Communication and Policy Officer Vacancy

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (, composed of 19 of Europe’s leading universities across 14 countries, is looking to fill the position of Communications and Policy Officer (1-3 years of relevant experience). This is a critical role for The Guild, as the need for the awareness of the benefits of research and education amongst policy-makers and the public has never been greater.


The Role

As the Communications and Policy Officer (CPO), you will support the Secretary-General and the Head of Policy in maintaining and enhancing a strong public profile for the Guild. As CPO, you will be instrumental in making sure that The Guild’s public visibility (through its website, twitter, the opinion pieces written by the office, and its publications) is effective and as good as it can be. You will work with the entire team to ensure that the reach of The Guild’s communications is maximized – among policy-makers, in social media, and in the key journals relevant to the sector. In conjunction with colleagues from our universities’ communications teams, you will develop and implement an effective communication strategy for the network. You will have a good command of EU policy-making, and work on a number of policy briefs as appropriate.


The position will involve:

  • Developing particular expertise on policy areas relevant to research, innovation and education, including good knowledge of European research and innovation policies.
  • Support individual areas of policy, as appropriate
  • Co-ordinating working-groups
  • Producing content on The Guild’s policy areas and other activities (including web articles, tweets, etc)
  • Maintaining and developing the Guild’s website
  • Developing the Guild’s brand identity, at events, in electronic and printed media, and in printed/pdf materials
  • Preparing key documents for wider circulation, through editing/proofreading, preparing the layout, and ensuring that they reach their target audience
  • Working with other members of the team to maximise the effectiveness of The Guild’s communications, including on social media
  • Developing – and executing – a communications strategy, in partnership with member universities and with a clear eye for relevant stakeholders in Brussels and in the countries where our members are located
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with other influencing groups in Brussels, to ensure effective collaboration with them where possible and appropriate
  • Promoting the excellence and reputation of member universities
  • Fulfilling other responsibilities and tasks as directed by the Secretary-General and the Head of Policy

Profile and Competencies

The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies:

Education & Experience

  • University degree, at Bachelor’s level or higher.
  • Experience in higher education policy or other relevant policy areas and /or experience in communications, managing a website, marketing
  • Good understanding of the functioning of European institutions and their decision-making process.


Specific Competencies

  • Excellent command of the English language, and ability to write fluently and effectively in English
  • Good understanding of social media, website development, and brand development.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Ability to review and synthesize policies and EU documents, and communicating outcomes to a diverse and broad audience
  • Ability to work with all parts of our member organisations, in particular their press and PR offices, and their academics
  • Ability to handle confidentiality in relation to members, and to The Guild
  • Good, practical working knowledge of MS Office systems (especially MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as key social media (twitter, LinkedIn) and web platforms.
  • Good presentation and communication skills

Other Competencies

  • Good research, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated, responsible, and dedicated to The Guild’s objectives
  • Prepared to travel and undertake additional duties as required
  • Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment


The Guild offers

  • A Full-time position under Belgian law
  • A European working environment located in Brussels
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Candidates must be an EU/EEA national, or be eligible to work in Belgium and have a work permit.


Further enquiries and applications should be submitted to by 27 September 2019 by 3pm CET. Applications should include a letter of application, CV (including current salary), and the names of two referees who can provide a reference in English. The letter of application should be addressed to the Secretary-General, Prof. Jan Palmowski, and describe why you are interested in the post, and what you can contribute to it that is distinctive. We will contact only shortlisted candidates, whom we will seek to interview within three weeks of the application deadline.


You can download the full Job description here.

Published Sep. 5, 2019 10:13 AM - Last modified Sep. 5, 2019 10:13 AM