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Open Call: Secretary General

Who we are
Culture Action Europe (CAE) is a major European network of cultural organisations, artists, activists, academics, and policy-makers. Our mission is to put culture at the heart of the public debate and decision-making by raising awareness about the contribution of culture to the development of sustainable and inclusive societies. CAE aims at enhancing cooperation and exchange, engagement, and dialogue between various players across arts and policy sectors. CAE is the only cross-sectoral network representing all sectors in culture: from performing arts, literature, visual arts, design, and cross-arts initiatives to community centres and more, through 188 members from more than 30 countries.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for an experienced leader to join our growing network in the role of Secretary General.

CAE is made up of a small but powerful team enthusiastically committed to advocating and defending the essential role of culture in our changing world. A leader of this team should thrive in a creative, collaborative, and synergistic working environment.

What would the role involve?
The new Secretary General will coordinate the overall work of the organisation in Brussels (Belgium), lead and support the CAE team, work closely with the Executive Committee and report to CAE members, ensuring high-quality outputs and good communication of key messages to target audiences in official institutions and within the sector.

You are a fit for this role if you…

  • Have demonstrated leadership and expertise in the fields of arts, culture, and public policy.
  • Have a profound knowledge of the European cultural ecosystem.
  • Have a strategic vision of the role of arts and culture in public life and in the political debate.
  • Can work collaboratively on research and advocacy.
  • Can provide direction in a complex environment and across sectors.
  • Are an excellent communicator to a number of stakeholders.
  • Believe in the value of arts and culture for European citizens.


  • Deadline for submission of applications: until 24:00 h on Friday, 2nd of September 2022.
  • The place of employment is in the office in Brussels (Belgium). The candidate must be based in or willing to move to Brussels.
  • Remuneration of 67.000 € gross per year.
  • Contract specifications will be discussed with the short-listed candidates.
  • The latest date of incorporation at CAE’s office in Brussels is the 1st of January 2023.
  • Job sharing is a possibility if the applicants can articulate the rationale and practicalities for a joint position in their application.


Find the full role description and application details here.


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