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Sustainability Projects Assistant

Project Sustainability Projects Assistant
Employer University of Sheffield
Job Description

Sustainability Projects Assistant

Location: Sheffield

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,500

Start Date: 9th September 2019

Length of Opportunity: 12 Months


The University of Sheffield is a large organisation with 28,000 students, 8,000 staff and several hundred buildings and is committed to continually improving its environmental performance. You will take responsibility for managing the Green Impact programme and work with colleagues to help deliver the University’s commitments under its Sustainability Strategy.

We are:

A small, but extremely busy Energy Team who oversee the action being taken by the University to meet its carbon reduction targets. 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. Green Impact has been successfully delivered in the past ten years, and we hope to continue building on this success in 2019/20.

We value:

  • Commitment to sustainability

  • Communication and enthusiasm

  • Supporting and promoting volunteers

  • Integrity and respect

We need:

An enthusiastic team player with a passion for sustainability, the environment and behaviour change. You will coordinate and support the successful delivery of the Green Impact project, using your strong organisational and communication skills to engage and inspire people to get involved.

You will also help deliver an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the University and Students’ Union to enhance the capacity and impact of sustainability across The University of Sheffield 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 university environment.

  • 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, with 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 in using Microsoft and Google packages 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 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.

Key Responsibilities:

Engage with students and staff to increase pro-environmental knowledge and awareness.

Coordinate and support the Green Impact project, managing your workload to deliver to set deadlines.

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

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

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

Act as an ambassador for the project, ensuring effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with the Students’ Union and through other partners and external channels.

Keep in regular contact with the NUS Green Impact Project Officer and attend phone or face-to-face meetings when required. Provide the NUS with quantitative and qualitative data relating to the Green Impact.

Assist 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.

Supporting colleagues in editing and updating the University’s sustainability and other web pages.

You will also have the opportunity to organise and facilitate an Awards Ceremony, celebrating the successes of the teams and the project.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 35 hours

Annual leave: 27 days per annum

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

Employer: Change Agents UK (on behalf of the University of Sheffield)


Closing Date: Sunday 4th August 2019

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 12th August 2019

Interview Date: Tuesday 20th August 2019

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

Project County South Yorkshire
Location Sheffield
Salary £17,500
Application Deadline 2019-08-04
Interview Date 2019-08-20
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted