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When a position is vacant at Autism-Europe, it is advertised below.

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

Autism-Europe is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of persons on the autism spectrum and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.

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.