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Autism-Europe recruits a Communication Officer for a 6-month fixed-term contract

Autism-Europe recruits a full-time communication officer for a 6-month fixed-term contract (maternity leave cover).

Autism-Europe (AE) recruits a communication-fundraising officer for its Brussels based Secretariat. Reporting to the Director and the Communications Manager , the Communications Officer will assist with media relations, publications, online presence and events.  He/she will manage internal and external information tools and coordinate the AE awareness raising campaigns as well as its dissemination work.

Roles and responsibilities

 Communications  

  • Implementing and developing Autism-Europe’s communication strategy (website, online and offline publications, social media, media relations, advertisement, easy-to-read versions, awareness-raising documents, graphic design, etc.), under the supervision of the Director and the Executive committee.
  • Managing the implementation of the awareness-raising campaign – in particular around World Autism Awareness Day
  • Monitoring of the implementation of the  dissemination strategy
  • Liaising with designers and printers to produce high-quality materials
  • Implementing the communication strategy of different European projects (including website, social media,  newsletters, etc.) in which AE is the lead dissemination partner
  • Contributing to internal communication and liaising with members
  • Contributingto the organization of governing bodies meetings as well as conferences and events.
  • Representing AE at events and meetings across Europe
  • Developing press contacts and promoting AE visibility

Fundraising

  • Implementing fund-raising activities
  • Supporting the Director in drafting project applications and reports about ongoing projects

Requirements for the position

Essential

  • Degree in communications or journalism
  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Interest in promoting awareness of autism
  • Experience in website content management (ex. WordPress), including good understanding of information architecture; website ergonomics and accessibility
  • Experience in effectively managing promotion and outreach through websites, newsletter mailing system (Mailchimp) and social media
  • Strong graphic design, art/illustration, and visual storytelling background with a creative aesthetic
  • IT proficiency (MS Office tools and – Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Experience managing high-profile events
  • Knowledge of EU policy and understanding of disability issues
  • Perfect conversational skills to use with members and external stakeholders
  • A flexible and can do approach, ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Pro-active, ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to function in small team
  • Ability to work autonomously and to take initiatives

Desirable

  • Additional degree in European Policy / Social Science / similar field
  • Fluency in French, knowledge of another European language
  • Video and Image editing skills including technical skills in Adobe (InDesign, Premiere Pro)
  • Familiarity with the international non-profit sector

What we offer

6-months contract according to Belgian law. Interviews will take place in Brussels.

A competitive salary in line with experience and skills.

Start date: February 2020

Application process

  • Please send your CV and a cover letter and details of two persons who can be contacted for references to: secretariat@autismeurope.org with ‘Communications Officer: YOUR NAME’ in the subject field.
    • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and an assessment in our Brussels office.
    • The deadline for applications is 20th January 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.