Head of Communications

Environmental Defense Fund

£65,000 - £70,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

europe.edf.org sgiles@edf.org Simone Giles

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Sunday, 15th December 2019  

Are you a communications professional, passionate about protecting our shared environment and seeking to make a difference? Our goal is to address the climate crisis by urgently reducing emissions of climate changing pollutants, helping people and nature to adapt to the global warming that does occur. Join the growing European affiliate of international NGO Environmental Defense Fund to help us win solutions through effective advocacy.

As Head of Communications you will be responsible for the development and the implementation of EDF Europe’s communications strategy, overseeing multiple initiatives in the UK and Europe and helping to identify new opportunities. You will be working in close cooperation with our European Executive Director, Baroness Bryony Worthington, and our US Marketing and Communications team.

As a growing team of approx. 20 total employees in Europe, the impact and reach of our work belies our size. We are looking for a crucial new team member with a proven track record in building profile for issues and organisations, and a flare for storytelling and attracting attention.

You will be adept at picking up issues quickly and using your relationship building skills to develop close ties with our policy and campaign experts. You will relish keeping an overview of the rapidly changing landscape in which we operate. Using self-publishing, earned and paid channels you will craft, develop and implement a communications strategy to help meet EDF Europe’s goals and priorities.

As an established communications professional, you’ll have an in-depth knowledge of the UK digital and media scene with a pre-existing network of contacts and an ability to execute multiple projects simultaneously.

This is a challenging role for a motivated, ambitious and articulate communications and sustainability professional with a strong passion for making a difference in the fight against climate change. If that’s you we’d love you to join us.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the principal communications lead in our European work covering all communications work, working closely with communications colleagues in our core work areas: Climate and Clean Energy, Oil & Gas Methane, Air Quality and Health and Oceans.
  • Ensure internal coordination and message consistency across all brand and program communications in Europe.
  • Help develop, refine and execute a communications strategy and plan for Europe with a focus on earned media and digital strategies and tools.
  • Develop brand-level messaging and collateral materials, collaborating closely with communications colleagues and EDF Content.
  • Identify global business leaders and influencers, politicians, government officials, policy experts and potential donors and the channels that reach them.
  • Write high-quality speeches, op-eds, reactions, blogs and other materials; maximise promotion of these materials with credible reporters.
  • Position the organisation as a thought leader in Europe, arranging media interviews, public speaking opportunities and opinion pieces for the Executive Director and other senior staff.
  • Pitch stories actively to a variety of media, develop and maintain targeted media lists, initiate and maintain regular contact and strong relationships with targeted reporters
  • Maintain oversight of the EDFE Twitter account and website
  • Plan and execute events such as press conferences, announcements, speeches and in-person meetings with media and other influential stakeholders.
  • Direct PR/communications agency support, including setting objectives and tracking results
  • Monitor and report on our output, coverage and progress towards our communication goals.
  • Edit and proofread written, online and video materials against tight deadlines.
  • Regular European and international travel

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent professional experience;
  • Proven track record of professional experience;
  • Excellent verbal, written and digital communications skills.
  • Proven experience developing and delivering effective communications strategies to achieve policy and advocacy goals, incorporating use of the latest digital tools
  • Strong experience pitching and developing productive relationships with UK media channels
  • Track record of producing international, national and regional media coverage
  • Proven ability to integrate and coordinate communications efforts on multiple channels across a global organisation
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills, including ability to handle and prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of European business leaders and influencers, politics and policy landscape
  • An established network of contacts within the marketing and communications sector in Europe
  • A teammate with strong social skills and an ability to work independently with light supervision
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Budgeting and strategic planning skills

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter max. 500 words at www.edf.org/jobs/head-communications-europe

Closing Date

Midnight Sunday 15th December 2019


This role is based in our London, UK office. You must have the right to live and work in the UK when applying.

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