JobAlert: We are looking for a Head of PR & Outreach

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a Head of PR & Outreach for the Berlin office.
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  • Part-time or full-time with 32-40 hours per week
  • Application deadline: 31.01.2024, 12:00 AM (we conduct interviews on an ongoing basis)
  • Start date: as soon as possible

AlgorithmWatch is a human rights organization based in Berlin and Zurich focusing on the social impact of algorithmic decision-making systems (ADM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). A team of almost 30 employees works on ensuring that such technologies strengthen human rights, democracy, and sustainability instead of weakening them. To this end, we create political campaigns, do lobby work and (journalistic) research, and contribute to technology development.

Would you like to fight for the common good and work on one of our time’s most exciting topics? Become part of our team!

Your future role

You help us reach an even bigger audience and increase the public pressure on politics and enterprises. You are the face and voice of the organization vis-à-vis the media and the public. You will lead the outreach team (responsible for media releases and contacts, social media, publications, website) and work closely with the policy and advocacy, journalism, campaigning, and fundraising teams.

Your tasks

  • You will lead the outreach teams in Berlin and Zurich and manage personnel and resources.
  • You will further develop the AlgorithmWatch communication strategy with the management and translate it into action.
  • You are responsible for our communications: press relations, social media activities, website, and more.
  • You will plan our long-term communications, monitor topics and developments, and ensure that AlgorithmWatch reacts quickly to current events.
  • You will answer media inquiries or refer them to experts at AlgorithmWatch. You will actively stay in touch with editorial teams.
  • You will write and edit press releases in German and English.
  • You will develop communication ideas for AlgorithmWatch projects and coordinate team activities and the cooperation with our partners.
  • You will be the contact person for external service providers.

What we expect from you:

  • several years of professional experience in press and public relations work, as a spokesperson for an NGO, as a journalist, as an employee of a news agency, or in political communication;
  • political feel, grit, tenacity, and knowledge of relevant (digital) political topics, processes, and debates;
  • excellent oral and written German skills, a concise and motivating writing style in German and English;
  • an eye for essentials, a quick grasp, and the ability to set priorities;
  • a hands-on approach and ideas for creative, stirring, and bold communication;
  • team spirit and leadership experience;
  • knowledge of relevant public relations software and tools, such as monitoring, analysis, and contact management;
  • a network in the political landscape in Germany, preferably also in the EU or Switzerland;
  • willingness to travel in Germany or to near European countries (e.g. to Brussels);
  • you identify with our values and want to make a contribution to strengthening human rights, uncovering injustices, and fighting power imbalances.

We offer:

  • You are part of a highly motivated team that is fighting for a fairer, more democratic, more inclusive and more sustainable society;
  • plenty of creative freedom and responsibility;
  • a salary of 5,000 euros gross/month (in full-time);
  • a contract initially limited to 3 years for a part-time or full-time position with 32-40 hours per week (we strive for continued employment);
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working, 30 days’ vacation, overtime is compensated with time off in lieu;
  • a company pension scheme;
  • a mobility allowance;
  • individual training and team training;
  • being a part of a network of civil society partner organizations, scientists, and decision-makers.

In order to create an appreciative and harmonious working environment, we have defined values and principles in our mission statement. These values will shape your everyday working life.

Are you curious? Then apply!

Equal opportunities are important to us. We aim for having a diverse team and thereby particularly encourage people to apply who have a history of migration or displacement, Black people and people of color, people who consider themselves LGBTIQ*, or people who have experienced discrimination. If you have ideas for making our recruitment process more inclusive, please let us know.


Do you identify with our goals and would you like to become part of our team? Would you like to get to know us better? Even if not all aspects of the job advertisement apply to you - apply anyway!

Please send us the following documents by e-mail to jobs@algorithmwatch.org (without photo and indicating your age and marital status) by 31.01.2024, 12:00 AM at the latest:

  • a short letter of motivation including your possible start date and your CV;
  • a meaningful work sample (such as a campaign concept, a campaign website, a mailing, a press release, or similar) with a brief explanation of how you contributed to it.

We will get back to you with a short confirmation. You will then hear from us within two weeks if your profile is a good fit and we would like to get to know you. We invite candidates to interviews on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions, our Managing Director Matthias will be happy to answer them (jobs@algorithmwatch.org). The interviews will take place on site or via video call. We will cover travel costs for the interviews, unless they are covered by the employment agency (within Germany and within reasonable limits).

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