Vacancy for the Position of Secretary General

YEN is now looking for its new Secretary General. The selected person will manage the organisation on a daily basis, lead the office and work closely with the board. The position is vacant from 1 January 2021 and located in Berlin, Charlottenburg.

Job Description:

  • Management of YEN Office and conduct of its daily affairs (including administration and communication);
  • Financial management, administrative support and bookkeeping;
  • Financial management of the organisation: budget controlling, handling of YEN’s bank accounts and all payments, bookkeeping etc
  • Fundraising (searching for grant opportunities and developing partnerships), 
  • Development of project ideas; preparation and reporting of grant applications (on the European, national and regional level);
  • Management and support of YEN staff; 
  • Support of the voluntary work of board members and their activities;
  • Work in the field of European minority policy and European youth work.

Being Secretary-General of YEN is a demanding position, requiring excellent organisational and leadership skills. 

Preferred qualifications of the applicant:

  • Excellent knowledge of both English and German, additional languages are an advantage;
  • Experience in NGO work, preferably youth organisations, ideally on a European level and in leading position;
  • University degree and/or relevant work experience;
  • Proven practical experience in financial and project management, applications and reporting to various institutions;
  • Excellent organizational skills, the ability to multi-task and to work under high pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to lead, motivate and support the team as well as delegate tasks;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as intercultural competences;
  • Experience or interest in the field of human rights and/ or autochthonous national minorities are an advantage;
  • Willing to work flexibly, also at the weekend and willing to travel;
  • Knowledge about politics, policies, history and European contexts.

The applicant should show flexibility, initiative, personal commitment and motivation on supporting the activities promoted by the organisation.

We offer: 

  • Full-time position (40 hours per week);
  • Flexible working conditions;
  • Workplace in the centre of Berlin (Charlottenburg) with good public transport connection;
  • Frequent and extensive travel;
  • Work in a dedicated young team;
  • Inspiring and creative work environment at international level;
  • The opportunity to enhance your knowledge of national minorities in Europe and youth work. 

Work start: ideally 1 January 2021

Job location: Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany 

Application deadline: 23 November 2020, submitted to 

The job interviews will take place in Berlin or digitally between 27 and 30 November 2020. 

The applications should include: 

  • an application letter in English or German explaining the candidate’s motivation and qualification; 
  • a curriculum vitae, 
  • if available: references and credentials. 

sent in one PDF file. A short introductory video in the other language than the application letter either English or German would be appreciated. 


Kasia Siemasz
Tel: +49 17624775832