Team Learning and Development Coordinator (m/f/d)

Zoe Institute for future-fit economies

ZOE, the Institute for Future-fit Economies, is an independent think & do tank based in Cologne founded in 2017. We are dedicated to policy-oriented research and evidence-driven advocacy for a future-fit economy. At the interface of politics, research, and civil society in the EU, we develop impulses for an economy that enables people to live well within planetary boundaries. We are a small but rapidly growing team that values an appreciative atmosphere and good communication. Further, we offer:

  • A motivating working environment in a small think & do tank that has made it to the top of EU politics in a short space of time
  • A strategic, agile, value and purpose-oriented working style
  • Flexibility of working time and place, supporting a healthy work-life-balance
  • A dynamic organization that is in the exciting phase of scaling up its activities

We are looking for a Human Resources professional to join our team as our Team Learning and Development Coordinator. ZOE has been growing quickly over the last two years, and we are looking for someone to support the learning and development processes for our team, as well support our organisational development and operations. As a young organisation, we have room for development and your ideas are welcome. You will work in close collaboration with our Organisational Development Lead, Business Administrator and within our Operations team. The tasks could include: 

  • Management of the whole recruitment cycle for new team members
  • Building up and nurturing our talent pool of potential candidates, subcontractors, interns, etc.
  • Preparation of job descriptions in cooperation with internal stakeholders as well as coordination of publishing vacancies to relevant job boards
  • Assessing applicants in screening processes and interviews, and using selection methods to filter candidates
  • Monitoring and applying HR and Recruiting best practices
  • Advising and improving on the onboarding and exiting process
  • Improving our internal practices and processes, such as onboarding, pay and competency frameworks, learning and development and evaluation, to bring them in line with the best practice, innovative approaches and our organisational values and mission
  • Holding learning and development conversations with a diverse selection of team members
  • Assisting with trainings, both internal and external
  • Supporting the organisation of team days and other core internal activities


We are looking for people that share our core principles: value orientation, sustainability, agility, self-responsibility, and flat hierarchies. Your profile would include the following skills, background, and knowledge. Your profile: 

  • At least three years of professional experience as an HR Business Coordinator, Learning and Development Coordinator or similar
  • A university degree or another form of relevant education and training
  • Experience managing the recruitment cycle, holding interviews and attracting candidates
  • A high level of empathy and an eye for team members’ well-being, comfort and work satisfaction
  • Good communication in a variety of different settings, including having difficult conversations
  • Working fluency in both English and German, both written and spoken
  • A passion for and commitment to creating a workplace that lives ZOE’s organisational values

The weekly workload is 32-40 hours whereby working hours can be arranged flexibly. The position can start as soon as possible, but at the latest by the 1st of February. We wish for a regular presence in Cologne, however, we support a hybrid work environment. Candidates should be willing to travel/commute at minimum once per month to our office in Cologne. Pay is informed by the public sector collective agreement of the Länder. The gross wage will be €3,000-€4,000 per month, depending on the competencies and experience and calculated pro rata. The contract will be for one year initially, however, the position is intended to contribute to the long-term development of the organisation. For this reason, we aim for a longer-term fit.

We are aware that in our society members of the most marginalised groups are excluded and disadvantaged. We are therefore committed to helping improve this situation through our work for socially just development and by creating a diverse workplace. To do this, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalised groups -non-white people, working-class people, women, and members of the LGBTQ community, among others.

Zoe Institute for future-fit economies
Norbertstr. 31
50670 Köln
Jacqueline Mucha
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