Communications Manager

  • 02 Nov 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
  • Amsterdam
  • Communicatie
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What Design Can Do is looking for a Communications Manager to join our Communications Team in Amsterdam.

About us

What Design Can Do (WDCD) is a platform for the advancement of design as a tool for social change. Since its inception in 2011, WDCD has undertaken numerous activities to promote the role of designers in addressing the world’s most pressing societal and environmental issues. It has done so by showcasing best practices, initiating discussions and facilitating collaboration between disciplines. So far, WDCD has hosted eight successful international design conferences in Amsterdam, and three in São Paulo, Brazil.

Through its print publications, website, blog and social media, WDCD reaches an international community of engaged designers and creatives. Alongside events and publications, WDCD aims to mobilize the creative community by launching and running various design challenges.

In 2018/19 WDCD will be running two challenges, one on Clean Energy in five metropolitan areas (Amsterdam, Mexico City, São Paulo, Nairobi and Delhi) in close collaboration with the Ikea Foundation, and one on the sexual exploitation of children, in close collaboration with the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. Also WDCD will launch its first design event in Mexico City in the spring of 2019.

Your work at WDCD:

In collaboration with the Communications Team you are responsible for:

  • developing an online and offline communications strategy around the programmes of WDCD;

  • planning, managing and monitoring of this strategy;

  • writing and creating content for all online and offline communication channels;

  • monitoring of engagement and interaction of our online community;

  • planning and monitoring of online advertising campaigns;

  • managing the collaboration with PR partners, media partners and other affiliate partners, as well as freelance writers, photographers, film makers and other freelance experts;

  • planning and producing WDCD print publications;

  • managing the collaboration between the Communications Team and other WDCD Teams (programme, communication and management).

You are:

  • a Communications Manager with a HBO-level degree (or international equivalent) and with relevant experience;

  • able to work autonomously, but you enjoy working in a team;

  • in possession of excellent communications skills, both written and spoken;

  • digitally savvy;

  • familiar with tools such as Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn

  • fluent English, both written and spoken, Dutch, Spanish and/or Portuguese would be nice! Not necessary;

  • willing to work at least 4 days a week.

We offer:

An interesting position in a creative social impact organization with an international scope and network. You will be working in a small and dedicated team of creative professionals based in the centre of Amsterdam. The working atmosphere is friendly, team-oriented and encourages individual input and development.

You will be part of the Communications Team and as such responsible for the development and execution of the WDCD communication programme. Salary and benefits in accordance with the standards in the creative and cultural industry.


Send your CV and motivation to Jolien Grent ( before 15 november 2018.