We’re hiring a Communication Officer

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We are looking for a Communication Officer to join our small but growing team in Brussels.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is media-savvy, super-techy, passionate about clear communication and enthusiastic about promoting an exciting young company. You will have at least three years experience working in business development, consultancy, marketing or communication and be comfortable multi-tasking in a start-up environment.

Your responsibilities

  • Organising training sessions and liaising with coaches and clients
  • Managing Clear Europe’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts
  • Writing and editing a monthly newsletter about the company’s activities
  • Creating presentations, infographics and marketing content
  • Managing and updating the website
  • Filming interviews and training sessions
  • Promoting the company at conferences, on social media and via targeted marketing campaigns
  • Responding to requests for quotes, seeking new business opportunities and partnerships, and answering calls for tender
  • Dealing with invoices and expenses

Your profile

  • Native or near native English.
  • Other languages – particularly French – a plus.
  • Strong technical skills – especially Adobe suites, social media and WordPress
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Photography/camera and photo editing skills
  • Ability to work independently in a small company
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Passionate about media, journalism and communication

Additional skills

  • Business and marketing experience. Bookkeeping skills a plus
  • Ability to code, graphic design and video editing skills
  • Interest in politics and knowledge of EU
  • Experience organising events or running communication campaigns

Application details

This is a full-time position. The contract can either be as an employee or freelancer/independent. The salary is competitive and based on experience. The expected starting date is as soon as possible.

Please do not apply unless you have perfect English, communication/marketing experience or education and excellent digital skills. If you are studying politics, EU studies or international relations and are interested in a career in the European institutions or academia this may not be the right place for you.

Please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you want to work for Clear Europe, how you would improve our communication efforts and how you would help us grow to Gareth Harding, Managing Director:

Due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Only candidates with the right to work in Belgium will be considered. Deadline for applications: October 8.

July Newsletter

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We’re often critical of the way the EU communicates. But we are delighted to be working with the European Commission to help project managers in future member states make EU funding more visible.

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June Newsletter

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“Get the people who panic out of the room,” was Amadeu Altafaj’s blunt advice on how to handle a crisis at the latest News and Booze event for NGO communicators.

As a European Commission spokesman during the financial crisis, Amadeu knows how to keep calm and carry on communicating when things go pear-shaped. So does experienced comms consultant Jo Sullivan, who advised: “You need to be at the front of the crisis with a solution.”

Other tips on how to handle a crisis were: Make sure you have an updated crisis communication strategy, accept there is a problem and talk about the solution, and stick to your core principles when messaging.

If you missed the session, News and Booze co-founder Julia Ravenscroft has kindly summed up all the tips for you.

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How to keep calm and carry on communicating during a crisis

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We all experience a crisis or two in our lives. But what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger, right?

What happens, though, when it’s our organisation that is facing a crisis?

Suddenly, we need to work with five, ten, or maybe 1,000 colleagues to respond to an unexpected, growing disaster.  How do we, as communicators, make sure our organisations swim rather than sink?

In our latest News and Booze event for NGO communicators, speakers Amadeu Altafaj and Jo Sullivan, explained how to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ during – and beyond – a crisis.

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Five takeaways from Reuters’ digital news report

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Social media as a source of news is falling, messaging apps for news are growing, subscriptions for online news are steadily rising, general trust in the news remains relatively stable and fake news on the internet is a top priority. These are some of the key findings from this year’s Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, which was published today.

The report, which is based on a survey of more than 75,000 news consumers in 37 markets from 25 countries, found that:

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May Newsletter

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing in the European Parliament on May 22 was a textbook example of how not to grill a speaker or chair a debate.

After pontificating for an hour, MEPs let the Facebook boss cherrypick which questions he answered in his 20-minute response. This technique of bunching questions together encourages long-windedness from interrogators and evasiveness from speakers. It also makes for a lousy debate.

If only MEPs had read our ’10 Commandments for Conference Organisers’ first:

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April Newsletter

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Many people dread being in front of the camera as much as going to the dentist. The problem is it’s difficult to be professionally camera-shy when communication relies more and more on you looking and sounding good on video.

In our new hands-on course with media trainer and former TV reporter John Holland, you’ll discover how to deliver snappy soundbites, convey powerful messages and tell compelling stories on screen. Whether it’s for a corporate video, Facebook live or televised debate, we’ll help you tell your story more clearly and confidently in front of the camera.

Details Here.

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March Newsletter

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Getting eight European and central Asian journalists to a US aircraft carrier in the Arabian Gulf to report on progress in defeating ISIS was a logistical headache. But the press trip we helped organise for the US-European Media Hub was an unforgettable experience. As one journalist said: “I’ve covered the World Cup and reported from inside North Korea, but this tops them all.”

So what makes a great press trip? Here are our 5 tips for making sure your media visit is a success:

    1. Keep it short: 2-3 days max. Any more is difficult to justify for busy reporters.
    2. Plan the trip around potential stories rather than smart restaurants.
    3. Avoid conference rooms. Journalists like to see stuff not hear about it.
    4. Don’t try to pack too much in. Leave time for reporters to file stories.
    5. Be aware that most US media outlets and newswires will refuse free press trips.

More tips and tricks in our Working with Journalists course.

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February Newsletter

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We’re delighted to introduce a new two-day course on how to shoot and edit videos using your smartphone.

In this interactive workshop you will learn the practical skills needed to make professional videos with your mobile or tablet. And you will discover how to mix sounds, add credits and titles and upload your video to the web or social media.

The training, led by experienced journalist, cameraman and video coach Hervé Verloes, is light on theory and heavy on practice. It’s also great fun.

Check out the full two-day programme and sign up to take smarter videos with us.

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