Hiring a new Fund Director

We are looking for a forward-thinking leader in the technology and civil society space in Europe. As the Fund Director steering this initiative, you will strengthen, cultivate and help to grow this funder partnership by acting as the liaison between the Network for European Foundations and the donors that contribute to the fund. You will empower the civil society organisations you work with to identify, design, and implement grants and convenings that address issues at the intersection of technology and society.

Key Responsibilities

External Engagement

  • Partner Management: Manage the fund’s relationships with the civil society organisations where funds are directed
  • Funder Cultivation: Drive ongoing partnerships with and reporting to the initiative’s funders; cultivate relationships with potential future donors and partners in collaboration with existing members
  • Field Development: Serve as a forward-thinking leader in the technology and civil society spaces, contributing findings from the programme back to the field at large
  • Policy: Review developments in the tech policy field in Europe in order to spot opportunities for the AI Fund to support the activities of grantees

Portfolio Management

  • Strategy: Help question, test and refine the AI Fund’s funding strategy in close liaison with the Fund’s steering committee and co-chairs
  • Mentorship: Serve as an active thought partner and advisor to the grantees and funders, working with them both individually and as a cohort to advance their work and to cultivate meaningful connections for them within and beyond the European AI Fund

Programme and Grant Management

  • Programme Management: Work closely with the fund’s Programme Manager to direct the execution of the fund’s strategy, including making critical decisions about timelines, balancing partner needs, and crafting systems and processes that will allow our grants to have maximum impact
  • Grant Management: Work with the fund’s Programme Manager and the secretariat at the Network for European Foundations to track progress against grant goals and to forecast and track budget expenditures; assure compliance with all policies and procedures

Professional Qualifications

  • Significant relevant professional experience (>5 years), preferably in an organisation of civil society or philanthropy
  • Significant knowledge of the digital field or tech policy in Europe and a good comprehension of the AI challenges and opportunities in Europe
  • Consciousness of the power dynamic between funders and those who rely on funding
  • Experience in managing donor-funded projects in the civil society field is an advantage
  • Ability to explain tech policies to a non-expert/not tech-savvy audience
  • Demonstrated expertise working across multiple countries and cultures
  • Fluency in multiple languages relevant to the programme’s geographic focus areas desireconvenings (English as working language)
  • Master‘s degree or equivalent experience

Personal Qualifications

  • Strong diplomacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong strategic and analytical approach
  • Persuasiveness and enthusiasm about the mission of the fund; strong commitment to its objective
  • Ability to adjust to change flexibly
  • Start-up mindset and hands-on attitude
  • Proven ability to work independently in cross-functional, distributed teams
  • Willingness to travel, including internationally, to meet with project partners as appropriate and necessary (mostly paused during the pandemic)

What We Offer

  • An exciting job opportunity to shape and steer a newly established philanthropic initiative
  • Meaningful and stimulating work
  • A learning organisation
  • Depending on skills and experience of qualified candidates, we offer a gross salary range of € 65,000 – € 80,000 annually


There is a slight preference for this position to be based in Belgium. For the right candidate, we are able to offer a consultancy arrangement in the jurisdictions of the European Union or the United Kingdom. Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorisation sponsorship.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Application Process

The European AI Fund has engaged the services of Odgers Berndtson, to whom applications should be sent at your earliest convenience and by no later than Monday 13 December 2021.

In order to apply, please submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae along with a covering letter, setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the required criteria.

Please send your application documents by e-mail to:

Dr Nicola Müllerschön
Odgers Berndtson Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt/Germany
Phone +49 69 95777421
E-mail: nicola.muellerschoen@odgersberndtson.com