Career Opportunities

Director of Administration

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life. The Goethe-Institut Boston 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 seeking to hire a full-time Director of Administration (40 hours/week).


  • Oversee the budget, controlling, bookkeeping and all accounting matters 
  • Manage maintenance of the building (currently the building is under renovation, monitor construction)
  • Responsible for procuring and sorting out inventory
  • Supervise the Time and Attendance System (AIDA)
  • In charge of IT infrastructure
  • Related administrative experience
  • Basic knowledge of the Goethe-Institut’s planning and management tools or willingness to acquire this knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of SAP preferred
  • Sound knowledge of relevant guidelines and regulations regarding travel expenses or willingness to acquire this knowledge
  • Sound knowledge of operating sytsems Windows 7/10
  • Very good knowledge of MS-Office
  • Experience with installing programs, setting up printers as well as establishing drive connections
  • Flexibility, ability to work under pressure, social competence, ability to work in a team and independently
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent German and English language skills
We Offer:
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Employment: full time
Please note that the Goethe-Institut cannot sponsor visas. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Please submit your complete application (cover letter, résumé and the names and contact information of two references) by e-mail to:

Goethe-Institut Boston
Marina May

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.