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Chief of Staff (m/w/d)

Berlin-based (partly remote possible), full-time

Starting March 2024

The beVisoneers program

The project you would be working on at The DO School Fellowships is beVisioneers a global environmental Fellowship which starts with a 12-month hybrid-learning program that equips innovators aged 16 to 28 with the training, expert support and resources to bring their planet-positive projects to life. 

Upon completing the intensive 12-month program, Fellows continue to receive support to scale their projects and develop their leadership skills.

Through a flagship fellowship program, beVisioneers: The Mercedes Benz Fellowship, we empower and equip next generation leaders with the entrepreneurial skills, mindsets, and relationships to put their environmental ideas into action.

About the role

In this role, you would work closely with the Executive Director and Directors to manage and coordinate various aspects of beVisioneers’ strategy and operations. We are recruiting a seasoned professional to serve as a trusted advisor and strategic partner to the Executive Director, providing thought-partnership in decision-making, communication, and execution of key initiatives. You would support Directors in making coordinated and informed decisions and strategies to operationalize a high-paced and ambitious fellowship program. You would also support a strong and positive relationship with key partners, including our donor and Advisory Council.


You would own…

  1. Project Management & Internal Communication (40%): 
  • Coordination: Overseeing and managing the overall Program Calendar and Timeline, specific strategic initiatives, ensuring they are aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives.

2. Communication and Coordination Across Directors and Team:

  • Facilitating effective internal communication and collaboration among different departments, teams, and stakeholders.Key Stakeholder Management (30%): 
  • Coordinating strategic relationships with the donor, key advisors, and partners, including effectively developing communications and presentation materials that represent  fellowship performance as needed

…and support

Strategic Decisions taken by the Leadership Team (30%)

  • Strategic Sounding Board: Assisting the Executive Director in developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives, and “translate” those plans and initiatives into action through the Directors and broader team
  • Decision Support: Conducting research, analyzing data, and providing insights to support the Executive Director in making informed decisions, identifying areas for improvement, and proposing solutions.

You’ll be working closely with…

  • The Executive Director
  • Department Directors
  • Our donor and other external partners
  • Other Project Managers (in the Communications, Operations and Program teams)

About you

To thrive and grow in this role, you will likely be: 

  • Influence  Skills: Strong influence abilities to inspire collaboration and motivate teams.
  • Strategic Thinking: Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to contribute to the organization’s strategic planning.
  • Communication Skills: Exceptional verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey information to various stakeholders, particularly high-level stakeholders within our expert and donor communities.
  • Project Management Experience: Proven experience in managing complex projects and driving them to successful completion.
  • Relationship Building: Ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Adaptability: Flexibility to work in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Confidentiality: Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.

… And will likely have:

  • Coordinated international projects
  • Worked closely with donors and high-level experts
  • Managed or set up KPIs or OKRs systems and based decisions on data
  • Worked for non-for-profit organizations 

Ideally, you might also have experience in … 

  • Working in different cultures and regions
  • Project Management or Leadership Certifications
  • Fluent in other languages (for example Arabic, Spanish, Chinese,..)

This is what you can expect…

In the first month, you will complete your onboarding, absorb the program’s and teams core elements, and start establishing crucial connections with your colleagues. You’ll participate in internal meetings, be introduced to our donor, and slowly grasp the intricacies of various ongoing projects, while also getting more familiar with our processes. 

After three months, you will have a good understanding of the Fellowship cycle and pressing deadlines and will be liaising directly with our key donor partners and managing their requests. You will have a clear understanding of your colleagues’ roles and responsibilities and therefore be able to support major traversal projects, such as the organization of the Regional Summits. 

After six months, you will have become the main contact point for team members on program lifecycle and team organization matters. You will have established good working relationships with external partners and have taken over stakeholder management with guidance from and in collaboration with the Executive Director. 

After one year, you will be fully at ease in your role and will have started to look at optimization and improvement processes. You will also contribute to a successful ramp-up of the Fellowship to further regions.

This profile draws on our experience of people who have been successful in this role in the past. We warmly encourage you to apply if you feel your experience and skills equip you for this job but are not listed here!

Is this the role for you? Then please submit your application via this link.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please email us on:

The DO School Fellowships gGmbH is a non-profit organization based in Berlin, Germany. Our core mission is to offer training and fellowship programs to empower young people globally to launch projects addressing global and local challenges around environment and society. With our work, we are training the next generation of impact entrepreneurs in innovative educational and fellowship programs.

The DO School Fellowships gGmbH is an inclusive organization and explicitly welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, whether that’s ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, disability or alternative professional paths.

Why join The DO School Fellowships gGmbH?

We are a purposeful organization with a global reach working to make an impact, where purpose, passion and your ideas matter.  

You will work with an entrepreneurial, creative and international team as well as a global community of purposeful DOers from over 100 countries

  • We offer a competitive salary, benefits, team-building activities, professional development opportunities and flexible and remote work modalities



Katherin Kirschenmann is founder and Chief Program Officer of The DO. In the past years she has built and worked in partnership with major institutions and corporations, including IKEA, H&M, the Deutsche Bahn, Unilever, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and various UN organizations.

Katherin is an international speaker, executive facilitator, and TV host with Deutsche Welle. She draws on her wide international experience across sectors to develop new ways to co-create innovation, develop Purposeful DOers, and impact entrepreneurs. Engagements under her leadership have empowered thousands of individuals and businesses to create meaningful innovation and lasting social change.

Before founding The DO, Katherin gained 10 years of experience in consulting as well as the inter-governmental and non-profit sector