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Press Officer

Eurogroup for Animals

Eurogroup for Animals


Marketing or communications







Mgmt responsibilities: 

Animal Charity Evaluators Review: 

Not reviewed


Date posted:


None listed

About the Role

We are seeking the help of a highly motivated and skilled colleague to reinforce Eurogroup for Animals’ Communications Team in support of our advocacy efforts. The main focus of this position then is to handle relations with the media on behalf of Eurogroup for Animals and work to promote its image (traditional print media and online outlets, television, radio, and social networks).

Job Responsibility
* Prepare and issue statements regarding actions taken by the organisation (publications launch, campaigns, events, etc.). 
* Write clear, concise and effective press releases and prepare press kits.
* Talk to journalists and generally maintain relations with the media.
* Manage interview slots in close cooperation with the Communications and Political Affairs Managers.
* Systematically monitor the media coverage and visibility of the organisation by creating and circulating press reviews.
* Increase the organisation’s media database in accordance with the Public Affairs and Fundraising strategies.
* Respond to crisis situations and provide media advice to senior management, as and when necessary.
* Support spokespeople across the organisation with briefings, messaging and talking points for media interviews.
* Keep abreast of news and EU institutions agendas, proactively identify media opportunities.
* Organise press conferences and other media events.
* Coordinate with the Communications Team with regard to social networks posts.
* Maintain good relations with news agencies, journalists, bloggers, etc.
* Attend events, conferences and other relevant moments in Brussels and, if needed, in other countries.
* Identify and engage with key players in the political and policy landscape.
* Work closely with the Policy Teams to translate sometimes technical insights into accessible language.
* Write blog entries, proofread texts and generally contribute to written content. 
* Strategise with relevant communications and policy colleagues on how to most efficiently reach our target audiences.
* Develop a “community” of animal advocacy communication professionals among our member organisations to foster exchange, knowledge and expertise and maximise our collective communications impact. 
* Occasionally develop training and skillshares; coordinate and facilitate the cooperation with Eurogroup for Animals’ member organisations.

Essential Skills and Qualifications
* 5 years experience in media relations and campaign communications (consultancy, NGO or industry sectors).
* Fluency in English (spoken and written).
* Excellent writing and communications skills.
* Proven experience in securing earned media.
* Networking ability (the ability to form a network of contacts among journalists, bloggers and other stakeholders).
* Ability to organise and manage media events.
* Understanding of and deep knowledge of the Brussels environment and its media landscape.
* A passion for EU dynamics and the abilities to track the bubble’s movement across media (including Twitter). 
* Proven ability to produce results within tight deadlines and under pressure. 
* Ability to multitask. 
* Excellent project management skills and attention to detail. 
* Good ability of working as a team member and independently.
* Entrepreneurial and creative.
* Proactive and solutions-oriented.
* Excellent computer proficiency (Google Workspace, Google Analytics). 
* Affinity with animal welfare issues and commitment towards Eurogroup for Animals’ mission.

Desirable Skills and Qualifications

* Knowledge of at least one other European language. 
* Knowledge of the animal welfare sector and affinity with animal advocacy.
* Knowledge of Meltwater, Salesforce, Pardot and Drupal.
* Ability to use Project Management tools.

Employment Contract
38 hours per week, unlimited employment contract under Belgian law. Contract subject to funding renewal. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered. A valid EU working permit is required

About the Organisation

The Eurogroup for Animals challenges decision-makers and delivers political advocacy campaigns at the EU level to improve the protection of animal wellbeing. They aim to influence EU law and achieve better legislation, standards, enforcement, and societal attitudes through a community of animal protection organisations.

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