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Program Officer, Urban and Regional Policy Program

Title: Program Officer, Urban and Regional Policy Program

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Director, Urban and Regional Policy Program


Job Summary:


The Urban and Regional Policy (URP) Program serves as a key resource and network builder for individuals and groups who make, influence, and implement urban and regional policy in the North America and Europe. The program seeks to inspire innovation and work collaboratively to apply new ideas on the ground by building networks of local and regional policy makers and practitioners. The program focuses on four key activities that introduce local leaders to innovative strategies and equip them with information, tools, and connections to facilitate implementation of these strategies in their communities. The Program’s core activities are: transatlantic network building; professional development and learning; research; and project support and execution.

The Urban and Regional Policy Program is seeking a Program Officer to help lead key transatlantic initiatives focused on economic development issues in support of integrated urban regeneration policies that advance economic competitiveness, equity and inclusion, and environmental resiliency in US and European cities. The program places a special emphasis on such cross cutting issues as leadership, cross sector/ public-private partnerships, demographic change, and community engagement.

Under this theme, the Program Officer will be responsible for executing existing programs (.e.g. European Cities Network or METROs, Transatlantic Cities Network), conceptualizing new initiatives, and coordinating with the URP team on larger activities such as GMF major conferences and the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues. The position will be based in Washington DC.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Managing key program’s initiatives related to economic development issues and overseeing team activities, including project management, budgeting, donor relations, and initiative evaluation.
  • Researching and developing original content for issue-specific convenings (either in-person or online) under assigned initiatives. This includes developing curriculum suitable for mid-career professionals that is typically realized through peer to peer learning and expert input. Examples of formats include study tours, practitioner workshops, network meetings, major conferences, webinars, and other online engagements.
  • Leading convenings under assigned initiatives, including delivering presentations, managing travel delegations, and facilitating peer to peer dialogue.
  • Working collaboratively with the Program Director to develop new initiatives on pressing economic development topics critical to the transatlantic relationship and urban agenda.
  • Writing proposals and related reports to URP donors and partners, including developing and editing proposal narratives and budgets, researching prospective funders, and drafting grant reports
  • Working collaboratively within the team and other GMF divisions to promote and engage the URP practitioner network, including developing communications materials for assigned initiatives and developing original content for the URP website and blog.
  • Tracking and summarizing innovative policy developments related to URP topics in second tier cities and regions in Europe and the United States; and
  • Representing the program and GMF during program activities, as well as, at external meetings and conferences.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A bachelor degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy or another related field is required. A master degree is preferred.
  • Prior work experience (at least 3-5 years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting designing and managing programs.
  • In addition to broad expertise in current urban and regional policy topics, candidates with experience in cross sector/ public-private partnerships, strategies for social and economic inclusion, and innovative community engagement techniques are highly desired.
  • Experience in developing curriculum and innovative learning models for mid-career professionals; preference for candidates with experience with both in-person (conferences, workshops, etc) and online (webinars, network platforms).
  • Excellent project management skills with superb attention to detail and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced team-orientated environment.
  • Solid research and analytical capabilities related to contemporary urban and regional policy in the US or Europe.
  • Experience in fundraising, including grant writing and contact development.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English; written and spoken proficiency in at least one European language is highly desirable (preference for Italian, Spanish, German or Dutch).
  • Strong internal and external customer service orientation, including an ability to work in an intercultural team environment and with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office programs and database management) are essential. Experience in Adobe InDesign Suite and Prezi is highly desired.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and creative problem solver.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally


Application Procedure:

To be considered for this opening, please submit your cover letter and resume (as one document) by apply at Due to the high volume of responses, we will only contact candidates of interest.


GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.