Job Description and Qualifications for HIF Exec. Director

by | Mar 18, 2016 | News

The Hungary Foundation, Executive Director Job Description & Job Qualifications:

The Executive Director is hired by the Board of Trustees and reports to the Board. The job is a part-time position.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  1. Managing the daily operations of the office;
  2. Directing all personnel working for HIF, including contracted or employed or intern;
  3. Maintaining contact with outside service providers, including the financial assistant, auditor, and legal counsel;
  4. Executing the Board’s investment policy and decisions;
  5. Maintaining contact with the Government of Hungary in relevant matters;
  6. Preparing management reports, proposals for the Board;
  7. Preparing grant request summaries and recommendations for the board;
  8. Designing programs, preparing program descriptions, and Requests for proposals;
  9. Designing and executing approved communication policies and actions, e.g., the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts;
  10. Representing HIF with the Hungarian American community and maintaining productive working relationships with its representatives, as well as with applicants for solicited or unsolicited projects;
  11. Supporting the board and attending board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

As an indication, the selected part-time person would be compensated with a salary between $40,000 and 60,000 per year, depending on the individual’s qualifications and employment history.

Please send applications to: Ms. Zita Merenyi Bolla at


Qualifications for HIF Executive Director

HIF needs an executive director who:

  • speaks both English and Hungarian
  • has a basic understanding of corporate governance
  • has an understanding of basic legal matters, including FARA compliance issues, conflict of interest issues, requirements of 501.c.3 status
  • has the necessary posture and communication skills to be accepted by the Hungarian American community
  • has a positive working relationship with the GoH.

To translate these generalities into specifics, HIF wants an executive director with the following necessary qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills in both Hungarian and English
  • Lived both in the US and Hungary for at least 6 months
  • If native Hungarian, some form of US educational background or high qualification training (preferably Ph.D., M.A, or bar exam)
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience
  • Minimum of 1-year leadership or management experience

Qualifications good or an extra to have:

  • Work experience both in the public and the private sector in any of the two countries
  • Experience in legal compliance, overseeing fiscal activities including budgeting and
  • Experience in developing and implementing procedures and regulations
  • Understanding both the Hungarian and the American political and governmental structures, legal environments pertaining to HIF’s operations and activities
  • Familiarity with the Hungarian American community


Please send applications to: Ms. Zita Merenyi Bolla at

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