Open Position: Communication Campaigner

Stay Grounded is looking for a new communication campaigner to spread content and stories of our network and campaigns via digital platforms and press work. The position is open until filled, ideally filled on May 1st. 

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere in Europe. If you are not located in Germany or Austria, legal possibilities of employment will have to be clarified. If your residence is in Vienna, this position can be performed partly at our Vienna office.

About Stay Grounded 

Stay Grounded is a people-powered, science-based, and action-oriented network of more than 160 member organisations around the world. The network fosters mutual support and exchange of experiences, and campaigns for a climate-just reduction of aviation, as well as against problematic climate strategies like emissions offsetting and biofuels. 

The network is hosted at Periskop, a Vienna-based collectively organised NGO. We strive to work in a non-hierarchical way, take decisions by consensus, and have a work attitude of putting team members’ different needs at the centre. You will be part of our highly motivated team of six campaigners, working mainly with our communications team of currently two.

Stay Grounded undertakes groundwork for political strategies, makes demands of governments and the aviation industry, and communicates on aviation and climate justice. We disseminate our work product both indirectly through members and partners and through our own platforms and press work. You would mainly work in these areas and, depending on interest and experience, you may also be involved in a new project to develop communication materials and work with multipliers.

 

Your main duties & responsibilities include:

  • Creating and posting social media content for the Stay Grounded channels (especially Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and community management.
  • Press work: writing and sending press releases, contacting journalists, speaking to media, maintaining an up-to-date press contact list, keeping track of press coverage.
  • Developing content (including any necessary research) for our website, social media, webinars and publications. Topics for this include climate justice and aviation, false green solutions and a just transition of the aviation sector.
  • Enhancing our storytelling, also using new and creative media (e.g. visuals, videos). 
  • Keeping up to date on aviation and climate justice news, sharing it within our team and network, and collecting articles for evaluation by others in the campaign team or network.
  • Possibly: help to build up a pool of communication multipliers who we will enable and empower to spread Stay Grounded’s content and narratives. 

 

What we offer 

  • A part-time position of 20 hours per week in our highly-motivated and self-organised team of part-time campaigners. 
  • The opportunity to put important issues on the political agenda and to pursue the goals of Stay Grounded with committed activists around the world.
  • The possibility to bring in your own ideas and collectively shape our communication and the network. 
  • Fixed-term contract until December 2021 (and likely, funding-dependent extension). We are looking for persons interested in long-term employment.
  • A salary of 1250.00 € monthly as a guideline, and a needs based principle within our collective. 

 

Skills and background of an ideal candidate

  • At least 3 years of experience in public relations, journalism and/or communication for social movement groups.
  • Social media skills (especially Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
  • English at native speaker level; excellent writing skills in English (other languages are an advantage, especially German).
  • Knowledge of climate issues and the climate movement, interest in aviation issues.
  • Interest in developing/researching content on aviation & climate issues.
  • A high level of identification with the goals, values and working methods of Stay Grounded is required. 
  • Interest or experience in working in a collective and an aspiration for hierarchy-free collaboration. 
  • An in-depth understanding of climate justice, the problems of green growth and false solutions (such as offsetting) and interest in aviation policy (contents of the most important Stay Grounded publications on the topic must be understood and agreed with).
  • An understanding of Stay Grounded’s history, campaigns, and theory of change.
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations, and being mindful to not reproduce any forms of discrimination. Experience in working together and/or with marginalised groups.
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications for word processing, communication (videoconferences) and spreadsheet calculations. 
  • Ability to accommodate travel to meetings, following our no-fly policy. 
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, aviation issues is an advantage.
  • Experience in group coordination and facilitation is an advantage.
  • Experience in knowledge transfer (lectures, trainings etc.) is an advantage.

We particularly encourage people who experience discrimination due to societal power relations to apply. We acknowledge racism, (hetero-)sexism, classism, ableism or ageism as sadly being part of the current society into which we are born and socialised. In the Stay Grounded team we are not exempt from this either, but we try to reflect on these discriminations – and especially our own privileges as a team of, currently, only white academics – and to change them in an emancipatory way.

 

Application process
Have we gained your interest? Then please send us your application containing a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, selected samples of your work (2-3 professional articles, journalistic contributions etc., max. 2 pages each), and (if applicable) links to a social media presence you have managed. The application documents should be sent as a PDF file to jobs[at]stay-grounded.org. No photo is necessary. The deadline for applications is 28th March 2021 and interviews will be scheduled between 6th April and 13th April.

Please understand that we will only consider complete application materials. Once you have submitted your application, we will keep you informed as the selection process progresses. We will not be able to respond to enquiries about the status of applications.

 

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