Communications Manager (m-f-d)

Level: Manager
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline for application: 14 April 2023
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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 Manager with solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to join our Communications Programme and work with us in a multinational environment.


The Scope

As a key member of the global Communications team, the Communications Manager would develop, establish, maintain, and improve the communication efforts to meet FSC’s International objectives. 


Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • To lead the execution of communication programs from start to finish, leveraging internal and external support and driving collaboration.
  • To lead the creation of a variety of engaging written communications and visual content, ensuring quality, accuracy, and compelling storytelling that aligns with corporate messaging.
  • Coordinate and oversee the storytelling projects, including identifying potential stories, brief development, story gathering, photo and video production, writing, and publication.
  • Contribute to the creation, edition, curation, and design of content for news items, bylined articles, editorials, newsletters, websites, publications, factsheets, brochures and infographics.
  • Coordinate and develop the social media plan, including social and digital media content, campaign ideation, creation, timely posting, oversight of social media channels, effective community management, promotion, and reporting.
  • Assess, manage and execute social media influencer relationships and activations, including contracts, itineraries, posts, and follow-ups.
  • To maintain a content production calendar with an organized schedule of cadenced messaging needs.
  • Proactively drive a continuous feedback loop to develop social media campaign KPIs, assess the effectiveness of the campaigns, and make recommendations to improve based on goals and objectives.
  • To lead the production of videos and podcasts for social media and other channels, from the script to the final version of the assets.
  • Additional tasks as agreed with the Communications Programme Manager.


Qualification, Experience and Skills

Education and Training: University degree in communications, journalism, digital communications, marketing, or related field.


Working Experience, Style and Skills:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in communications for highly respected organisation(s), ideally with client facing experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of communication principles, methodologies, tools, and platforms (news items, publications, campaigns, web, and social media).
  • Experience in communicating complex, challenging or controversial themes, including an understanding of the safeguarding requirements and content production best-practice in NGO contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience managing or creating content for social media channels.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects at once in a fast-paced, dynamic communications environment.
  • Experience in managing an in-house briefing and production process: creating detailed schedules, setting deadlines, and distributing work between creative resource, as well as monitoring, prioritising, and making adjustments in line with workflow.
  • Self-starter who can work independently as part of an international team.
  • Natural and highly effective collaborator with the ability to drive results through teamwork.
  • Service and solution-oriented attitude to work.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.
  • Exceptional standards for quality and strong organizational/project management skills.
  • Has a deep commitment to responsible forestry and/or broad sustainability in alignment with FSC’s mission.


Communication Skills:

  • Proven, high-quality communications skills, both written and verbal, with demonstrated ability to create and deliver complex messaging in clear, concise language to varied audiences.
  • Excellent copywriting skills, with proven experience in writing, editing and proofreading impactful content for the web, media and other digital channels.
  • Open-minded and communicative personality with a high degree of B2B and B2C orientation.
  • Ability to develop strong, positive relationships with external and internal stakeholders geared toward FSC’s mission.



  • Fluency in English (spoken and written).
  • Proficiency in another language is a plus.


Computer Skills:

  • High level of competence with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with Social media monitoring tools and MailChimp or similar newsletter creating systems.
  • Competence in Adobe creative suite is a plus.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible, subject to satisfactory performance)
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.
  • Travel: Sporadic travel is required.


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 14 April 2023.

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For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.  

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We are looking forward to your application!

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