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2319 - Sustainability Projects Assistant

Project 2319 - Sustainability Projects Assistant
Employer University of Sheffield
Job Description

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: Sheffield

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

This post will be a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the successful delivery of the Green Impact project by the specified completion dates. You will also provide added capacity to deliver an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the University and Union.

This is a 12 month, full time post that will deliver not only the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of sustainability across The University of Sheffield as a whole.

Who would this position suit?

The University of Sheffield are looking for an enthusiastic team player who has a passion for sustainability, the environment and behaviour change. An innovative and creative thinker, you have the ability to problem-solve and successfully implement your own ideas.

Using your strong organisational and communication skills you can engage and inspire people to get involved in the Green Impact Programme, whilst effectively prioritising your work in a busy and dynamic environment.

Who are the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield is a large organisation with 28,000 students, 8,000 staff and several hundred buildings. Due to the size and nature of its activities, the University places significant environmental impacts on the local and global environment.

The University recognises its impact and has made a corporate commitment to improving its environmental performance by developing and adopting an Environmental Policy. This has been in place since 1997 and provides the framework for all work in energy management, waste and recycling and sustainable transport.

Behaviour change projects form an integral part of the University’s on-going environmental management activity. The Green Impact and Student Switch Off programmes have been successfully delivered in the past eight years, and they hope to build on this success in 2017/18.

What is the Energy Team like?

We have a small, but extremely busy Energy Team who oversee the action being taken by the University to meet its carbon reduction targets. Based in Estates & Facilities Management (EFM) the team is responsible for formulating energy strategies; identifying and implementing projects to improve energy and water efficiency; managing utility cost and consumption databases and reporting on the University’s performance.

You will report to the Energy Manager who will work with you to help develop your skills and allow you to take responsibility for managing projects that will benefit both the individual and the University as a whole.

Why would the successful candidate want this position?

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.

You will learn about being a team player, develop communication skills in different mediums and gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation.

The full time 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 energy team to create and drive forward further initiatives across the University’s staff, students and estate.

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.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,500

Start Date: 4th September 2017

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Project County South Yorkshire
Location Sheffield

Key Responsibilities

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

  2. Increasing the number of students and staff with pro-environmental knowledge and awareness

  3. Successfully delivering of the University’s Green Impact project by the specified completion dates

  4. Providing quantitative and qualitative data relating to the scheme to the NUS

  5. Developing and driving forward wider environmental projects across the University, particularly in supporting the delivery of the behaviour change section of the University’s Energy Strategy.

  6. Recruiting, coordinating and motivating teams of volunteers to drive forward the University’s Green Impact project through their involvement as departmental teams and as auditors

  7. Assisting in conducting appropriate environmental surveys (for example, lights left on unnecessarily, windows left open, recycling bin contents)

  8. Acting as an ambassador for the project and ensuring effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with the Students’ Union and through other partners and external channels. Keeping in regular contact with the NUS Green Impact Project Officer and attending phone or face-to-face meetings when required

  9. Assisting with other projects relevant to Green Impact. Investigating external funding sources for further projects that would complement it when appropriate, and fitting with the demands of the Green Impact project

  10. Supporting colleagues in editing and updating the University’s sustainability web site and other web pages that may be of integral use to the Green Impact project.

  11. Organising and facilitating an Awards Ceremony for the participating departments in line with the timescales of the project, with the aim of celebrating the successes of the teams and the project.


  1. Candidates must be a graduate.

  2. 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).

  3. Knowledge of, and commitment to, sustainability issues and their importance within a university environment.

  4. Demonstrable commitment and motivation to complete the project and deliver the project’s aims.

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

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

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

  8. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action.


  1. Previous experience of event organising in either a voluntary or paid position.

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

  3. Experience of project management and administration.

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

Closing Date: Sunday, 30th July 2017

Telephone Interview: w/c 31st July 2017

Interview Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Hours/Week: 35

Annual leave: 27

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

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

Salary £17,500
Application Deadline 2017-07-30
Interview Date 2017-08-15
Start Date 2017-09-04
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted