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Communications Manager

Reports to: Communications and Advocacy Director
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Position type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent    
Start date: As soon as possible

 

Background

FDI World Dental Federation is a Swiss-based not-for-profit organization. It serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. Founded in 1900, it is one of the oldest organizations in the field of dentistry. Its membership includes some 200 national dental associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries. FDI is the global voice of the dental profession and works with its member organizations to improve the oral health of people worldwide. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization and works closely with other UN agencies. FDI’s vision: ‘leading the world to optimal oral health’. www.fdiworlddental.org; www.facebook.com/FDIWorldDentalFederation; twitter.com/fdiworlddental

 

Role

We are seeking an experienced Communications Manager with exceptional English writing and editing skills to help enhance and maintain FDI’s profile and reputation as well as raise the visibility of oral health issues across multiple stakeholder groups. You will support all FDI’s internal and external communications efforts. The successful candidate will have strong project management skills and the ability to work on several communications campaigns simultaneously and measure their impact. You will have experience managing production schedules for publications as well as writing and editing copy across a diverse range of communications channels.

You must have the ability to write compelling news stories, promotional plans, resources, website, and social media content, as well as be proficient in developing media strategies and messaging. The candidate should also have experience managing social media platforms. This is a fast-paced and varied role, which demands multi-tasking abilities, excellent communication skills and proven experience working closely with external agencies and service providers.

 

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Ensure high-quality, on message and consistent outputs from FDI by providing writing, editing, and proofreading support across the organization.
  • Manage the content and production process for FDI’s three monthly newsletters, including sourcing and writing compelling news stories.
  • Review, write and edit communications material such as promotional brochures, press releases, advocacy resources, toolkits, reports, white papers, etc.
  • Support FDI leadership with their communications needs by preparing material such as speeches, presentations, talking points, interviews, video scripts and editorials.
  • Support the development and evaluation of communications plans for FDI’s projects and ensure brand integrity. 
  • Develop and implement strategies to maximize media coverage and write articles, press releases and supporting background material as well as coordinate media interviews.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive promotional plan for FDI’s official peer-reviewed publication the International Dental Journal.
  • Manage the production process and content for the organization’s annual report as well as other publications as relevant.
  • Work with the digital team to produce web content, write social media posts and help track key metrics as well as generate new ideas and innovative strategies.
  • Oversee the development of FDI’s media database of contacts and coordinate media monitoring and distribution services.
  • Track, measure, analyze and prepare quarterly impact reports on communications efforts.  
  • Coordinate the work of FDI’s Science Committee and organize meetings and teleconferences as appropriate, including all logistical aspects and record minutes. 
  • Other work as required to support the implementation of FDI’s communications strategy.

 

Requirements

  • At least five-years’ experience of working in a similar communications role or related field (public relations, journalism, media).
  • Excellent oral and written English communications with strong copywriting, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Storytelling mindset with the ability to turn complex information into compelling content.
  • Extensive experience of working with a diverse range of communications channels.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet conflicting deadlines under pressure.
  • Team worker with a positive, solution-focused approach to work.
  • Knowledge of online multimedia tools and practices: Google Analytics, Hootsuite, social media publishing tools and insights; experience in Drupal CMS an asset.
  • A good understanding of the not-for-profit healthcare sector with previous experience an asset.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Valid permit to work in Switzerland.

 

Application: interested and qualified candidates should send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@fdiworlddental.org, addressed to Chaz Jagait, Director of Communications and Advocacy.

Please note only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Congress and Events Director

About the position

The FDI World Dental Congress (WDC) operates through a franchise model whereby national dental associations organize the Congress under the guidance of FDI. The Congress Director is responsible for the supervision and quality control of the Congress and ensuring that FDI standards are respected. The Congress Director is also responsible of developing and organizing other FDI events.

Responsibilities and evaluation criteria for the position

Lead the FDI WDC:

  • Ensure the WDC franchise business model is respected
  • Regularly update the FDI Congress Manual and ensure any changes are integrated into future congress organization.
  • Manage the FDI congress operational budget related to FDI specific costs.
  • Oversee and implement internationalpromotion of the WDC.
  • Ensure the smooth workflow of WDC exhibition and sponsorship management.
  • Support the planning and logistics of the WDC scientific programme in collaboration with the local Scientific Programme Committee and FDI Education Committee.
  • Coordinate the local Scientific Program Committee and the FDI Education committee.
  • Organize all FDI Business Meetings (e.g. Council, Standing Committees).
  • Ensure the Local Organizing Committee has all necessary information to operate.
  • Secure agreements with the HQ hotels and venues.
  • Ensure the WDC appoints a professional PCO in line with FDI standards. 

Preliminary work for future WDCs:

  • Confirm future WDC destinations and negotiate contracts with the organizing national dental associations.
  • Identify potential future destinations and invite applications.

Supervise the Education Committee supporting staff:

  • Provide the necessary support to the Committee Manager.
  • Oversee the work of the Education Committee and take the necessary steps to ensure activities are in-line with the FDI strategy
  • Supervise the Congress Manager and ensure that the FDI Global Continuing Education is implemented.

Supervise other FDI events

  • Draft the event plans.
  • Negotiate with the suppliers.
  • Coordinate all activities and timelines.
  • Manage the event budget.

Requirements

  • At least five-years’ experience working in a similar congress and event management role or related field (e.g. PCO).
  • Experience in organizing virtual meetings.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet conflicting deadlines under pressure.
  • Team worker with a positive, solution-focused approach to work. A good understanding of the not-for-profit healthcare sector with previous experience an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written English communications.
  • Extensive experience of working with a diverse range of communications channels.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Swiss or valid permit to work in Switzerland.

Application: interested and qualified candidates should send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@fdiworlddental.org, addressed to Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director, by 7 November 2021

Please note only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.