The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is looking to hire its new Secretary General/CEO (F/M) to lead the ECF into the next decade of sustainable transport and active mobility, serving our members from its headquarters in Brussels.
The ECF is the single European umbrella organization for cycling for both transportation and leisure. On behalf of our members, we strive to ensure that cycling use achieves its full potential for sustainable mobility and public well-being. We are the international voice of cyclists in European civil society and the world’s largest and best-known cyclists’ advocacy organization. The ECF has about 80 member-based organisations in 40 countries. We operate from the ECF office in Brussels’ European Quarter.
Every euro invested in cycling yields about eight times that amount of benefits in the field of public health, sustainability, climate and liveable cities. The ECF is at the very centre of the rapid development of policies in the field of sustainable transport and active mobility as part of the green economy. We want to seize the present momentum to substantially increase cycling levels in Europe. Our target is the doubling of cycling, in order to make our citizens healthier, our cities more liveable and our economies more sustainable. We want more people cycling more often and we want to reduce the number of cyclists getting killed or seriously injured and increase in the value and volume of the cycling market.
To achieve these goals, the ECF brings together all the stakeholders of the cycling world to make the case for cycling. We seek to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the international level. The ECF stimulates and organizes the work of the cyclists’ movement, encourages and coordinates the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related policies and strategies.
The successful Secretary General candidate is a strong, self-confident leader who will seize the opportunities that will present itself to ECF in the next decade up to 2030. You will consolidate the organisation and make it ready for the next decade, which will see increasing attention and support for the work of ECF. That requires an innovative strategic thinker with proven experience on building and developing multi-stakeholder partnerships. You are an empathic people-manager who directs, motivates and inspires staff, but will also listen to them. The ideal candidate is a creative team-player, who exercises transparent leadership, but is willing and capable to exercise authority when necessary.
At the ECF office in Brussels we work with around 25 highly qualified and committed staff and an annual budget of around €2,500,000. The Secretary General has extensive executive powers, but is ultimately accountable to the ECF Board, which is elected by the ECF members.
For more information about ECF’s structure and activities, see www.ecf.com.
Together with the ECF President, the Secretary General is one of the senior public faces of the organization and is responsible for managing and leading the ECF’s office in Brussels and to execute the strategy designed by the Board and approved by the members of ECF.
You have a relevant master’s degree, preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management or other relevant academic education.
You tick at least 3 of the boxes below:
In addition, we will find it highly desirable if:
Affinity with cycling, active mobility or sustainable transport is not required, but will count to the candidate’s advantage as she/he will have an immediate ‘click’ with the objectives of ECF and its members.
ECF offers an employment package in line with similar non-government organizations based in Brussels. Our package includes flexible working hours with a good life-work balance, 20 legal vacation days and 10 extra-legal vacation days, cycling to work allowance and train allowance, lunch vouchers, eco-cheques and an extra-legal pension scheme.
Please submit your motivation letter and CV no later than 30 September 2019 EOB.
The application must be exclusively submitted in an electronic format to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your email please state you are applying for the post of Secretary General. Candidates should be available for interviews on 10 or 12 October. Along with ECF Board members, representatives of ECF members and ECF staff will be invited to participate in the selection process.
The successful candidate shall ideally start work on 2 January 2020. We would like to thank all interested applicants in advance. Due to a large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You will need to have a legal right to work in Belgium in order to be considered for this position.
Further information: Cristian Stoica, Secretary-general a.i. email@example.com or mobile phone +32 483 08 38 81.
The ECF is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities. The ECF promotes an efficient use of resources in order to improve its effectiveness.
Employees are requested to actively accomplish this goal.