Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.
We are a team of 13 people, with about half based in Brussels. To support our expanding communications team we are looking for a full time press officer to join us in working from our Brussels office, ideally from early February 2022.
You will connect CEO with the media sphere in Brussels and beyond and will be the main point of contact for journalists. Liaising with reporters based in EU member states and beyond, you will ensure that CEO’s perspective contributes to the public debate; you will build and maintain lasting relationships with members of the press; and continue to establish CEO as a reliable source for expertise on corporate lobbying across a variety of EU policy fields.
Your main tasks will be to:
- use your strategic mind and word-smithing skills to jointly develop and implement CEO’s media strategy to secure coverage of our work in mainstream, specialist and alternative media;
- engage with journalists, responding to their requests for information in a timely and accurate manner, scheduling interviews with CEO researchers and campaigners, and acting as a spokesperson on general lobbying issues when needed;
- distil the essence of complex issues into accessible, relevant press materials, including press releases, reactive media statements, and on-demand quotes;
- design media outreach plans around our new publications, and co-ordinate timing, framing, and messaging with our researchers/ campaigners and the rest of the comms team;
- work in a team with our communications officer, digital engagement officer, and editor to collectively develop and implement a communications strategy, and ensure that there is a strong communications voice in the work of CEO;
- work with other press officers and researchers at allied organisations to design and implement the communication elements of coalition campaigns;
- systematically track media coverage and produce bi-annual reports assessing the reach of our work;
- manage CEO’s media database, including encouraging journalists to stay in touch/ be added to our press mailing list(s), and ensuring the media database is up to date (in collaboration with campaigners);
- keep an eye out for relevant external hooks, policy developments, and breaking news to produce timely media statements that highlight CEO’s position on a given issue and its relevance;
- organise journalist workshops and press conferences (co-)hosted by CEO, including the planning, implementation and de-briefing stages;
- produce CEO’s annual report;
- you may also be required to provide editorial support to our editor, contribute to social media outreach, manage our podcast programme, produce CEO newsletters, or other CEO communication tasks.
- min. 3 years experience as a journalist, press officer (preferably in the non-profit sector), or in a related profession;
- a strong identification with CEO's mission, progressive politics, and social justice; and an ability to channel those into an organisationally-relevant media strategy;
- previous experience of and confidence in dealing with journalists from different types of media;
- ability to distinguish which information is and is not relevant for a particular journalist;
- be able to distil and communicate complex ideas and represent the organisation accurately in media interviews and quotes;
- easy to follow, accessible writing style and ability to write occasional op eds/articles;
- excellent writing and editing skills in English (native or comparable); a good command of French is an advantage while additional language skills are very welcome;
- pro-active style of working, a high level of self-organisation, and the ability to manage your workload without supervision within a horizontally structured organisation;
- flexibility to adapt to different tasks as needs arise; strong organisational skills to help coordinate publications planing and to negotiate priorities with accordingly, especially when researchers have competing needs for communications capacity;
- eligibility to work in the European Union.
- skills using text editing software as well as website management tools;
- experience managing contact databases (CEO’s CiviCRM);
- experience with radio, podcasting, broadcast;
- experience with activism.
Working at CEO means being part of a team which strives for horizontal, collaborative, and participatory decision-making and team processes. There is no line management and each team member is responsible for their own tasks and workload. All employees are expected to contribute to the internal working groups that are the backbone of the organisation (finance, fundraising, human resources, and governance). There is always space to discuss and adapt to individual needs, ask for support, and get feedback.
Our team is dedicated to an organisational culture that aims for sustainable workloads and respect for a healthy work-life balance.
- a full time-contract (36h/week), one year contract initially, renewable into a permanent contract after one year;
- monthly gross salary between €2.745 and €3.080 depending on relevant experience;
- 13th month salary payment in December each year;
- reimbursement of commuting costs;
- hospitalisation and pension group insurance;
- 25 days annual leave + additional Christmas holiday (5-8 days);
- a lively and warm working atmosphere;
Corporate Europe Observatory is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We encourage applications from anyone who believes they fit the essential requirements of the job, irrespective of age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status, ethnicity, or religion/belief.
To apply please fill in part 1 and 2 of our application form (available for download here and here) and send it to [email protected] stating “Press Officer” in the subject line in .docx or .odf file. The deadline for application is midnight 10 December 2021.
Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be considered.
Candidates will be contacted by 17 December. Interviews will be held in Brussels 9-14 January 2022.
We look forward to reading your application and hopefully welcoming you into the team by 1 February (a later starting date can be negotiated).
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