Director (Maritime Affairs and Climate)

Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
  • Location
    Rennes, Barcelona or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Do you want to play a central role within the most influential European association of regions?

The CPMR is looking for a Director (permanent contract) to lead the work of the association on maritime affairs and climate. We are looking for a person with strong lobbying and advocacy skills with an understanding of European maritime and climate policies, with a strong understanding of EU decision-making and the role of regions in the European arena. If you are a dynamic, proactive individual aiming to make a difference by supporting regional interests within the European Union, this job is for you!

Your responsibilities:

The Director (Maritime Affairs and Climate) is responsible for leading the work of the CPMR on influencing maritime and climate policies and other activities for our regions in these fields, including specific energy issues. In order to carry out your responsibilities, you will:

  • Lead and provide overall coordination for the task forces and working groups on maritime affairs and climate change, including the secretariat for the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament (SEARICA); interact with and support the activities of the Geographical Commissions on maritime and climate; animate brainstorming and discussion sessions with external experts and take part in relevant thematic networks;
  • Manage a small team of policy officers and assistants to support the CPMR work plans on maritime affairs and climate;
  • Monitor maritime policies of relevance to CPMR Members, such as the Common Fisheries Policy and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, maritime industries, maritime investments, and other areas linked to the sustainable blue economy and the Integrated Maritime Policy, in line with priorities supported by CPMR Members and the evolution of the European agenda;
  • Monitor climate policies of relevance to CPMR Members, such as European Green Deal-related legislation and the wider international framework (the United Nations Climate Change conference);
  • Promote the role that regions can play in achieving climate policy goals and examples of best practices from CPMR Member Regions;
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts with the European Union institutions, at national and regional level, and with other relevant actors;
  • Lead strategic lobbying and advocacy campaigns targeted at European Union institutions during the negotiation phases of priority areas for the CPMR;
  • Be responsible for the preparation of CPMR Technical Notes on key issues for CPMR members on maritime and climate policy;
  • Be responsible for preparing policy positions for adoption by CPMR Members at CPMR statutory meetings (Political Bureau and General Assembly meetings);
  • Prepare speaking points and briefings for the CPMR President or other elected Members on topics related to maritime affairs and climate for CPMR statutory meetings (Political Bureau and General Assembly meetings) and external events (forums, conferences, ministerial meetings, etc…);
  • Organise, when the political agenda dictates it, seminars, conferences and meetings;
  • Contribute, when there is an added value for the CPMR, to the preparation of EU project proposals linked to CPMR priorities, including projects of importance to CPMR Geographical Commissions, in the areas of maritime affairs and climate;
  • Take part in the preparation of CPMR statutory meetings;
  • Contribute to the accomplishment of the overall CPMR strategy and its annual work plan.


Are you the person we are looking for?

Essential work experience and educational background:

  • Higher education qualifications;
  • Minimum seven years’ experience working professionally after studies;
  • Professional spoken and written proficiency in English;
  • Work experience within a public authority (especially a regional authority) and/or politically-led EU, transnational or international organisation, preferably in an advocacy/lobbying role;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and professional experience in at least one of the two areas covered by the position (maritime affairs and climate).

Desirable experience:

  • Work experience of secretariat work in a politically-led organisation or network (e.g. membership management, development of policy positions, experience in coordinating and leading studies and analysis on EU issues…);
  • Knowledge and understanding of regional interests in relation to European Union policies;
  • A wide network of contacts at EU level on maritime affairs and/or climate;
  • Line management experience;
  • Proficiency in French and at least another European language is an asset.


As a person, we expect that you:

  • Have second-to-none writing and oral presentation skills;
  • A skilled networker able to build and maintain strong professional relationships and chorale stakeholders around a course;
  • Politically astute, and able to adapt language and approach to manage unexpected and complex or politically sensitive situations;
  • Strong leadership skills, able to give strategic direction to the team, while also being a team player who understands the importance of teamwork;
  • Able to operate effectively in a fast-paced, politically charged environment. Able to manage stress;
  • Demonstrated diplomacy skills and an understanding of different cultural contexts, able to respect and embrace the different working cultures represented within the membership of the CPMR and its Geographical Commissions;
  • Strong analytical skills and an ability to weigh the various interests against an overall view and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Able to respect hierarchy and deadlines, and to prioritise and manage time effectively.

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