The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe
The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director to lead the organization through its remaining term of at least 7 years of operation. CEE Trust was established and began operations in 2001 by a consortium of six private funding organizations, with an approximately 10-year time-frame and the mission to support the long term strengthening of civil societies in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
The CEE Trust has to date invested approximately $20 million in grants in a first round of activities in six of these seven countries. The CEE Trust has completed four years of vigorous operations. Significant progress has occurred in terms of increased self-confidence and capacity inside the non-profit sector, successful public awareness campaigns about civic engagement and NGOs, improved legislation stimulating philanthropy, expanded corporate giving and more frequent media reporting about non-profit sector activities. Most importantly, the notion of civil society, public participation and civic engagement has become more and more present in the public and political debates throughout the region. For further information on activities to date, see www.ceetrust.org .
The CEE Trust is currently undergoing a comprehensive strategic review to ensure its forward work best responds to the needs of civil societies that are evolving in exciting and challenging environments, and is exploring a range of activities and opportunities to further promote the environment and conditions for healthy civic engagement. The CEE Trust has a vision of vibrant societies, which consist of institutions, NGOs, social movements, ad hoc groups, citizens and ideas. Efforts to achieve this vision will be nurtured through the programming of approximately $40 million of funds through grantmaking and other activities (e.g., through convening of meetings, knowledge exchange, and advocacy on behalf of the sector).
The Board is seeking someone who is excited by the opportunity to take the CEE Trust into its next phase of development and who has a passion for contributing to civil society development and policy engagement in CEE.
The executive director will provide visionary leadership to the CEE Trust as well as manage all facets of the organization, including the implementation and ongoing review of the CEE Trust's strategic direction; establishment of and positioning of its public profile; the development and monitoring of its programs and grant investments; nurturing and cultivating a broad international constituency; dissemination of lessons learned through the CEE Trust's activities in the seven target countries; budgetary and asset management; and the management of a current staff of three (and oversight for likely expansion of the staff). The executive director will report to the Board of Trustees that is comprised of representatives from five of the original funding organizations, as well as two independent members from the region.
Desired Characteristics and Abilities:
The ideal candidate for the position will have the following characteristics and abilities: