Call for Application: Finance Director at ILGA Europe

Deadline: September 27th, 2023

ILGA is searching for a new Finance Director for ILGA-Europe, based in Brussels, to contribute to our overall success by planning, implementing, managing and controlling the organization’s finances and all financial and administrative operations. We would be really grateful if you could pass this on to your networks, or if anyone on the list thinks they might be a fit, it’s a really exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated team working for and on behalf of LGBTI activists and organizations in Europe and Central Asia.

Main Job Functions of the Finance Director

The Finance Director’s role is to contribute to ILGA-Europe’s overall success by planning, implementing, managing and controlling the organisation’s finances and all financial and administrative activities and operations.

The Finance Director will be expected to lead on managing ILGA-Europe’s organisational budget and financial operations, including:

  • managing multiple streams of funding, ranging from public and private donors, among them governments and international funding mechanisms, incl. budgeting, monitoring, re-allocations, tracking, reporting;
  • maintaining ILGA-Europe’s accounts and book-keeping, incl. preparation of financial statements and balance sheets, preparation and leading on the annual audit and project audits;
  • developing financial plans and strategies to ensure the financial health and sustainability of ILGA-Europe;
  • translating organisational values and financial management principles into practice by developing and implementing financial policies, procedures, workflows and controls for sound financial management of ILGA-Europe’s financial resources;
  • ensuring compliance of ILGA-Europe’s finances with all statutory and external requirements and regulations;
  • maintaining accountability towards member organisations and Executive Board through periodical reporting and other governance mechanisms, as well as through increasing the accessibility of financial information.

What is more, the Finance Director will have a leading role to play in ensuring that ILGA-Europe has effective mechanisms to mitigate financial and non-financial risks. And, as manager of the 5-person Finance and Administration team, the person will also be responsible for ensuring effective oversight and management of all accounting/bookkeeping, payroll and human resources matters, re-granting schemes, administration and governance, event organising and other operations. The person will also organise the work of the team and be responsible for sustainable growth and task division, see to appropriate management and development of team members, and to ensuring that finance and administration work is performed cohesively across the broader ILGA-Europe staff.

At ILGA-Europe we understand that not all individuals have the same opportunities to engage in paid work within the LGBTI movement, and value the experience brought in from other areas of work and life. To fit this role well, you should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have proven competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • Developing and implementing effective financial monitoring and reporting systems to ensure compliance with legal and funding requirements
  • Managing complex rules and regulations from different funding sources (public and private donors)
  • Developing mid-to-longer term financial plans and strategies to ensure the financial health and sustainability of organisations
  • Developing and implementing financial policies, procedures and controls to ensure sound and effective management of financial resources

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are: 

  • Excellent understanding of financial management for international projects and financial management of organisations
  • A solid understanding of organisational budgeting, monitoring and reporting
  • A solid understanding of accounting, financial oversight and auditing
  • A solid understanding of organisational development
  • Experience and/or solid understanding of grant-making
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Excellent communication skills, including a high standard of written and spoken English
  • A capacity to present financial information to various audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in staff management
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organisation
  • Strong problem solving and ability to make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis
  • High level of integrity and dependability
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments, to think creatively and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organisational needs
  • Capability to take initiative, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player, and work well with others at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines, to balance long-term goals and day-to-day demands
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and maintain excellent working relationships, in a high-paced environment
  • Sensitivity to working in a multicultural and diverse environment and commitment to promoting respect for equality and diversity, and ability to implement diversity into your everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and travel, incl. flexibility with the work schedule (ILGA-Europe staff work from the Brussels office at least 3 days a week).

Desirable other experience/qualifications include:

  • A solid knowledge of EU and other institutional funding requirements (highly desirable)
  • Experience of working with NGOs and grassroots organisations (highly desirable), preferably in the field of LGBTI human rights and equality
  • A working knowledge of French (desirable) – the job holder will need to understand basic financial information in French, such as balance sheets and financial statements.

Employment Package

Employment information:

Salary scale: from 77,013 € to 83,314 € starting at the beginning of the scale, increasing annually. This annual salary is comprised of 12 months remuneration plus additional holiday pay paid out as of the second year of employment – the expected net monthly starting salary is approx. 3200€. The working week is 37.5 hours (5 days of 7.5h).

ILGA-Europe’s employment package includes:

  • 20 days of annual leave (+ 10 public holidays) and an additional 5 days in December
  • fair measures to ensure recovery of extra hours worked during busy periods
  • hospitalisation and ambulatory health insurance (which cover the majority of LGBTI-specific care)
  • a policy supporting employees who transition during employment
  • an employee pension scheme
  • ‘family friendly’ policies
  • annual public transport subscription
  • 50 € per month indemnity to cover costs of home office
  • luncheon vouchers worth approx. 160 € for a full month worked
  • financial support for relocation to Brussels, where applicable
  • financial support for professional development (trainings, coaching and other learning opportunities enabling staff to grow in their positions).

Non-EU citizens and individuals who do not have an EU work permit can apply. We cover all the costs related to obtaining a work permit and visa, and manage the process. ILGA-Europe colleagues can provide support in finding accommodation, registering your residence and many other day-to-day issues related to moving to Belgium.

As a workplace, ILGA-Europe strives to be flexible and responsive to employee needs, balancing that with the needs of the wider team and those of the LGBTI movement. We offer flexible working hours and possibility to partially work from home, though the office in Brussels will be your main location of work. We understand that relocation may be difficult in the current circumstances and will adjust as much as possible to your capacities in this regard.

How to Apply

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