Communications Coordinator
at Zero Waste Europe in Ixelles

The mission of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is to empower communities in order to redesign our relationship with resources. We campaign for zero waste strategies in Europe and beyond, and support local groups and change agents who have the potential to drive change in their region. Currently, ZWE is the only pan-European organisation specialising in waste issues from prevention to disposal and on local, national and European levels. 

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  • Ixelles
  • Werkplek: kantoorjob
  • Ervaringsniveau: senior

About us

The mission of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is to empower communities in order to redesign our relationship with resources. We campaign for zero waste strategies in Europe and beyond, and support local groups and change agents who have the potential to drive change in their region. Currently, ZWE is the only pan-European organisation specialising in waste issues from prevention to disposal and on local, national and European levels. ZWE is the European chapter of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

ZWE is an independent, nonprofit association created in late 2013 in the Netherlands aiming to:

  • Promote zero waste strategies in Europe and elsewhere;
  • Act as a catalyst for European good practices in the field of circular economy, waste and resources;
  • Empower local groups to develop community-based strategies for the prevention, reduction, separation, recycling, and composting of waste;
  • Promote the responsible treatment of waste and prevention of non-sustainable solutions such as landfilling and incineration;
  • Increase awareness about the health effects of the current economy of waste disposal, and promote non-toxic alternatives;
  • Promote environmental and social justice. We are a successful and fast-growing NGO where personal development, fairness and inclusivity are high on the agenda.

About the Rethink Plastic Alliance

The Rethink Plastic alliance is the European policy arm of the Break Free From Plastic movement, and brings together leading European NGOs working on plastics policy at the EU level. Zero Waste Europe hosts the coordination of the alliance. To know more please visit rethinkplasticalliance.eu.

About you

You are a passionate and organised person with senior experience in strategic communication and coordination. You know how to design and implement communications campaigns, track progress, manage collected data and build creative ways to engage with your audience. You are very good at anticipating challenges, jumping on opportunities and quickly finding creative solutions. You excel at personal relations and enjoy teamwork; you are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and like working in an international environment.

About the role

The Coordinator is a senior role, responsible for managing the ZWE and Rethink Plastic alliance communications and you will also liaise with our global network GAIA. The Coordinator manages the Communications Team (currently two people), will be part of the Rethink Plastic alliance coordination team, and reports to the Associate Director of ZWE.

Their core responsibilities will be:

Coordination of Zero Waste Europe overall Communications

  • Line manage the Zero Waste Europe Communications Team members ensuring effective planning, support and implementation
  • Be the Europe point of contact with the GAIA Communications group (monthly/biweekly calls, strategy meetings, contribution to cross-regional/global comms activities, work on joint campaigns...)
  • Facilitate the weekly Communication Team meetings: drafting the agenda, keeping an overview on all the programmes upcoming activities
  • Oversee the zerowasteeurope.eu and the zerowastecities.eu websites, being the point of contact for the external suppliers, i.e. web agencies, graphic designers, photographers
  • Set up the communication plans for internal and external events (i.e. AGM, Conferences, Study Tour, Campaigners meeting)
  • Identify and set up the internal tools for online communications and campaigns - Oversee the annual report online publication
  • Coordinate the following activities carried out by the Communication Team:
    • Set up and monitor the general communications campaigns
    • Set up and update the general Editorial Calendar, including all the programmes main activities, conferences, events and publications
    • Community Management of all social media channels (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter)
    • Publish the ZWE and the Zero Waste Cities Monthly newsletters
    • Update the websites promoting the members work (Meet our members interviews, new website pages, social media support to their activities, PRs, blog entries)
  • Coordinate the Programmes Communication Activities carried out by the Communication Team and support the Policy Officers and Programme Coordinators (Consumption and Production, Climate, Energy and Air Pollution, Cities and Communities, Global Strategy, ZWE Academy):
    • Edit, proofread, build graphic layouts, facilitate media connections, promote publications, write press releases, contribute to blog entries, manage events coverage, and set up communications databases with precise targets and handles for social media
  • Set up and monitor the Cities communications campaigns
  • Oversee the technical settings and promotional activities of the ZWE Live! and other key ZWE Academy projects
  • Lead on media relations (drafting PR, development of the journalists database, be the main media contact person)
  • Contribute to funding proposals and reporting
  • Manage the ZWE’s communications budget together with programme and team coordinators

