Communications Officer for Germany

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 11

Position description

Communications Officer for Germany. Berlin. Posting Date: 02/10/2020. Deadline: 03/01/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your communication skills and in-depth knowledge of Germany and the German media land communications landscape? We're seeking a Communications Officer based in Berlin to develop strategies, cultivate, draft and edit all forms of content from tweets to op-eds, identify and pitch stories, and quickly turn around media inquiries working closely with the global communications team.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Communications team plays a central role in the work of the Open Society Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance critical issues. Communications works to raise Open Society's public profile by promoting the network's many noteworthy achievements as well as responding to attacks from opponents of open society around the world. The department employs media outreach, digital, social media, publications, and internal communications to assist dozens of Open Society foundations and programs in their communications efforts.

As a Communications Officer at Open Society you will:

  • Develop and execute an overall communications strategy for Open Society in Germany working closely with key programs, managing news and public advocacy opportunities for Open Society in Germany
  • Anticipate and identify possible communications and media risks and develop strategies to mitigate them; handle communications crises
  • Identify and position key Open Society Foundations messages, people, and grantees in all types of media, in close alliance with program leads and experts
  • Draft and edit op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, and press releases; organize media events and background discussions with German and international journalists
  • Manage the production and deployment of digital (including social media) and print content, including coordination with external creative and PR partners
  • Co-develop and conduct Communications trainings for program staff, leadership, and grantees
  • Contribute support as needed to portfolios handled by other colleagues from the Global and European Communications team


What we are looking for:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field; with excellent German and English-language writing and editing ability, and verbal skills
  • Over eight years' relevant communications experience including, but not limited to, journalism OR experience as a communications professional in the not-for-profit or private sector
  • In-depth knowledge of open society issues and demonstrated commitment to democracy, human rights and other core values as defined in the mission of Open Society Foundations
  • Established relationships with German journalists, editors, producers and creative partners and strong understanding of the German media landscape
  • Proven skills in the development of communications strategies in regional and/or international contexts, and guidance around communications opportunities (media, events, campaigns) for senior officials and others
  • Excellent skills in writing for and pitching to media, coupled with demonstrable social media and digital campaign and management expertise


Desirable (but not required):

  • High level of self-motivation, initiative, and creativity under minimal supervision
  • Willingness to travel extensively for work
  • Substantial knowledge of organizational and project management
  • Diplomatic manner and ability to adapt to a range of cultures and experiences in interacting with program management, colleagues at all levels, contacts, and the public


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


See what a day in the life of a colleague at Open Society is like.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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