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Program Manager and Fellow

Department/Program Summary:

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative is the technology program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, harnessing GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to ensure that the next waves of innovation will support – rather than undermine– democratic values. DIDI connects technologists, civil society, and the transatlantic policy community to catalyze inclusive innovation that strengthens democracy, with a focus on: (1) digital platforms, (2) supply chains and critical technologies, (3) Artificial Intelligence, frontier technologies and industrial policies. DIDI develops new agile, open, and accountable approaches to solving cutting edge challenges.

Job Summary:

The Program Manager and Fellow will report to Senior Fellow and Director of DIDI to develop the formats for high-level meetings, identify and reach out to participants, commission research, and track policy developments in the US and Europe. This person will also grow and foster networks and partnerships, representing and presenting the initiative’s work to policy makers, funders and stakeholders at conferences in the US and Europe. The Program Manager will be a visible spokesperson and representative of GMF and will conduct research and policy analysis. The position will involve a mix of program management, outreach, event management, research, analysis, and writing.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Organize an ongoing task force of policymakers, civil society leaders, experts on technology policy. Conceptualize and organize workshops and high-level meetings; help identify and solicit participants
Organize public events; outreach to policymakers, civil society groups, technology companies, experts
Write policy papers and edit papers written by others
Track tech industry and policy-related developments in the US and Europe
Additional Duties/Responsibilities:

Manage the work of contractors and vendors
Develop communications materials for program initiatives
Assist in developing and tracking project budgets, proposals, and grant reports
Internal/External Contacts:

Represent the technology program with policymakers and other stakeholders and at conferences in the US and Europe
Autonomy and Responsibility:

Assist the Director in managing, growing, and fostering networks and partnerships
Work collaboratively within the program and with other GMF departments/contacts
Write policy papers and edit papers written by others
Knowledge and Skills Needed:

Experience in and knowledge of public policy, political economy, and/or global governance, and interest in how these relate to technology, especially digital platforms, data, and AI.
Research and writing experience
Demonstrated experience of 3 years + Masters or at least 5 if no Masters
Self-motivated with good judgment about solving programs, juggling competing priorities, and communicating about priority setting with a team
Excellent project management skills and an ability to meet deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain high-level contacts

Master’s degree in social sciences, technology/public policy, or international relations preferred
The Organization:

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

GMF does this by:

supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere

convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities,

contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics,

providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw.


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