Director General

European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 01

Position description

With 20 member groups who represent over 480 organisations from 17 countries, ECCJ is the only European coalition bringing together European campaigns and national platforms of NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations and academics to promote corporate accountability.

The coalition is driven by a vision of a sustainable world in which corporations’ drive for profit is balanced by the interests of society at large, and where businesses respect human, social and environmental rights. We seek to tackle some of the root causes of corporate injustice by improving European laws governing activities of business and their impacts on people and planet.

ECCJ works as a catalyst, drawing on the expertise and experience of organisations across Europe to provide a united voice at the EU level promoting the need for legal change. ECCJ is currently focused on the EU Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Directive and coordinates/plays a central role in the broader civil society movement following this legislative process.

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Position summary

The Director will lead the work of the coalition. They will ideally be:

  • a strategic and creative political thinker bringing a clear, shared vision, and able to take the right decisions regarding campaigning, advocacy and coalition development; with specific expertise on corporate accountability/business and human rights;
  • an experienced manager able to manage a well-functioning Brussels office and an active European network, and ensure good operational planning;
  • a natural networker and facilitator able to engage and build consensus and collaborations with coalition members and a diverse group of other stakeholders, including policy makers;
  • a persuasive speaker capable of promoting ECCJ’s message and policy proposals in public and political debates.


  • Plan, oversee and implement advocacy strategies and activities in close collaboration with the Board and other members;
  • Oversee the coalition’s development and engage members in joint work;
  • Manage the Brussels team: currently comprised of a communications officer, three policy officers and a financial manager; as well as other temporary staff such as trainees and a campaigner;
  • Oversee finances and administration issues of the Brussels office;
  • Represent ECCJ towards policy makers, civil society, media and stakeholders at the EU and member state level; and build relationships and networks with relevant groups;
  • Support the governance bodies to ensure timely debate and decision making;
  • Ensure the implementation of a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning process;
  • Lead the fundraising strategy, oversee its implementation and build relationships with funders;
  • Develop and implement the mid- to long-term organizational and advocacy strategies for ECCJ in collaboration with the Board, members and the staff of the Brussels office.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • A commitment to, and thorough understanding of, the mission of ECCJ and its vision of corporate accountability and policy change;
  • At least 5 years’ experience of policy advocacy; with knowledge and experience of the EU and its institutions, and corporate accountability related policies;
  • At least 3 years’ experience of managing civil society organisations or platforms at a European and/or international level, including line-managing staff, financial management, administration;
  • Excellent strategic skills: experience in developing organisational and advocacy strategies within a non-profit organisation;
  • Strong consensus-building skills and demonstrated talent for coalition work;
  • Experience of engaging with stakeholders from different backgrounds (policy makers, NGOs, trade unions, business, etc.);
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to articulate clear messages to different audiences;
  • Fluency in English with proficiency in at least one other EU language (preferably French);
  • Expertise in corporate accountability/responsible business conduct;
  • Experience in fundraising at the international/European level;
  • Be a citizen of an EU member state or have a valid residence and work permit for Belgium.


  • A network with relevant stakeholders in Brussels;
  • Experience of public campaigning;
  • Experience working with media and journalists;
  • Ability to understand complex legal concepts.

What we offer

  • A permanent contract;
  • A gross monthly salary between 4,500 € and 6,000 € (depending on experience) on the basis of a full-time contract;
  • A contract under Belgian law with an attractive set of benefits: 13th month salary, 5 additional holiday days office closing days between Christmas and New Year, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme, hospitalisation insurance, comprehensive travel insurance and contribution to local transport and working from home costs;
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment in a hub for civil society in the heart of Brussels. The ECCJ office is based in Mundo Madou;
  • A highly motivated international team;
  • A flexible policy allowing for 3 days a week working from home;
  • An active contribution to the protection of human rights and the environment and to policy change in Europe.


Application instructions

Please send a cover letter (max 1 A4), together with your CV (preferably max 2 A4) and two professional references in English by 21 November 2022 with the following email subject: “ECCJ Director General application - Your name”.

Interviews are scheduled between 5 - 16 December in online meetings. Only candidates selected for interviews will be notified.

The starting date is ideally 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible.

ECCJ welcomes applications from all and is against any form of discrimination, whether based on age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, sex, gender, pregnancy, childbirth, maternity, or change of sex.

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