Job vacancy: In-house lawyerThe European Handball Federation, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, is looking for an in-house lawyer.
The European Handball Federation, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, is looking for an in-house lawyer. This is an opportunity to work for a major European sports organisation and play a role in the further development of the legal environment of the federation.
The roles within the EHF Legal Department are split in a way that, on the one hand, the focus is laid on the ‘institutional area’ dealing primarily with the EHF legal system, jurisdiction, legal bodies, legislation, bid conditions, etc. and, on the other, the ‘corporate area’ dealing with contracts, data protection, intellectual property rights, regulations implementation, etc.
The successful applicant will be responsible for the institutional area within the EHF Legal Department. This focus describes the main responsibilities, however, involvement in tasks relating to the corporate area will be required. In general, regular legal advice for the different departments will form an integral part of the role and on-site legal service at major handball events may be necessary.
As described, the role will focus on the safeguarding of the legal system within all instances as well as the European Handball Court of Arbitration (ECA), facilitating the initiation, handling, and enforcement of legal decisions, cooperating with the EHF legal bodies, drafting statement requests and decisions, communication with the parties, drafting of extensive guidelines and requirements, ad hoc and onsite service, etc. Support in the area of ‘corporate’ in the area of contract analysis, data protection service etc. will be required. Special focus is given to the skills of a candidate to produce legal texts, a useful and comprehensive line of argumentation, and the research of appropriate reasoning including the necessary quotations.
Skills to adapt to the needs of sports law and sports management are required, this includes frequently changing conditions.
Fluency in English, a flair for writing and experience in sports law, legal jurisdiction, decision drafting and event management are essential for this position. Additionally, fluency in German is seen as an advantage for the role; depending on the development within the role, a promotion within our organisation is foreseen.
Key tasks and responsibilities
As an in-house lawyer’ you will report directly to the federation’s senior management. The main tasks are as follows:
- Overall management of the EHF disciplinary system
- Drafting of decisions, guidelines, regulations, and other legal documents
- Overall management of EHF legal bodies and ECA
- Legal service to other departments in the organisation and the daughter company
- Coordinating ad hoc bodies and onsite proceedings
- Jurisdiction management
- Legal publications and data management
- Meeting service
- Setting up of statistical material, overviews, and presentations
- Cooperation with other sports organizations
- Legal watch
- Support in contractual and data privacy matters
You will also be expected to play an active role in optimising and improving the processes and regulations of the EHF.
- 1-3 years of experience, preferably in relevant areas
- Master’s degree in law (sports specialisation highly appreciated)
- Fluent in English (written and spoken)
- Willingness to understand the sports ecosystem
- Extraordinary writing skills with regard to a continuous and comprehensive line of argumentation
- Excellent communication and computer skills
- Proactive and creative attitude
- Willingness to travel and work according to event schedules
- Integrate into an existing team
Submitting an application
Applications should be made in writing in English including a current CV and a covering letter stating why you would like to apply for the position; send your application to email@example.com.
Preferred starting date: 2 May 2023, resp. at the earliest possible date
Location: Hoffingergasse 18, 1120 Vienna, Austria
Salary: EUR 42,000 gross per year (negotiable depending on qualification)
The EHF is the umbrella organisation for handball in Europe and is located in Vienna’s 12th district. The federation and its marketing subsidiary, EHF Marketing GmbH, are responsible for a wide range of activities including the organisation of events, and major competitions such as the EHF EURO and the EHF Champions Leagues, as well as marketing and sponsorship.
With responsibility for the federation’s legal in-house services, our legal team works across all of the EHF’s business units and events on a wide range of tasks. Further information can be found at www.eurohandball.com.