ESU is looking for a team player to fill the position of Head of Secretariat at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Head of Secretariat will be responsible for coordinating financial, administrative and personnel services in order to meet internal and legal requirements by providing efficient and effective office and activities management.
About the European Students’ Union (ESU)
ESU is an umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of students from 38 countries, and through this members we represent around 15 million students. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow-Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
ESU actively promotes students’ rights and equal opportunities for all individuals in higher education. More information is available on www.esu-online.or.
Responsibilities and areas of work
In a team of six employees, the head of secretariat will have a coordinating role and will closely cooperate especially with the Financial Officer and the Executive Assistant while coordinating and fulfilling the following tasks:
Considered an advantage/looked upon favourably
Knowledge and/or experience of working with financial reporting for international projects, in particular projects funded by the European Commission.
Any working experience with non-profit student/youth organisations, preferably student unions.
Profile of the candidate:
ESU values initiative and strives for self-development. We are looking for someone who shares these attributes, is interested in student and higher education issues and has a positive, but responsible attitude towards her/his work responsibilities and colleagues.
The candidate should be a well-organised and hardworking team player, be able to work flexibly in a multicultural environment and stick to tight deadlines. As head of secretariat in ESU, occasional travel to attend events of the organisation is expected.
As an organisation strongly promoting equality, we require all ESU elected representatives and staff to follow the ESU Ethical Guidelines, Code of Conduct and the Gender mainstreaming strategy. (You can find them in our website: www.esu-online.org
Terms of contract
Ideal starting date: Monday 7th Dec.
How to apply?
Please send a CV, a motivation letter and, if available, any letters of recommendation and/or work portfolio by e-mail to [email protected] by 23:59 CET on 6th November, 2015.
It is expected that the motivation letter would clarify why you are applying for the job, what kind of special skills and benefits you would bring to the organization and how your past experiences and/or education would support your work as head of secretariat.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview face-to-face, by skype or phone. At this stage candidates may be asked to perform small assignments to test their abilities and knowledge.
Final applicants might be invited to attend an interview preferably face to face at our office in Brussels.