IT Manager, Strategic Communications (Europe)

European Climate Foundation Brussels Belgium Strategic Communications

Company Description

About the European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative working to help tackle the climate crisis by fostering the development of a net-zero emission society at the national, European and global level.

We support over 300 partner organisations to carry out activities that drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, contribute to the public debate on climate action and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.

The ECF brings together diverse perspectives and backgrounds to find the best innovative solutions to tackle climate change. We are focusing on engaging and hiring great people from a wide diversity of backgrounds to strengthen the cause. If you share our values of respect, innovation, and collaboration, join us.

Position

About the role

The ECF’s strategic communications team is the outreach unit of the foundation. Its role is to act as a centre of expertise for communication on climate change and to play an active role in helping create more political, media and public endorsement for action on climate change at an international, national and sectoral level. Team members deliver strategic advice, communications and outreach support to ECF’s programmes and its grantees, and work as part of a global network of communications experts to enhance the public debate on climate change and its solutions more broadly.

The IT Manager, Strategic Communications will be responsible for streamlining, developing and running an excellent set of IT systems to support the work of an international, remote-first team. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and highly driven professional who wants to deploy their technical and systems wizardry to a growing international team in a non-profit context.

He/she will liaise closely with the ECF IT Manager and IT Team, the Operations Team, the strategic communications team and external providers and partners.

The IT Manager, Strategic Communications will report to the Operations Director, Strategic Communications.

Key responsibilities

  • Establishing systems to meet the day-to-day IT needs of a global team;

  • Optimising and further developing an existing suite of online tools, including core email and internal communications systems, and other IT systems as needed, and advising on provision of hardware as needed;

  • Ensuring IT support infrastructure is in place for team members as needed;

  • Overseeing auditing and strengthening of IT security for a global team, including training colleagues to improve their online security, working with or commissioning external consultants and security experts, and developing IT security best practice;

  • Overseeing IT training and inductions to colleagues;

  • Deploying new tools and systems that involve specific internal communications needs, and managing pre-production environments, including working with external agencies;

  • Overseeing an IT budget for the strategic communications team;

  • Developing, maintaining and documenting robust systems and procedures.

Requirements

Experience and competencies

The ideal candidate will have:

Essential:

  • At least 8 years’ relevant work experience and education or professional training, or extensive relevant experience in operationally deploying IT systems;

  • Strategic thinking and the ability to scope, design and implement robust IT solutions for remote international teams;

  • Service orientation and the ability to identify and articulate IT business needs in collaboration with colleagues;

  • Excellent technical familiarity with configuring and deploying common online communications tool suites, with basic development skills a plus;

  • The drive to innovate and streamline systems, and the ability to creatively solve problems;

  • Excellent communication skills in English (both spoken and written), other languages a plus;

  • The versatile and adaptable skills necessary to flourish in a fast-paced and wide-ranging work environment where remote work is the norm;

  • An ability to take responsibility and work with minimal oversight;

  • The disposition to work generously with colleagues in an international, multicultural community of peers, and the ability to work across international norms and values;

  • A significant interest in climate and the environment;

  • A passion for excellence.

Desirable:

  • A track record of managing effective IT support to international teams based in multiple countries;

  • A strong practical understanding of the challenges and solutions around online security;

  • Experience managing external service providers and/or a small team.

Other information

What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results- oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;

  • A full-time position with a consultant or employment contract (subject to location).

Location

Flexible with occasional international travel (COVID-permitting). Candidates must be located in Europe. We may be able to provide co-working spaces in some locations.

Only candidates with the right to work in their location will be considered.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to apply

Please upload below:

  1. CV
  2. short cover letter expressing your motivation for this role
  3. both in English!

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit for the work location in case applicable.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.

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