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The Adecco Group Foundation - Board Member

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location-pin Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
location-tag 2100002K

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading HR solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 34,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.  As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 2 on the Great Place to Work® - World’s Best Workplaces 2017 list.  We make the future work for everyone.


The Adecco Group Foundation serves as the global corporate foundation of the Adecco Group. Its aims are the help underserved populations to achieve sustainable livelihoods by increasing their employability and access to labour markets. The Foundation runs not as a grant-giving body, but as a social innovation lab. It specialises in identifying needs among underserved populations and using its unique Social Innovation Lab methodology to create tangible solutions to these problems. This work is done in partnership with experts and other organisations using a combination of research, design thinking and collaboration. The resulting products, services or ways of doing business are then shared publicly and disseminated through partnerships.


The Board of Trustees will support the work of the Adecco Group Foundation and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

While day-to-day operations are led by Cynthia Hansen, the Head of the Adecco Group Foundation, the Board-Management relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Head of Foundation regarding development and implementation of the strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving the Foundation’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Head of Foundation
  • Assisting the Head of Foundation and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the Head of Foundation and other Board Members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments as required
  • Representing the Foundation to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Ensuring the Foundation’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects its stakeholders

Other technical responsibilities per the Statutes:

  • Regulation of the representation of the Foundation and signing rights, whereby the members of the Board of Trustees receive collective signing rights for two
  • Establishing and reviewing asset management
  • Decision on grants
  • Registration in the commercial register
  • Definition of accounting standards
  • Approval of the annual report and the annual financial statements for the attention of the supervisory authority and acknowledgment of the auditor's report
  • Measures to be taken in the event of over-indebtedness

Board meetings will be held three times per year with the option to attend by video link.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the Foundation’s mission and who has a track record of leadership and impact. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of the Foundation’s beneficiaries, particularly Youth, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of  underserved populations, in particular young people

Service on the Adecco Group Foundation Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

This job advert is posted by Adecco Group AG with registered address at Bellerivestrasse 30, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland.

What it means to be part of the Adecco Group.

For over 50 years, we’ve helped connect thousands of people from all different backgrounds and cultures with employment opportunities across the world. We provide leading HR services and solutions, powering the world of work that not only gives our clients a more personalised experience, but also gives our colleagues a sense of purpose and value in the work they do with us. Being a part of our international group means being part of a community that drives each other to be their best. You’ll do work that challenges the lives of our clients. You’ll be a part of a spirited and professional network of people who believe in what we’re doing. And, you’ll believe in it too.

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