European Artificial Intelligence Fund is looking for a new Fund Director

European AI Fund is looking for a forward-thinking leader in the technology and civil society space in Europe. As the Fund Director steering this initiative, you will strengthen, cultivate and help to grow this funder partnership by acting as the liaison between the Network for European Foundations and the donors that contribute to the fund.

Job details




65,000-80,000 €



Closing date

December 13, 2021

About EAIF

The European AI Fund is a philanthropic initiative to shape the direction of AI in Europe. We are a group of national, regional and international foundations working in Europe with the aim of strengthening civil society and deepening the pool of experts across Europe who have the tools, capacity and know-how to catalogue and monitor the social and political impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven interventions and hold those responsible to account.

About the role

As a Fund Director for European AI Fund you will empower the civil society organisations you work with to identify, design, and implement grants and convenings that address issues at the intersection of technology and society.

Key Responsibilities

External Engagement

  • Partner Management: Manage the fund’s relationships with the civil society organisations where funds are directed
  • Funder Cultivation: Drive ongoing partnerships with and reporting to the initiative’s funders; cultivate relationships with potential future donors and partners in collaboration with existing members
  • Field Development: Serve as a forward-thinking leader in the technology and civil society spaces, contributing findings from the programme back to the field at large
  • Policy: Review developments in the tech policy field in Europe in order to spot opportunities for the AI Fund to support the activities of grantees

Portfolio Management

  • Strategy: Help question, test and refine the AI Fund’s funding strategy in close liaison with the Fund’s steering committee and co-chairs
  • Mentorship: Serve as an active thought partner and advisor to the grantees and funders, working with them both individually and as a cohort to advance their work and to cultivate meaningful connections for them within and beyond the European AI Fund

Programme and Grant Management

  • Programme Management: Work closely with the fund’s Programme Manager to direct the execution of the fund’s strategy, including making critical decisions about timelines, balancing partner needs, and crafting systems and processes that will allow our grants to have maximum impact
  • Grant Management: Work with the fund’s Programme Manager and the secretariat at the Network for European Foundations to track progress against grant goals and to forecast and track budget expenditures; assure compliance with all policies and procedures

Professional Qualifications

  • Significant relevant professional experience (>5 years), preferably in an organisation of civil society or philanthropy
  • Significant knowledge of the digital field or tech policy in Europe and a good comprehension of the AI challenges and opportunities in Europe
  • Consciousness of the power dynamic between funders and those who rely on funding
  • Experience in managing donor-funded projects in the civil society field is an advantage
  • Ability to explain tech policies to a non-expert/not tech-savvy audience
  • Demonstrated expertise working across multiple countries and cultures
  • Fluency in multiple languages relevant to the programme’s geographic focus areas desireconvenings (English as working language)
  • Master‘s degree or equivalent experience

What We Offer

  • An exciting job opportunity to shape and steer a newly established philanthropic initiative
  • Meaningful and stimulating work
  • A learning organisation
  • Depending on skills and experience of qualified candidates, we offer a gross salary range of € 65,000 – € 80,000 annually

Application Process

The European AI Fund has engaged the services of Odgers Berndtson, to whom applications should be sent no later than Monday 13 December 2021.

More details regarding the application process can be found here.