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Vacancy announcement: Events and Communications Officer (IEA Amsterdam)
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is seeking an Events and Communications Officer to join our team at the IEA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IEA conducts large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement and other aspects of education, with the aim of gaining in- depth understanding of the effects of policies and practices within and across systems of education.
Job description and responsibilities
IEA has a strong reputation amongst researchers but our work is also relevant for policymakers, educators, media and the general public and is receiving increasing attention from these groups. The goal of our research is to get a better understanding of education systems and to use this knowledge to help improve education worldwide. Therefore, it is essential to increase the profile of our studies and their results.
In recent years, IEA has invested significant resources into expanding our communications and dissemination activities. Reporting to the Head of Communications, who is in turn line-managed by the Director of IEA Amsterdam, the Events andCommunications Officer will support the wider communication team and be involved in the running of IEA-led events.
Key responsibilities for the position include:
Managing a variety of aspects of event coordination for IEA study-related events (including study
releases) and supporting with our biennial International Research Conference;
Supporting Communications team with different communications-related material and activities, such
as proofreading and copyediting material for send out to a range of audiences;
Coordinating virtual, hybrid, and physical events to promote upcoming IEA publications and research,
Organizing and contributing towards internal team building activities and social events;
Understanding the requirements and details of each event;
Virtual and onsite event management and logistics, including liaising with event partners;
Supporting with the maintenance of the IEA website events sections and exploring news ways to build
on the existing website structure;
Budget control and negotiating favorable contracts and rates with stakeholders;
Selecting, coordinating and booking speakers and venues (including virtual options);
Point of contact for various event attendees and guests via email, phone or other;
Preparing high-quality meeting agenda and material for attendees and guests;
Oversee and produce event-related communications materials (invitations, giveaway material, etc.),
together with IEA’s Graphic Designer;
Maintain an events calendar than enables and anticipates long term planning and effective
management of future events;
Reporting and tracking the success of IEA events through captured metrics and surveys;
Keep up-to-date with new tools and opportunities that support with creating valuable experiences at
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement IEA Amsterdam Keizersgracht 311, 1016 EE Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel. +31 (0)20 625 36 25 Fax +31 (0)20 420 71 36 firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowledge and skill requirements
Candidates must have proven experience with coordinating events of up to 300 attendees. As many events have moved to an online format in the last year, demonstrating a confidence with online tools such as GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebX, etc. is key.
The successful candidate will be a proactive team player with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships among internal and external stakeholders. They will possess strong planning and organizational abilities, initiative, attention to detail, exemplary communication skills (both written and verbal), and cultural sensitivity for working within an international context. Previous employment within an events management role in a research or non-governmental organization is preferred.
Right to work in the Netherlands;
Minimum qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree, preferably in event management, communications, or
other relevant discipline and 2) no less than two years in a professional events management role, preferably in an international setting;
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills (fluent/native is a must) and a confident
Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and commitment to ensuring accuracy
across events materials;
Experience with in-person, virtual and hybrid events is important;
A born networker, ideal candidates will be confident reaching out and building strong relationships with
internal and external partners;
Ability to manage a busy workload with tight deadlines. Experience with event and/or project
management tools are assets; A creative thinker, keen to explore new event formats and ideas to continually improve attendee
Motivated self-starter with the ability to initiate ideas and follow them through to completion;
Diplomatic approach to working with internal and external stakeholders, cultural sensitivity and
awareness of the challenges of working in an international organization;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other partners in a global and
Experience with multicultural team work and the ability to travel.
The position is full time and an initial one-year contract will be offered, with the opportunity to discuss possible renewal prior to the end of the contact term.
The working language for IEA is English. We welcome international and multilingual applicants.
Desired starting date: ASAP
Closing date: 9 September 2022. Interviews to be held in the week of 12 September.
Interested candidates should send an application (cover letter, comprehensive curriculum vitae and desired salary range) by e-mail to email@example.com. Please include “Events and Communications Officer(IEA Amsterdam)” in the subject line. For informal enquiries about this role, please contact Katie Hill, Head of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org. Homepage: http://
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