Strategic Programmes Communications Manager

30 Jan 2022
Competitive for Not-for-Profit-Organization
As soon as possible
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain



EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.
We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.
Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

How will you help us achieve Transformation in Time?

Climate-KIC has developed and nurtured a series of strategic programmes that are designed to either enhance skills and capabilities or support start-ups to help tackle climate change. In some cases, they do both. Transformation in Time sets out the critical nature of having strong skills, innovative learning approaches and innovative start-ups to create the possibility for the quick, large-scale transformation Europe needs. The sub-strategies Entrepreneurship for Transformation in Time and Education for Transformation in Time presented a vision for how Climate-KIC’s strategic programmes can change to maximise the potential for transformation.

You will be at the heart of delivering this strategic intent by shaping and implementing impact communication strategies and interventions mainly within the Education and Activation field. The aim is to position our Education and Activation programmes as the go-to for climate education, increase the global reach and participation numbers of our programmes and ultimately help us accelerate the dissemination of climate related knowledge, skills and capabilities.  

Our current Strategic Programmes include: Young Innovators, Climate Leadership Journey, and Pioneers into Practise as well as Climathon, ClimAccelerator and Climate LaunchPad. This role is mainly focusing on our Education Programmes.

Which team will welcome you?

Strategic Programmes

You have outstanding capabilities in:

  • Strong experience in designing and executing cohesive communication strategies across multiple programmes (preferably within the education field).
  • Design customized programme comms interventions: Design of bespoke programme outreach strategies and content.
  • Design public outreach activations to grow and mobilise our community of partners, hosts, participants and to attract funders.
  • Team building, to engage colleagues working across programmes to support the creation of a strong team spirit focused on achieving our internal objectives and key results.
  • Building trusted relationships: Ability to reconcile differing expectations, objectives and requirements of multiple organisations and stakeholders to create collaborative solutions to communications challenges.
  • Compelling copywriting and inspiring storytelling to help build our programme narratives as we evolve our programmes.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills

You have good capabilities in:

  • Co-creation with multiple stakeholders
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player combined with the ability to work independently
  • Delivering results on time and budget
  • Community engagement
  • An interest in impact education programmes

Typical tasks may include:

  • Design and produce public outreach such as campaigns to attract, engage, connect programme participants, partners, other supporters within and across programmes. 
  • Help creating programme and community activations such as open calls, experiments and campaigns for action with/for new and existing community members (partners, new/old funders, alumni) 
  • Support developing outreach partnerships to support community action and attract new partners and funding. 
  • Supporting fundraising and programme design for impact. 
  • Coordinating and producing digital stories, websites narratives, PR, mailings, events and internal and partner communications
  • Storytelling across programmes
  • Managing the cross-programme communication budget
  • Collaborate with the community team on community model
  • Build strategic collaborations inside and outside the organisation to achieve the communications objectives of the programme and contribute to the organizational goals.
  • Retaining oversight and cohesive planning of the comms activity across the Strategic Programmes group.
  • Engage with other team members in a strong team spirit, focused on achieving Objectives and Key Results.  

What will our teams rely on you for?

  • Responsible for enhancing our Educate and Activate Programmes external positioning
  • Responsible for increasing the reach and participation rate of our programmes
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of a strategic comms plan across programmes
  • Responsible for the creation of clear and compelling stories and digital content
  • Responsible for leading, co-creating and managing communications content and interventions with multiple stakeholders to help achieve the programmes’ aims
  • Accountable for the cross-programme communication budget management.

You bring the following mindsets:

  • Visionary ambition combined with results-oriented pragmatism
  • Can do, get it done today action orientation
  • Passion and commitment for the mission and the programmes
  • Sharing and team building
  • Delivery on time, on target
  • Non-hierarchical, holocratic way of working
  • Risk taking ambitious stance

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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