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The Executive Director has three major accountabilities. First, nurture and grow the German language program. Second, produce cultural events to engage and inform the community. Third, build and nurture reciprocal relationships with other German cultural organizations, benefactors and members. Success will require regular and open communication with the Board, and active leadership and management of the staff and volunteers. The Executive Director will report to the Board and its Chair.

Language Program

The Executive Director will be accountable for growing the German language program and maintaining the standards and affiliation with the Goethe-Institut. This will be led by the Language Director through curriculum, teacher staffing and development, class scheduling and enrollment, and recruiting and/or training certified examiners to administer Goethe-Institut certificate exams. The language program must be able to accommodate both in-person and remote learning based on student interest. The Executive Director will help to develop, attain and renew language training contracts for corporate clients within the Southeastern U.S. region.

Cultural Events and Outreach

The Executive Director will be a representative of the greater German-speaking, German cultural and arts communities which will require hosting a variety of cultural events, some in liaison with various affiliates of the Goethe-Institut. This will require building relationships and collaborations with other German cultural and philanthropic organizations as well as individuals interested in the German language and culture.


The Executive Director will be responsible for the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta daily operations, developing appropriate training for the staff and teachers, and offering support in organizational tasks and projects. Personnel decisions are the responsibility of the Executive Director with approval by the Board.

Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an affiliated language business. The Board expectation is that the Executive Director will lead and manage the organization according to the standards of the Goethe-Institut and good business principles. This includes timely filing of personnel, financial, business licensing requirements. Regular and open communication with the Board and the Board Chair are key to success.

Financial Management

Together with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work to ensure the organizational stability and overall financial health of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. This includes developing an annual budget and corresponding fundraising plan (complete with goals, objectives and activities). The Board and Executive Director will share responsibility for identifying and engaging new donors, sponsors, and partners.

The authority for approval for the Executive Director is in general determined by the Board and in alignment with the annual budget. Unbudgeted expenses in excess of $1,000 require separate board approval.

Should you be interested in this position please send your resume to director(at) Only qualified candidates and candidates eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer will be considered.