European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Communications Director

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ILGA-Europe are looking for an Communications Director to work with the staff team in Brussels. Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 5 May 2017.

Please note that only completed application forms are accepted

* We will only accept properly completed application forms. We will not accept CVs.

* Applications that do not meet the basic requirements set out below will not be considered.

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About ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe are a driving force for political, legal and social change at European level. Our vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. ILGA-Europe are comprised of over 490 member organisations throughout the European Region. From Iceland to Italy and Ukraine to Malta, we work with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people across Europe. Our strong team based in Brussels empowers activists, connects key change actors at European and national levels, leads on thinking and responding to important trends for the European LGBTI movement. Therefore, at ILGA-Europe, we value and encourage our employees. We understand that the movement is only as strong at its people. And we ensure our people remain our greatest asset. We look forward to you joining our team!

The job profile

The Communications Director will be leading on the development and implementation of communications strategies that advance ILGA-Europe’s organisational goals and messages, and amplify ILGA-Europe’s advocacy, movement building, organisational development and fundraising work. The person will be expected to devise multi-channel communications strategies, including media and public relations, online and social media, communications with membership and campaigning, targeting our wide range of audiences – including key decision makers at European and national level, LGBTI and human rights activists and allies,  the general public and new audiences (such private sector). The person will lead thinking on message development for the organisation, will develop and implement communications strategy to ensure effective engagement and outreach with ILGA-Europe membership, and will actively contribute to developing and implementing ILGA-Europe’s communication and outreach strategy with individual donors. The person will also be expected to lead on developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key media outlets at national, European and international levels; act as a spokesperson for ILGA-Europe with media, in conjunction with the Executive Director; and develop a strategy to shape the public conversation about LGBTI issues at European level.

Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality for LGBTI people, and have proven competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • Advancing organisational goals and messages through a holistic communications strategy, including media and public relations, online and social media, internal communications and production of materials, and campaigning
  • Shaping the public conversation about an issue through the development of effective, appropriate and creative messaging
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key media outlets at national, European and international levels, with a view of ensuring a very high profile of an organisation and an issue

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are: 

  • Proven commitment to and interest in the rapidly changing LGBTI equality movement and a working knowledge of LGBTI issues, or related human rights issues and social justice movements
  • Demonstrated ability to respond quickly and strategically to emerging situations
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills, and experience in representing an organisation in a variety of settings, including the media
  • Excellent writing skills with a strong capacity to tailor the tone, content and form of written output in line with the intended audience (in English, proficiency in other languages would be an asset)
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality materials for a range of audiences and outlets (e.g., opinion pieces, speeches, press packs, social media content)
  • Proven experience of using social media channels within a communication strategy to engage audiences and stimulate awareness, action and activism
  • Understanding of the role of communications in driving and supporting organisational fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience in staff and budget management
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments, to think creatively and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organisational needs
  • Capability to take initiative, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player, and work well with others at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines, to balance long-term goals and day-to-day demands
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and maintain excellent working relationships, in a high-paced environment
  • Sensitivity to working in a multicultural and diverse environment and commitment to promoting respect for equality and diversity, and ability to implement diversity into your everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and travel in Europe
  • Experience of working with NGOs and grassroots organisations (highly desirable), preferably in the field of LGBTI human rights and equality
  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires frequent evening and weekend work to respond to breaking news.

Employment information: Salary scale: Euros 63,177 to 68,346 in annual increments, starting at the beginning of the scale. The organisation has a generous remuneration package, including contributing to local transportation costs, luncheon vouchers, hospitalisation insurance, a pension scheme for employees and ‘family friendly’ policies. Relocation support from within Europe to Brussels will be given where appropriate.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 5 May, 2017, 12.00 noon CET (at recruitment@ilga-europe.org).


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ILGA-Europe are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to opposing direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, or any other grounds.

Trans/gender-variant individuals, as well as people from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

ILGA-Europe’s equal opportunity policy applies both to ILGA-Europe’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices. We will do all within our power to apply the above policies in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices.