Communications Officer Centre of Expertise Healthwise (0.5-0.7 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Economics and Business

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) has approximately 6,500 students and 650 staff members who form an informal, personal and inspiring academic community. 20% of our students and 25% of our staff are international. FEB provides an ambitious, open and dynamic working environment and encourages its staff members to innovate. The Faculty is AACSB and EQUIS accredited and is thus among the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

The Department of Marketing, International Affairs and Communications (MIC) of FEB supports and advises the Faculty Board, the programme directors, the departmental heads and others on developing and improving FEB’s position with regard to external relations and its education and research. MIC has around 20 members of staff and provides support in such areas as internationalisation, marketing and recruitment, internal and external communication, video production, event organisation and research communication. The Department is part of Education and Communication Services (ECS), which also includes the Exchange Office, the Student Administration Office, Study Advice and Educational Quality.

The Centre of Expertise Healthwise links academic expertise to questions from the field by arranging multidisciplinary research to support the healthcare sector. Experienced researchers and students work closely with various organisations to conduct tailor-made research, driven by demand from society and healthcare practitioners. Our applied research ties in with the latest developments and issues in society, and focuses on translating fundamental knowledge into healthcare practice both now and in the future. By passing on and sharing our knowledge, we aim to help safeguard the future of healthcare.

Job description
In order to further strengthen Healthwise’s (and therefore FEB’s) positioning and visibility, we are looking for a Communications Officer. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience in the field of external communications and marketing. The officer will focus mainly on external stakeholders, such as healthcare institutions/businesses and governmental organisations. The Faculty’s communications & marketing plan and Healthwise’s business plan give an important framework for this role. The tasks mainly focus on developing and maintaining the communications calendar of Healthwise, writing news and information, new channels, project management, events, interviews, videos (0.5 fte) and a few secretarial tasks (send newsletters, manage data, make minutes, plan meetings, etc) (0.2 fte). The officer will also work on and develop plans that strengthen the visibility of Healthwise. Other responsibilities include leading or participating in communication and marketing projects (mainly in the Healthwise field) and connecting with stakeholders within and outside FEB (e.g. staff, researchers, programme directors, departmental heads, board members, students and the Central Communications Office of the University). The officer will report to the Head of MIC (also Head of ECS).

We are looking for a new colleague, a real team player. The new colleague will mainly focus on external communications and marketing. The following skills, abilities and qualifications are required:
- university level, Dutch HBO or bachelor’s degree; preferably trained in the field of communications and/or marketing
- independent, proactive and creative
- affinity with the area of economics, business and/or health
- excellent proficiency in English ánd Dutch language
- capable of creating content, based on research results for different formats, e.g. blog, video, website content, events
- capable of creating visibility for Healthwise via a variety of (social) channels (internal, external)
- flexible and client oriented
- good team worker, with a results oriented and creative attitude and excellent communication (including writing) and collaboration skills (including intercultural skills)
- demonstrable experience in project work (events, design, video productions)
- demonstrable communication experience (website, intranet, campaigns, press releases, videos, interviews, key messages, new media).

Important roles: writer, motivator, team player, networker, 'doer'

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 08 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 2,431 to a maximum of € 3,247 per month (salary scale 8 Dutch Universities) for a full-time position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. The initial appointment is until the end of 2018. An extension depends on our financial resources and the performance of the candidate. Starting date: as soon as possible. For more information about the conditions of employment see: Application You may apply for this position until 29 May / before 30 May 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Please send in your curriculum vitae and your motivation letter. The application process may include an assessment. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 3247.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Ms Nienke Bastiaans, Head of ECS
+31 50 3633785,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 217165

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