By Kirsten Fiedler

[Update 9/3/2018] The deadline for applications has been extended to 25 March.

It’s time to take the next step to extend EDRi’s reach and efficacy. We are inviting you to apply to become a member of our Board.

As an EDRi Board Member, you’ll help shape the future of the organisation and advance our mission to promote and protect human rights in the digital environment. We are committed to growing and diversifying our organisation’s leadership by ensuring that there is a gender and geographic balance, and by seeking the representation of diverse cultural backgrounds on the Board.

How to apply

To apply, please send a brief biography (350 words max.) outlining your interest, experience and background, together with a statement of endorsement by an EDRi-member by email to julien.bencze[at]edri.org (PGP: AC5E 0016 07CB 5D6A CEDF E153 7663 3980 3013 A4F1).

You can always contact us for a chat about what Board membership looks like or to get the contact details of EDRi members, just write to: kirsten.fiedler[at]edri.org

Closing date for applications is 25 March 2018. The vote will take place during the General Assembly, 13–14 April 2018 in Brussels.

The next General Assembly will elect two Board members. The term of Board member Ot van Daalen is coming to an end this year. He has been filling the position of Treasurer and intends to re-stand, unless someone comes forward who can provide similar skills (budgeting and accounting) and continuity.

Our Board
  • Currently consists of 3 volunteer members, elected for a 3-year period;
  • Governs EDRi in compliance with its statutes and internal regulations;
  • Meets once per month (remotely) to discuss general management issues and once every 6–12 months for planning workshops (please note that Board travels are reimbursed by the organisation);
  • Focuses on strategy and accountability rather than day-to-day operations;
  • Participates in deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, fundraising, programs, personnel, and advocacy;
  • Deals with membership issues as they arise;
  • Assists in developing and maintaining positive relations among EDRi members, staff members, membership, donors and other stakeholders;
Required skills
  • Finances: Budgeting and accounting (only for the position of Treasurer);
  • Experience in advocacy, activism, outreach/community and campaigning for digital human rights;
  • Experience with NGO board membership, board chairing or working with boards, or a similar role;
  • Fluent command of spoken and written English.
We are looking for the following additional skills and tasks to complement the current Board:
  • Fundraising (especially corporate donations, high network individuals, foundation grants);
  • Knowledge of politics and culture in Northern and/or Southern Europe;
  • Knowledge of small and very small digital rights organisations (volunteers only, or staff under 3);
  • Knowledge of assisting with administrative issues (HR, governance);
  • Counseling, oversight, and evaluation of the Directors.
To be eligible for election
  • Any candidate must declare that they have permission to stand from their own organisation, if their organisation is a member of EDRi;
  • Any candidate joins the Board in their personal capacity and not as a representative of an organisation;
  • Any candidate must be endorsed. Members may set their own procedures for endorsements. When an individual steps forward to run for a position, he or she needs to seek endorsement from a member organisation. Organisations will have the opportunity to withdraw endorsement before the Board elections.
  • Any candidate shall have the opportunity to make a presentation for their candidacy in writing and in person at the General Assembly.
  • Any candidate must not have served on EDRi’s Board for more than three of the previous nine years.
  • Any candidate must declare any potential conflicts of interest, and anything else that might affect their eligibility, such as criminal convictions.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a brief biography (350 words max.) outlining your interest, experience, and background, together with a statement of endorsement by an EDRi member by email to julien.bencze[at]edri.org (PGP: AC5E 0016 07CB 5D6A CEDF E153 7663 3980 3013 A4F1).

Closing date for applications is 25 March 2018. The vote will take place during the General Assembly, 13–14 April 2018 in Brussels.