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2320 - Sustainability Engagement Officer

Project 2320 - Sustainability Engagement Officer
Employer London School of Economics and Political Sciences
Job Description

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: London

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

As the Sustainability Engagement Officer, you will deliver a range of sustainability engagement projects, working with stakeholders across the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) community to encourage environmental behaviours. In particular, you will manage the ‘Green Impact’ campaign, which encourages staff and students to embed sustainable practices within their own offices. You will also boost the overall capacity of the LSE Sustainability Team, supporting and contributing to a range of projects.

Who would this position suit?

LSE are looking for an enthusiastic team player with a passion for sustainability. 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 a large and diverse group of people to get involved in sustainability initiatives, whilst effectively prioritising your work in a busy and dynamic environment.

Who are LSE?

LSE is a specialist social sciences university with an international intake and a global reach. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel Prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni, and 34 past and present world leaders have studied or taught at the LSE.

The LSE estate consists of 100,000m2 of central London office and teaching space, 13 catering outlets, a nursery, a world renowned library, a public house, eight halls of residence and an 11 acre sports ground.

LSE is a sector-leader in embedding environmental sustainability in its campus and operations, and the LSE Sustainability Team coordinates an extensive programme of work to enhance the School’s environmental impacts from energy and carbon, waste, water, construction, procurement and other areas.

What is the Sustainability Team like?

The LSE Sustainability Team is a group of five avid tea-drinkers, working together to make LSE a greener, more pleasant place to be. You will join colleagues focusing on waste and procurement, halls of residence, and their ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, who all report to the Head of Sustainability.

They each have their own projects and areas of specialism, but work closely together to discuss joint approaches to shared challenges and bounce ideas around. They’re based in the Estates Division, which develops and maintains the LSE campus. That’s an ideal base from which to ensure their buildings are as sustainable as possible, but it also makes the Engagement Officer’s role crucial, as you’ll act as a bridge between the Estates Division and other ‘Service Divisions’ (e.g. IT), academic departments, and students.

Why would you want this position?

This is a great opportunity to start your career in Sustainability, working for an organisation that leads on embedding environmental sustainability within its campus and operations.

You will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, developing communication skills in different mediums, and stakeholder management experience. You will gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation. You will also gain insight into a range of environmental management issues.

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

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.

There may also be opportunities to extend the role within the team, beyond the initial contract period – however, this will depend on funding availability, timing, and the success of the post-holder in the role.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £20,125

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Project County London
Location London

Key Responsibilities

  1. Lead ‘Green Impact’ - a nationwide initiative led by the National Union of Students (NUS), for staff to undertake activities in their own offices to enhance their environmental impact. Please click here for further information on Green Impact.

  2. Recruit, coordinate and motivate a network of staff and student volunteers to participate in Green Impact, collaborating closely with them to support them to identify and deliver their own self-led sustainability projects.

  3. Plan and implement the annual ‘Celebration of Sustainability’ to recognise teams’ Green Impact achievements at the end of the academic year, and evaluate the performance of the programme.

  4. 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 the LSE Annual Environmental Sustainability Report; producing newsletters, press releases and posters; managing our website and social media presence.

  5. Monitor and report on progress against objectives, using quantitative and qualitative data.

  6. Act as an ambassador for sustainability at LSE among internal and external stakeholders.

  7. Actively network with Sustainability Projects Assistants and other colleagues in external institutions, as well as identifying and undertaking suitable training opportunities, to ensure sharing of best practice across the sector.

  8. Develop and drive forward other environmentally-related projects across the School, and support other administrative work to contribute to overall Sustainability Team objectives as required.

  9. Suggest new initiatives and approaches to further enhance LSE’s environmental performance and sustainability engagement programmes.


  1. Candidate must be a graduate.

  2. An outstanding communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, 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.

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

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

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

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

  7. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action.

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


  1. Experience of project management and administration.

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

  3. Experience of communications, marketing or similar.

  4. Experience of coordinating and motivating a team of volunteers.

  5. Experience of any web content management programmes, graphic design or video editing software, social media particularly Twitter and Facebook.

Additional Position Details

Closing Date: Sunday, 20th August 2017

Telephone Interview: w/c 28th August 2017

Interview Date: Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Hours/Week: 35

Annual leave: 25 days

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of very occasional work outside normal hours to coordinate events.

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

Salary £20,125
Application Deadline 2017-08-20
Interview Date 2017-09-13
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted