Change Agents UK

Sustainability Projects Assistant - Salford

Project Green Impact - Salford
Employer Salford University
Job Description


The University of Salford is an enterprising University helping to transform individuals and communities through excellent teaching, research, innovation and engagement. As one of the largest organisations in the Greater Manchester Region with over 20,000 students, 2,500 staff and a land holding of 70 hectares in Salford, the University recognises the negative and positive impacts it has on the local, regional and global environment.

The University’s Strategic Plan includes a commitment to transform our estate and its environment, the quality and range of professional and corporate services and the culture of work and play at the University of Salford that meets with our ambitions for sustainability. This is reflected in the values of the University which include diversity, humanity, fairness and respect. Our ambitions for sustainability include a number of commitments to improve and enhance our influence on the environment.

The Green Impact Programme ( is a national behaviour change initiative headed by the National Union of Students (NUS) to promote and coordinate positive environmental behaviour change in university and college staff departments throughout the UK. Previously called ‘Green Impact Assistants’, Sustainable Behaviour Assistants will work with an institution’s Sustainability/ Environment Team to drive forward the Green Impact programme with the support of the NUS, SSO (Student Switch Off) and Change Agents UK.

About Green Impact

Green impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that encourages pro-environmental behaviours by staff. It empowers sustainability champions within their workplace, helping them gain recognition for their environmental efforts, whilst playing on the competitive spirit of staff working in teams. It provides people and their departments with a tangible framework for improving their environmental performance, breaking down complex environmental issues into more manageable bite-sized chunks.

Green Impact forms part of the NUS’s wider strategy to support students’ unions by supporting them to green their own operations, their institutions and the wider community. All NUS environmental programmes seek to generate sustainable income for students’ unions by paying them to get involved in local delivery of our central projects. The environmental programmes are also committed to providing volunteering opportunities for students that will help with their employability, especially through skills that support the transition to a low carbon economy.

The scheme is all about practical actions that tackle common bad practice. A number of departments are audited to determine what common bad practices exist across an institution, and then a list of practical actions is developed to address them. These actions are carefully chosen so that any member of staff can do them on behalf of their team or department. From recycling, to investing in more efficient equipment, to encouraging biodiversity, or Fairtrade, the scheme covers a broad range of issues under the sustainability umbrella, all tailored to an individual institution to cover local policy and process.

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This post will involve a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation and impact of Green Impact and other staff and student engagement programmes such as Blackout in order to achieve an increase in the pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the university and union.

The Sustainability Projects Assistant will provide added capacity to enable successful delivery of the university’s Green Impact and Blackout projects by the specified completion dates and support other projects as identified and agreed.

This is a 12 month full-time post that will deliver the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of the sustainability team across University of Salford as a whole.

Benefits of this opportunity

The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, developing communication skills in different mediums and will gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation.

The full time nature of this role will enable the graduate to develop not only the skills and outputs required as part of Green Impact (and SSO), but also to work as an integral part of the environment and estates teams to create and drive forward further initiatives across the university’s staff, students and estates.

Future employment potential

The role may be able to be extended dependent upon its success and the development of any further needs that the University may have. Permanent work opportunities may arise within the team over the duration of the placement but timing and funding will influence the likelihood of any further opportunities for the graduate within the team.

The skills, experience and knowledge gained from these posts will open up many opportunities for a wide-range of sustainability work.

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Location Manchester

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. Coordinate and support the Green Impact project to encourage pro-environmental behaviour change across the institution and wider community.

  2. Increase number of students and staff with environmental sustainability knowledge and awareness.

  3. Successful delivery of the University’s Green Impact and Blackout projects by the specified completion dates.

  4. Provide quantitative and qualitative data relating to the schemes to the NUS.

  5. Develop and drive forward further environmental sustainability projects as agreed across the university.

Key Tasks

  1. Meet with stakeholders around the University (staff and student groups) to encourage their early involvement in all of the planned communications through local launch of the projects.

  2. Plan, deliver and evaluate the Green Impact and Blackout projects through amendment, distribution and collation of the Green Impact Workbook in partnership with departmental teams.

  3. Recruit, coordinate and motivate teams of volunteers to drive forward the University’s Green Impact and Blackout projects through their involvement as departmental teams and as auditors.

  4. Ensure that all records and information are collated and disseminated effectively, in line with the requirements of the project, and facilitate discussion and drive forward agendas with key contacts and participants.

  5. To assist the Environmental Sustainability Team in conducting appropriate environmental surveys of relevance to the Project (for example, lights left on unnecessarily, windows left open, recycling bin contents).

  6. Prioritise key tasks and workload to ensure successful delivery to time frames specified by the project aims, and actively network with other Sustainable Behaviour Assistants to ensure sharing of best practice across the sector.

  7. Act as an ambassador for the project and ensure effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with the Student Union and through other partners and external channels and keep in regular contact with the NUS Representatives and attend phone or face-to-face meetings when required.

  8. To coordinate the recruitment and management of student volunteer Green Impact Project Assistants and Blackout volunteers.

  9. Organise and facilitate an Awards Ceremony for the participating departments in line with the timescales of the project and with the aim of celebrating the successes and impacts of the teams and the project.

Personal Specification


  1. An excellent communicator: Able to comfortably express themselves and environmental issues verbally, in written text to a variety of different audiences as well as in one-to-one situations. Experience and enthusiasm for articulating this through marketing materials (e.g. producing news items and a newsletter and creating on-line communities).

  2. Creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver that can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them.

  3. ICT literacy in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  4. Conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  5. Knowledge of, and commitment to, ‘green’ issues and their importance within a university environment.

  6. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action.

  7. Demonstrable commitment and motivation to complete the project and deliver the projects aims.


  1. Previous experience of event organising, project management and administration in either a voluntary or paid position.

  2. Experience of or a relevant qualification in communications, marketing or similar.

  3. Experience of Office Outlook, MS Project and/or any web content management programmes.

  4. Demonstrable knowledge or experience of the University of Salford.

Position Details

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading on behalf of the University of Salford

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,000

Telephone Interviews, Week Commencing: 22nd August 2016 - Please make sure you are contactable during the stated week.

Interview Date: 24th August 2016

Closing Date: 14th August 2016

Preferred Start Date: Monday 19th September 2016

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Hours/Week: 35 hours

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some work outside normal hours to undertake audits.

Annual leave: 23 days per annum pro rata

Probation period: 1 month

Base: Crescent House, University of Salford

Department: Estates & Property Services

Salary £17,000
Application Deadline 2016-08-14
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted