Directorate: Directorate for Legislative work 1
Type of post: DIRECTOR
Deadline: 09/10/2020 at noon (Brussels time)
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the political assembly which allows the views of regional and local authorities to be heard when European Union policies are being devised and legislation drafted. Its consultative role allows its 329 members and 329 alternates, and through them the regional and local authorities they represent, to take part in the EU decision-making process. It has an EU institutional role based on the Lisbon Treaty as an advisory body to the European Parliament, the Council and European Commission. Our Members are elected Presidents of Regions, regional Councillors, Mayors and Local Councillors, democratically accountable to the citizens.
The Directorate for Legislative work 1 (Directorate B) consists of three commissions secretariats and a horizontal team with a total of around 50 officials and other staff members. The main tasks of the Directorate are to prepare the political messages of the institution by assisting members in drawing up the European Committee of the Regions' (CoR) opinions, supporting the political process within the Bureau and Plenary Session, and organising commission meetings and external events. The key mission of the Directorate is to promote the effective involvement and contribution of the CoR in the decision-making process of the European Union (EU).
Under the direct authority of the Secretary-General, the Director manages the Directorate for Legislative work 1 which supports members in implementing the consultative powers conferred on the CoR by the Treaties, within the framework of the European legislative process.
In order to grant the highest degree of diversity of senior managers, in case of equal merit of several candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.
The main tasks of the Director for Legislative work 1 include the following:
The selection procedure is open to all candidates who are a national of one of the Member States of the EU and have a professional experience of at least fifteen years in an area relevant to the position, at least five of which in the area of direct cooperation with local and regional authorities as a main activity. Of the aforementioned fifteen years, at least five must have been acquired in a managerial post (type of post: head of unit or equivalent and higher).
Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages as main language and at least a satisfactory knowledge of a second official EU language; given the nature of the duties to be performed, a good knowledge (minimum B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) of English or French is required; at least a satisfactory knowledge of the other of these two languages will be considered as an asset.
In addition, the ability to communicate effectively in other official languages of the European Union is an advantage.
Preference will be given to candidates possessing:
The application files must be submitted by 9 October 2020 at noon (Brussels time). For the full list of eligibility and selection criteria, the contents required in the application file and further information on the screening process, please refer to the full vacancy notice on the CoR jobs portal: https://abbrev.io/COR-AD14-20-BIS20.