Job vacancy: General Secretary
by IIHF|01 DEC 2021
The IIHF Council led by new President Luc Tardif (right) is looking for a General Secretary.
photo: Martin Merk
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is dedicated to the worldwide growth and development of ice hockey, providing exemplary leadership and governance for its 82 member national associations. From its headquarters in Zurich, the IIHF organizes in cooperation with its approx. 30 staff members and 40 international tournaments and competitions in the Men’s and Women’s category annually. 

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is looking to recruit a new 

General Secretary (CEO)  (m/w/d)

with the entry as per 1 March 2022 or as per agreement to lead and strengthen our team.
Your qualifications and work experience:
  • Successful university or technical college degree in business administration, law, sports management, sports economist or sports science
  • Several years of leadership and management experience national and international, ideally in a sports organization
  • Experience in competitive sports, preferably ice hockey, but also “career changers” from other sports are conceivable
  • Familiarity with World Hockey structure and policies
Our expectations:
  • Projecting a positive, professional image through in-person and phone/video interaction with IIHF Member National Associations, IIHF stakeholders, IIHF Council and IIHF staff
  • Leading and coordinating function in the areas of digitization, marketing, finance / controlling, PR and public relations, gaming operations as well as taking on independent projects
  • Confident demeanor and very good communication skills
  • Knowledge in the areas of sport policy and association structures
  • English as main IIHF language. Another official IIHF language or more language skills in writing and speaking would be a benefit.
  • Confident handling of common MS Office applications
  • High degree of organizational skills and independence
  • Ability to work in a team, multi-task and work well under pressure over longer periods and at events
  • Socio-political interest and understanding, as well as a high affinity for sports
Your tasks and responsibilities:
  • Following the strategy of IIHF Council and executing decisions 
  • Management / full-time association management / branch management
  • Full-time interface to IIHF President, Senior Vice-President, Vice Presidents and Council (Members)
  • Control of administrative and financial transactions
  • Future-proof positioning of the association, digitization and branding
  • Further development of communication and representation with partners and sponsors
  • Leadership and continuous development of the staff
  • Coordination of the sports and administration pillars, close cooperation with the sport, marketing, event director and the senior managers
  • International and national cooperation with IIHF member (national) associations and stakeholders (i.e., IOC and IF’s, KHL, NHL, CHL, Leagues, Clubs, Partners…)
  • Fulfillment of all other duties and responsibilities according to the IIHF Statutes & Bylaws
Please submit your application not later than on 31 December 2021 to the following e-mail: [email protected].