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26 August 2021

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MHE is looking for a Communications Manager / Senior Communications Officer (new deadline)

MHE is looking for a Communications Manager / Senior Communications Officer (new deadline)

Please note: due to the summer holiday period, the deadline for the applications has been extended until 5 October 2021. 

 

Mental Health Europe (MHE) is looking for a full-time Communications Manager / Senior Communications Officer to join its dynamic team in Brussels. The Communications Manager / Senior Communications Officer will lead on MHE’s internal and external communications and promote greater public awareness of the organisation, its brand, reputation and achievements.

 

Are you an experienced and enthusiastic communicator? Are you keen to contribute to the promotion of positive mental health? Are you passionate about advancing human rights? If so, come and work with us!

 

We offer a full-time contract in our Brussels-based office and an exciting opportunity to work in the field of rights-based communications at the European level.

Internal/External Communications  

  • Develops, leads, delivers and monitors an overarching communications strategy  
  • Designs and implements the communications’ annual work plan and coordinates the production and dissemination of print and online communications, audio-visual materials and outputs  
  • Leads on organisation’s digital and social media strategy development and implementation 
  • Designs and develops digital and audio-visual content (videos, podcasts, branded digital and printed materials, banners, publications, reports, infographics, etc.) 
  • Sets up, deploys, tracks and optimises all MHE communications (monthly newsletters, bi-monthly digests, ad-hoc mail blasts and newsflashes, press releases, articles, and blog posts) 
  • Plans and implements changes to MHE communications: visual identity, review and development of communication channels, structural website updates and changes  
  • Assesses and evaluates the impact of MHE’s work through quantitative & quality indicators 
  • Supports communication dimension of policy and advocacy work 
  • Supports the development of strategic partnerships and external collaborations  
  • Creates and implements various awareness-raising campaigns & social media activations around international observances and specific events  
  • Tracks communication opportunities for story placement and other publicity as they arise 

 

Fundraising 

  • Supports the development and delivery of a fundraising strategy 
  • Supports the implementation of fundraising activities, including the development of online tools and campaigns for fundraising purposes 
  • Contributes to the ongoing mapping of corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities 
  • Supports MHE’s external visibility, develops relevant materials and messages to inform existing and potential donors of MHE’s work 
  • Supports in drafting project applications and reports about ongoing projects 

 

Media 

  • Cultivates and leads on media relations  
  • Develops and maintains contacts with press, journalists, media and communication people in Brussels 
  • Acts as primary contact for media enquiries and requests 

 

Events  

  • Supports the organisation of events (European Parliament hearings, capacity-building seminars, MHE General Assembly, webinars, etc. 
  • Attends external events as MHE representative when required 

 

Membership 

  • Supports the development and delivery of a membership strategy 
  • Supports stronger membership engagement through active involvement of MHE members in the design and delivery of MHE communication activities, allowing their work and the voice of the people they serve to be heard at the European level 
  • Manages the coordination of MHE’s Communications Taskforce 

 

Digital/IT Support 

  • Monitors all web / social media analytics, produces regular reports on MHE exposure and suggests improvements to MHE’s online platforms & digital strategy 
  • Supports with ensuring smooth IT solutions in the team (cloud sharing, project management, remote communication tools, CRM, other tools – i.e. available via SocialWare) 
  • Monitors the current trends in social media tools, new technical developments and applications and ensure best practice is adopted, and MHE’s digital strategy is up to date and dynamic 

 

HR 

  • Coordinates the work of the Communications team  
  • Contributes to the onboarding of the new staff 
  • Builds staff capacity where needed 

Essential: 

  • Educated at university level in a relevant field 
  • At least 5 years of work experience in communications in an international/European environment (traditional and digital communications) 
  • Experience working in a European/international NGO 
  • Fluency in English – native level (written and spoken). Language skills will be tested during the interview with a writing exercise 
  • Proven track record of developing communication strategies and moving them forward
  • Excellent drafting skills (articles, website items, social media) 
  • Experience in supporting fundraising actions 
  • Experience in working with media and experience in relationship and network building with journalists
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills: the ability to translate complex information into accessible content for all audiences  
  • Digital proficiency: excellent knowledge of CMS (WordPress), email marketing providers (MailChimp), multimedia tools and editing software (Adobe CC)
  • Strong aptitude for creative and visual communications, storytelling and campaigning
  • Good knowledge of the EU context – both EU media landscape and policy environments 
  • Commitment to MHE’s approach to mental health and disability  
  • High sense of priority setting, and the ability to react quickly and work autonomously  
  • Very good interpersonal skills and teamwork, ability to work in a small, busy, international team  
  • Willingness to occasionally travel and, rarely, work on weekends when/if necessary 

 

Desirable: 

  • Good knowledge of the mental health field or proven interest or experience in the sector 
  • Good understanding of policy and advocacy for mental health and/or wellbeing 
  • Experience in supervising a small team 
  • Knowledge of other European languages (preferably French or Dutch) 
  • The possibility to contribute to better mental health for all; 
  • Work in a friendly, creative, flexible working environment at the heart of the Brussels EU district in a small, dynamic, open-minded and international team; 
  • An interesting monthly gross salary according to experience; 
  • An indetermined Belgian contract (CDI)
  • Hospitalisation insurance, pension scheme, contribution to public transport, thirteenth month, and lunch vouchers; 
  • MHE is an equal opportunities employer. 

How to apply

 

Applications should be submitted to MHE Acting Director Liuska Sanna via liuska[dot]sanna[at]mhe-sme[dot]org no later than 5 October 2021. Please specify in the email subject “Application for MHE Communications post”.

 

Applications should include only the following attachments:

  1. A cover letter (no longer than 1 page) describing how the candidate’s profile matches the different job requirements and what the motivation for the post is.
  2. A CV, including details of two persons who can be contacted for references.
  3. A document (max 1/2 page) in which you write a blog post on MHE’s stand on the right to vote for people with psychosocial disabilities.
  4. Links to 2-3 online samples of your written and design work (press releases, blogs, videos, etc.)

 

Closing date for applications has been extended until 5 October 2021

Date of interviews: 13 – 15 October (conducted remotely)

Starting date employment: as soon as possible

 

All applicants must be qualified, eligible and able to work in Belgium.  We are unfortunately not able to provide financial assistance to relocate to Brussels/Belgium. Due to the large number of applications foreseen, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We thank you for your interest in our vacancy.

Deadline (extended)

5 October 2021 

Location

Brussels, Belgium 

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About Mental Health Europe

 

Mental Health Europe (MHE) is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services, persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.

 

MHE works closely with the European Institutions and international bodies to mainstream mental health in all policies and end mental health stigma. We represent associations and individuals in the field of mental health including users of mental health services, mental health professionals, service providers and volunteers. Together with its members, MHE formulates recommendations for policy and decision makers to develop mental health friendly policies and practices. MHE places users of mental services at the centre of its work to ensure the voice of people who have experienced mental ill health is heard across Europe.