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Executive Director (m/f/d)

IGLYO Full-Time  Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 6 Sep 2021

Job Description

IGLYO is looking for an

Executive Director (m/f/d)

To apply, please complete the online Application Form by September 19th 2021, 12am CET. For the full job description and personal specification, view the Application Pack. Informal enquiries about the position can be sent to

Job information

Job Title

Executive Director

Salary (Gross)

  • 4,500.00€ per month
  • Prime de Fin D’année – this is a 13th month salary, paid in December along with a 12 month salary, taxed slightly differently.
  • Double Pécule de Vacances – this is an extra month holiday pay, paid (after 1 year of work in Belgium) in May to the value of 92% of a usual work month


  • 7€ lunch voucher for every day worked – averaging at 150€/month
  • Monthly local travel subsidy – this payment depends on where you live & what form of travel you take to the office
  • Yearly training allowance
  • Relocation costs covered up to 250€

Holiday Entitlement

  • 22 days annual leave
  • 10 days bank holidays
  • Additional 5 days annual leave between 25-31 December

Working Hours

  • 37,5 hrs per week (5 days), core working hours between 9h30 – 16h00

Line Manager

  • Board of Executive Directors


  • Possibility to start remotely, relocation to Brussels within an agreed period of time


  • Initial 2 year contract with the possibility of extension to a permanent contract

Starting date

  • October 2021

Candidates must be eligible to work in Belgium at time of application, as IGLYO does not currently have the capacity to sponsor work visas.

IGLYO particularly encourages applications from women, trans, intersex and non-binary people, people of color and black people, people with migrant or immigrant backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who are under 30 years old. Currently the IGLYO office is not fully accessible, we are aware that this will add an additional pressure to some applicants with disabilities but commit to changing our way of working to be as inclusive of those with disabilities as possible. 

As part of its efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion, IGLYO collects equalities data on applicants for open positions. This helps us assess which identities and groups we need to make more effort to attract to future opportunities. To help us with this work, please fill out this optional anonymous equalities form.

How to apply?

If you are interested in joining IGLYO as Executive Director, you can apply using the Online Application Form until 12am on Friday September 19th 2021. We also invite you to fill in our equalities form (optional). The form will help us understand who we are reaching out to and enable IGLYO to change our staff team structure towards more diversity, intersectional experiences and backgrounds.

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by email and will be asked to attend an online interview. You will also receive an invitation to interview with a pre-interview exercise to complete. 

It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up their post in October 2021 with a handover period of one month. 

Informal enquiries about the post can be sent to

Job description


  • To champion young people’s participation and ensure that meaningful youth development and leadership opportunities are created across the organisation.
  • To work closely with IGLYO’s Board and other youth volunteers to ensure the organisation’s work is shaped by and involves young people at all levels.
  • To ensure that youth development and participation theory and practice are implemented across the organisation’s work.
  • Work with IGLYO’s Board and staff team to effectively implement current and future strategy, with clear strategic goals, outcomes and financial plans.
  • Lead the overall operation of IGLYO in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Ensure strategic decisions capture the breadth of IGLYO’s work, whilst delivering key outcomes.
  • Overall responsibility for achieving, monitoring and reporting on performance against targets in all areas of IGLYO’s activities, taking appropriate action as required.
  • Review and develop IGLYO’s strategy, in partnership with the board, staff team, member organisations, and other key partners.
  • Develop new opportunities for IGLYO
  • Ensure that the organisation’s operational policies and procedures are up to date, compliant and relevant, and that the organisation is managed in line with current best practice.

Financial Management

  • Manage the organisation effectively, ensuring that its resource management is maintained and enhanced.
  • Oversee budgets, expenditure and management accounts ensuring that income and expenditure is within targets.
  • Together with the Finance Manager monitor budgets to produce regular financial reports, and ensure effective management and use of all resources.
  • Advise IGLYO’s Governance Team and Board on financial risk assessment for the organisation, taking professional advice where necessary.
  • Ensure that all financial controls and procedures are complied with.

