Job Opening: IKF CEO

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) is looking to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its organization and encourages all those that are interested and capable to apply.

IKF has been the governing body for korfball in the world since 1933. Korfball is the only fully gender-balanced team sport in the world, started over 120 years ago in the Netherlands and is played on all five continents in the world. Korfball is played in over 70 countries worldwide. Many exciting new strategic initiatives are in process of development including the creation of new event and match formats, digital fan engagement strategies and brand positioning, and the deployment of an online learning academy.

IKF is an International Federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee and by SportAccord, and is a member of ARISF and IWGA. Our anti-doping rules are in compliance with the World Anti Doping Code, and further complies with appropriate standards for ethics, integrity, athlete representation, and athlete safeguarding.

IKF is a largely volunteer driven organisation, supported by a small administrative staff. The office, currently in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is the centre of many daily activities to support Competitions, Refereeing, Development and Education, Marketing and Digital, Anti-Doping, Planning and Control, Administration and Media.

The IKF General Meeting is the highest authority in the IKF, and elects the IKF Council and IKF Executive Committee. The IKF is managed on a daily base by the IKF CEO, who reports to the IKF Executive Committee. Many volunteers work in committees and events to realize elite competitions, courses and development activities, and promote healthy, fair, and inclusive sport.

The current IKF Office consists of the CEO position, an Administrative and Project Officer and a Financial Administrator.


Following the upcoming departure of the current CEO, the IKF has opened a search for a candidate to fill this position to continue professionalizing our key activities. We are seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will enhance the strategic profile of our international federation and our activities.

The CEO will report to the Executive Committee with a direct reporting line to the President and/or Senior Vice-President. S/he will be responsible for providing strategic direction as well as directing the policy, operations and development of the Federation for the achievement of both long- and short-term global objectives of the sport of korfball.

In addition, s/he will be expected to provide general and specific direction for the day-to-day management of the Federation through, but not limited to event management, administrative management, financial management, marketing, and development. S/he will directly manage one Administrative and Project Officer and provide hands-on operational support to multiple committees and volunteers.

The CEO takes final responsibility for all administrative processes, such as the processes around official IKF events, development grants, general meetings, congresses, and meetings of the Council and Executive Committee, and official rules and regulations. It is obvious that this requires an excellent oral and written command of the English language.

IKF has its legal seat in the Netherlands and the position is based in our current Headquarter Office in Utrecht, Netherlands. We are open for candidates who are based outside the Netherlands. In case of a non-Dutch resident being appointed as CEO who is unable or not willing to relocate, we would expect her/him to be able to commute to the Netherlands at least once a month, while working remotely for the remainder of the time. Residency would be expected within the European Union.

The CEO is responsible for:

  • Converting the strategic plan of the IKF into a multi-year operational plan of activities that cover all aspects, such as events, education, development, marketing and funding. Assist the Treasurer in developing a budget that meets the requirements of the operational plans.
  • Lead the implementation of the operational plan in close collaboration with a large set of volunteer administrators that are spread across the world
  • Monitor progress and further enhance quality of IKF’s key activities: events and development. Every year, the IKF is responsible for the organization of 10-15 Elite level competition events across all age categories, and dozens of development activities.
  • Ensure high-quality communication across the IKF organization, and reach out to the entire global korfball community, with formal, informal, and social communication and media operations. Ensure the IKF Council, the IKF Committees, and the National Korfball Federations remain fully informed.
  • Support the IKF Executive Committee and the continental confederations in the execution of their activities.
  • Take new initiatives for events, development, funding, media, and acquisition.
  • Leading and management of the IKF staff.
  • Closely collaborate and coordinate with the IKF Secretary General regarding the implementation of decisions of the IKF Council and Executive Committee.


The successful candidate should exhibit strong management, leadership, strategic thinking and communication skills with a sound record of project management and achieving results, ideally in the sports management industry.

The candidate should possess a college or graduate degree in (sports) management / Sports Science, or a different degree with demonstrable experience in sports development and sports management. We expect the following experience:

  • At least five years’ experience in senior management roles, with direct line responsibility, ideally within the sports industry
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating events, and liaison with national and/or international sport organisations, sponsors and Government bodies
  • A commercial mindset to create winning value propositions for sponsors in relation to their involvement in the international korfball community

You must be fluent (oral and written) in English, and at least one other global language, ideally Spanish and/or Chinese. Sports must be a proven substantial part of your education and working experience. Korfball must be more than just familiar to you, for instance by having been an elite athlete, having had administrative positions at club or national level, organized international events, or having taught in development activities. You must be a self-starter, proactive, a strong communicator with various levels of people in different cultural environments. Working hours are not strict to obey and regular out of normal office hours participation is required. You are prepared to travel and are used to managing organizations and events on a tight budget. You are familiar with the common software packages, should be social media savvy, and take initiatives to make use of new (online) technologies to increase productivity. You have the ability to be a serious counterpart for the members of the Executive Committee. Our external partners will experience you as a natural representative of korfball.

