The Communications Manager is a member of the management team and advises the director and the rest of the management team on the communications strategy of SHM and is responsible for defining and implementing a communications plan covering internal and external communications. Part of the approach should be an ongoing engagement with all relevant stakeholders and to organise and/or coordinate media relations. This is a key role within the organisation and requires a combination of strategic insight with both a hands-on approach and proactive perspective for innovation. The Communications Manager reports directly to the director of SHM. A Communications assistant reports to the Communications Manager. The manager oversees the work of this assistant.
Principle responsibilities include:
- Planning and strategy
- Develop and manage the implementation of a proactive communications program for internal and external audiences
- Manage the annual communications budget
- Constantly assess and improve/innovate communications strategy, processes and systems
- Advisory role
- Advise the director and the rest of the management team on relevant communications issues, offering creative and efficient solutions
- Evaluate and report on the consequences and achievements of the communications program and projects, and advise on aspects that may require special focus
- Identify and extract stories and information from within the organisation to be tailored for positive internal and external audience use
- Internal communications
- Devise and deliver other systems and events to share and disseminate relevant information within the organisation
- Further build internal cohesion and highlight opportunities to the MT
- External communications
- Project manage the production of SHM’s Annual Report (published end of May) and Monitoring Report (published in November), contributing and reviewing content
- Manage and deliver communications through a variety of channels to stakeholders and key audiences
- Oversee the management and upgrades of SHM’s website, reviewing on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and functionality
- Serve as a managing editor of SHM’s bilingual newsletters
- Deliver a strategic programme for media relations, advising the director on communications with the media
- Project manage the yearly National Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention (NCHIV), including budget management, funding and venue selection
Skills and experience:
- You have a university degree (preferably in biomedical and/or communication science) and have 5+ years of communications experience
- You have a background in healthcare communications and have a creative mindset toward novel means of communication
- You have excellent communication skills and are fluent in written and spoken Dutch and English (native English speaker preferred)
- You display exceptional writing and editing skills, have an eye for detail and can accurately proofread
- You have organisational, project management and problem solving skills and demonstrate hands-on skills balanced with strategic insight
- You are able to work and bring people together across the organisation, as well as collaborate with external stakeholders
- You are an energetic person with a positive can-do mentality and you are achievement oriented, motivated and pro-active
- You have good computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office, various CMS systems and social media
What we offer:
This is a dynamic position for 32 hours a week, with varied responsibilities in a scientific environment. The salary is commensurate with the required qualifications and experience. SHM also offers excellent primary and secondary terms of employment. We offer (initially) a one year contract.
Are you interested?
For specific information about the position, please contact Inge Bartels (HR advisor) at 020-5664172. To apply, please email your letter of application and CV in English to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. An assessment of your skills is part of the application process.
Deadline for application: 12 January 2020
No queries or applications from recruitment agencies please.