Job Opportunity: European Director of ETUCE

The European Region of Education International (ETUCE) is recruiting a European Director. JO-ESAE-etuce

Deadline: 20 May 2016


The European Director shall support the ETUCE structure and carry out the decisions of the Conference, ETUCE Committee and ETUCE Bureau. In this context the European Director shall:

  • report to the Conference, Committee and Bureau
  • initiate proposals for consideration by the ETUCE bodies in all matters related to ETUCE policies
  • implement the decisions of the ETUCE bodies
  • maintain liaison with member organisations
  • maintain liaison with the European Trade Union Confederation and be appointed as a representative of the ETUCE on that body
  • maintain liaison with the institutions of the European Union and represent the ETUCE at relevant meetings with these bodies
  • convene and prepare meetings of the ETUCE bodies
  • keep a record of the proceedings of the ETUCE bodies
  • submit activity reports to the ETUCE bodies
  • manage, under the supervision of the Treasurer, the income and expenditure of the ETUCE bodies
  • ensure that the appropriate financial documents and reports are available to the Auditors
  • manage the ETUCE Secretariat (currently comprising 12 staff members), both in relation to the appointment and management of staff who are directly employed by the ETUCE and to the management of the staff employed by EI while they are providing services to the ETUCE
  • cooperate with the EI General Secretary to make best use of the human and financial resources available to the Region
  • submit reports on ETUCE finances, programmes and activities to the Bureau, Committee and Conference and to the EI General Secretary as required.


  • Candidates for appointment to the position of European Director Specification should:demonstrate a commitment to the aims and values of EI and ETUCE
  • have a good knowledge of education structures and systems in Europe;
  • show a high level of understanding of the challenges to education at various levels in Europe, including both professional issues and working conditions for education personnel;
  • have a high level of understanding of how the European Union functions and how it impacts on education systems in Europe;
  • show a high level of insight into how education trade unions are organised and function in countries across Europe and an understanding of the operation of Social Dialogue within the European Union;
  • be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) in English, and at least one other official language of ETUCE (French, Spanish, German, Russian);
  • demonstrate good communication skills, including negotiating, advocacy and public speaking/presentations;
  • have at least 5 year experience in a senior position in a national or international trade union or analogous organisation – preferably in the field of education;
  • demonstrate a capacity to formulate and write education/trade union policy documents;
  • show positive experience in selecting, managing and leading a range of staff
  • be competent in the construction, management and implementation of financial budgets;
  • experience in preparing and submitting project applications to donor organisations and, especially, the European Commission, and in managing the implementation of projects would be an advantage.


This post is located at the ETUCE Offices in the Headquarters of Education International in Brussels where the post-holder is required to attend for work except when engaged in duties elsewhere. Significant travel within Europe is expected of the postholder.


Candidates should submit a letter of application, accompanied by a CV, which should specifically address the points listed in the Person Specification above. Completed applications should be in the hands of Raphael Van Woensel, Executive Officer-Human Resources, of Education International, by email at or otherwise c/o EI Head Office, 5, Bvd du Roi Albert II, Brussels 1210, Belgium; no later than 17.00 hours (CEST) on 20th May, 2016.

About the European Region of Education International

The ETUCE is the regional structure in Europe of Education International. It comprises 135 Member Organisations from 45 European countries with approximately 12.8 million members.