Communications Manager

Connecting the Dots in Science, Education, Art and Innovation

swissnex Brazil’s mission is to nurture the Swiss innovation ecosystem with ideas, concepts and contacts to help Switzerland maintain and strengthen its competitive edge. We foster dialogue and enable collaboration among opinion leaders, researchers and practitioners in education, science and innovation between the Brazil and Switzerland.

A public-private venture, we are the youngest addition to a growing network of outposts in Bangalore, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore, initiated by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). swissnex works with public and private sector partners, sponsors and donors who are equally committed to furthering Switzerland’s leading position as an innovation nation.



Job Description: Communications Manager (Rio de Janeiro)

swissnex Brazil was officially inaugurated in April 2014. Still in its infancy, the organization’s medium- term goals are to continue building in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian innovation ecosystem; to strengthen our local network of high-level representatives from academia and business; and to implement out-of-the-box projects and events to ignite cross-continental conversations and foster new partnerships, and showcase Swiss excellence in science and innovation.

As part of the swissnex Brazil team, you are expected to take ownership for solidifying and professionalizing our communication strategy; to identify and effectively communicate newsworthy information bits and success stories emerging from our work; to recognize opportunities, identify tools and develop ideas to effectively convey our mission and achievements to stakeholders and audiences.

You will get the opportunity to be part of a creative and innovative new venture; proactively help shape the first Latin American swissnex office; expand your skills and update your professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities and events; and interact and collaborate with high-level representatives of both Switzerland and Brazil.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Take full ownership of the development and professional implementation of swissnex Brazil’s communications strategy; closely collaborate with the team to communicate projects, events and success stories in a creative and effective manner; continuously update your knowledge about communications tools of relevance to swissnex’s work; and contribute new ideas and initiatives to further swissnex’s unique mission and objectives. This includes:

  • General Communications: take a leading role in further developing, strengthening and implementing swissnex Brazil’s on- and offline communications strategy
  • Web & Social Media: develop a solid strategy and ensure a coherent and innovative presence of swissnex Brazil across various web/social media channels
  • Event Planning & Management: active contribution to events and delegation visits
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: act as a connector between people and ideas

Detailed Overview of Tasks

General Communications:

  • Further develop and implement fresh, innovative strategy for on- and offline communications and take full charge of the coordination of all communications activities
  • Provide guidance and take charge of all communications tasks associated with projects / events, incl. graphic work and content creation for invitations and mailings (Mailchimp)
  • Maintain database of contacts, as well as manage mailing lists for invitations, newsletters, etc.
  • Take lead in PR strategy and act as main contact point for press agencies for events / projects
  • Develop, create content for, and implement mailing of swissnex Brazil newsletter
  • Create content and do basic graphic work for promotional materials (flyers, banners, etc.)
  • Take full charge of planning, coordination and content creation for annual report
  • Coordinate network-wide communications projects with colleagues from other swissnex offices
  • Assist colleagues in creation and formatting of presentations and public speeches

Web & Social Media:

  • Fine-tune social media strategy and ensure coherent, active presence across channels
  • Proactively and continuously identify and, when relevant, implement new tools and methodsfor digital communication
  • Maintain, update and develop content for swissnex Brazil website (Portuguese & English)

Event Planning & Management:

  • Fully take charge of public relations and communications related to events and projects
  • Assist colleagues in the planning and implementation of public programs
  • Identify and contact potential speakers and participants

‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking:

  • Reactively and proactively promote collaboration between people and organizations in Switzerland and Brazil
  • Attend events, conferences, meetings as a swissnex representative, and share contacts, findingsand learnings with the swissnex team

What we look for in a Candidate

General / Personality

  • Outgoing, communicative; avid networker and connector
  • Independent, self-motivated, reliable
  • Hands-on, proactive
  • Visionary, creative, resourceful
  • Passionate about Brazil
  • Dedication to further Swiss excellence in science, education, innovation and art

Background / Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Communications, PR or Marketing
  • Proven experience and achievements in communications, social media, and/or public relations
  • Proven network of media and communications professionals
  • Professional mastery (reading and speaking) of Portuguese language
  • Professional mastery of at least one (1) Swiss national language
  • Professional mastery of English language
  • International experience (Brazilian and Swiss experience a plus)


  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Excelling writing skills and attention to detail
  • Passion for web and social media
  • Good sense of style / design and basic mastery of graphic design tools
  • Solid time-management and ability to prioritize

Additional Information

  • This is a 100% position; start date as soon as possible
  • Salary commensurate with experience; Brazilian salary levels and local regulations apply
  • The position requires flexible hours, incl. some evenings and weekends

We look forward to receiving your application! Please send full documentation to: