Communications Director (m-f-d)

Bonn, Germany
Deadline for application

April 25, 2022

The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are looking for an engaged Communications Director (m-f-d), who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

The Scope

The Communications Director is responsible for the development and implementation of the global communications strategy, with the overall goal of positioning FSC as a leader in its field, working collaboratively with all key stakeholders within and outside Markets and Communications Unit.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Programme lead:
    • Manage the staff of the global communications team directly, and other unit/regional communications staff with “dotted-line” reporting
    • Lead the development and implementation of the global communications strategy.
    • Oversee the delivery of all communications activities, including, but not limited to:
      • Story telling
      • Social media
      • Traditional media engagement
      • Crisis communications
      • Communications support and advice for units, regional and national offices
      • Measurement of results of all activities
      • (N.B. not including FSC International internal communications)
  • Communications and marketing coordination:
    • Coordinate all communications activities with the marketing programme (and vice versa), ensuring activities of both programmes are aligned.
    • Coordinate the planning and delivery of all communications activities across the organization. This includes "dotted line" management of communicators in regional offices and other FSC units.
    • Engage communicators in FSC’s network partners to develop and share campaigns, crisis materials, and skills.
  • Executive liaison:
    • Advise executive management on recommended communications activities in times of crisis and/or sensitivity.
    • Sit on FSC‘s Global Leadership Forum, providing senior management with counsel as required, and ensuring organizational priorities are reflected in communications planning.
    • Sit on the head office’s Senior Team, directing operations in Bonn.
  • Resource management:
    • Plan, monitor and manage workloads of staff within the communications programme.
    • Oversee the development and management of budgets for all activities of the communications programme
    • Ensure staff of the communications programme comply with the rules and regulations of FSC and the Markets and Communications Unit.
    • Lead the development of communications and related skills of staff within the communications programme.
    • Ensure compliance with health and safety requirements of all staff under supervision.
  • Additional tasks as agreed with the Chief Markets Officer.


Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • Education and Training:
    • University degree in a relevant field (e.g. Journalism, Media, Communications).


  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 15 years of professional experience working in communications, with at least 8 years of this experience at senior management level.
    • At least two years’ experience in crisis communications, including at least one year managing this function.
    • Experience in the development and management of communications strategies.
    • Good time management skills: ability to perform well while simultaneously handling several functions.
    • Solution oriented attitude to work.
    • Service oriented attitude to work.
    • Project management experience.
    • A strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to plan and organize work.
    • Leadership: at least five years’ experience in supervising teams.


  • Languages:
    • Mother-tongue fluency in English (spoken and written).
    • Spanish and German are a plus.


  • Computer Skills – good skills in the use of/experience with:
    • Standard software packages (MS Office).


  • Communication Skills:
    • Exceptional writing and presentation skills, including the ability to shape messages for intended audiences.
    • Exemplary verbal communication skills.
    • High level of creativity and excellent judgement on the most effective communication content/channels for specific audiences – experience in sustainability communications a major plus.
    • Experience in communicating on multiple media platforms.
    • Experiencing in managing crisis communications.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible).
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.

How to Apply

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English.

Please do not send any photos of yourself.

The deadline for applications is 23 May 2022.

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We are looking forward to your application!

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