Career Opportunities

Maintenance Technician/Custodian

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 part-time Maintenance Technician (20 hours/week).


  • General custodial duties
  • Maintaining buildings and installations, coordinating the work of maintenance companies
  • Management of inventory
  • Purchasing of building and office supplies
  • Regular monitoring of safety, functionality and cleanliness of the building and facilities, management of the cleaning company
  • Support for IT infrastructure
  • Carrying out minor repairs to equipment and facilities, small painting jobs; supervision of external vendors
  • Cleaning/maintaining the exterior and grounds of the building (incl. front garden)
  • Logistics (incoming international deliveries and transport/customs)
  • Distributing incoming mail and deliveries
  • Responsible for outgoing letters, parcels and freight
  • Running errands
  • Responsible for set up and break down of furniture (tables, chairs, stage, etc.) for all events
  • Collaborating with the Events Technician in supporting events, setting up technical equipment and getting event space ready
  • Helping to assemble and dismantle exhibitions
  • Relevant technical background
  • Proven maintenance skills
  • Very good organisational abilities
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of MS Office programs
  • Flexibility, ability to work under pressure, social competence, ability to work in a team and also independently
  • Ability to move and transport heavy equipment
  • Willingness to work flexible work schedule and  occasional evening hours
  • Good communication and team skills
  • German language skills a plus
  • Valid US Driver's license and car
We Offer:
  • Starting date: Fall 2020
  • Employment: part-time
  • Salary according to Goethe-Institut USA pay scale, additional benefits
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Unfortunately, the Goethe-Institut can not provide any assistance in obtaining a work permit or visa.

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

Goethe-Institut Boston
Dagmar Kayser
Director of Administration

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
Steffen Kaupp
Director Language Programs

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