Executive Director


Executive Director


Budapest, Hungary

Validity (formerly the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre), a premier international advocacy organisation advancing the human rights of individuals with mental disabilities, seeks a dynamic Executive Director with strong leadership, management and fundraising skills to take the organisation forward as it transitions to a new identity and approach, leveraging its strengths to address today’s global challenges and opportunities.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Validity will lead the organisation, working closely with staff and key stakeholders, and be responsible for its overall direction, strategy, management and performance. We expect the next Executive Director to provide strong leadership for an organisation with a track record of past success, a hard-working and deeply committed staff, an engaged board of directors and the ambition to facilitate the team to re-engineer our operations to make the most of our strengths in a changing world. The position will be based initially in Budapest.

The ED shall bring a positive and inclusive approach to management of the origination’s operations and, in close collaboration with senior staff, ensure the active involvement of all staff in setting the organisation’s priorities and directing its work. The ED shall promote both internally and externally the organisation’s core values of respect, cooperation, creativity, accountability and professionalism. The ED will be expected to ensure that Validity promotes respect for diversity, collaborative working, human rights in practice, equality, autonomy and accountability.

Persons with disabilities who hold relevant experience and qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, guidance, motivation and inspiration to Validity staff to achieve the goals of the organisation;
  • Ensure the fiscal health of the organisation by working with the board and staff to set the annual organisational budget and monitor financial performance;
  • Work with staff and board to identify and develop relationships with foundations, corporations, law firms and individual donors interested in supporting the work of the organisation, and secure funds to deliver the organisation’s strategy for growth in impact;
  • Lead organisational planning, working with staff and other internal and external stakeholders to identify strategic opportunities and support programmatic initiatives to take advantage of these;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Validity’s key networks and partners;
  • In collaboration with the board and senior staff, serve as a spokesperson for the organisation and represent Validity in the media, in public presentations, in communications with other organisations, and with the community at large;
  • Work with an engaged Board of Directors to ensure oversight and enhance the work of the organisation.

Person Specification (Qualifications):

The ideal candidate will have the following skills, qualities and experience:

  • Well-honed and proven leadership skills;
  • At least ten years of relevant experience including at least seven years in successfully managing and administering an organisation or a significant program of an organisation, including managing a professional staff team;
  • A strong track record of successful, effective and creative fundraising;
  • Good understanding of governance and demonstrated capacity to work successfully with a Board of Directors;
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and a passion for human rights, social justice and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to implement programmes that further the chosen strategy, including partnership working with other organisations;
  • Someone who thrives in a highly collaborative and collegial environment, in which achievements are shared;
  • Strong communications skills, including the ability to write clearly, communicate convincingly, and advocate effectively;
  • A strong knowledge of human rights, social justice or other fields relating to inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised populations, including persons with disabilities;
  • Experience serving as a spokesperson for an organisation;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally;
  • A history of significant international engagement, including an appreciation of local cultural context and ability to collaborate effectively with partners in diverse contexts;
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, relevant international institutions e.g. European Court of Human Rights, European institutions, UN treaty bodies or similar;
  • To be eligible for the job you must have the right to work in Hungary and be highly proficient in English.

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