Managing Director

Ref: 6198

Friends of Europe


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Role Managed by:

Karina Rinaldi-Doligez

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 09 341


Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 12/12/2022

The think tank for a more inclusive, sustainable, and forward-looking Europe

Based in Brussels, Friends of Europe is an independent think tank that aims to connect people, stimulate debate and trigger change for a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe. The insightful and timely publications and animated debates provide access to sharp analysis and produce bold recommendations.

Friends of Europe is committed to playing its part in defining a new social contract for Europe. They promote the confrontation of ideas between established leaders and citizens, between young and old, experts and laymen, left and right of the political spectrum, and between people from various walks of life and convictions." Friends of Europe believes in social justice and equality and work with stakeholders across Europe, and the world, to craft bold and innovative recommendations to revitalize the European Project. Friends of Europe believes that good ideas and good policies come from breaking down silos and building communities of trust between policymakers, business leaders, civil society representatives, and citizens. This is how to catalyse change.

As part of the further development of Friends of Europe as an authoritative and innovative think tank for EU policy analysis and debate, with Friends of Europe equally a co-founder of the Africa-Europe Foundation and of TownHall Europe (the Davignon Centre for New Leadership), we are seeking a Managing Director to take responsibility for the vision and strategic leadership of the organisation, to oversee their talented and committed team, and represent Friends of Europe among a range of members and stakeholders. Working with the Governing Board and the Leadership Team, the Managing Director will help keep Friends of Europe on the map as a high-profile and high-quality think tank not operating in an ivory tower, but with great outreach to wider audiences. The Managing Director will take on the day-to-day responsibilities of Friends of Europe’s talented staff, budgets, partnerships and overall direction.

A dynamic, pragmatic, motivating and creative leader, the Managing Director will bring professional experience in people management, internal organisational management, and regulatory issues. The ideal candidate will bring well-rounded experience in multiple disciplines and the innate ability to lead and connect to deliver results. Equipped with excellent organisational, people management, and leadership abilities, s/he is a self-starter, with a naturally collaborative and low-ego style. Moreover, the successful candidate will have highly developed interpersonal skills and excellent verbal French and English communication skills.

If you are the candidate Friends of Europe is seeking, you have extensive strategic leadership and management experience in a high pace environment across non-profit organisations, think tanks or SMEs. You demonstrate excellent stakeholder management, interpersonal and fundraising skills. The ideal candidate will likewise be able to demonstrate strong understanding of EU policy issues and good understanding of the sectors relevant to the Friends of Europe. Fluency in English and French, with other languages an asset. Most importantly, our new Managing Director is passionate about the future of Europe, its relation with other parts of the world, and how to best address today’s challenges whilst inspiring in others a commitment to Friends of Europe’s mission and vision. 

To apply for this role and join a highly entrepreneurial and international team of 40+ people at Friends of Europe, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to quoting reference 6198. For informal enquiries and questions about the post, please contact Karina Rinaldi-Doligez at  The deadline for applications is 09:00 am (CET) on Monday 12th December 2022.

The role will be based in Brussels, Belgium. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the experience required.

Friends of Europe is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all applicants, by providing equal treatment of all job applications received, regardless of applicants’ ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, disability or health status. We especially encourage applications from those who have been historically excluded or not had fair and equal opportunities to apply.

  • This position is open to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland, and to non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.
  • Candidates must be legally and permanently allowed to work in Belgium (no assistance provided to obtain a visa or work permit).

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