Job ID: 116440

Communications Manager, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Position: Communications Manager

Deadline: 30 September 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2023

Contract Length: Permanent contract (CDI, Belgium)

City: Brussels

Country: Belgium

Institution: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Department: FENS Communications


Are you keen to manage strategic and operational communications to support the neuroscience community in Europe and globally? Do you have experience with implementing high-level promotional activities and events? If yes, then apply to join the FENS team in Brussels, Belgium!

Job description:

  1. Identify and develop strategies to broaden and deepen the impact of FENS communications, in line with the FENS strategic plan and overall mission.
  2. Plan, coordinate and implement outreach and promotional initiatives for FENS (e.g., FENS Forums and FENS Regional Meetings, awards, grants and education and training activities) towards various target audiences such as membership and the broader neuroscience community, partners, decisionmakers, donors, the public and media.
  3. Oversee and ensure delivery of external and internal communications of FENS, including the coordination and content development of press releases, newsletters, podcasts, interviews, impact reports and social media posts.
  4. Manage and evaluate online and offline communication and information tools, including the FENS website. Liaise with external suppliers as required.
  5. Act as main contact point and coordinating staff member for the Communication Committee that serves as a permanent standing committee for FENS external communication activities.

Office structure

The Communications Manager reports to the FENS Executive Director, oversees the Communications Officer and works closely with other team members to ensure visibility, promotion and impact of all FENS activities. Manage the communication budget and provide regular KPI evaluations and reports.

Qualifications and profile

  • University degree in a relevant discipline (preferably in communications or closely related field) with previous relevant experience in the field of communication and community outreach. Previous experience with international scientific non-profit organisations and science communication would be considered an advantage.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills. Mother tongue English speaker preferred but those with a fluent command of spoken and written English at a high professional level will be considered.
  • Proven experience with social media, website and event promotion, marketing and communication, and experience in creating high-quality, impactful communication materials.
  • Experience in managing budgets and reporting on KPIs.
  • Excellent technical skills (e.g., WordPress, Mailchimp, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, Google analytics, SEO, podcasting, Canva, video/animation production, etc.) and proficiency in project management, especially prioritisation of tasks and strategic development.
  • Creative, organised, detail- and service-oriented, culturally sensitive, discrete, team player, adaptable, able to work under tight deadlines and quickly changing conditions.
  • Motivation to work for a non-profit scientific organisation in an international environment.
  • Responsible, reliable and supportive manager of staff.
  • Legally allowed to work in Belgium.

Location and benefits

The position of Communications Manager is a full-time position (38h per week), based in the FENS office in Brussels, Belgium. The job may occasionally require flexibility in terms of working days/hours in connection with meetings and travel. FENS offers a permanent contract (CDI, Belgium) with compensation according to the qualifications of the selected candidate. Meal vouchers are offered as part of the contract.

Application process

Please submit your CV, letter of motivation and names and contact details of two referees to, indicating ‘FENS Communications Manager’ in the subject line. Applications will be evaluated on a running basis and the call will be open until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and will be asked to complete a short competence-based test. Starting date: October 2023.

About FENS

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is an international non-profit organisation with 44 scientific member societies across Europe, representing over 22,000 scientists working in the field of brain research. Through its activities, FENS actively promotes scientific exchange and education among European neuroscientists and serves as the main European voice for neuroscience on behalf of its members towards the European institutions and global partners.

FENS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, citizenship/nationality, age, religion, belief, or disability. All eligible candidates are welcome to apply.

More information about FENS is available on