Communications Manager - Fixed-Term (Placement for Parental Leave)

ECFR is seeking a dynamic Communications Manager for a fixed-term parental leave placement to oversee its strategic communications strategy. In particular, you would develop media strategies and campaigns for ECFR projects, write press releases and media advisories, oversee outreach with contacts with print, broadcast and multimedia journalists, oversee the organisation’s branding, and seek to place content by ECFR policy fellows in the European media. We are looking for someone with a good grasp of the changing media landscape and the ability to exploit it proactively for ECFR’s purposes.
  • Reporting to: Director of Research
  • Closing date: August 1, 2019
  • Location: Berlin



  • To take a strategic lead on how ECFR records its media impact
  • To supervise a small team of communications staff based across Europe
  • To coordinate ECFR staff across offices in terms of communications responsibilities

Mainstream Media

  • To coordinate ECFR’s day-to-day press office operation
  • To help develop and maintain ECFR’s relationship with key European media outlets, build relationships with key individuals within those outlets and identify opportunities for op-ed placement
  • To devise media strategies for major publications and advocacy initiatives
  • To work with ECFR’s national offices to strengthen their relationship with relevant European and national media outlets
  • To work with ECFR’s programmes to enable and assist policy staff to build relationships with key media outlets and journalists relevant to their work
  • To place op-eds by policy staff and Council members in key media outlets across Europe

Online and Social Media

  • To oversee day-to-day ECFR’s digital output including the website, Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, video and email newsletters
  • To take a lead role in curating, commissioning and editing commentaries for ECFR’s website
  • To lead the development of video, graphic and audio products to communicate ECFR’s messages


  • To oversee ECFR’s visual branding guidelines, including the creation and enforcement of templates
  • To lead in the creation and organisation of ECFR branding at events, specifically the Annual Council Meeting and other big conferences

Person specification


  • Solid proven experience within a demanding media operation with an international dimension
  • General knowledge of European media environment
  • Excellent written English and editing skills
  • Able to work individually as well as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team and to develop effective relationships.
  • capacity to work under pressure and manage a busy workload


  • Ability to work in other major European languages
  • Graphic design skills, familiarity with software like Adobe Suite, InDesign, Photoshop and content management systems
  • Familiarity with content management and database systems
  • Proficiency in web analytics and especially Google Analytics
  • Interest in and knowledge of international affairs and European foreign policy

Our Offer

  • Broad, diverse and interesting area of responsibility
  • Opportunity to make a difference
  • Exciting environment in an innovative and reputable international think-tank
  • Open and appreciative corporate culture with low hierarchy
  • Highly motivated and engaged international colleagues
  • Modern workplace in the heart of Berlin

To apply:

Duration:  Start October 2019 for initially 11 months 

Please submit a one page covering letter (with ref: COMMSMANAGER2019 in the subject line) and your CV via the ‘Apply Link’ on our website.  Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4. Candidates must have permission to work in the EU.

Due to the large volume of candidates applying for positions within ECFR we will only be able to respond to applicants who have been shortlisted.


ECFR (The European Council on Foreign Relations) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. It has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw.

ECFR strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Company and Charity in England and Wales. Company Reg. Number 07154609 Charity Number 1143536.

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