Hiring: Community Mobilizer, Innovator and Social Impact Coordinator

PATRIR is looking for an incredible candidate to join our team as a Community Mobilizer, Innovator and Social Impact Coordinator. The position is part of our Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy programme line at the Institute. You will be working with an amazing, highly dedicated team of colleagues from across Europe and internationally. The position requires someone with key skills as: a communicator able to engage stakeholders and communities including through in-person and social media communication; a collaborator able to work well with stakeholders including civil society partners, local authorities and institutions and to support and develop relations with stakeholders and partners; a trainer, highly skilled and passionate about training and capacity building and able to reach both youth (highschool, university) and professional audiences; a facilitator able to help facilitate collaboration and multi-stakeholder events bringing together civil society partners, local authorities and other institutions. Additional skills which would be highly attractive include: ability to develop toolkits, handbooks, and practical ‘hands-on’ materials that can support civic engagement and capacity building programmes; skills and knowledge in video editing, production and design; a passion for programme development and supporting continued growth and quality of the Institute’s work; a passion for research, writing and knowledge development.

This programme is part of our dream work at the Institute. It is something we will be developing and scaling through the coming years – both locally, nationally, and across Europe and internationally. We are looking for someone who wants to be part of a growing team, and who will invest together with others to ensure our programme’s growth and success and – most important of all – tangible and real impact and benefit on the community.

Some of the key issues we’re engaging with are: empowering civic engagement and participation; challenging polarisation and community and social divisions – including radicalization and extremism; strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration across sectors – including civil society, local authorities, businesses and more. Fluency in Romanian is a requirement. Fluency or strong knowledge of Hungarian would be a wonderful benefit.

At PATRIR we are a dynamic, creative and innovating team. We have created a work space that respects and empowers everyone in the team – inviting ideas, contributions and initiative and actively supporting professional and personal development and growth. In 2011 PATRIR was awarded the World Vision International Peace Prize. In 2017 it won the Luxembourg International Peace Prize for Outstanding Organisation. We are looking for someone who wants to engage constructively to make a real and positive change in Romania, in Europe, and in the world.

If you feel you are that person, if you would love to take up this work and to bring the full breadth of your knowledge, passion and ability to it, please see the full job description below and get in touch with us with an Application Letter / Letter of Motivation and CV. The Hiring Process will involve at least 2 – 3 rounds, including: 1st – review of applications; 2nd – interviews with top candidates who meet the requirements for the position and who’s applications stands out; 3rd – if required, 2nd round interviews with a full hiring committee. We also want to make sure the position is right for you – and something that will help you thrive and contribute to and be part of work you value, love and enjoy while supporting you in continuing growth and professional and skills development. If you have questions relevant to the position and your possible onboarding with the Institute please let us know by writing to the contract email below.

Programme Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy
Position Community Mobilizer, Innovator and Social Impact Coordinator
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Language Requirements Romanian Fluency in required. Knowledge of Hungarian would be an excellent addition. C1 or C2 English language knowledge.
Duration 24 Months (Performance Dependent)
Deadline to Apply June 25th, 2019
Starting Date Depends upon recruitment process. We would like to bring the position on by start July. Accommodation will be made for summer holidays.

The Position

Community Mobilizer, Innovator and Social Impact Coordinator

The Social Impact Coordinator will work within the Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy Programme Team. S/he will play a leading role in growing PATRIR’s active engagement in Cluj and nationally – as well as across Europe – to support and strengthen participatory civic engagement, collaborative and good governance, and empowering social innovation. The position requires someone with strong skills in:

Communication

The candidate needs to be a good to excellent communicator. We are looking for someone with strong oral and written communication skills. Additionally, our programmes require active social media engagement and campaigning and public relations communication. We are looking for someone who can actively take on this role.

Collaboration

‘Stakeholder engagement’ and fostering and building relations with a wide range of stakeholders is key – from civic organisations and partners to local authorities, media, universities, schools, businesses and more. A major component of our work will involve ‘multi-stakeholder’ round tables bringing together key institutions and stakeholders in Cluj to facilitate joint-problem solving and to innovate solutions for the city. We apply this model across Europe and internationally as well. We also work in several European partnerships. We are looking for someone who is a natural ‘collaborator’ and enjoys supporting partnerships and bringing together institutions and stakeholders from different fields and sectors.

Trainer

Our work involves a lot of training. While the positions specifically needs someone able to engage in training in Cluj and nationally in Romania, if interested you will also have the opportunity to join the Institute’s roster of trainers for our international programmes across Europe and globally. Our trainings within this programme line focus on diverse groups and stakeholders, including: youth (highschool + university age); civic organisations; teachers; media; journalists; state institutions and local authorities. We also have a programme line extending to support improving optimal performance and organisational development towards companies and institutions, in case this may be of interest.

Facilitator

Along the lines of multi-stakeholder collaboration, one of our projects in this field requires facilitation of ‘round tables’ bringing together key stakeholders and institutions from different backgrounds to facilitate collaboration and joint problem solving and solutions innovation for the city.

Additional skills which would be highly attractive include:

Training Materials Development

Content development for training materials including handbooks, toolkits, manuals and support materials for training and capacity building programmes

Video Editing & Development

Ability to edit, produce and design videos and/or animated videos

Programme Development

Passion to develop quality programming locally, nationally and internationally, including project and grant-writing / development and or CSR fund raising.

