Fondation EurActiv seeks Secretary General (m/f)

EurActiv 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 7 Jul 2016

Job Description

Fondation EurActiv is a public service foundation, established in 2004 and based in Belgium, dedicated mostly to promoting Innovation and Languages in the Media. See more About Fondation.

The foundation acts primarily to bring together individuals and stakeholders/media organisations, with the aim of ‘faciliter l’efficacité et la transparence de la Communauté des Acteurs Européens’, a mission shared with the EurActiv Policy Media Network.

Fondation EurActiv is now seeking a

Secretary General (m/f)

to provide executive and intellectual leadership.

As the Secretary General you will be in charge of driving activities, including media relations, policy and innovation reports, high-level networking events, and fund-raising from grant-making organisations and individuals.

You will apply your knowledge and experience of working with the media and EU institutions, in order to develop strong proposals that attract partners and financial supporters.

The position will be based in Brussels.


  • Lead the Fondation on a day-to-day basis, including monthly Management Meeting, which prepares and implements most Board decisions.
  • Develop strategic thinking of the Fondation, in consultation with the organs representing, inter alia, media partners from around Europe and key stakeholders.
  • Actively search for and develop new funding opportunities to finance the projects of the Fondation.
  • Report to the Fondation Board which has a mix of executive and non-executive directors.
  • Work closely with Christophe Leclercq, the Founder of both Fondation EurActiv and PLC. As part of the management upgrade of the media company, he is becoming Chairman and “Ambassador”.
  • Goals for 2016 and 2017 include following-up on #Media4EU with a “Tour d’Europe” of the Founder, interviewing and addressing top media and journalism schools.

Profile :

  • Experience of media, e.g. as a journalist, or, at least, of media relations
  • Good knowledge of the media sector, including media economics and business models
  • Strong understanding of EU policy-making process and stakeholders, and structured approach to advocacy
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, possibly a lot more
  • Hands-on approach, entrepreneurial, team-player, proven people manager
  • Outgoing personality and excellent networker, willing to attend or address networking events, occasionally outside office hours
  • Tech-savvy (internet, mobile, social media)
  • Interested in working as an independent contractor with incentives on results, 4 to 4.5 days/week (suitable, for example, for parent of young children or professional with side activities)
  • Excellent English and French, ideally also German
  • Brussels-based, excellent references in positions of trust

Contact: Minna-Marie Rosti, HR Manager, on 02 226 5822 directly and/or send CV and motivation letter to Deadline for applications 13 July; starting date 1 September. Early applications are welcome.

Contact: For further enquiries please contact Christophe Leclercq on or 02 226 5813.

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