Learning Community Manager – Spain

Climate-KIC Spain
1-year fixed term contract
24 Dec 2019
Director, Climate-KIC Spain
Competitive for Not-For-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Valencia, Spain


Business Background

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

The Learning Community Manager is responsible for implementing a series of climate action programmes of Climate-KIC in Spain that inspire, empower and connect climate innovation change-agents and entrepreneurs. The person will also be responsible for supporting the management and engagement of our Partner and Alumni Communities, as well as business development activities. They will work closely with the Spanish team and support collaboration more widely with Climate-KIC across Europe.


Portfolio and Project Management (75%)

Develop and manage the execution of place-based programmes, in ways that build on EIT Climate-KIC’s existing portfolio of work, e.g. co-ordinating the EIT Climate-KIC learning programmes running in Spain, supporting local learning experiments, manage new opportunities of education activities for EIT Climate-KIC etc.

Collaborate with our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to establish ways of assessing progress to impact with respect to Spanish based programmes and engage in sense-making and learning from the existing portfolio.

Maintain a strong personal commitment to efficient management with respect to colleagues, funders, internal processes and systems, and internal policies. (e.g. travel, expenses etc.)

Engage in the preparation of proposals, report writing and financial administration as appropriate to satisfy the needs of EIT and different funders.

Community Management (25 %)

Engage with our alumni organisation and our community activation team to build and grow the Spanish alumni chapter. Design and support the implementation of events for students and alumni and ensure a strong connection between the alumni and EIT Climate-KIC for mutual benefit.

Ensure visibility of EIT Climate-KIC in key meetings, through workshops and a different kind of initiatives. Collaborate with internal teams/services – such as communications, entrepreneurship, innovation and business development to prepare case studies, marketing materials, briefings, position papers, success stories and other material to appear to funders and strategic partners.

Ensure a good working relationship with our partners in Spain.

Profile required

  • Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient with the ability work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and respond dynamically to change. Ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Co-creation and / or Facilitation
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • 3-5 years’ of work experience in project/programme management, education & learning and community management
  • Interest in the fields of climate change, education, entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability
  • Independent, reliable and professional
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of management- both internally and externally
  • Work experience in grant management and reporting of EU funded projects (e.g. H2020) is desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English. Knowledge of other Spanish official languages or European languages highly desirable.
  • International work experience, ideally with multi-stakeholder projects
  • Our stakeholders are diverse, with different and sometimes competing priorities. Your ability to bring gain buy-in from different stakeholders and influence them to completing actions, including delivery partners, government agencies, EU organisations, and within Climate-KIC will be vital for our success
  • A commitment to achieving social transformation in support of Climate-KIC’s mission
  • Good understanding of the interaction between research, business and education and ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of management- both internally and externally
  • Familiar with the Microsoft Office package, and strong experience with Excel and preferably SharePoint
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
  • ‘At home’ working with an international team and in a multi-disciplinary context
  • Comfortable and skilled in fulfilling administrative tasks, taking notes, producing reports and working under stress. Experience in executing and securing deliverables on time
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation
  • Solutions focused, with a “can-do” attitude

Additional information

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.

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.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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