Research & Knowledge Development & Production

The Institute is at the forefront of knowledge innovation and development in our fields. A key element of this is a passion from learning from front of the field practice and across different sectors, and then consolidating and communicating that knowledge – including good practices and lessons learned / identified – to policy makers and practitioners through publications, briefs, policy papers and more. Someone with a passion for and track record in research, writing and knowledge development, or a keen desire to engage in this, would be a strong candidate.

A critical component

There are two major components of our work in this programme line which are relevant for you to know about:

  1. Challenging Radicalization, Polarisation and Authoritarianism
    This programme line is focussing specifically on also challenging radicalization, violent extremism, polarization and authoritarianism – in Romania and Europe and, potentially, globally. The candidate will be working actively with a strong team on this area of work and needs to have either 1. Direct background and experience in this or 2. A keen interest, passion and the intellectual and professional capability to engage in this field.
  2. Innovating Civic Solutions and Improving Communities
    PATRIR is dramatically scaling an exciting area of work for us. This will focus in the first phase substantially in Cluj and then more widely across Europe and internationally. It’s a focus on improving quality of life and well-being in communities, through strengthening civic solutions, community engagement, and solutions-based collaboration with authorities, civic organisations, businesses and other key stakeholders. While ‘future cities’ has caught on as a major focus in Cluj and elsewhere, less attention is often given to the incredibly exciting and important innovations and opportunities for improving community life through improving civic participation, governance, and partnerships. This is an area we are increasingly engaging in and which you could have the opportunity to contribute to and innovate further.

Does it seem like a lot?

We are looking for someone great for this position – but there are many different ways of being ‘great’. If you have ‘some’ or many of these skills but not all of them, but feel really motivated and inspired by this position and the work it involves, please do apply. We do really need someone who will be excellent at collaboration, training, communication and facilitation. The other skills would be highly valued, but please don’t hold back if you don’t have all of them. We also want people who will be passionate about growing, learning and bringing their best. Most importantly: work at PATRIR combines passion with professionalism for a purpose. We want someone who will be excited to be part of this purpose, and, through your own character, skills, experience and innovation, help us to develop it further.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing Partner and Stakeholder Relations: establishing solid working relationships with partners and other key stakeholders;
  • Communications: Managing communications including proactive social media campaigning and outreach and public relations and media communications. You will also assist/lead on stakeholder communications for major project milestones and events and oversee project-wide communication strategy in cooperation with the Project Manager and team;
  • Training: Development of training materials and content and provision of trainings for stakeholders and partners particularly in fields of: community and youth empowerment and participation; leadership; social impact; problem solving; conflict transformation and peacebuilding. While you may not have specific thematic experience in all of these fields, this can be supported and developed. What is key is strong training skills and track record or the ability to prove these can be developed.
  • Facilitation: Preparation and facilitation of multi-stakeholder events and round tables
  • Programme Development & Fundraising: Working together with the team and programme line and partners to develop and grow the Institute’s programming in this field, including development of new and related projects and project grant and funding applications;
  • Risk Management: Forward identification of possible risks and challenges within the project and taking measures to effectively address them;
  • Quality Assurance: Review project and task implementation and product quality; ensure products are in line with Institutional and Field-standards;
  • Project Representation: Attend conferences and training as required to represent the project and the Institute nationally, within the EU and internationally, to promote project outcomes and objectives and core policy and practice objectives of the Institute and improve individual proficiency;

If the candidate can support research and film development | video production this would be excellent.

PATRIR places a strong emphasis on supporting professional development and growth of our team members. In addition to your engagement in this programme line you will receive extensive opportunity for career and professional development and growth.

Requirements

PATRIR has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence in its work and welcomes diversity, creativity and innovation among its staff. We strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich PATRIR’s culturally inclusive environment and who wish to be part of a dynamic and growing team in one of Europe’s most exciting organisations. What is vital to us: PATRIR needs colleagues who will approach their work and commitments with professionalism, passion and reliability – to be someone who can be relied on by colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Someone who works and engages well with colleagues and brings a positive attitude and approach to their work is essential. Candidates should have:
  • Strong motivation and self-drive to make a difference – in the community, country and internationally
  • An interest and passion for working well together with others and fostering partnerships and collaboration
  • The ability to work well with people across diverse backgrounds
  • A commitment to quality in your work
  • 3-5 years working experience preferred. Exceptional candidates who may not meet this requirement are still encouraged to apply;
  • Professional background in fields addressing: supporting communities; social work; addressing radicalisation and polarisation; innovation and partnerships; design; solutions-approaches; civic empowerment; community development would be highly relevant
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency with social media, PR and communications
  • Solid, demonstrable organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder project collaboration and partnerships preferred. Ability to motivate with remote multidisciplinary and international teams is an important competency.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Experience in strategic planning, programme planning and development would be positive
  • Excellent English (written and spoken); Native Romanian Language level
  • Motivation to work in a culturally diverse setting and to support institutional and team development to support overall growth of the Institute.
Exceptional and highly motivated candidates who may not fully meet all of these requirements but who can show how they would excel in this position are encouraged to apply.

Salary

Starting salary range is Euros 800 – 1100 net / in hand (after taxes) depending upon experience and qualifications, with the ability to increase salary further through project development and performance.

Application procedure

Interested applicants are invited to send an email with a CV and a Application Letter detailing your motivation and interest for the position and your qualifications for it – what makes you uniquely suited for this position to:
[email protected]

With the subject line: Social Impact Coordinator