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Job Title: Climate-KIC Community Host
Contract: Full-time, permanent
Please refer to our Capability Framework
Location: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands
Start Date: As soon as possible
Apply By: Interviews will happen on a rolling basis till we find the right candidate. It is advisable to apply as early as possible.
At EIT Climate-KIC, we are wholeheartedly committed to building a diverse and representative team and an inclusive workplace that values different life experiences and perspectives, and we encourage personal development, learning and growth.
When recruiting, we look to achieve diversity in the candidate pool. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are happy to consider reasonable adjustments that will foster success in potential employees from diverse backgrounds and life situations. And because our team has differing needs and personal circumstances, we offer a high degree of flexibility to accommodate all working patterns. We’re happy to discuss your situation during the interview and see how best we can support you.
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EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative, entrusted by the European Commission to catalyse transformation through innovation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, with circa 160 people distributed all over the EU, EIT Climate-KIC leads and orchestrates innovation with a community of more than 400. Together we conduct activities in 39 countries. We partner with cities, regions, governments and communities with the highest climate action ambition; providing the framework and expert support to holistically manage the complexity of climate change and deliver accelerated climate action.
EIT Climate-KIC operates as a not-for-profit platform working through public-private partnership, wielding both public and private funding. We consist of 3 Legal entities: a Dutch BV Holding company (for profit) with 14 branches in European jurisdictions, providing grant management, innovation orchestration services, and impact investment advisory owned by a Dutch-based foundation with charity status – Climate-KIC International Foundation – with subsidiaries in the UK.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The purpose of this role is to shape and support the Climate-KIC Community, mobilising it to act together for innovation excellence, for mutual value, and for positive change in the world through impact on climate change. The absolute heart of our strategy and ultimately our ability to deliver meaningful impact on climate change, is the mobilisation of our Community and connecting with other Communities who are driving change. One of our key roles in acting as a system change agent is to provide the support, stimulus, and connectivity for these Communities and the people within them to find each other, generate transformative ideas and to take action.
To that end, we are seeking a Community Host to take a leading role in bringing our Community model to life and implementing the relationship and value exchange needed to ensure our Community can thrive. This will include facilitation of visible, shared intent, joint fundraising, meaningful connection and matchmaking, leading to collaboration and experimentation, institutionalised curiosity and serendipity, and an intensification of learning. Building relationships, connections and network effects is a key component of this role, with a view to enabling knowledge exchange, guided community access and exponential community co-impact.
This role will require a highly innovative person who is a natural connector, relationship manager and network-builder. We are looking for someone who is passionate about reaching out and connecting to people in local contexts, building and nurturing communities, fostering networking, and role-modelling a collaborative approach to community activation and management, to play a leading role in the design and implementation of Climate-KIC’s future community relationship model.
Critically, we are looking for someone who is proactive and deeply curious about getting to know the Climate-KIC Community members, both at an individual level and as discreet sub-communities working on specific grand challenges (for example the sub-community of our members who work specifically on transforming cities). The Community Host is the person who meets people where they are and builds a deep understanding of what individuals and their organisations are working on, what they have to offer to others, what their capabilities are, who they know and who they should be connected with, what they are interested in and what they want to learn from us and each other. Having this kind of deep knowledge and understanding of our Community is critical to ensuring that we are delivering a community programme that is engaging and valuable to our members, as well as helping us to understand what kind of organisations we should be engaging with but who are not yet connected to the Community.
For this role, we need someone who combines systems thinking with empathy and curiosity and a deeply practical, solutions-driven approach, and who uses both to shape a truly 21st century community; someone who can design and implement systems, structures, mechanisms, tools and processes that will enable EIT Climate-KIC to connect and inspire thousands of organisations across the world to effect change at a planetary scale.
Community Model Deployment and ongoing Development
Outreach and Membership Sales
Key Working Relationships
Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach
Candidates must have the right to work in the location they’re applying for (I.e. not require visa sponsorship) prior to applying for the position. Ideally, the successful candidate will be based close to one of the EIT Climate KIC offices, but we support fully remote or hybrid forms of working and offer a high degree of flexibility.
To ensure that we can respond to every single applicant, we will close the role once we receive a reasonable pool of candidates to assess.