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(CLOSED) Open Position: Communications+ Specialist

News > 4 days per week in Utrecht*

Except Integrated Sustainability is a Certified B Corporation, and a pioneering sustainability and design consultancy. We use systems thinking and multidisciplinary teams to reimagine what’s possible and build the foundations of a sustainable society. We have incredible, game-changing stories to tell. And we’re looking for a strong communications lead to help us get these stories out into the world. 

This position is based at UCo in Utrecht (currently working remotely due to COVID-19). Fluent Dutch and English are required.

Your Role

As our experienced, creative, and proactive Communications+ Specialist, you drive and execute our ambitious storytelling campaign, to inspire, educate, and engage our community and (potential) clients. More than just a marketeer, you are an active contributor to our written content, and one of the primary faces of Except. You help spread the word and increase Except’s visibility internationally, and specifically in the Netherlands.

We are a small, driven team, which means we all wear multiple hats and exercise different skill sets. In addition to the core communication tasks, the Communications+ Specialist will also assist the Chief Operations Officer/Office Manager with a variety of general office-related tasks, as needed. This role is ideal for effective multitaskers who have strong organization and execution skills, and who are energized by social interactions and task diversity.

Key tasks and responsibilities include:

Core Communications

  • Drive, develop, and execute our communications strategy, in cooperation with the Business Development team
  • Write articles and draft social media posts, and publish them online in relevant forums, predominantly in Dutch for a Dutch audience
  • Find creative ways to spread the word about Except, its mission and its achievements, through events, webcasts, smart campaigns, etc.
  • Support team members by copyediting their content and writing communications to support their articles and social media posts
  • Support the Business Development team as needed with presentations, printed booklets, and other marketing materials
  • Assist with internal communications

The Plus - Hosting & Office Support

  • Receive, host, and communicate with guests physically and digitally, including clients, prospects, and the public - you are the warm, welcoming, and professional face of Except
  • Set up meetings and events - internal, project-based, and external - and manage their logistics, including facilities and related calendars
  • Share responsibility with the COO/Office Manager for various organizational tasks, such as scheduling, planning team social events, and miscellaneous office management items

About you

We're a thriving bunch, and there's never a dull moment around here. Showing initiative and ownership, and being a creative and energetic problem-solver are essential. You bring a positive, can-do attitude , and know how to execute amidst incomplete information and competing priorities.


  • Minimum 3 years professional experience in communications or marketing, ideally in sustainability and a role coordinating or managing other team members
  • HBO/WO work and thinking style
  • Fluent Dutch & English
  • Demonstrated affinity with sustainability and the values expressed in the   Except Principles
  • You love writing and storytelling, and can deliver high-quality content independently and quickly

Strongly Preferred

  • Candidates who will enrich the diversity of our team
  • Positive experience organizing creative events
  • Computer-savviness, including experience with Adobe InDesign

Our Offer To You

  • Dynamic, visible, ownership role within a pioneering sustainability and design consultancy
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary indication based on 4 days a week: approximately €2.000, bruto per month, depending on experience
  • Public transport card and a phone budget
  • Ticket to our   3-day Introduction to Integrated Sustainability Training
  • Beautiful office space at UCo, a community for sustainability pioneers in Utrecht

How To Apply?

Are you the communications all-star our dream team needs? Send an email with your CV and 2 page motivation letter to   work@except.nl    no later than November 13, 2020. To demonstrate your proficiency in Dutch and English, submit your motivation letter as 2 pages, and send one page in Dutch and one page in English.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified the week of November 16, 2020, and the first round of interviews will take place starting the week after.

For more background, please read the ‘work with us’ section on our website. We look forward to receiving your application.

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Except Integrated Sustainability

Jeroen van der Vlist
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Email  [javascript protected email address]
Phone   +31 10 7370215