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The Sports & Culture Youth Foundation makes it possible for children and young people from families with little money to participate in football, music lessons, gymnastics, street dance, judo, theater lessons or other sporting or creative activities. For those children, the Youth Foundation pays the contribution or tuition directly to the club. Children must not be victims of the financial situation at home. Sport or culture helps a child to develop optimally physically, mentally and socially and contributes to a promising future. In 2021, the Youth Foundation had 65,863 children and young people participate (more than 80,000 before corona).

Youth Fund Sport & Culture has a national office in Amsterdam and 29 municipal and provincial funds throughout the Netherlands. They work closely with 232 municipalities and 8,000 mediators who make the applications for the children. The board consists of 7 people, and a representation of these members is involved in the substance and audit committee. The fund is publicly and privately financed and the total turnover is around 26 million euros.

The function

As managing director, you lead a team of 23 passionate and involved professional employees at the country office. You are the external face, and you position the Youth Foundation in front of the national political lobby, press and business partners. Your additional responsibilities are:

  • You are the binding factor in the cooperation with and the support of city and provincial funds with professional coordinators and volunteer boards.
  • You decisively set out the lines for the future, where you work with strategic themes and annual plans, and you also work operationally with colleagues, for example in applying for grants.
  • You are ultimately responsible for change tasks formulated for the coming years with the aim of reaching the children even more and better, for which you create support and follow the implementation.
  • You are responsible to the board for strategy, policy, implementation, financing and risks.
  • You secure strong partnerships with the sports and cultural sector, with other charities, governments, social and business partners.
  • You demonstrate social entrepreneurship and take the initiative for this.
  • You work closely in the organization with the Finance & Operations Manager and Strategic Consulting.

Your profile

You are an instructor with a positive appearance, a big social heart and a sincere drive and motivation for our goals. You are a networker and can tell our story authentically and clearly. In addition, you have the involvement and empathy to familiarize yourself with families in poverty, and you are able to communicate with the various target groups, from ministers to sports coaches to children.

You have:

  • WO working and thinking level.
  • Professional experience and a large network in the sports and/or cultural sector is a clear advantage.
  • Minimum 5-10 years of professional management experience.
  • A helicopter view, manages on the main lines and is able to translate into practice.
  • Goal and result orientation and a ‘Yes-we-can’ mentality.
  • The power to connect and an open, accessible, inspiring character.
  • A team player profile where you work based on trust.
  • A strong personality with natural overweight and ensures stability.
  • Business and financial insight.
  • Courage and tact to say ‘no’ to matters that do not contribute (enough) to the mission.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive organization is important. Working in different teams makes us more efficient, more innovative and the work more fun. Everyone who wants to use their talents to achieve our goals is given space to do so, regardless of gender, age, origin or orientation.

The offer

The Sports & Culture Youth Foundation works with short lines and an open people-oriented culture. In addition, you get a lot of space to provide material for the job. Directness, results orientation and collaboration are central and go hand in hand with social entrepreneurship, no-nonsense and social commitment. We use the collective agreement for sports.


The Sport & Culture Youth Foundation is guided in this procedure by the executive search agency Colorful People. You can apply by uploading your CV and motivation in PDF via the application form in front of no later than 4 December. Please respond immediately, as depending on the number of suitable candidates, the vacancy may be closed earlier. For questions about this position, please contact Mr. René F. Burgler, Partner at Colorful People, via whatsapp 06 28 57 54 36. We intend to complete the procedure for this great position in December.

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