20/05/2009

Call for Applications: Director of the European Union of Jewish Students

Call for Applications: Director of the European Union of Jewish Students

A. AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY AWAITS EUJS is proud to announce an opening for the position of its new Director. As EUJS prepares for the arrival of its new Chairperson and Presidium in January 2009, we are seeking a full time professional director that will continue to manage EUJS‘s international programming with a view to expanding its organizational development from September 2009.

This demanding and rewarding position will enable the right candidate to gain a unique perspective on young Jewish life in Europe and across the world. At the same time, the selected candidate will work with one of the most progressive Jewish organizations today. As such, you will play a leading role both in the Jewish world and among global human rights and youth NGOs with which we work.

As the leading organizational professional, you will be coordinating and maintaining a solid core of student professionals and laypeople within a fast growing organization. Liaising with professional counterparts at the European Institutions, international Jewish organizations and throughout the Jewish Diaspora, EUJS offers its director a front seat in Jewish organizational and youth management. As the lead manager of all of EUJS’ events, you will work closely with service providers and institutional partners across EUJS’ thirty-four country geographic network and beyond. In ensuring seamless and organized efficiency behind the scenes, you will be a key partner in guaranteeing a high degree of professionalism and transparency across the organization.

In addition to extensive European travel, you will assist the Chairperson in ensuring the smooth running of the Brussels secretariat, and will be the key interlocutor with local and national authorities in Belgium. Additional staff, interns and fellows will report directly to you, and you will manage the workflow according to deadlines and requirements. This is a two-year position that offers a competitive salary in line with Brussels standards.

B. QUALIFICATIONS • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent • Excellent organizational and management skills, preferably obtained in the non-profit/NGO sector • Experience within the organized Jewish world, preferably in a youth or student environment • Fluency in English and French • Other languages are an advantage • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a dynamic team and under pressure • Excellent computer literacy • Experience in working with and managing a multi-cultural and changing team

Your experience and expertise in the area of non-profit management, community development, event planning and financial management will be of great value to EUJS’s growth and success. In your role you will have the opportunity to take your career to the next level while gaining exposure to the Brussels-based policy community as well as the wider European Youth Sector.

As a senior member of one of the most respected European Youth organizations, you will join a small but dynamic cohort of youth NGO professionals based in Brussels. An open mind on issues of religious diversity, sexuality, political affiliation and ethnic background is essential.

A desire to truly make a difference and to join a global movement of young people vying for change is a pre-requisite. An ability to work late and irregular hours, including both evenings and occasional weekends is needed.

C. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) is the umbrella organization for thirty-four national Jewish student unions in Europe and the Former Soviet Union, representing over 200,000 Jewish students. Founded in 1978, its alumni are found across the globe and are leaders in major Jewish organizations, national governments and international organizations in addition to the private sector.

Cognizant of the religious, linguistic and cultural diversity that make up the European Jewish community, EUJS strives to present a variety of perspectives through its leadership training programs, educational seminars and international conferences, all tailor-made to the needs of its students. EUJS has placed itself at the cutting edge of inter-cultural and inter-religious programming in the European context. In contrast to the view that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, EUJS operates on the basis that the students which it serves and represents have a duty to act as leaders today, paving the way for a future infused with a strong Jewish identity and in turn, a commitment to the humanistic ideals embraced by Judaism.

EUJS is a constituent member of the European Youth Forum, the leading platform for more than 90 national youth councils and international NGOs, and is the only Jewish organization represented at that level. It is supported by the Council of Europe, the European Commission, all recognized Jewish organizations, and is a member of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS). EUJS is one of the largest international student organizations worldwide and the first Jewish Youth NGO to obtain Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Its annual programming includes the renowned Summer University, international, inter-religious, inter-generational seminars, study sessions at the European Youth Centre, and cutting edge work that puts it at the forefront of the European context.

For more information and to apply please contact: lili@eujs.org

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