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Sustainability Projects Officer

Project Sustainability Projects Officer
Employer Connect Housing
Job Description

Sustainability Projects Officer

Location: West Yorkshire (primarily Dewsbury and Leeds)

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £18,000

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 12 Months (with the possibility of an extension)

Hours/Week: 21 hours (0.6 FTE)


This position is a part-time role for 12 months. The Sustainability Projects Officer (SPO) will work with the Connect Housing Team to drive forward sustainability engagement projects, as well as supporting and contributing to a range of projects. The SPO role is a fantastic platform for careers in sustainability as well as an opportunity to play a crucial role in the delivery of a successful environmental behaviour change programme.

Connect Housing is committed to continually improve on minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

We are:

Connect Housing is a charitable Housing Association, registered with the Regulator of Social Housing. Our roots date back to the late 1960’s and the generation of small housing organisations that were set up in response to the homelessness crisis at the time, as characterised in Ken Loach’s famous TV play “Cathy Come Home”. Since then, Connect has grown organically to provide affordable homes to around 3,500 households across West Yorkshire. As well as our high quality landlord services, Connect is also respected for the wide range of supported housing work that we do, both directly and in partnership with specialist care and support providers. We support, both in homes that Connect owns and elsewhere, a whole range of vulnerable client groups including homeless people, women and families fleeing domestic violence, people recovering from mental health crisis, people with learning and/or physical disabilities, and people experiencing ill-health and isolation in older age.

Connect Housing has 180 staff, and an annual turnover of £18million. We have development ambitions to grow the number of homes we have by around 800 over the next 10 years, whilst at the same time continuing to invest in our existing properties and communities, helping us towards our overall vision of a more equal society where a good home, a good neighbourhood and good prospects are within everyone’s reach.

Our Board has recognised that Connect has an important contribution to addressing the Climate Emergency that we face. We understand the scale of change that will be required to tackle this issue, and Green Impact is the approach we have chosen to help take our people and customers on that journey, alongside other sustainability work that we are planning.

We value:

Connect’s Values can be summarised as follows:

  • We Create Solutions

  • We Include the whole community

  • We Love making a difference

  • We Respect each other

We need:

An enthusiastic team player who has a passion for sustainability, the environment and behaviour change. This post will involve a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation and impact of environmental behaviour change initiatives as well as supporting Connect colleagues in other sustainability projects. Using your strong organisational and communication skills to engage and inspire people to achieve an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of staff within our organisation.

The Sustainability Projects Officer will help to enable successful delivery of Connect Housing’s engagement projects by the specified completion dates.

This is a 12 month part-time post that will deliver staff engagement objectives but also enhance the sustainability work across Connect as a whole.

You are:

  • A graduate.

  • 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, a newsletter and creating on-line communities).

  • Knowledgeable of, and committed to, sustainability issues and their importance within a work environment (within the housing sector desirable).

  • Committed and motivated to complete the project and deliver the project’s aims.

  • 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.

  • A conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  • Able to motivate others into action.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Able to organise events, previous experience in either a voluntary or paid position.

  • Experienced or hold a relevant qualification in, communications, marketing or similar.

  • Experienced in project management and administration.

  • Experienced using Office Outlook, MS Project and/or any web content management programmes.

What’s in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to begin your career in sustainability. You will learn how to implement sustainability and behaviour change projects and meet like-minded professionals who are experts in their field.

The nature of this role will enable you to develop not only the skills and outputs required as part of Green Impact, but also to work as an integral part of the Connect staff team to create and drive forward further initiatives across the Association’s staff, tenants and property assets. The skills, experience and knowledge gained from this post will open up many opportunities for a wide-range of sustainability work.

The role may be able to be extended dependent upon its success and the development of any further needs that the Association 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.

You will be given full support and training by Change Agents UK for the duration of the 12 month position and also benefit from 1:1 Professional Coaching.

Key Responsibilities:

Coordinate and support the Green Impact programme and other engagement projects to encourage pro-environmental behaviour change across the Trust and wider community.

Increase number of staff and customers with pro-environmental knowledge and awareness.

Successful delivery of the Connect Green Impact programme by the specified completion dates.

Develop and drive forward wider environmental projects across the Association.

Meet with stakeholders around the Association (staff and tenant groups and partner organisations) to encourage their early involvement in all of the planned communications through local launch of the projects.

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

Recruit, coordinate and motivate teams of volunteers to drive forward the Trust’s Green Impact programme through their involvement as departmental teams.

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.

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

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

Act as an ambassador for the project and ensure effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

To assist with other projects relevant to staff engagement being conducted by Connect Housing.

To lead on communications activities relating to the Green Impact programme and wider sustainability projects, including (but not limited to) editing and updating the staff web site and other web pages that may be of integral use to the Green Impact project and other projects

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.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 21 hours (0.6 FTE)

Annual leave: 26 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays per annum pro rata.

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


Closing Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 4th November 2019

Interview Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019

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

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CAUK reference 2373

Employer: Connect Housing Association Ltd

Probation period: 6 Months

Reports to: Director of Home (to be confirmed)

Location West Yorkshire (primarily Dewsbury and Leeds)
Salary £18,000 pa pro rata
Application Deadline 2019-10-30
Interview Date 2019-11-12
Hours Per Week 21.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted