Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Press and Information Officer (Cultural Affairs) in the Press and Public Diplomacy Section

18/08/2020 - 22:06
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The European Union Delegation to the United States of America, Washington DC is looking for:

Press and Information Officer (Cultural Affairs) in the Press and Public Diplomacy Section

We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The EU Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 27 EU Member States. We are a full-fledged diplomatic mission and represent the European Union in dealings with the U.S. government in areas that are part of the EU’s remit.

We offer

We offer the post of Press Information Officer – Cultural Affairs (Local Agent Group I) in the Delegation's Press and Public Diplomacy Section. The team consists of 18 people and there are occasional atypical working hours.

As a key member of the Press and Public Diplomacy Section, the Press and Information Officer (Cultural Affairs) develops and implements the EU Delegation’s Cultural Diplomacy strategy. The successful candidate will be under the supervision and responsibility of the Head of the Press and Public Diplomacy Section and will be assigned the following tasks and duties:

  • Develop and implement the EU Delegation's Cultural Diplomacy Strategy in close cooperation with the rest of the team;
  • Create and implement current and new outreach projects aimed at raising awareness about the European Union by focusing on issues likely to attract US Citizens' interest, covering the main policy areas of the EU and especially focusing on the interaction between culture, technology, education and innovation;
  • Maintain and build upon a network of partnerships with US interlocutors and institutions and facilitate communication with relevant EU institutions;
  • Cooperate with EU Member States' embassies and cultural institutes on joint cultural and outreach activities, including exploring options for fundraising and sponsorships;
  • Design cultural diplomacy and outreach projects both within and beyond the beltway, together with the Delegation's and EU Member States' networks (for example, consular offices, EUNIC, Delegation's grantees etc.);
  • Design educational outreach projects to bring European culture and policies to Americans of all ages, in partnership with universities, high schools and other educational organisations and interest groups;
  • Manage supplier contracts and programs that support our outreach and cultural diplomacy efforts;
  • Advise on outreach activities and speaking engagements of the Delegation's staff;
  • Contribute to the preparation of state outreach missions of senior management; Prepare briefings and speaking points for colleagues when participating in outreach and cultural diplomacy related events.

We offer a competitive position in an attractive work environment; the opportunity to be involved in key aspects of the functioning of the Delegation; a multinational environment working in close synergy with the rest of the Delegation staff. The salary range is dependent on relevant and verified employment experience, typical ranges escalating from $93K (4 years' experience), $98K (8 years' experience) etc. and with excellent vacation, health and social insurances and retirement fund benefits. The position has occasionally atypical working hours and travel might be foreseen.

We look for

  • Minimum of University degree or equivalent in social or humanitarian studies;
  • Minimum of 4 years' experience at least in the following fields; event management, fundraising, or public affairs/relations;
  • Excellent knowledge of the US cultural environment and European cultures;
  • Excellent creativity, initiation skills;
  • Excellent ability to communicate in a clear and structured manner, both verbally and in writing, and to work in a team;
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to ensure successful planning and execution on several major projects simultaneously;
  • Knowledge of European Union and its policies desirable;
  • Fluency in English obligatory, knowledge of another European language an advantage;
  • Experience from working in an EU Member State embassy or EU Delegation an advantage.

How to apply

It is important to note that applicants must have an existing US work authorization that does not require EU sponsorship.

Please submit your application including a cover letter and resume via the Indeed.com website (Reference EUWAS 4/20) no later than COB September 3, 2020 (EST). Only applications received via Indeed.com will be considered.

The resume must also include the names and contact details of at least two referees who can attest to your professional and personal attributes in the event you are shortlisted for the post. References will only be taken up for those who are shortlisted. The successful candidate will be subject to a background check.

After the deadline for applications, the applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee set up for this purpose. The Selection Committee will prepare a short-list of candidates who are considered to be the most suitable for the post on the basis of a preliminary assessment of the information provided in their cover letter and resume. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment phase which will include an interview and practical test. During this phase, the Selection Committee will assess the suitability of the candidates for the post. Those candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted individually; however, the Delegation will use the same means of publication as for this job advertisement to inform the remaining candidates once the recruitment procedure has been completed and that a candidate has (or has not) been recruited. The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure.

During the selection process, please do not contact the members of the selection committee directly, but address your questions and comments to the Delegation’s administration.

Application Deadline: COB September 3, 2020 (EST)

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