Executive Director

European Digital Rights (EDRi)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

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 EDRi is currently preparing for.


The Executive Director provides overall leadership and management of the strategy, policy, resources, operations and communications of EDRi. They are responsible for the management of the organisation and all aspects of its operations. They should be deeply committed to the organisation’s values and mission and drive forward a joint vision for the organisation in line with the its objectives. While the Executive Director is not expected to be a specialist in specific operations (such as, campaigns, fundraising, HR, administration, finance, etc), they should have 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.


  1. Leadership, organisation of the mission and strategy (such as implementing strategic plans and ensuring rigorous evaluation, steering the organisation in its learning, growth and development, representing the organisation);
  2. Financial sustainability and oversight (such as preparing the yearly budget, overseeing expenditures and fiscal management, overseeing and contributing to the raising of funds, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and grant contracts);
  3. Organisation operations (such as hiring staff members, providing oversight of all staff, developing internal policies, signing contracts and other agreements on behalf of EDRi, ensuring the implementation of Board decisions).


We are looking for a passionate, idealistic, enduring, diplomatic, patient, mission-driven, self-directed person who is committed to knowledge-sharing and high-integrity leadership.

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Knowledge of EU policy-making processes and political environment, the NGO sector, the digital rights field, human resources management and fundraising in the nonprofit sector;
  • Strong organisational abilities, especially for planning, delegation and project management;
  • Ability to develop and convey the vision of EDRi’s strategic future to its staff, Board, network and donors;
  • Solid, hands-on financial and budget management skills;
  • Demonstrate ability to build trusted relationships, and to collaborate with and oversee all staff;
  • Affinity with EDRi’s values and mission;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Senior management experience would be a plus.


  • 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.

Application instructions

To apply please send a maximum one-page cover letter and a maximum two-page CV (only PDFs are accepted) by email. Closing date for applications is 3 June 2018. Interviews with selected candidates will take place around mid-June. EDRi has retained Rtesian Resources as its recruitment partner for this role and shortlisted candidates may be contacted by its lead consultant, Ian Burns.

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.

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