Program Assistant - Urban and Regional Policy Program

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Job Summary:

GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy Program (URP) is seeking a Program Assistant to complete key administrative and operational tasks in support of the program’s activities including the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship. The position will be based in Washington, DC.

The Urban and Regional Policy Program engages leading US and European policymakers and practitioners by facilitating the exchange of transatlantic solutions for building sustainable, inclusive, and globally-competitive cities. URP works in selected cities in the United States and Europe that share a set of common challenges and desire to explore solutions through transatlantic exchange. URP actively stewards transatlantic initiatives that explore key issues through high-impact gatherings, peer exchanges, and applied research. The Urban program focuses its work on two inter-related themes that are critical to a transatlantic urban agenda:

•         Sustainable & Livable Cities (SLC) – exploring the development of sites and systems that promote urban sustainability and livability while stimulating local and regional economies;

•         Innovative & Inclusive Cities (IIC) – supporting the development of policies and programs that drive towards inclusive prosperity and globally competitiveness.


Program Assistant Key Areas of Responsibility:

·        Assisting the Operations Officer with the day-to-day administration of the program, including:  managing the contact database, maintaining program calendars, managing network communications (newsletter, social media, website updates), and preparing budgets and expense reports;

·        Assisting the URP team in the preparation and execution of events, including regular workshops and study tours, including managing travel, logistics, as well as, supporting content development;

·   Providing research and editorial support for the URP team,  GMF’s urban-related publications, and blog;

·        Supporting fundraising activities, including researching prospective funders; and

·        Based on demonstrated job performance, assisting Program Coordinators with more in-depth research and project management tasks for key projects.


Qualifications and Requirements:

·        Bachelor degree in urban policy, urban planning, public policy or another related field.

·        A demonstrable interest or background in urban policy, specifically in one or more of the following areas: urban development, sustainability, renewable energy, economic policy, economic development, economic inclusion, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

·        Prior work or internship experience (approximately six months to two years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting.

·        Experience in event/meeting management, including travel booking, logistics and budgeting.

·        Excellent writing and editing skills in English; written and spoken proficiency in at least one European language is highly desirable but not required.

·        Ability to work collaboratively within an international team in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

·        Working knowledge of MS Office, database management systems, Word Press, and Adobe Creative Suite is required.

·        Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and creative problem solver.

·        Ability to travel.

·        Eligible to work in the US.


The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. 


To Apply: 

Please visit our website at: provide a cover letter and your salary requirements. 


GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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