Income Generation & Fundraising

  • Together with the Finance & HR Manager develop a funding and financial strategy
  • Build the income streams and reserves of IGLYO together with the Finance & HR Manager.
  • Develop and build relationships with partners, supporters, funders and potential funders to maximise opportunities for income generation.
  • Provide direction and support to any staff and volunteers involved in income generation activities and ensure team efforts are coordinated.
  • Explore and develop corporate partnerships and sponsorships to increase IGLYO’s unrestricted income.

Leadership and Management

  • Ensure that all members of staff understand and implement their key roles and their accountability.
  • Manage direct reports effectively, providing supervision, support, development and annual appraisal and ensuring they do so for all their team.
  • Lead key strategic projects including those bringing significant change for the organisation, ensuring that risks and threats are robustly managed.
  • Be an inspirational leader for the organisation, ensure a positive external image and highly motivated workforce.
  • Lead, manage and coach the staff team to maximise their personal contributions.
  • To ensure that the recruitment and deployment of the organisation’s staff and volunteers is carried out effectively and efficiently in accordance with good practice.


  • Foster good working relationships and ensure systems and structures are in place for IGLYO’s Board to fulfil its statutory responsibilities.
  • Report to IGLYO’s Board on progress against strategic objectives, providing information and accounting for organisational performance.
  • Advise IGLYO’s Board in all aspects of leading the organisation, including short- and long-term strategic planning, financial sustainability, human resources management, fundraising, partnership working, and communications.

Representation & External Communication

  • Be a spokesperson for and represent the organisation in public forums and the media, such as speaking at conferences, attending sector policy forums and producing written materials.
  • Maintain effective networks with all principal supporters, funders and stakeholders. 
  • Seek opportunities to expand and promote the role of the organisation. 
  • Ensure the organisation is presented in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders.
  • Harness the power of young people and their personal experiences to promote the interests of LGBTQI+ young people, while ensuring this is a positive and fulfilling experience for young people.
  • Monitor and agree all board and staff contact with the media in order to deliver a consistent image, approach and positive public profile of the organisation.

Personal specifications

At IGLYO, we recognize how many barriers and obstacles young people and people from marginalised communities need to overcome to acquire many of the specifications listed below. We are trying to balance the best interest of the organisation and of the LGBTQI+ youth movement, and in that the need for a equipped, competent and motivated Executive Director leading IGLYO, with creating space for learning in the role and adjusting to this position. IGLYO will provide training and support to the hired individual to the best of its abilities, and during the first year of employment will carry out an appraisal to further determine fitness for the job and learning needs. Please review the specifications below and be sure to reflect them in your application.



  • Significant professional experience in an NGO or non-profit organisation or initiative. 
  • Strong financial management expertise including forecasting, budget setting & monitoring income & expenditure.
  • Good track record in fundraising from multiple funders.
  • Experience in developing & successfully delivering organisational strategies and work plans.
  • Experience of representing an organisation at a senior level with key stakeholders including high-profile funders, international institutions, & national governments.
  • Experience of working closely with voluntary boards & young people, advising & guiding robust decision making.


  • Experience of applying for EU funding
  • Experience of working in a membership organisation
  • Experience of working in an national or international organization

Personal Qualities, Skills & Knowledge


  • In-depth knowledge & understanding of LGBTQI+ rights & the rights of young people in EU & Council of Europe countries.
  • Understanding of intersectionality & ability to translate it into practice.
  • Strong management & leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders including young people, professionals, policymakers, MEPs, & the media. 
  • Understanding of policy & campaigning work & key actors within larger Europe
  • Highly organised with a commitment to effective planning, delivery, monitoring & evaluation of projects. 
  • Knowledge of safeguarding young people & adults at risk.
  • Confident communication through written reports, both formal & informal.
  • Commitment to individual rights, equality & anti-discriminatory practices.
  • A strong understanding & ability to use oral & written English


  • A level of French, Flemish/Dutch allowing to understand basic official communication from the Belgian authorities and/or refer issues to colleagues
  • University graduate or postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline (youth work, community development or similar), or equivalent relevant experience


  • Excellent IT skills with extensive experience of using Microsoft Office & Google Drive


  • Eligible to work in Belgium
  • Ability to relocate to Brussels & travel on an regular basis
  • Ability to work flexibly, including often working irregular hours

Please don’t forget to mention in your application!