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[CLOSED] Join us: We’re looking for Leadership Development Manager

We are currently searching for a team member to join our oikos LEAP Team and contribute to the development of our leadership program.

The oikos Leadership Program – LEAP inspires young people to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision-making and equips them with insights, knowledge, and tools to do so. The program challenges participants to reflect on their values, purpose, and actions. It helps them to have an empowered voice and encourages them to be proactive about change.

oikos was founded back in 1987 by students who, seeing the absence of sustainability in their formal educational programs, aimed to empower young leaders to drive sustainable change. Even today, after more than three decades, the majority of universities still fail to integrate sustainability holistically and struggle to develop sustainability leaders, resulting in a “leadership crisis.” The LEAP program bridges this gap. It builds and empowers a network of responsible and sustainable decision-makers that holds the keys to solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The LEAP program is now in its sixth run. Since its launch in 2015, the program has welcomed over 300 participants and has had a lasting influence on their lives. Many LEAP participants return to the program as coaches to continue their leadership journey and help new generations of LEAPers – as we like to call our participants – in the process. Today, close to 20 former LEAP participants are engaged in the program.

Job Description

You are independent, flexible, and resourceful, and you enjoy working with students and young professionals in a dynamic, international, and remote team?

You have…

… knowledge about leadership, facilitation, and coaching techniques and topics
… preferably, a good network in the field of personal development
… a high proficiency in English written and spoken
… event and project management skills
… good command of Office Suite and familiarity with Google Drive
… interest and commitment to the oikos vision and mission
… good organizational and time management skills
… the ability to anticipate needs, solve problems in a collaborative environment, and sensitivity to deadlines
… the ability to work under pressure and multi-task
… the ability to protect confidential and sensitive information of the organization

Then we might have a fantastic opportunity for you to work with the oikos LEAP Program!


Your tasks include, but are not limited to:

Planning and Coordinating online webinars and workshops
Find experts and facilitators for webinars and workshops and design the sessions with them.


Creating readings, reflections, and guides about various topics
Prepare participants before the webinars with reading material and follow-up with a summary, some exercises, and a reflection.


Create Micro LEAP guides & organize Micro LEAPs
Micro LEAPs are little personal development exercises the participants bring to their environment outside the program. Your task will be to create guides with exercises and helpful tips to implement them and support participants in creating Micro LEAPs themselves.


Supporting the organization of events
Support the Track Coordinators in the organization of the events of their LEAP Tracks.


Communicating about the Program
This includes writing articles about various topics dealt with in the program, gathering stories and testimonials from participants, updating and maintaining the website, preparing this content for social media. You also support the Track Coordinators with promotion, as well as coordinating with communication roles in oikos.


Support the fundraising for the program. This may include grant writing, conducting Micro LEAPs with companies, etc.


Coach at least one participant of one of the tracks individually once per month to get a feeling for the participants.


Be Part of the oikos International team.
You will work with the diverse team on the organization’s strategy and help shape the path oikos takes in the future and support the development of the oikos community. Exchange with the team regularly to provide feedback and find synergies between the organization’s different programs and support each other’s work.


Benefits of working for oikos International

  • Become part of a network of student change agents & alumni, all working for a more just & sustainable tomorrow
  • Work with purpose in a multicultural, dynamic, international team that puts a high value on walking the talk and innovating ways of working
  • Learn about the day-to-day working of an international organization and gain insights into the global opportunities and challenges of international NGOs
  • Gain experience in working remotely in a virtual office
  • Get a coach to develop yourself further
  • Connect to an extensive network of various NGOs


Important Information

Application deadline: May 31st, 2021

Starting Date: June 14th with a 15% for onboarding (6.3 hours per week); from July onwards 50% (21 hours per week)

Duration: permanent, 50% (21 hours per week)

Salary: 1000 CHF

Location: remote

Recruitment Process

If you are interested in the position, send us your CV (max. 1 page) and a brief motivation letter (max. 2 pages) by max. May 31st. The letter should outline why you want to take up the position and what makes you a suitable candidate.

We would be interested to know…

  • Why do you want to work for oikos?
  • What do you uniquely bring to the table, including your background in the “topic of the application”?
  • What makes for the ideal company or job, in your opinion?
  • How did you find out about this job opportunity? If someone referred you, please include the person’s name in the motivation letter.

Please email the required documents to with the subject line “Application for Leadership Development Manager.” For any further questions, please reach out to us via email.

Interviews will be held throughout the period of application until the 2nd week of June.

Ideally, you would start your new role with a 15% commitment (6.3 hours per week) on June 14th to get you settled in and work 50% (21 hours per week) from July on. We also have an onsite Midterm Meeting from July 24th-31st planned in Leysin, Switzerland, that you would support, where you can already get to know the community.