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EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established in 2010 and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.
We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose. At the heart of our endeavour is a pan-European community of innovators and changemakers eager to work on tough challenges, willing to engage in ambitious and unorthodox experiments, and committed to collective learning.
We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 380 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. We are united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at climate change.
Our mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, lands, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities. Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems – through exploration, experimentation and demonstration – to enable viable alternatives at scale.
At the heart of our approach is ‘systems innovation as a service’ whereby we create a space for a portfolio of strategic innovation options and experiments, oriented around structural levers of change, designed with and for problem owners.
We act as a multi-sided platform, working across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We work together with problem owners, like city and regional governments, industry owners and directors, community organisations and policy makers, to orchestrate a portfolio approach to innovation interventions. We facilitate the creation of innovation consortia. We challenge and seek to enrich business model design. We offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling. We provide funding. We incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation with a view of contributing to systemic change. We place an emphasis on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.
Purpose of the role
We are looking for a PR and Media specialist to;
- Lead the media relations work of EIT Climate-KIC
- Raise the profile of EIT Climate-KIC in the run up to COP26 and beyond, by bringing our framework and rationale for systemic change to life
- Oversee the ‘packaging’ of our work for different media outlets and audiences, and help find and develop relevant stories from our community.
A key aspect of this role will be to understand our key audiences and to help showcase aspects of our work they care about most.
In this role, you will work closely with other storytelling and content-creation roles within the company and wider community, as well as project leads who are closest to newsworthy information. You will also work directly with the CEO office to prepare quotes, media responses and op-eds. You will provide oversight, co-ordination and guidance by identifying key ‘media moments’ for these roles to work towards together. You will also be part of an effort to shape new and existing content formats across all media channels to help create a coherent pipeline for content creation and content marketing.
- Manage and respond to media enquiries
- In-house PR consultancy
- Write and oversee press releases
- Build relationships with relevant journalists
- Drive editorial meetings and shape a newsroom function
- Manage media agency relationships where needed
- Package our work and impacts for high-level audiences, both as op-eds and media pitches
- Coordinate media training for the C-Suite
- Manage the delivery of ‘success stories’ to support our annual reports, and further develop these as case studies for our website / brochures
- Support media opportunities related to key events
- Ad hoc projects – writing, proof-reading, content production, reporting, procurement
- Outstanding written English, and excellent verbal and communication skills
- At least five years’ experience in agency or in-house PR/media relations
- Solutions-oriented, hands-on mentality
- Evidence of delivering media coverage with major media outlets, including across Europe
- Confident in liaising with national and international journalists
- Strong relationships with relevant media
- Knowledge of PR evaluation techniques and engagement analysis
- Knowledge of climate change, systems thinking, sustainable business, and/or environmental management desirable
- Knowledge of Brussels / EU affairs desirable
- Experience of complex, multi-stakeholder environments highly desirable
- Fluency in a second European language, an advantage
Key Working Relationships
- Director of Communications
- Communications team
- Executive Board, including CEO office
- Future Funding team
- Innovation, education and entrepreneurship teams
- Other colleagues delivering innovation and programme activities across Europe
- Journalists, bloggers and influencers
- Press agencies
- EIT Climate-KIC community
- EU community
- EIT communications team
- Other PR practitioners
Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living. However, we are currently unable to accept applications from candidates who are seeking to be based in our London office.
Our application and recruitment process
Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.
Your application should be written in English and consist of:
- a full curriculum vitae
- a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
- your current salary
- where you saw this role advertised.
Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.
Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.
Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.
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