Notice of vacancy at TGEU

Executive Director

Location: Berlin, Germany
Compensation: €75.000/year to start with full benefits; 5% increase after 1 year
Benefits include: German healthcare and pension system, 24+ vacation days/year, relocation support

The organisation

Transgender Europe (TGEU) is a member-based organisation founded in 2005 dedicated to strengthening the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia through advocacy, capacity building, and support. We are a values-driven network of 195 member organisations in 48 different countries. TGEU is based in Berlin, Germany, with 12 staff members and a member-selected Board responsible for the organisation’s governance. More information about the organisation may be found at

Mission & vision

TGEU envisions a world free from discrimination where gender diversity is celebrated, where trans people are valued, and where trans movements are self-aware, intersectional, and evolving to meet the needs of a diverse and resilient community. TGEU’s mission is to strengthen the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia. We strive to represent the diverse needs of our members within human rights mechanisms, build the capacity and skills of our members to meet the needs of local communities, and develop intersectional and decolonised programmes to build more resilient and connected trans movements.

The ideal candidate

Are you passionate about the human rights and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people? Are you dedicated to the leadership and sustainability of trans organisations? Would you like to inspire and support a diverse group of staff, board members, and organisational members in achieving TGEU’s mission? If so, this may be the job for you!

TGEU is looking for its next Executive Director to help lead and strengthen the organisation. Key areas of responsibility include organisational development (creating systems and structures to help staff and the Board meet the goals of the membership),  fundraising (through government contracts and private foundations), and human resources (building and supporting staff skills and capacities). 

We encourage applications from candidates with different qualifications and experiences, regardless of formal education or background. If you think you meet most of the qualifications listed below, please apply!


Core competencies & attributes

  • Transformative leadership that positively influences others to achieve results that are in the best interests of an organisation.
  • Ability to determine strategies to move an organisation forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Commitment to supporting staff with an emphasis on staff training, healthy working dynamics, and creating a positive and constructive work environment.
  • Demonstrate superior organisational skills and an ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Adaptability and a willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Understand and practice ethical behaviours and anti-racist, decolonial and intersectional organisational practices, ensuring that these are consistent and align with TGEU’s values and mission.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to work within a membership-based and membership-led organisation subject to German laws and regulations.
  • Continuously assess, improve and develop new ways to sustain organisational operations that help rebuild and strengthen organisational structures.
  • Continually assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Think strategically and assess options and actions based on the organisation’s vision, values, and evolving needs.
  • Oriented towards achieving organisational and financial sustainability.
  • Comfort working with budgets, grant reports, and financial statements.


Professional experience & credentials

  • At least 5 years’ senior management or leadership experience in a non-profit organisation with experience in hiring, managing, and supervising staff.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles for civil society organisations and social justice movements.
  • Academic credentials consistent with the Executive Director role, though candidates with substantial community leadership are encouraged to apply. A university degree is not required to work at TGEU, but a related academic degree may be required by the German government to secure a work visa.
  • Prior experience in human resources management with evidence of a collaborative and respectful management style.
  • Possesses or is willing to acquire knowledge of German and EU legislation applicable to non-profit organisations, including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, and funding requirements.
  • Has dealt directly with a governance Board, building a positive and productive working relationship.
    Past experience as serving as an organisation’s ambassador and spokesperson.
  • Experience working with government representatives, policy makers, funders, international human rights organisations and social justice movements.
  • Fluent ability to speak, read, and write in English. Proficiency or fluency in German would be considered an asset as well.
  • Willingness to relocate to Berlin, with travel as required. Assistance for relocation will be available.

Position overview

The Executive Director reports to the TGEU Board and has overall operational responsibility for the successful leadership and management of TGEU. The position requires a highly effective leader with a passion for rebuilding strategic relationships and trust, with Board and staff, funders, government representatives and EU Institutions, human rights organisations, and other stakeholders, including TGEU’s partner organisations, and making a positive impact on the lives of trans and gender-diverse people.

Key responsibilities

Organisation leadership

  • Identify, assess, and inform the TGEU Board of internal and external issues that affect the organisation.
    Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the staff.
  • Lead processes with the Board, staff and membership to develop and implement TGEU’s strategic plan.
  • Develop and lead a cross-departmental management team to distribute and build leadership throughout the organisation.
  • Set organisational priorities; develop a work schedule; monitor progress towards goals; and track details, data, information, and activities.

Operational management

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of TGEU.
  • Identify effective and innovative strategies to achieve organisational goals and objectives that contribute to the long term sustainability and success of TGEU.
  • Ensure that the operation of TGEU meets the expectations of its stakeholders, funders, members, staff, partners, and Board.

Financial management

  • Secure and maintain funding, develop and implement fundraising strategies.
  • Maintain and strengthen the relationship with current TGEU funders and seek new funding opportunities.
  • Oversee the finances of TGEU together with the Operations Manager, and in close collaboration with the Treasurer, by way of monthly financial reports ensuring sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
  • Ensure that systems and procedures are in place for managing financial resources efficiently and ensure best value for money.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority levels delegated by the Board.
  • Ensure that financial performance is continually monitored and evaluated, and prompt corrective action taken, where required.
  • Work with staff, Board, and Treasurer to prepare budgets, and oversee the production of progress reports and accounts for internal purposes and for funders.
  • Administer TGEU funds according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organisation and any adverse situations that affect TGEU’s cash flows.

Performance management

  • Develop, implement, and manage systems for tracking progress, and monitoring and improving the effectiveness, efficiency, quality, and impact of the organisation’s activities.
  • Ensure that staff understand the individual contributions required to achieve the overall work programme and how their performance will be appraised.
    Human resources planning / management.
  • Determine staffing requirements in consultation with the Board for management and programme delivery.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of human resources policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Recruit and support the professional development, skills development, and sustainability of staff.
  • Coach, mentor, and develop staff, as appropriate, to improve their effectiveness and performance.
  • Discipline staff if, and when necessary, including terminations of staff, and in accordance with German law.

Selection process & application deadline

To apply, please send a CV or resume and a one-page letter of interest via email to with “ED position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we recommend applying as early as possible, and at the latest by 18:00 Central European Summer Time on 5 September 2022.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview, either online or in Berlin, in August and/or September.

TGEU is an equal opportunities employer striving to avoid discrimination and increase representation and expertise from underrepresented groups on the team. Therefore, TGEU encourages trans and/or queer; black people and people of colour; D/deaf and disabled people; people with a migration background; sex workers; trans women and gender-non-conforming people; people from Eastern Europe and Central Asia; people living with HIV, to apply and mention their backgrounds and experiences in their application. We guarantee that all information will be held confidentially.

Please send your application before 5 September 2022, 18:00 Central European Summer Time.