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Sustainability Projects Assistant

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Change Agents UK

Sustainability Projects Assistant London

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This is an exciting, multi-faceted role assisting in the University of Greenwich’s Sustainability Team. The Sustainability Team supports all areas of the University to better understand and implement environmental improvements, working closely with staff, students and external stakeholders to share best practice, support behaviour change and strategies.

We are driven to ensure we integrate sustainability thinking in everything we do. We are committed to use sustainability to drive forward the university’s values (inclusive, collaborative and impactful) and are ambitious to achieve the best outcomes. We are looking for someone who has ideas and who can deliver on these with support from the team. The role will be fulfilling, rewarding and we hope help make significant improvements to our environmental footprints. 

The University’s Strategic Plan ‘This is Our Time’ focusses on quality through excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and aims to be the best modern university. Our sustainability ambitions are integrated into the corporate plan and our enabling and sub strategies. The University is committed to embedding sustainability across all of its activities and is recognised for its sustainability action. 

You will get to work in a small but enthusiastic group of sustainability professionals, learn all aspects of corporate sustainability, engage with a wide and diverse group of people, and try to effect positive change. We offer students, staff and the local community opportunities to get involved in our work to improve practices across our campuses and?help us?continue to lead the way in developing a more sustainable future for all. You will attend working groups and meetings across the year on a variety of sustainability topics including carbon management, Fairtrade, environmental management and waste. 

Key responsibilities:  

  1. Engage with students and staff to increase pro-environmental knowledge and awareness, providing support where needed. 
  2. Support the Green Champions staff network and EcoTeams student network, managing your workload to deliver to set deadlines. 
  3. Assist Project Officers and other sustainability staff in the delivery of their projects. For example this could include waste and other audits, development and delivery of projects for example focused on reusables, energy saving in halls of residence etc.  
  4. Recruit, coordinate and motivate teams of volunteers to drive forward the sustainability network projects through their involvement as departmental teams and as auditors. This includes Project Jump and Student Switch Off. 
  5. Develop and deliver a range of initiatives to engage with students, staff and other stakeholders on sustainability.  This includes running events (including a ‘Green Week’ held in collaboration with the Students’ Union); producing newsletters, press releases and posters; managing the website and social media presence. 
  6. Monitor and report on progress against objectives, using quantitative and qualitative data. 
  7. Develop effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including the local community, NUS, students union, planning authorities, environmental regulators, business and industry, and local interest groups.? 
  8. To use various social media and other communication techniques to disseminate sustainability and environmental information and choices to all staff and students, engaging with academic schools, administrative departments, commercial tenants, and Student Union as appropriate.  
  9. To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships.  
  10. To conduct all activities within the University’s environmental requirements as set out in its Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management System, in order to minimise individual and departmental impact.  

Benefits

26 days paid annual holiday including closure dates determined by the University, plus 8 bank holidays

Hybrid working

Enrolment on to the Change Agents UK skills development programme where you can benefit from the online learning academy and workshops on Sustainability & Skills for the Future, Project Management, Systems Thinking & Creativity.

Info

How to apply: If you wish to apply for this role, please submit a CV and short Covering Letter explaining your motivation for applying and briefly addressing the essential criteria for the role (up to 500 words) via the Change Agents UK Careers Page.

Essential Skills

  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent in a relevant Environmental/Sustainability related subject or have an equivalent level of work experience
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills: ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders including staff at all levels, students and external organisations
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team to deliver the most effective outcomes
  • Knowledgeable of, and committed to, sustainability issues and their importance within a university environment
  • Previous experience of assisting in the delivery of sustainability and/or environmental projects
  • A creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver who can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them
  • ICT literate in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing skills (for example being able to write clear and concise emails, reports etc)
  • A conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately 

Desired Skills

  • Previous experience of event organising in either a voluntary or paid position
  • Experienced or hold a relevant qualification in, communications, marketing or similar
  • Experience of coordinating and motivating a team of volunteers

About Company

Change Agents UK:

Change Agents UK Trading Ltd works as a non-profit sustainability employment business and agency, and is wholly-owned by Change Agents UK Charity. Change Agents UK have worked in Sustainability education and employment for 25 years, supporting our partners to create superb opportunities in sustainability, delivering real impact and change and providing training and skills support for our Change Agents on placement.

Essential Requirements

  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent in a relevant Environmental/Sustainability related subject or have an equivalent level of work experience
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills: ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders including staff at all levels, students and external organisations
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team to deliver the most effective outcomes
  • Knowledgeable of, and committed to, sustainability issues and their importance within a university environment
  • Previous experience of assisting in the delivery of sustainability and/or environmental projects
  • A creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver who can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them
  • ICT literate in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing skills (for example being able to write clear and concise emails, reports etc)
  • A conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately 

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