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Call for ESU Development Officer

The European Students’ Union (ESU) is looking to reinforce its team with a Development Officer (DO) at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Development Officer Position

ESU – The European Students’ Union – is the umbrella organisation of 45 national unions of students from 38 countries, and through these members represents over 11 million students. The aim of ESU is to articulate and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow-Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Responsibilities and areas of work
1. Diversifying the income streams of the European Students’ Union
–    Create and monitor a database of potential donors
–    Extensive research and mapping on fundraising opportunities (not from EU-institutions) in Belgium and on the European level
–    Creating a strategy for the diversification of the ESU income streams with short, medium and long term objectives in line with the overall ESU priorities and policies
–    Development of an ethical code for ESU’s fundraising activities
–    Implementing the financial development strategy by building up a network and raising funds
–    Communicating and answering to the needs of the various account contacts
–    Managing the contracts in the framework of the financial development strategy from deal to end
–    Exploring the expansion of partnerships with existing partners
–    Advising the elected Executive Committee on the long term possibilities of financial development

2. Shaping the ESU image for fundraising
–    Liaising with the communications manager and the project officer in creating a strong and coherent ESU image for future partnerships
–    Promoting ESU events, projects, publications, campaigns and statements to the wider public and possible partners
–    Proactively advising on the development of organizational identity tools
–    Cooperating with other ESU elected and secretariat members on ESU promotional and fundraising activities
–    Sharing daily secretariat tasks with other secretariat members

–    A degree or comparable experience within the areas Public Relations, sales and marketing and/or fundraising.
–    Knowledge and/or experience on promotional or fundraising activities.
–    A very good command of the English language (spoken and written). Additional knowledge of one or more European languages is highly desirable, particularly French or Dutch.
–    Good conversational skills – written and verbal
–    Proficiency in MS Office skills

The following knowledge and/or skills will be taken as advantage:

–    Creative and strategic skills and capability to work in a competitive sector
–    Fundraising, maintaining accounts and public relations
–    Knowledge of the field of potential donors
–    Any working experience with non-profit student/youth organisations, preferably student unions

Terms of contract
–    The position is advertised for a 37.5 hours per week agreement.
–    Undetermined contract with a six months trial period.
–    20 days of paid holidays
–    Fixed basis-salary with income-contingent bonuses
–    Candidates must have a working permit for the European Union (if applicable)
–    Candidates should be available to start working in May 2010.

For more details of the terms of contract, including salary conditions, please contact the ESU Chairperson Bert Vandenkendelaere,

How to apply
Please send a CV, a motivation letter and, if available, any letters of recommendation and/or work portfolio by e-mail to (subject: Application Development Officer) by 24:00 on March 31st, 2011.

It is expected that the motivation letter would clarify why you are applying for the job, what kind of special skills and benefits you would bring to the organisation and how your past experiences and/or education would support your work as DO.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by phone in the first half of April. Also at this stage candidates may be asked to perform small assignments to test their abilities and knowledge.  If necessary, final applicants might be invited to attend an interview in Brussels in April. ESU will reimburse any travel costs for attending such an interview.

ESU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, political affiliation, ESU Board Meeting block, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.


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