Vacancy: Communications Officer (Deadline: 8 July 2020)

Friends of the Earth Europe is looking for a

Communications Officer

(Replacement during parental leave: 7 month contract)

Deadline: 8th July 2020. Start date: 1st September 2020. End date: 9th April 2021. (provisional)

Full time position based in Friends of the Earth Europe office, Brussels.


Friends of the Earth Europe (FoE Europe) campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. It unites 32 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International, calling for economic, environmental and social justice.

The communications team works with all FoE's campaigners to resist root causes and false solutions to environmental and social injustices, mobilise people power, and communicate transformative solutions. You'll be part of a team sharing responsibilities for all external and internal communications.

The job

External communications strategy, planning and delivery

  • Lead on the development of communications strategies, narratives and activity plans in close collaboration with campaigners and colleagues in Brussels and in Friends of the Earth groups around the globe
  • Coordinate communications plans between campaigns/teams
  • Project manage the production of communications tools and materials – including, but not limited to, reports and briefings, videos, graphics, adverts, event and action materials – in coordination with member groups, partners and external suppliers
  • Undertake basic design work for use in publications and on the website
  • Draft, edit and proofread materials including reports, briefings, opinion articles, and letters
  • Contribute to creative brainstorming for campaign activities
  • Understand and advise campaigners on their communications needs and requirements
  • Ensure the adherence of communications materials with Friends of the Earth Europe's identity guidelines and agreed messaging, protocols and ways of working
  • Regularly evaluate communications activities and make recommendations for continuous improvement

Media Relations

  • Be in contact with Brussels-based journalists, understand their needs and interests, and advise colleagues on their media relations
  • Write press releases, statements, briefings, and other media materials, and ensure their targeted distribution
  • Coordinate proactive media work with communicators in member groups to maximise national and international coverage
  • Make pitches and follow-up calls to journalists to sell-in events or stories
  • Draft and place opinion articles
  • Keep the media contact database up-to-date
  • Manage reactive media work by dealing with incoming media enquiries, alerting colleagues and coordinating responses
  • Be available occasionally out of hours for urgent media requirements

Website & social media

  • Help keep the Friends of the Earth Europe website up-to-date and populated with relevant resources and materials
  • Help maintain and develop Friends of the Earth Europe's social media and web presence, especially Facebook and Twitter
  • Contribute to the long-term development of Friends of the Earth Europe's website and social media
  • Help monitor and analyse media coverage, web traffic and social media statistics and make recommendations for improvements

Internal communications & network support

  • Contribute to the production, distribution and monitoring of Friends of the Earth Europe's newsletter and other internal communications
  • Contribute to the maintenance of an active network of communicators from member organisations
  • Contribute to capacity building for colleagues and member organisations, e.g. media interview skills, communications strategy and narrative, values and frames in communications, storytelling
  • Contribute to the writing, editing and proofreading of funding applications and reporting to funders

Other tasks

  • Actively participate in team meetings and processes such as planning and budgeting
  • Support other team members and be able to stand in for them when necessary
  • Give constructive feedback to, and receive from, colleagues

Skills

Essential

  • Demonstrable commitment to the values, vision and mission of Friends of the Earth Europe
  • At least 2 years relevant experience - we value all experience, in professional and non-professional organisations and environments
  • The ability to write easy-to-understand, engaging copy
  • Native speaker standard of English
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Strong organisation and time-management skills
  • High levels of motivation, strong team member, creativity, flexibility, sense of humour, easy-going, political awareness

Desirable

  • Knowledge of EU institutions and Brussels media
  • Knowledge of and experience with working with values and frames and storytelling in communications
  • Experience of website CMS (especially Wordpress)
  • Experience of CRM systems (especially CiviCRM)
  • Experience of using social media channels for campaigning, including paid promotion
  • Knowledge of other European languages
  • Experience of design software like Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience of video-editing software

The position requires occasional evening and weekend work as well as occasional international travel.

We offer a salary between Euro 2.641- and Euro 3.108- gross per month, depending on experience.

FoE Europe offers an attractive benefits package, including a 13th month salary, lunch vouchers (Euro 8- per worked day), an additional 5 days of holidays per year, pension scheme, hospitalisation and comprehensive travel insurance. We also offer full coverage of travel by public transport in case of commuting within Belgium. Conditions are according to Belgian legislation; hence the position is open solely to persons with the right to live and work in the EU.

FoE Europe offers a motivating working environment in an international NGO and office located in an environmentally-friendly NGO building. We offer the position for a fixed period of 7 months.

Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes candidates of all descriptions, regardless of age, sexual orientation, marital status, wealth, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, gender, pregnancy, parental status, change of sex, nationality, race, skin colour, ancestry, nationality, descent, national or ethnic or social origin. FoE Europe strives to make our office as diverse as possible.

If you feel you meet our criteria, and feel inspired by the objectives and challenges of the position, please send a letter of motivation and a CV to comms.officer@foeeurope.org by midnight on Wednesday 8th July 2020.

Your CV should be maximum 2 pages and should summarise your experiences - education, employment, activism, volunteering, relevant lived experience, etc.

Your letter of motivation should be maximum 2 pages and should answer these questions; (i) why would you like this job? (ii) how do you meet the essential and desirable skills, including examples of your past work and experiences? (iii) what could you contribute to the FoEE team?

Interviews are planned to take place in the week of 13th July.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – thank you for your understanding.