The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst,
DAAD) is an organisation of German higher education institutions and their students which is
dedicated to working towards the internationalisation of the academic system. It creates
access to the very best study and research opportunities for students, researchers and
teachers by awarding 145,000 scholarships annually to funding recipients around the world.
It promotes transnational collaborations and partnerships between higher education
institutions and is the National Agency for European higher education cooperation. Through
these activities, the DAAD supports the objectives of Germany’s foreign cultural and
educational policy, national science policy and development cooperation.
The DAAD is seeking to engage a
to take up post on 1 February 2021. The Secretary General is appointed by the President of
the DAAD, following confirmation by the Executive Committee, and reports to the President
on his or her management activities. The Secretary General oversees the DAAD head office
in accordance with the decisions of the organisation’s bodies, the stipulations of its grant
providers and the requirements of its applicable internal regulations. The President and the
Secretary General form the Executive Committee as per section 26 of the German Civil Code
The DAAD is seeking an individual with exceptional professional and personal qualifications
to take on this distinguished and highly responsible role. The Secretary General is tasked
with leading a complex organisation comprising around 1,100 dedicated employees – who
work at the DAAD’s head office in Bonn, in its Berlin office and at its 17 international offices –
as well as a large number of partners. Against the backdrop of a dynamic environment, the
Secretary General is expected to strategically advance the DAAD’s fields of activity and
increase the organisation’s efficiency and relevance. Extensive and pertinent leadership
experience, outstanding managerial and diversity expertise and international experience in
the field of science and academia are therefore indispensable, as are a wide network of
contacts in higher education and research and a comprehensive understanding of both
general policy and foreign policy matters. The successful candidate will be professional and
confident in manner, have an excellent command of both German and English and hold a
university degree. A doctorate and further language skills are also desirable.
The role is remunerated in accordance with its significance and within the framework of
Germany’s civil service regulations. The DAAD promotes equality and therefore expressly
welcomes applications from all candidates, irrespective of ethnicity, cultural or social
background, sex, age, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Please submit your application in writing, including the usual documentation, by 15 May
2020 to: Professor Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the DAAD, DAAD, Kennedyallee 50,
53175 Bonn, Germany. Mark the envelope Private and Confidential.