Director, Communications Service

European University Institute - Communications Service

Type of contract: Temporary Agent (Article 2g of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, CEOS)

Grade: AD9-AD10 (depending on qualifications and experience)

Duration of contract:
Four years, renewable for a fixed period of four years. On expiry of the renewed contract, the temporary agent may be appointed as a permanent employee by decision of the EUI’s President in his capacity as Appointing Authority. Exceptionally, a permanent position may be offered on expiry of the initial four-year contract.

Place of employment: Florence, Italy

Closing date for applications: 6 December 2016 at 24:00 Central European Time 

The European University Institute (EUI) is an academic institution set up in 1972 by the then Member States of the European Union, providing doctoral training in Law, Economics, History and Civilisation and Political and Social Sciences with special reference to Europe. In addition to the departments, the Institute includes the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), which focuses on inter-disciplinary, comparative and policy research on the major issues affecting European societies, and the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies, which prepares fellows for a career in academia. The Institute also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union. The EUI is not an EU Institution or body, but an intergovernmental organisation, funded directly by the signatory states, partly by the European Commission and to some extent through external funding. The EUI provides a multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. 

The EUI is looking for an experienced professional to develop, implement and oversee an internal and external communications strategy in order to increase the EUI’s visibility. He/she has a proven experience in developing and implementing innovative communication strategies and will be key in disseminating the EUI’s research and teaching programmes to the wider higher education area, EUI member states, funding institutions, and the media. 

More specific duties include:
Reporting directly to the President and the Secretary General, he/she will primarily be responsible for:

Communications strategy

  • Establishing and implementing a comprehensive and innovative external and internal communication strategy for the various target audiences i.e. international academic community, EUI signatory states, EU Institutions;
  • Developing and managing the EUI website and social media;
  • Advising EUI management on all aspects of internal and external communication. 


  • Developing marketing strategies for the LL.M., doctoral, post-doc programmes and fellowships of the EUI;
  • Organizing large-scale events at the EUI such as ‘The State of the Union’;
  • Managing the production of communication materials for the EUI, such as panels, posters, brochures and leaflets;
  • Engaging in fund-raising efforts. 

Research-based communication

  • Communicating research and expertise offered by the EUI in collaboration with the various academic units. 

Managing the Communications Service

  • Managing Communications Service staff and allocated budget resources. 


Applications must be submitted electronically using the IUE/12/2016 online application form available at at the latest by 06/12/2016 at 24.00 (please see also the specific guidelines under section 19 “Important information” in the application form). 

Only complete applications submitted online will be accepted and considered. Applications received by e-mail, fax or post will not be considered. In order to avoid any technical constraints, we advise you to submit your application well ahead of the deadline. 

The Selection Board will screen the documents of applicants with reference to the above-mentioned eligibility criteria as well as to the essential and advantageous selection criteria and will on the basis of these findings establish a shortlist. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview and tests. 

Candidates will be disqualified if they:

  • do not complete the registration by the deadline;
  • do not send a complete application;
  • do not meet all the eligibility criteria on the closing date for online applications;
  • do not provide all the required supporting documents at any stage of the procedure where these are requested. 

If at any stage of the procedure, it is found that any of the information given in the application is false or not evidenced by the appropriate supporting documents, the candidate will be disqualified from the competition. 


Candidates who are not shortlisted will be duly notified by the Human Resources Service, once the decision on the appointed candidate has been taken by the Appointing Authority.

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