordinator

The Goethe-Institut is the world-wide cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its mission is to foster knowledge of the German language abroad as well as international cultural cooperation. In addition, we also offer a broad perspective on Germany through information on the cultural, social and political life of our country. The Goethe-Institut Boston (founded 1967) is responsible for all of New England and works in cooperation with renowned local universities and numerous other organizations both in Boston and in surrounding areas.

The Goethe-Institut Boston is currently seeking applicants for the role of Language Program Coordinator to work on a 30 hour per week basis with the possibility of an immediate start for the right candidate. The exact starting date will be discussed during the interview.

Our remuneration policy is based on the applicable framework outlined in the statutory provisions of Massachusetts state law. Please note that the Goethe-Institut Boston will only accept applications from individuals who are already in possession of a valid work permit for the United States.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide information and advice about language course offerings at the Goethe-Institut Boston and language course programs in Germany
  • Administer student enrollment and exam registration procedures (this further includes collecting tuition fees and maintaining the language course database)
  • Perform general administrative tasks of the language course office (e.g. issue certificates, manage e-mail and phone correspondence in English and in German, prepare fiscal reports on the language course program)
  • Maintain and update the website (where applicable or where content relevant to language course program)
  • Assist with promotional activities (e.g. Open House, Immersion Days)
  • Participate in the planning and coordination of the language course program
  • Collaborate with the teaching staff at the Goethe-Institut Boston
  • Valid US work permit
  • College degree applicants preferred (at least B.A.-level or equivalent)
  • High degree of flexibility, resilience and customer-orientation
  • Experienced team player and efficient working style
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Very good command of English and German (in written and spoken form)
  • Familiarity with computer programs such as MS Office, administrative tools and basic bookkeeping knowledge
  • Previous experience with social media, content management systems and software managing skills a plus
  • Willingness to work on Saturdays and weeknights where applicable or necessary (e.g. when assisting with the execution of course completion functions)
Our ideal candidate will exhibit a high degree of organizational skills and is able to work independently as well as part of a team. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
Please send your application to:

Goethe-Institut Boston
Christine Möller-Sahling, PhD
Language Program Director

GRÜNES DIPLOM ― Teach German at the Goethe-Institut

In its efforts to expand its language course offerings, the Goethe-Institut Boston is looking for college/university graduates who are interested in becoming certified as an instructor of German as a Foreign Language (DaF – Deutsch als Fremdsprache). The Goethe-Institut Boston is offering a continuing education program for this certification. The Grünes Diplom is the worldwide standardized certification for DaF instructors at Goethe-Institut locations abroad.
Goal of the Continuing Education Program 

With the Grünes Diplom, you will acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of modern foreign language instruction. You will be inspired to learn more about topics related to language teaching, methodology, and didactics, and will become familiar with the quality standards of the Goethe-Institut.
Depending on one’s certification, two continuing education options are offered: 
1. Grünes Diplom with DaF certification

  • Introduction – Fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut, observation classes, and supervised instructional experience (approx. 4-6 weeks)
  • Examiner certification, tutoring training, proof of language abilities at least at the C1 level
  • If lacking: Continuing education in Germany 
2. Grünes Diplom without DaF certification

The continuing education program consists of the following components: 
  • Introduction – Fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut, observation classes, and supervised instructional experience (approx. 4-6 weeks)
  • In-depth training – Online-based DaF distance learning program Deutsch Lehren Lernen (Learn to Teach German) – DLL 1-6, 9 (approx. 8-12 months)
  • Tester certificate, tutoring training, proof of language abilities at least at the C1 level
  • If lacking: Continuing education in Germany 
Working professionals may also participate in the program. Classroom instruction is possible after the introduction to the fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut and after completing two successful supervised instructional experiences. 
Application requirements
  • A college/university degree
  • Proven knowledge of German at the C1 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Interest and willingness to continue working as a German language instructor on a long-term basis after completing the continuing education program
  • Flexibility: Willingness to teach at nights or on the weekends
  • Confident and secure handling of digital media 
Your costs for participating in Option 2 of the training program are the costs for the distance learning program (DLL). 
Application and selection process
Please send your application materials consisting of your CV, copies of your degree(s) and certificates, as well as a detailed personal statement (at least 500 words) to: 

Goethe-Institut Boston
Christine Möller-Sahling, PhD
Language Program Director

A written agreement will be concluded between the participant and the Goethe-Institut regarding participation in the continuing education program.