|Project||Green Impact - Salford|
The University of Salford is an enterprising University helping to transform individuals and communities through excellent teaching, research, innovation and engagement. As one of the largest organisations in the Greater Manchester Region with over 20,000 students, 2,500 staff and a land holding of 70 hectares in Salford, the University recognises the negative and positive impacts it has on the local, regional and global environment.
The University’s Strategic Plan includes a commitment to transform our estate and its environment, the quality and range of professional and corporate services and the culture of work and play at the University of Salford that meets with our ambitions for sustainability. This is reflected in the values of the University which include diversity, humanity, fairness and respect. Our ambitions for sustainability include a number of commitments to improve and enhance our influence on the environment.
The Green Impact Programme (http://www.green-impact.org.uk/) is a national behaviour change initiative headed by the National Union of Students (NUS) to promote and coordinate positive environmental behaviour change in university and college staff departments throughout the UK. Previously called ‘Green Impact Assistants’, Sustainable Behaviour Assistants will work with an institution’s Sustainability/ Environment Team to drive forward the Green Impact programme with the support of the NUS, SSO (Student Switch Off) and Change Agents UK.
About Green Impact
Green impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that encourages pro-environmental behaviours by staff. It empowers sustainability champions within their workplace, helping them gain recognition for their environmental efforts, whilst playing on the competitive spirit of staff working in teams. It provides people and their departments with a tangible framework for improving their environmental performance, breaking down complex environmental issues into more manageable bite-sized chunks.
Green Impact forms part of the NUS’s wider strategy to support students’ unions by supporting them to green their own operations, their institutions and the wider community. All NUS environmental programmes seek to generate sustainable income for students’ unions by paying them to get involved in local delivery of our central projects. The environmental programmes are also committed to providing volunteering opportunities for students that will help with their employability, especially through skills that support the transition to a low carbon economy.
The scheme is all about practical actions that tackle common bad practice. A number of departments are audited to determine what common bad practices exist across an institution, and then a list of practical actions is developed to address them. These actions are carefully chosen so that any member of staff can do them on behalf of their team or department. From recycling, to investing in more efficient equipment, to encouraging biodiversity, or Fairtrade, the scheme covers a broad range of issues under the sustainability umbrella, all tailored to an individual institution to cover local policy and process.
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This post will involve a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation and impact of Green Impact and other staff and student engagement programmes such as Blackout in order to achieve an increase in the pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the university and union.
The Sustainability Projects Assistant will provide added capacity to enable successful delivery of the university’s Green Impact and Blackout projects by the specified completion dates and support other projects as identified and agreed.
This is a 12 month full-time post that will deliver the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of the sustainability team across University of Salford as a whole.
Benefits of this opportunity
The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, developing communication skills in different mediums and will gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation.
The full time nature of this role will enable the graduate to develop not only the skills and outputs required as part of Green Impact (and SSO), but also to work as an integral part of the environment and estates teams to create and drive forward further initiatives across the university’s staff, students and estates.
Future employment potential
The role may be able to be extended dependent upon its success and the development of any further needs that the University may have. Permanent work opportunities may arise within the team over the duration of the placement but timing and funding will influence the likelihood of any further opportunities for the graduate within the team.
The skills, experience and knowledge gained from these posts will open up many opportunities for a wide-range of sustainability work.
Benefits of working with Change Agents UK
Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:
• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy
• Management support and networking opportunities.
• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.
• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.
• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.
This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01572 723419
Outputs and Key Tasks
Employer: Change Agents UK Trading on behalf of the University of Salford
Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,000
Telephone Interviews, Week Commencing: 22nd August 2016 - Please make sure you are contactable during the stated week.
Interview Date: 24th August 2016
Closing Date: 14th August 2016
Preferred Start Date: Monday 19th September 2016
Length of Opportunity: 12 months
Hours/Week: 35 hours
Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some work outside normal hours to undertake audits.
Annual leave: 23 days per annum pro rata
Probation period: 1 month
Base: Crescent House, University of Salford
Department: Estates & Property Services
|Hours Per Week||35.00|
Closed - no further applications permitted