We are hiring: Finance assistant (part-time)

Finance assistant – 0,3 FTE

We are looking to add a part-time finance assistant to the team. Arena for Journalism in Europe is growing fast, and we work on many different projects. Therefore, we are looking for someone to support the managing director and help maintain and develop structures for the financial aspects of the organisation.

About the organisation

Arena for Journalism in Europe is a public interest organisation in the field of journalism, registered in the Netherlands and with a European perspective. We support collaborative, investigative, data and other innovative journalism practices in Europe. We are commitment-driven and believe that in-depth journalism is crucial to knowledge sharing, critical thinking and political life in European societies. The organisation was founded in early 2019 and has established a clear profile of activities.

We work with a large community network and have a well-established brand. Ethics, integrity, transparency, and respectful collaboration are among the keywords in this community and govern our activities. Our main activity is arranging the Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism conference, currently gathering around 500 participants.

As we are a European organisation, all team members work remotely, though we have several in-person team meetings a year. We do not control work hours, instead we focus on results. We collaborate and look out for each other within the team in regular in-person and online meetings. Our new colleague thus needs to be comfortable with working remotely and in a small team in start-up mode. Our working language is English.


    • Responsible for lining up and logging payments
    • Manage payments and invoicing through a variety of payment systems (including Pretix and Paypal)
    • Responsible, together with the Managing Director, for ongoing bookkeeping within our existing bookkeeping software system
    • Develop payment structures for the organisation, including, but not limited to day-to-day financial and expense administration structures.
    • Supporting the managing director in developing the overall financial structure of the organisation
    • Responsible for keeping actuals up to date and observing the realisation of the budget.
    • Together with managing director, the finance assistant will support the external accountant in bookkeeping, the annual account, and documentation for board meetings and to funders.

 We are looking for someone with

    • A relevant degree in finance administration
    • Experience in working for a non-profit organisation and affinity with the mission of the organisation
    • A good understanding of the financial structures of non-profit organisations, particularly in The Netherlands
    • Knowledge of and experience with the Dutch financial non-profit system, VAT and ANBI tax regulations
    • Knowledge of payment systems, project and strategic budgeting and accounting systems (specifically Exact Online bookkeeping)
    • Excellent written and spoken Dutch and English
    • The ability to work alone as well as in a team
    • Flexibility in working hours
    • Knowledge of handling EU grants is an advantage

In return, we offer

    • a passionate and driven team, who will give their utmost to make things happen within an organisation where collaboration and mutual respect are key;
    • a role in which you are given a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to help develop and structure a young and fast-growing organisation;
    • a chance to work within the field of journalism, which is continuously changing and full of interesting and inspiring people;
    • a job with flexible and remote working conditions;
    • an agreement, on freelance-basis, for at least a year, with the intention of an extension, and;
    • payment in line with the industry standards of your country of residence

Arena is an equal opportunity organisation. We encourage applications that can make the organisation a better reflection of society.

Please send a copy of your CV and motivation letter to Sanne Schim van der Loeff, sanne@journalismarena.eu, before Monday 27 February 2023.

For questions, please reach out to Sanne Schim van der Loeff.