Job Opening

Executive Director for the German American Partnership Program

The Goethe-Institut New York in cooperation with the German American Partnership Program, Inc. (GAPP) is seeking an full-time Executive Director for the German American Partnership Program. Start date: February 1, 2019

The German American Partnership Program has been supporting short-term educational exchanges since 1972. GAPP is supported by the German Foreign Office as well as the U.S. Department of State. In the US, the program is implemented by GAPP, Inc., located at the Goethe-Institut New York, and is supported by the Goethe-Institut. We enable cultural awareness in communities and build confidence in students, empowering them to step into adulthood by fostering lifelong global ties. Within GAPP, schools in the US and Germany form long-term, sustainable partnerships. By signing up in GAPP, these partner schools become eligible to apply for funding through GAPP for reciprocal group exchanges of 2-4 weeks.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. With 159 institutes in 98 countries, it promotes knowledge of German abroad, encourages international cultural exchange and conveys an image of contemporary Germany.


  • Management of the largest German American school partnership and student exchange program (GAPP) in the U.S. in close cooperation with the Goethe-Institut as well as the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD)
  • Function as Responsible Officer for two J1-visa-programs (Categories: Teacher & Secondary School Students)
  • Member of GAPP Board of Directors
  • Close cooperation and coordination with the German Federal Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State as well as additional partner organizations
  • Promoting the program to new partner schools to facilitate new exchange partnerships with schools in Germany
  • Application for grant monies, budgeting, monitoring and reporting as well as quality management for the program
  • Consultation and supervision of exchange students along with parents and teachers
  • Designing and implementing information events as well as introductory workshops and continuing education events for teachers and school administrators
  • Developing promotional and information material on- and offline


  • Unlimited U.S. work permit (U.S. citizen, Green Card)
  • University degree (BA or higher)
  • Outstanding communications skills (oral, written, interpersonal); negotiation skills
  • Native or near-native fluency in English and in German
  • Several years of experience in project management
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Experience with international exchanges and corresponding visas (esp. J1)
  • Experience in the U.S. and German educational systems
  • Team player, with a willingness for flexible hours and occasional travel, and ability to work under stress
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with various constituencies
  • Strong computer skills, including extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, experience with web content management systems, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite desired


GAPP, Inc. and the Goethe-Institut offer competitive salary and a benefit package, including health insurance and other social benefits.

GAPP, Inc. and the Goethe-Institut are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and guarantee gender equality.The Goethe-Institut offers a competitive benefits package. The Goethe-Institut is an Equal Opportunity em­ployer and guarantees gender equality.

Please email your application with the following required documents to
  • Letter of Motivation (1/2 to at most 1 page)
  • Resume
  • 2-3 References 
Due to the high volume of responses, no confirmation email will be sent on receipt.