Salary and benefits

The salary is in accordance with the Dutch collective labour agreement in the sport industry, and is foreseen to be placed for an annual gross salary in scale 13, amounting to a minimum of EUR 57,108 and a maximum of EUR 79,320 annually, including benefits. Eventual salary will depend on qualification and experience.

For possible candidates who are non-Dutch residents, we are open to structuring the agreement in such a manner which is tax compliant for both IKF and the chosen candidate. Salary level will be based on assessment of the above indication with a possible adjustment based on local salary benchmarking of similar position and cost of living index.


We want to receive your application, motivation and CV electronically. Your application in English should be directed before 24 January, 2023 to the IKF Chair of the Executive Committee, Mr Gabi Kool at, and sent in copy to the IKF Senior Vice President, Mrs Danielle Ruts, at

An assessment might be part of the selection process.

Job opening: IKF administrative and project officer

Job opening: IKF administrative and project officer (0.63 fte)

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) is now looking for an all-round administrative and project officer to support the operational organisation of the IKF Office in Zeist, The Netherlands. The successful person should be versatile and passionate about working in sports and in an international environment.

The IKF encourages anyone interested and capable to apply. If you know someone in your network that would fit the job description, then please don’t hesitate to refer the position to them.

About the IKF

The International Korfball Federation has been the governing body for korfball in the world since 1933. Korfball is the only mixed gender team sport in the world. Korfball started over 110 years ago in the Netherlands. Korfball is played on all five continents and there are about 70 IKF member countries. Further controlled growth is expected in the years to come.

The IKF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and is a member of ARISF, IWGA and GAISF. Our anti-doping rules comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The IKF is largely a volunteer organisation supported by a small administrative staff. The office in Zeist is the centre of daily activities to support Competitions, Refereeing, Development and Education, Marketing and IT, Anti-Doping, Planning and Control, Administration, and Public Relations.

The IKF is led by a nine-member Council that is elected by the General Meeting of National Associations. Many volunteers work on committees and events to realise elite competitions, courses and development activities, and promote healthy and fair sport.


Knowledge of the English language (minimum upper intermediate level) and at least one other language (preferably Dutch and/or Spanish) is a must. Sports must be a demonstrable and substantial part of your education (MBO or HBO) and working experience.

You are a self-starter, proactive and able to work efficiently to deadlines and push projects to completion even when you depend on others. You will be able to identify important facts from details. You will be sensitive, discrete and trustworthy. To perform your work effectively, you need to be flexible, curious and keen to learn. It is important to adapt your way of working for different people and different cultural circumstances.

The role is not limited to standard working hours and out of office hours working is required. In general, you will be expected to be present at the IKF Office (Zeist, The Netherlands) twice a week. You have excellent Microsoft Office 365 skills and should be used to work with social media.

Key responsibilities

IKF Office:

You will be responsible for the IKF secretary and administration tasks, for example:

  • General email and hard copy post management
  • Acting secretary of the overall IKF organisation, including secretarial support of the IKF CEO and IKF Committees
  • Managing the IKF document folders, including arranging and saving files
  • Keeping Office inventory, contact details of IKF Committees and IKF Member Associations up to date
  • Preparing and sending out standard letters, certificates, booklets, etc.

IKF Competitions:

You will manage the overall coordination of the IKF Competition Calendar, including;

  • Preparing and sending out invitation letters for IKF tournaments
  • Managing registration processes
  • IKF tournament planning deadlines

Social Media and Communication:

You will have access to the IKF website ( and will be expected to;

  • Keep documents and general information up to date
  • Preparing news items for upcoming events and other announcements
  • Develop best practice for providing information to the IKF National Federations


You will be involved in internal and external (development projects), including tasks like;

  • Event coordination
  • Establishing contact with partners
  • Follow up actions regarding Development and Education projects

Contract and salary

The IKF offers a one-year contract of 24 hours (= 0.63 fte) per week. There is possibility to extend the contract.

The salary is in accordance with the Dutch collective labour agreement in the sport industry (CAO Sport), classified at scale 6. The corresponding monthly salary has a minimum of €2134, – mounting to a maximum of €2993, -, for a full-time appointment. The final salary will depend on qualification and experience.


You should send your application, including CV and reasons for applying by email. Your application must be written in English and should be directed to the IKF CEO, Tilbert La Haye ( no later than 30th April 2018. For more information you can contact Tilbert La Haye: +31-614033775 or