Executive Director (m/f/d)

EBU – European Blind Union 5<y Senior Level  Paris, Île-de-France, France 14 Okt 2019

Job Description

The European Blind Union (EBU) is a non-governmental, non-profit making European organisation founded in 1984. It is one of the six regional bodies of the World Blind Union. It protects and promotes the rights of blind and partially sighted people in Europe. It currently operates within a network of national organisations of the visually impaired in 41 European countries

Executive Director (m/f/d)

Job Description for Executive Director of EBU

  • To have overall responsibility for the running of the EBU office, including the:
    • supervision of the office staff;
    • planning of work;
    • Assessment of job performance and of career development;
    • compliance with all legal and administrative formalities required by French law, outsourcing expert support where necessary;
    • responsibility for the payment of the monthly salaries to the staff.
  • To lead on the elaboration and implementation of strategies and policies to develop EBU’s governance, campaigning, internal and external communication, membership development and sponsoring. The Board may entrust the Executive Director with strategic work in other areas as it dims appropriate.
  • To have overall responsibility for the implementation of EBU’s orientation plans adopted by the general assembly, and to report progress to the Board at regular intervals.
  • To be in charge of all expenditure for the smooth running of the organisation. Any exceptional expenditure exceeding 2000€ shall be authorised by the President or by the Treasurer. Any exceptional expenditure exceeding 10000€ shall be authorised by both the President and the Treasurer.
  • To provide the Board with monthly updates presenting all revenues and expenditures
  • To secure funding through applications to support programmes (e.g. the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme of the European Commission), and through private sponsoring; to ensure, in consultation with the President and Treasurer, the co-ordination of EU-funded and other projects.
  • To have overall responsibility for the collection and the distribution of information and for the EBU website.
  • To make arrangements for the distribution in accessible formats of EBU’s publications.
  • To distribute correspondence to those best able to deal with it, to personally deal with routine correspondence and take responsibility for dealing with correspondence on specific topics delegated by the President.
  • To have responsibility for the maintenance within the EBU Office of archive material, especially that pertaining to the organisation’s history, and of confidential documentation.
  • To assist the officers of the Board, in particular the President and Secretary General, acting for the EBU Board, who can at any time add tasks to her/his normal duties, observing current and foreseeable workload
  •  To represent EBU as required by her/his normal duties or when instructed to do so by the President.
  •  To co-ordinate the external and public relations of EBU and to take part in the planning and implementation of campaigning and communications activities.
  •  To assist with arrangements for holding meetings of the Board, including finalising the agenda and distributing meeting papers.
  •  To assist with arrangements for holding meetings of the officers of the Board, including drafting minutes. Meetings will be conducted by Skype or any other appropriate means
  •  To assist with arrangements for convening and holding the General Assembly.
  • To delegate tasks to staff members as she/he deems necessary and appropriate.

Profile and skills

  • Post-secondary education in organisation management or in a related field;
  • Experience in the areas of disability, human rights and advocacy;
  • European experience a strong asset;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • Good command of French is definitely an asset;
  • Other languages appreciated;
  • Advanced skills in research, information collection and written/oral presentation.;
  • Excellent command of ICTS and the social media;
  • Excellent knowledge of the EU institutions and of the European decision-making processes;
  • At least 5 years paid experience;
  • Open minded and pro-active.

Willing to join our organization and help change the lives of millions of blind and partially sighted persons? Send your CV (Europass appreciated) and cover letter in English and French to ebusecretariat@euroblind.org by 11 November 2019. Applications by persons with disabilities are welcome.

Application Deadline: 11 November 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 03 February 2020
Job Sector: Civil society
Term: Permanent
Location: Paris, France; frequent travelling to Brussels, Belgium; other arrangements like home-based work are open for discussion.
Mobility: Involves frequent travelling, mainly in Europe.
Reporting: The Executive Director reports directly to the EBU President and the EBU Secretary General.
Salary: €55000 yearly gross (including 13th month), + lunch vouchers and complementary health insurance.
Context: The European Blind Union – EBU is looking for a collaborator with confirmed skills to replace the outgoing Executive Director who goes on retirement after over 25 years of dedicated work to protect and promote the rights of over 30 million blind and partially sighted people who live in Europe.


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