Europe Director (SAR Europe)

Posted December 21, 2023

SAR seeks a Europe Director to lead SAR’s European office through the next phase of its growth. The Director will have overall responsibility for the management of SAR’s European office, including oversight of all operational and programmatic aspects, people management, strategy, planning, fundraising and communications. The Director will lead a growing team of (currently) five staff and will liaise closely with the global offices of the SAR Network, based in the United States. The Director will be employed by Maynooth University, reporting to an officer of Maynooth University with respect to their Maynooth University employment and to the SAR Executive Director and SAR Europe board with respect to the activities of SAR’s European office. Principal duties include the areas of Leadership & Management, Finances & Funding, External Representation & Communications, Governance & Organisational Development, and Strategy & planning. More detail including requirements and instructions for applying are available on the SAR Europe website.

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SAR Europe, hosted by Maynooth University, Ireland, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk Network (SAR). SAR is an international network of over 650 higher education institutions in 42 countries, whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. SAR meets its mission through three core activity areas: protection (casework or direct assistance to at-risk scholars); advocacy (campaigns for individuals and to promote academic freedom); and research and learning (publications, conferences, workshops and trainings).

SAR Europe was launched in November 2018, following nearly twenty years of partnership between European higher education institutions and SAR in protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. SAR Europe works to grow, support and coordinate these activities. SAR Europe operates as a research unit within Maynooth University under a hosting agreement between Maynooth University and Scholars at Risk.  Specifically, SAR Europe works to:

  • Coordinate & support the SAR network in Europe: This includes coordination and support for national SAR sections, partner networks, and other stakeholders in Europe in activities to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Activities include leading multi-partner EU-funded initiatives including the Inspireurope+ project, information-sharing across countries, joint events, peer learning, fundraising support, networking, publications and resources.
  • Strengthen support in Europe for at-risk scholars: This includes policy work, guidance for scholars and host organisations, and as of 2022, a fellowship scheme (MSCA4Ukraine) for scholars from Ukraine. Activities include policy recommendations to EU and national institutions, publications, career development opportunities, trainings, fellowships, information and resources.
  • Promote academic freedom: This work aims to strengthen European policymaking and practices to promote academic freedom. Activities include policy briefings, consultations, submissions, policy recommendations and other input to European human rights and higher education policymaking institutions and mechanisms.
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