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Sustainability Engagement Officer

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

Sustainability Engagement Officer

Location: London

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £23,000

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 12 months


As the Sustainability Engagement Officer, you will deliver a range of sustainability engagement projects, working with stakeholders across the LSE community to encourage environmental behaviours and help develop the LSE 2030 Sustainability Plan, a response to LSE’s 2030 Strategy. In particular, you will manage the ‘Green Impact’ programme, 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.

We are:

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

They each have our 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. 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.

We value:

Delivering everything we do in line with our Ethics Code which includes both sustainability and integrity – we especially aim to deliver these elements in tandem.

We need:

An enthusiastic team player with a passion for sustainability. An innovative and creative thinker, you have the ability to problem-solve and take initiative to 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.

You are:

  • An outstanding communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, able to comfortably express themselves and sustainability issues verbally, in written text to a variety of different audiences as well as in one-to-one situations.

  • 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.

  • A graduate.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Experienced in project management and administration.

  • 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 using Microsoft and Google packages and/or any web content management programmes.

What’s in it for you?

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 postholder in the role.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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 and participate in the development of LSE’s 2030 Sustainability Plan. Please click here for further information on Green Impact.

  • 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.

  • Work collaboratively with the Sustainability Team to effectively gather opinions and ideas from LSE staff and students as part of the developments of LSE’s 2030 Sustainability Plan.

  • 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.

  • 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 Sustainability Report; producing newsletters, press releases and posters; managing our website and social media presence.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 35 hours

Annual leave: 27 days per annum

Employer: Change Agents UK (on behalf of The LSE)

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some work outside normal hours to undertake audits and communicate with different stakeholders.


Closing Date: Sunday 8th September 2019

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 16th September 2019

Interview Date: Thursday 26th September 2019

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

Project County London
Location London
Salary £23,000 pa
Application Deadline 2019-09-08
Interview Date 2019-09-26
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted