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Sustainability Projects Officer

Project Sustainability Projects Officer
Employer University College London
Job Description

Sustainability Projects Officer

Location: King’s Cross, London

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £22,000

Start Date: September 2018

Length of Opportunity: 12 Months


University College London (UCL) is a public research university, it is the oldest and largest constituent college of the University of London. As a research intensive institution, there are a number of challenges to becoming a more environmentally and socially sustainable university.

You will work as part of the UCL Sustainability Team to deliver a variety of projects to improve UCL’s Sustainability Performance including, rewilding the Bloomsbury campus and Plastic Free UCL. You will boost engagement and encourage behaviour change across campus.

We are:

The UCL Sustainability Team, we drive forward the university's key sustainability aims. We work with the UCL community to embed sustainability into research, buildings and behaviours at UCL, and beyond.

We have been active for 6 years and in that time the Institution has moved up to 26th place in People and Planet’s Green League, won numerous awards for our sustainability performance and has grown to ten members.

You will be joining a dynamic and fun team committed to making UCL a more sustainable place. We have an open and collaborative team culture; welcoming new ideas and ways of working.

You can see the team structure here:

We value:

  • Commitment to sustainability

  • Progressive ideas

  • Communication

  • Curiosity

  • Integrity and respect

We need:

A creative and pro-active individual driven by a passion to make changes for a sustainable future. You should be happy working with a good deal of autonomy to establish new projects and develop solutions to sometimes complex problems.

You will work to deliver a variety of projects to improve UCL’s Sustainability Performance, boosting engagement and positive behaviour change in sustainability across campus. You will work with the Senior Sustainability Manager (Energy, Carbon, Water) to deliver a variety of projects.

You are:

  • Highly organised

  • An excellent communicator, with influencing skills at all levels, including with academic and maintenance staff – oral and written

  • Able to problem solve, with a positive and creative “can do” approach

  • A natural collaborator, working cross functionally, internally and externally

  • Able to balance a number of objectives at once using your time management skills

  • Able to analyse data and prepare reports with an attention to detail

  • Committed to environmental sustainability

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Aware and have an understanding of the challenges of implementing change in a large organisation and how these challenges can be overcome

  • Qualified in an environmental related discipline

  • Knowledgeable of biodiversity or logistics systems

  • Experienced developing and delivering behaviour change programmes

What’s in it for you?

UCL offers an extremely diverse and interesting environment to work in with ample opportunities to embed sustainability across all our activities:

  • Working with our academics to reflect the sustainability research which we undertake, everything from the health impacts of climate change to electric vehicle batteries;

  • Integrating sustainablility into our ways of working from the estate to HR and student support;

  • Developing our approach to education for sustainable development.

The role offers generous training and support, both through the Change Agents Skills Development Programme and through specific training for different aspects of the role.

We would like the successful candidate to use their time at UCL to develop their experience and knowledge as much as possible to give them strong experience for their future career here or elsewhere. Five of our previous Change Agents have been made permanent UCL employees.

Day in the Life / Key responsibilities:

Support the development of UCL’s new Sustainability Strategy with particular focus on the three signature programmes; Wild Bloomsbury, Plastic Free UCL & Climate Change.

Implement three projects to increase biodiversity and wellbeing by re-wilding our Bloomsbury Campus.

Deliver a sustainable literacy project with a number of key departments at UCL to identify and facilitate opportunities to increase sustainable literacy for both students and staff.

Launch a new engagement programme with UCL’s departments to identify opportunities to integrate sustainability into core departmental activities.

Liaise with UCL departments, researchers and external stakeholders to develop and agree projects.

Prepare business cases to gain approval for the projects.

Implement the projects alongside other UCL departments.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 36.5 hours

Annual leave: 27 days per annum

Work outside normal hours: Occasional attendance at evening events may be required. This will be eligible for Time off in Lieu.

Employer: Change Agents UK (on behalf of University College London)


Closing Date: Wednesday 8th August

Telephone Interview Date: w/c10th August

Interview Date: Wednesday 22nd August

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

Location King's Cross, London
Salary £22,000
Application Deadline 2018-08-08
Hours Per Week 36.50
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted