Chief Executive

Chief Executive

European Foundation Centre

Brussels, Belgium   |   November 13, 2019

About EFC

The European Foundation Centre (EFC) is a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe. Founded in 1989 by seven of Europe’s preeminent foundations, the EFC works to affect meaningful change through the strengthening of the institutional philanthropy sector. The EFC serves as a hub of philanthropic exchange, connecting 253 members from over 30 countries to facilitate peer-learning and effective philanthropy. Guided by a member-developed strategic framework, the EFC aims to be a champion for institutional philanthropy while simultaneously acting as a network for the exchange of philanthropic expertise.

The Opportunity

The Chief Executive (CE) reports to the Management Committee (MC) and Governance Committee (GC) of the EFC’s membership and is responsible for the overall leadership, management and execution of the activities and business of the EFC. They will work very closely with the MC and staff on the execution of the multi-year strategic framework, vision, plan, policies and programmes to evolve and refine the EFC’s business model, advancing the interests and value add for its members.

The successful candidate will build upon the EFC’s rich history and strong foundation to effectively serve its members. The Chief Executive will ensure that the EFC members can build upon their own brands of philanthropy as innovative, strategic leaders and tackle the substantive issues in this sector today. This person will lead as a relevant and influential policy voice to best represent EFC’s membership and strengthen the voice and role of philanthropy in Europe.

Tactically, the CE will set the EFC’s priorities and help lead the members and staff to achieve specific goals and objectives necessary to accomplish the agreed upon strategy. The CE will promote and advance the EFC’s value proposition and concentrate the EFC’s efforts to ensure that the members are supported in their missions.

This person will be a credible thought leader, have proven business acumen, and be an influential leader within the philanthropic and civil society sectors. They will serve as an external spokesperson and key representative of the organisation to a wide range of stakeholders, the public, EU institutions, governments, and related partners. The successful candidate will not only enhance the EFC’s relationships with all relevant constituencies, both at European and international levels, and with other related professional organisations.

With the team and the Management Committee, this person will further develop relevant insights and tools to enhance the philanthropic ecosystem, especially for its members.

The Chief Executive must also understand its members needs and wishes through continuous learning and dialogue to identify the best ways to expand EFC’s global reach and impact. The CE must furthermore ensure that the EFC is fiscally strong to meet its members’ short and long-term aspirations and needs. Moreover, the CE must serve as an inspirational leader who will motivate, develop, leverage, hire, manage, and retain an outstanding calibre of people to serve the EFC’s membership.

Expressing Interest

Koya Leadership Partners has been engaged by the European Foundation Centre to advise in this pivotal leadership hire. Leading this search is Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice and Turner Delano, Vice President. If you are ready to submit your completed application, kindly submit both your compelling cover letter (addressing motivation and suitability per the above role specifications) and CV/resume here. Only completed applications, with both CV/resume and cover letter, will be presented to the client.

Deadline to apply: January 16, 2020

Read the Position Profile – Chief Executive, European Foundation Centre.