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This post is classified A6 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESA Headquarters, Paris, France
The Head of ESA Communication develops, establishes and strengthens engagement with diverse audiences through the lens of premium and innovative space stories, building and enhancing the Agency’s reputation and brand. High-quality reporting about the Agency’s technical and scientiﬁc work is a key objective. While ensuring a greater awareness of ESA’s programmes and activities, you will need to adapt and prioritise the messaging and publication agenda to a mix of audiences including the general public, the media, ESA Member States, political stakeholders, international partners and ESA’s own workforce.
If selected for this position, you will report directly to the Director General. As Head of the Communication Department, you will lead and coordinate the Agency’s communication team’s eﬀorts to drive breakthrough storytelling and achieve the best possible coverage for ESA. You will synthesise the Agency’s strategy and storylines into communication activities and campaigns and develop action plans for the communication team. You will create backgrounders for journalists and content creators based on diverse inputs, including from programme directorates. You will manage a media relations team and catalyse engagement to support the Agency’s narrative including the voice of the Director General as expressed through his media and social media channels.
Your responsibilities will include:
You should have at least a master’s degree, preferably in communication, journalism or a similar discipline.
You should have over 10 years of relevant experience in a similar position. Experience should include technical writing, project management, media relations, crisis communication, budget management, publishing and editorial, and event production.
You will be expected to demonstrate excellent planning and organisational skills together with the ability to deliver communication plans and activities on time and within budget. Other essential qualities are a strong customer focus, highly developed communication and policy development skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills, along with a proven ability to manage a team working with tight deadlines.
In addition, you should have:
People management experience would be an asset, as would international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.
Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
Please note that applicants may be required to undergo psychometric testing and other assessments.
At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.