Position Description

The Gymnastics Ethics Foundation

The Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (hereinafter called Foundation) is about to be established by the FIG (Founder) as an independent Foundation according to Art. 80 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. It will have its seat in Lausanne and is overseen by state authorities in charge.

The purpose of the Foundation – as an independent body – is:

  • to respond and manage breaches of FIG Code of Ethics and Policies and Procedures;
  • to manage disciplinary proceedings in accordance with FIG Rules;
  • to safeguard athletes and other participants in gymnastics from harassment and abuse.

Scope of the position and Reporting structure

The overall role of the Director is to manage the current affairs of the Foundation. The Director is responsible for the management, administration and the finances of the Foundation and acts as Secretary of the Foundations’ Council (hereinafter called Council). To summarize: The Director is responsible for all operations and activities of the Foundation.

The Director reports to the Council. 

Title / Function: Director of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation
Department: Council of the Foundation
Reports to: Secretary General 
Location: FIG Head Office, Avenue de la Gare 12A, Lausanne, Switzerland
Position: Full-time (100%), permanent
Salary: Competitive


 The Director has the following duties:

  • to drive the activities of the Council to fulfil the purpose of the Foundation including the organisation of Council meetings,
  • to develop the Foundation’s strategic plan and annual budget,
  • to be responsible for the day-to-day administration and the financial management of the Foundation,
  • to provide regular management and operation reports to the Council, which include a detailed biannual report and statistics from the three sections to the Foundation Council
  • to be responsible for the recruitment and the supervision of all Foundation staff, including the establishment of job descriptions, salaries with the approval of the Council and within the budget of the Council
  • to oversee the activities of the Safeguarding Section, the Disciplinary Section and the Compliance Section to ensure the correct procedures are followed, the necessary support and assistance is provided, and the agreed actions are carried out in line with the required deadlines,
  • to appoint the panels of the Disciplinary Commission and the Appeal Tribunal from case to case in consultation with the President of the Foundation Council,
  • to identify a list of eligible experts to serve as members of the case management group, and engage their services as required on a case by case basis,
  • to receive complaints and alleged breaches of rules from the FIG and its members and participants, and to ensure that they are assessed and assigned to the proper Section of the Foundation or referred to appropriate external authorities
  • to initiate disciplinary proceedings based on the findings of an investigation of a complaint received by the Foundation in accordance line with the “FIG Policy and Procedures”,
  • to liaise with the Founder (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique FIG) over further action and/or information (e.g. communication of decisions taken by the Foundation Council, the Safeguarding Section, the Disciplinary Commission, the Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Courts and Police investigations regarding participants in gymnastics),
  • to maintain appropriate records of cases and develop protocols for data sharing in line with data protection laws
  • to manage the assets in accordance with the Investment Regulations,
  • to fulfil any tasks or missions entrusted by the Foundation Council,

Experience and Requirements

  • The role requires the candidate to demonstrate a broad range of professional skills including leadership, drafting and implementing policy and procedures, contribution to strategy development, complaint management, administration and IT skills.
  • The successful candidate will be a dynamic, task-oriented individual with the ability to multi-task and work in a team-environment.
  • This role requires the candidate to be an expert advisor on matters involving Ethics, Safeguarding and Welfare, and Compliance. Understanding the principles of confidentiality and information sharing is required.
  • Integrity and dedication
  • Flexibility. Team spirit. Team player. Ability to network.
  • Workplace sensitivity. Tact and discretion.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is an important asset.
  • University degree in Law
  • Experience with Safeguarding and legal procedures preferably within sport
  • Profound knowledge of the management, the role and duties of International and National Sports Federations.
  • Profound knowledge of the Olympic Movement and its Structure. Specifically the IOC Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics including its Implementing provisions, in particular The Rules Concerning Conflicts of Interest Affecting the Behaviour of Olympic Parties as well as The Basic Universal Principles of good Governance of the Olympic and Sports Movement and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.
  • Profound knowledge of the World Anti-Doping Code 2015 with the 2018 amendments as well as the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS). Knowledge of the Prohibited List, the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE and the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
  • Communication skills are essential
  • Constant updating of the most current information in the field and on-going professional development with other safesport organizations, the IOC and WADA.

About the FIG

The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for Gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international federation of an Olympic sport and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs eight sports: Gymnastics for All, Men's and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline - including Double Mini-trampoline and Tumbling -, Aerobics, Acrobatics, and Parkour. It counts 148 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne (SUI). 

Please direct your application including a letter of motivation and your CV to Mrs Claudia Schoensleben at cschoensleben@fig-gymnastics.org.  

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