Global Head of Communications

Permanent employee, Full-time · Remote

Role Summary

The alternative-protein sector has evolved and matured but still has some way to go. As an international food awareness organisation, we have major opportunities and respond to and address certain challenges. We use an evidence-based approach to inform, inspire, and influence a changing food system. We are clear about ProVeg’s role within the ecosystem of plant-based and related NGOs, companies, food-service providers, startups, investors, policy advocates, the public, and many others. We connect stakeholders, advance innovation, increase the availability of plant-based options, and work on price, levelling the playing field, and growing the plant-based, fermented and cellular-agriculture sectors. 


This exciting opportunity calls for a level-headed communications professional who is both creative and bold, and relishes the chance to positively ruffle some (vegan) feathers. Working with the team and colleagues internationally, we are a force to reckon with. ProVeg is the go-to organisation for the plant-based, fermented and cultured-foods sector, building on our global reputation and credibility with a wide range of stakeholders.


Reporting to the Vice-President, our Global Head of Communications manages and directs ProVeg International’s external communications, alongside the Digital Director and their team. They will develop a strategic and effective communications plan for ProVeg, and directly manage communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organisation’s charitable mission and vision. 

Job Details

Reports to: Vice-President
Department: Communications & Campaigns
Direct reports: Head of Campaigns, ProVeg Spain Communications Manager
Will work closely with: Digital Director (web, brand and graphic design, and online fundraising), Director of Corporate Engagement, Philanthropy Director, Head of Research, Head of UN Advocacy, EVU Policy Managers, Country Directors, Country Communications Managers and other internal and external colleagues including the President and International Director.
Location: Remote (ideally in the UK, NL, DE, PL, CZ, or ES)
Hours: 40 hour a week
Salary: dependent on experience and location, e.g. £36k- £40k in the UK

Responsibilities

Strategic planning and delivery

  • Be accountable for the development, delivery, and evaluation of the organisation’s communications and campaigns plans.

  • Provide leadership and set the strategic direction for media relations and PR. Ensure internal and external stakeholder engagement, and provide communication support to the Senior Leadership and Executive Team.

  • Develop and oversee an effective international communication strategy and influencing approach.


Reputation management

  • Increase ProVeg International’s visibility and profile, enhance the credibility of the organisation, and inspire supporters and other stakeholders through the use of engaging external communications.

  • Communicate the organisation’s successes in an engaging and inspiring way to multiple stakeholders, using various channels.

  • Together with the Digital Director, be the guardian of the organisation’s reputation, overseeing and managing the development of crisis communications plans, and advising on pertinent and emerging issues. 

  • Hold responsibility for the horizon scanning of internal and external issues that might cause reputational risk for the charity, while developing bespoke plans for key activities.

  • Ensure mitigations are in place to prevent issues, ensure issues are managed effectively, and be a spokesperson when necessary.

  • Report to and exchange ideas with the Executive Team regarding strategic communication alignment and/or adjustment, and coordinate and ensure synergies regarding quality control, key messages, templates, strategies, etc. 

Management and leadership

  • Oversee and ensure the management of positive relationships with the media and regional, national, and international agents of change, including influencers.

  • Be a role model for excellence in (remote) team management by motivating, coaching, giving, and receiving feedback, supporting and developing teams and skills (leading team meetings and stand-ups, conducting evaluation meetings), and driving innovation and creativity.

  • Identify areas for driving change and process improvement within Communications in order to ensure effective management, best practices, and accountability across the team.

Internal relationship management and partnerships

  • Advise and collaborate with senior colleagues across the organisation, ensuring that we are maximising opportunities to raise awareness, influence, and deepen engagement with our audiences in order to support a variety of objectives.

  • Identify synergies and potential within the organisation to inform and improve communications and further enhance the organisation’s reputation.

  • Maintain close working relationships with the Senior Leadership Team and Country Directors, constructively overcoming any operational barriers or risks to delivery, while supporting their ability to deliver strategies and plans.

  • Work with the Executive Team, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Team, the Campaigns Team, and the UN Public Affairs team in order to plan and deliver public-facing and policy-influencing campaigns.

Budget and resource management and evaluation

  • Manage a dedicated budget for effective reporting and forecasting.

  • Produce timeously and regular management information for the Executive Team and other stakeholders that effectively explains performance set against KPIs and the broader strategic plan. 

Qualifications

Required:

  • A successful track record in professional communications, marketing, or campaigning, having developed and realised strategic aims across a range of communications channels.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, C2 level English language skills.

  • Outstanding networking skills and experience in building productive relationships with key media stakeholders and influencers.

  • Excellent organisational and project-management skills.

  • The ability to juggle a varied workload and to work hands-on as a team player.

  • Strong team-management skills and a commitment to motivating and empowering your team remotely in order to achieve their objectives.

  • High levels of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills – externally and internally; ability to balance the diverse interests of various departments and countries (especially if they conflict with or impact the Communications Team’s goals and objectives).

  • An appreciation and appetite for quantitative and qualitative evidence.

  • Experience with strategy development and goal-setting (KPIs or OKRs).

  • A commitment to the values and guiding principles of ProVeg.

  • A strong understanding of the use of communications and media skills in delivering public benefits.

  • An instinctive ability to work as a positive member of a wider team.

  • A dynamic and inspiring leadership style.

  • Deep commitment to the work and mission of ProVeg and its partners.

  • Strong intellectual capacity and problem-solving skills.


Preferred:

  • A good understanding of data-protection matters, including GDPR

  • A good understanding of the plant-based and alternative-protein sector and knowledge of food-systems change.

  • Experience with a range of visual communication methods (video, TV, infographics, etc.)

  • Strong understanding of the third sector.

  • International experience.

  • Understanding and/or experience of political processes and advocacy.

  • Membership of a relevant professional body.

Benefits of working with us
  • A strong organisational focus on personal development and a designated training budget.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Become part of a great team and work with us to create a world in which everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all people, animals, and our planet.
When?
  • Application deadline: 5 October 2022
  • Start: November 2022 or ASAP
Further information
Please send us your application documents (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references) using the application form. The next steps in the application process include:

  1. A general online assessment
  2. A first interview with HR
  3. Job-specific online trial assignments
  4. Online interview with the Vice-President

For further information about the job and ProVeg feel free to have a look at this brochure

Diversity Statement
ProVeg is committed to equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, refugee background, genetic information, disability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity, or gender expression. People of colour, women, people with disabilities, people from LGBTQIA+ communities, elderly people, refugees and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply. Since July 2021, ProVeg has participated in the Inklupreneur project and has set the goal of creating nine inclusive positions for people with disabilities over the next three years.
About us
ProVeg International is a food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives. We work with decision-making bodies, companies, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less reliant on animal agriculture and more sustainable for all humans, animals, and our planet. We have offices in ​ten countries across four continents and are active around the world. ProVeg has a permanent observer status with the UNFCCC, special consultative status with ECOSOC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award. 

We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence whenever possible. We seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our strategic considerations and outreach materials. We evaluate all of our programs to make sure we are allocating our resources in the best way to reach our goal.

ProVeg fosters a culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are pragmatic and professional and who are willing to step out of their comfort zone when needed. Critical problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.

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