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    Allied For Startups is looking for a Director-General

    About the position

    Allied for Startups asbl, the leading global voice for the startup ecosystem, is seeking a senior, experienced executive to lead our global operations and manage our European team. 

    As Director-General, the successful candidate will lead the Secretariat, set and lead the overall global strategy of the association, liaise with our Board of Directors, member organizations, advisors, and other key stakeholders, lead fundraising and revenue generation for the association, be the public face of the association, and manage our staff. The role will provide globally-focused leadership, lead and structure day-to-day operations of our Brussels office and staff, as well as develop our international presence and strategy.

    The successful candidate will be based in Brussels, and have both a broad network in the EU institutions and experience in navigating both global policy regimes and the startup economy, having led key wins in either or both arenas. Existing networks with startup ecosystems and other prominent policy development venues, as well as experience in technology and/or entrepreneurship policy development, and/or previous association leadership, especially for organizations based in Belgium, are added benefits.

    About us

    Allied for Startups is the leading global voice of startups in policy and government. Our mission is to ensure that the voices of startups are heard in government. We represent over 40 European and global startup associations (Dutch Startup Association, Startup Canada, Startup Malaysia), working with international organisations and governments to ensure better public policy outcomes allowing startup ecosystems to grow and thrive. We work to increase the impact of entrepreneurial voices on policy issues such as data, privacy, artificial intelligence, online platforms, digital health, talent, funding, etc.

    About the position

    About the position: To begin as soon as possible, the position consists of a  12-month  Fellowship (Convention d’immersion professionnelle). Your main responsibilities will be to coordinate the healthtech project and partners, create strategic positions and campaigns on health policy files, and be part of multi-stakeholder forums to represent healthtech entrepreneurs in the digital transformation of healthcare. 

    Objectives of the role

    – Work closely with Members, board directors, advisors, key sponsors, other stakeholders, and committees to assess and address issues affecting the organisation;

    – Oversee strategic development and daily operations of the organisation, providing executive direction for program strategies and efficiencies, compliance, and quality assurance;

    – Identify and address staffing requirements for efficient operations, and maintain a strong work culture that attracts and retains people while driving the organisation’s mission;

    – Increase awareness and impact of the organisation by being the main spokesperson and liaison with the media;

    – Develop an actionable plan for fundraising and managing monthly cash flow;

    – Comply with all national and local regulations.


    – Meet aggressive annual fundraising goals, in partnership with the board of directors, by securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and others;

    – Coordination of our activities, priorities, policy goals, and political engagement across the Board and with our Members and sponsors;

    – Work with existing staff and board to lead coordination and direction of yearly activities and achieve our KPIs. Serve as the face of the organisation and participate in external events to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand, and develop strategic partnerships to further increase community awareness and expand programs;

    – Manage staff members and vendors whose experiences, cultures, and languages reflect the community served by the organisation;

    – Frequent travel may be necessary.

    Required skills and qualifications

    – At least 10 years of experience in senior management, preferably with advocacy, trade, and/or nonprofit organisations;

    – Successful track record in fundraising in the non-profit sector;

    – Proven experience of building alliances with like-minded trade groups or companies; 

    – Knowledge of leadership and management principles for nonprofit organisations;

    – Proven success working with a board of directors;

    – Entrepreneurial mindset, with an innovative approach to association leadership;

    – Dynamic and charismatic team player who enjoys being the public face of an organisation.

    Preferred skills and qualifications

    – 5+ years of experience in technology and/or entrepreneurship policy, EU institutions engagement, government relations, and/or stakeholder management;

    – Experience in managing budgets;

    – Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English.

    To Apply

    Please send your application to the attention of Mr. Michael McGeary. Please include a 1-page CV and a 1-page motivation letter. Applications are welcomed on a rolling basis until the role is filled. Please send your application to [email protected].

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