By Kirsten Fiedler

[Update 31/5: We’re extending the deadline to 10 June!]

European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an international not-for-profit association of 35 digital human rights organisations from across Europe. We defend and promote rights and freedoms in the digital environment, such as the right to privacy, freedom of expression, and access to information. This job announcement is part of the upcoming leadership change and transition that we are currently preparing for.

The Executive Director provides overall leadership and management of the strategy, policy, resources, operations and communications of EDRi. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the organisation and all aspects of its operations. S/he should be deeply committed to the organisation’s values and mission and drive forward a joint vision for the organisation in line with the organisation’s objectives. While the Executive Director is not expected to be a specialist in specific operations (campaigns, fundraising, HR, administration, finance, etc), s/he has a sufficient grasp of all domains to ensure that staff members can achieve their objectives and that they and the EDRi members can work well together to achieve the organisation’s mission.

We are an equal opportunities employer with a strong commitment to transparency and inclusion. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply and we strive to have a diverse and inclusive working environment.

Job title: Executive Director
Start date: 1 July 2018
Reports to: Board of Directors, the Executive Director’s work is evaluated by the Board on a yearly basis.
Line-manages: policy, advocacy, campaigning, communications, fundraising and organisational support.
Scope: staff members 7, annual budget of approx. 800k euro.


1. Leadership, organisation mission and strategy

  • steer the organisation in its learning, growth and development
  • provide leadership and management for the organisation
  • lead strategic planning processes
  • implement strategic plans and ensure rigorous evaluation
  • prepare general assemblies (GAs) and attend in an advisory capacity
  • support the Board, and prepare quarterly financial and narrative reports
  • formulate annual objectives for all work areas and evaluate them
  • represent the organisation at events
  • support development of policy strategy and taking of tactical decisions

2. Financial sustainability and oversight

  • prepare the yearly budget, oversee expenditure
  • oversee and contribute to the raising of funds from foundations corporations and individual donors
  • maintain good relations with donors and oversee reporting to them
  • oversee fiscal management operating within the approved budget
  • ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • ensure that the organisation complies with relevant legislation and grant contracts

3. Organisation operations

  • ensure the implementation of Board decisions
  • ensure that the Board is made aware of all matters requiring a Board decision
  • inform the Board of all developments of major significance to the organisation
  • hire staff members,
  • oversee internal human resources policies and ensure staff retention,
  • provide oversight of all staff and organise weekly meetings with staff,
  • foster effective team work and establish a positive work environment,
  • set up and evaluate the individual objectives with staff members,
  • undertake regular one to one meetings with all staff,
  • undertake annual appraisal and identify training needs and opportunities for staff, in order to develop their skills and ensure they do the same with the staff or interns/trainees they oversee,
  • sign contracts and other agreements on behalf of EDRi,
  • give or refuse final approval for any unforeseen use of resources.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • senior management experience would be a plus
  • solid, hands-on financial and budget management skills
  • strong organisational abilities, especially for planning, delegation and project management
  • ability to develop and convey the vision of EDRi’s strategic future to staff, Board, network and donors
  • ability to build trusted relationships with, and to collaborate with and oversee all staff
  • knowledge of EU policy-making processes
  • knowledge and/or experience in understanding the NGO sector
  • awareness and knowledge of the EU’s political environment
  • knowledge of the digital rights field and affinity with EDRi’s values and mission,
  • knowledge and/or experience in the field of human resources management
  • knowledge and/or experience in fundraising unique to nonprofit sector
  • knowledge and/or experience in conflict resolution
  • public speaking skills
  • ability to interface and engage EDRi’s main stakeholders


  • Passionate, idealistic, enduring, team player, diplomatic, discreet, patient, mission-driven, self-directed, and committed to knowledge-sharing and high-integrity leadership.


  • fluency in written and spoken English,
  • fluency in written and spoken second language (ideally French or Dutch),
  • strong written and verbal communication skills,
  • budgeting (oversight, presenting, monitoring),
  • knowledge of free and open source operating systems and software are a plus.


To apply please send a maximum one-page cover letter and a maximum two-page CV (only PDFs are accepted) by email to applications[at] Closing date for applications is 10 June 2018. Interviews with selected candidates will take place around mid-June, with a start date of (ideally) 1 July.