Rethink Plastic alliance (RPa) Communications Coordination

  • Coordinate the production of Rethink Plastic’s communications materials
  • Coordinate the promotion of and communications around Rethink Plastic’s events
  • Join the monthly RPa’s meetings and set up the Communications group meetings
  • Coordinate the following activities carried out by the Communications Team:
    • Plan and implement innovative and effective communications strategies in close cooperation with the alliance’s campaigners, communications officers and consultants
    • Run the communications of the alliance in line with the general advocacy strategy
    • Develop effective narratives, messaging and creative ideas for Rethink Plastic’s communications campaigns
    • Develop and update press contacts, write press releases and promote the visibility of Rethink Plastic in a variety of media
    • Manage the alliance’s website and produce digital content
    • Manage the alliance’s social media channel and online community
    • Produce the alliance’s monthly newsletter
    • Ensure effective documentation and media reporting of events and campaigns (through video, audio, print)
  • Lead on media relations (drafting PR, development of the journalists database, be the main media contact person)
  • Contribute to funding proposals and reporting
  • Manage the communications budget together with the alliance’s Coordinator
  • Coordinate with BFFP Europe comms officer on co-branded publications and communications

Candidate specification

Experience

Essential

  • At least five years of experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns
  • Experience in project management and team coordination

Desirable

  • Experience with international campaigning on social and/or environmental issues
  • Experience in communication campaigns targeting public authorities and EU decision-makers

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Essential

  • Excellent command of English (spoken and written), as well as ability to work with non-native English speakers
  • Demonstrated capacity for issue and audience analysis, strong presentation and persuasion skills including advanced skills in communicating complex issues to the public
  • Good understanding of front and back end environments and capacity to lead on website structure processes
  • Computer literate, and experienced in new media technologies and social networking tools: Mailchimp, Wordpress, G Suite and social media community management experience (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

Desirable

  • Ability to speak and write in other regional languages
  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of communications or journalism (or a related field)
  • A strong understanding, knowledge and contacts within, the European media landscape, alongside knowledge of key global media markets
  • Basic HTML and CSS, Google Analytics and online marketing techniques a plus
  • Good command of Adobe suite (or similar)
  • Passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to communications strategies which elevate the work of our grassroots membership and create a space for communities to speak for themselves

Personal qualities

Essential

  • Collaborative team-player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in the region
  • Creative and out-of-the-box thinker
  • Demonstrated ability to turn projects around in a timely manner, maintain attention to detail, and adhere to deadlines
  • Flexible, open, adaptive, responsive and resilient
  • Takes initiative and is outcome and solution focused
  • A strong commitment to Zero Waste Europe’s ethos and network structures
  • Willingness to work with flexible schedule, as required

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a full-time position based in Brussels. The initial contract will be for 1 year, with a likelihood to be extended into a long term contract depending on the fruitful collaboration and available funding. A valid working permit for Belgium is required.

We offer a competitive NGO salary plus benefits, including lunch vouchers, a 13th month proportionate to your time worked during the year, 20 vacation days plus 6 extra-legal holidays, travel insurance, additional maternity/paternity leave, and other similar employment protections.

Salary will be negotiated according to a transparent bandwidth defined by the internal salary policy of the organisation and depending on your experience.

We take pride in our ability to support one another's work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and network members.

Start date: as soon as possible

Equal Employment opportunity

ZWE is an equal opportunities employer. We’re especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement, including - but not limited to - different ethnicity, minorities, LGBTQ, women in senior positions.

To apply

Please send your CV, motivation letter with two references by filling in the following form: https://forms.gle/cN3st1N9Z4YwnPyH6. We can only guarantee that short-listed candidates will be contacted. Position remains open until filled.

Applications via email will not be taken into account, please fill in the above form.

Deadline to apply: July 27th, 2020, at 23:59 CEST.

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