Rekrytoimme: Communication Lead & Marketing and Communication Specialist

Want to use your communicative powers to pull critical leverages for societal transformation? Demos Helsinki has two open positions to put focus on our communications.

Demos Helsinki is a globally operating, independent think tank. We work with curious governments, cities, companies, universities, and other partners sharing a mission to fight for a fair, sustainable, and joyful next era. More about us here.

The situation today for Demos Helsinki public position:

In a given year Demos Helsinki is working in 30 different countries in more than 130 projects. During 2020, Demos Helsinki has renewed its impact model to be more specific about the direction towards which it wants to push the world through these projects. There is an ambitious direction for reaching evermore globally relevant activities on all fronts. At the same time the public position of Demos Helsinki (in Finland and beyond) doesn’t match the current operative status nor the needs in the near or long-term future.

Thus, Demos Helsinki is increasing the effectiveness of its communication by opening two new positions: Communication Lead, and Marketing and Communication Specialist. In addition to the need to put focus on our communication operations, these positions fulfill the need emerging after our previous communication specialist is continuing to make magnificent impact with another organisation. 

The overall goals in the development of communication at Demos Helsinki are:

  1. To develop Demos Helsinki’s external positions especially beyond Finland
  2. To create more robust support for our operative areas to communicate about the results of their work

These two new positions are completely new roles at Demos Helsinki. Recruitment for both roles is done simultaneously, and they will be working as a team in collaboration with the whole organisation. Below one can find initial descriptions for these two roles. While the responsibility areas of these new roles are independent, the marketing and communications activities shall aim towards executing the strategic goal of promoting Demos Helsinki’s overall agenda. The final role descriptions will be defined together with the candidates in the last stage of the recruitment.

 

Role 1: Communication Lead: 

What should happen in 12 months?

  • The goal of Communication Lead would be to elevate the public position to match the requirements of Demos Helsinki operations and impact model. Further, to create a foundation for communications being a driving force for achieving Demos Helsinki’s overall agenda.

What is it like to work at Demos Helsinki?

  • You have full accountability of reaching the goal with the freedom to choose the activities.
  • Best results are reached when the potential of the whole of Demos Helsinki is managed to utilize. Ownership over horizontal function means owning the strategic direction of it – execution is done together.
  • There are existing building blocks in communication but all things can be built from scratch if it is felt necessary for reaching the goals.
  • The ethos of fighting for a fair, sustainable, and joyful next era is visible every day. We approach societal change pluralistically, thus, discussions and argumentation to avoid simple truths is key for us.
  • Working with brilliantly curious and challenging people also beyond Demos Helsinki. Starting from our board and Untitled alliance network, we are working with people all over the world who won’t let you down.
  • We take the 37,5 hour work week seriously. 

What kind of traits likely indicate success?:

  • Strong background in leading and owning critical function in an organisation
  • Ability not to simplify societal change, appreciation of the systems view.
  • Excellent ability to sense public sentiment
  • Strong ability to create synthesis on societal need
  • Recognized motivation to lead strategic communications development efforts

Examples of activities that would be initially expected to be on the table: 

  • Responsibility over developing public position of Demos Helsinki
  • Accountability over Demos Helsinki communication operations as a whole, working in collaboration with Marketing and Communication Specialist
  • Responsibility for creating communication strategy and yearly planning (in collaboration with all relevant internal and external stakeholders)
  • Participation in daily communication tasks 

Some practicalities:

  • Salary 4000-4600€/month
  • Start date January 2021
  • Excellent English needed, Finnish is not mandatory.

Role 2: Marketing and Communication Specialist

What should happen in 12 months?

  • Demos Helsinki has exceptionally  well-functioning operations to support day-to-day marketing and communication needs of all Demos Helsinki operations (Research, Consultancy, Untitled). The following things would indicate success:
    • Demos Helsinki publishes high quality content (policy briefs, blogs, publications, or other forms like podcast and video) on its own website and social media
    • Demos Helsinki content easily distributed to partners’ channels
    • Demos Helsinki has a functioning network of external service providers

What is it like to work at Demos Helsinki?

  • You have full accountability of reaching the goal with freedom to choose the activities within the overall goals of Demos Helsinki communication (see role 1: Communication Lead)
  • Best results are reached when the potential of the whole of Demos Helsinki is managed to utilise. Ownership over horizontal function means owning the strategic direction of it – execution is done together.
  • There are existing building blocks in day-to-day marketing and communication but all things can be built from scratch if it is felt necessary for reaching the goals.
  • Ethos of fighting for a fair, sustainable, and joyful next era is visible every day. We approach societal change pluralistically, thus, discussions and argumentation to avoid simple truths is key for us.
  • Working with brilliantly curious and challenging people also beyond Demos Helsinki. Starting from our board and Untitled alliance network, we are working with people all over the world that won’t let you down.
  • We take the 37,5 hour work week seriously. 

What kind of traits likely indicate success?:

  • Strong ability to sense needs from different stakeholders
  • Excel in maintaining and developing internal and external processes independently
  • Ability to energise peers
  • Strong background in marketing and communications tools, and tactics
  • Vision for what marketing and communications for a think tank should be
  • Recognized motivation to execute and develop marketing and communications activities
  • Excellent writing and content creation skills

Examples of activities that would be initially expected to be on the table: 

  • Strategic development of marketing and communication activities to support the promotion of Demos Helsinki’s overall agenda led by Communication Lead
  • Creating content for the growing audience on general Demos Helsinki matters to the website and social media
  • Supporting operations in planning and executing communications activities in different projects and other Demos Helsinki activities
  • Curating, developing, and creating Demos Helsinki newsletter

Some practicalities:

  • Salary 3500-4000€/month
  • Start date January 2021
  • Excellent English needed, Finnish is not mandatory.

Demos Helsinki promotes equality in working life and our office and all workspaces are accessible. We have an anonymous application process in the first phase of the candidate selection. You can apply for these positions by filling out the application form, but the details that are irrelevant for the preliminary selection (e.g., your name, age, and city) are temporarily hidden when we go through the applications. The anonymous application process ensures that the preliminary selection is influenced only by information that is relevant to the process.


You can find the application form (incl. pre-assigment)
here: https://forms.gle/abE4TLAQcnLTzU9f8

Based on this application, we will invite people to interviews starting already during the application period. All applications sent during the application period will be taken into consideration in the recruitment process.


All applicants will be informed of their status in the application process at the latest on week 50. The application period is open until Monday the 7th of December, 2020, 23.59 (EET).

For further information, you can contact Olli Bremer (+358 46 6000 804, olli.bremer@demoshelsinki.fi) – best time to contact is on Friday 27th between 2pm-5pm (EET).