HEKS/EPER became a foundation in 2004. Its supreme body is the Board of Trustees, which delegates the management of the organization's affairs to the Executive Board. The Board is supported by the heads of department and of regional offices. HEKS/EPER employs over 400 permanent staff members. Over 600 other people earn an hourly wage, and about 360 people do volunteer work.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees comprises six to nine persons and is the Foundation's highest body. One member is appointed by the Board of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC), while the remaining members and the President are elected by the FSPC Assembly of Delegates. The term of office is four years. The Board of Trustees ensures that the aims laid out in the Mission Statement and the Constitution of the Foundation are pursued by HEKS/EPER in a sustainable and appropriate manner, and in communion with the FSPC and its member churches.
The HEKS/EPER Executive Board comprises the Director as well as the Heads of the National, International, Communications and Services Divisions and of the Secrétariat romand. The Executive Board is responsible for all management-related operational matters that fall outside the purview of the Board of Trustees. It generally meets twice monthly, at which time, inter alia, it prepares matters for submission to the Board of Trustees.
HEKS/EPER has 15 heads of department and of regional offices. They fall under the five management divisions namely the International, National, Communications and Services Divisions and the Secrétariat romand. The five heads of department in the National Division are the heads of the Regional Offices for Aargau/Solothurn, both Basels, Berne, Eastern Switzerland as well as Zurich/Schaffhausen.
HEKS/EPER has a total of 294 permanent employees in Switzerland. Thirty staff members hold full-time positions and 264 are part-time employees. Another 615 staff members earn an hourly wage. HEKS/EPER is also training four commercial apprentices and 12 interns. HEKS/EPER Coordination Offices abroad employ 17 country directors and a further 125 local recruits. About 360 people do volunteer work (as at 31.12.2015).
The Control Committee is appointed by the Board of Trustees. It decides independently on those areas of the organization that it wishes to examine in depth. It prepares reports for submission to the Board of Trustees, it raises questions, points to critical issues and makes recommendations. The current members of the Control Committee are: Ueli Schwarzmann (President), Marie-Chrystina Cuendet, Jean-Luc Blondel, Susanne Stamm und Philippe Woodtli.