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2406 - Sustainability Projects Assistant

Project Sheffield 2021
Organisation University of Sheffield
Job Description


The University of Sheffield is a large organisation with 29,000 students, 7,500 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 working with colleagues on other initiatives to help deliver the University’s commitments under its Sustainability Strategy.

Location: Sheffield

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading Ltd

Client: University of Sheffield

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £18,212

Start Date: October 2021

Contract: Fixed Term - 12 Months

Who are the University of Sheffield:

The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching. It aims to become one of the most sustainable research-intensive universities in the country.

The University has committed to reducing its absolute carbon emissions as much as possible, with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

A small, but extremely committed and busy Energy Team sits within the Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) department, delivering and overseeing actions to meet the carbon reduction targets. Behaviour change projects form an integral part of the strategy, and the most popular of these - Green Impact - has been successfully delivered for over ten years. We hope to continue building on this success in 2021/22.

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.


  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent in a relevant Environmental/Sustainability related subject or have an equivalent level of work experience.

  • 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 projects and deliver projects’ 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.


  • 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 Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms 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.

Key responsibilities:

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. Help align Green Impact with the University’s wider strategic priorities.

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

  8. Act as an ambassador for behaviour change, ensuring effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with EFM colleagues, the University internal communications team and through other partners and external channels.

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

  10. Organise and facilitate an Awards Ceremony, celebrating the successes of the teams and the project.


CAUK reference: 2406

Hours/Week: 35

Annual leave:27 days + 8 bank holidays

Probation period: 1 Month

Reports to: Energy Manager

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and documentation is required to support this.

Information on placement terms can be found at


Application Deadline: midnight on Tuesday, 14th September 2021

Interview Date: w/c 27th September 2021

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Change Agents UK Trading Ltd is acting as an employment business as defined under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and will employ the successful applicant under a contract of service for the duration of the placement. Should you have any queries or require any further information on this role or the services we provide please contact or call 01572 723419.

Project County South Yorkshire
Location Sheffield
Salary £18,212
Application Deadline 2021-09-14
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted