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Sustainability Projects Assistant - The University of Sheffield

Project Sustainability Projects Assistant - The University of Sheffield
Employer University of Sheffield
Job Description

Sustainable Projects Assistant- The University of Sheffield


The University of Sheffield is a large organisation with over 26,000 students, 7,000 staff and several hundred buildings. Due to the size and nature of its activities, the University places significant environmental impacts on the local and global environment. 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. The Green Impact and Student Switch Off programmes have been successfully delivered in the past seven years, and we hope to build on this success in 2016-17.


This post will be a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the successful delivery of the Green Impact project by the specified completion dates. The Sustainability Projects Assistant will also provide added capacity to deliver an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the University and Union. This is a 12 month, full time post that will deliver not only the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of sustainability across The University of Sheffield as a whole.

Benefits of this opportunity

The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, develop communication skills in different mediums and 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, 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.

Future employment potential

It is unlikely that the role will be extended as the University tends to employ a new graduate to fill this position every year. However, permanent work opportunities may arise within the team over the duration of the placement although 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 or call 01572 723419

Project County South Yorkshire
Location Sheffield

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. Coordinate and support the Green Impact project to encourage pro-environmental behaviour change across the institution and wider community.

  2. Increase the number of students and staff with pro-environmental knowledge and awareness

  3. Successful delivery of the University’s Green Impact project by the specified completion dates

  4. Provide quantitative and qualitative data relating to the scheme to the NUS

  5. 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.

Key Tasks

  1. Meeting with stakeholders around the University (staff and student groups) to encourage their early involvement in all of the planned communications through local launch of the project

  2. Planning, delivering and evaluating the Green Impact project through amendment, distribution and collation of the Workbook in partnership with departmental teams

  3. Recruiting, coordinating and motivating teams of volunteers to drive forward the University’s Green Impact project through their involvement as departmental teams and as auditors

  4. Ensuring that all records and information are collated and disseminated effectively, in line with the requirements of the project, and to facilitate discussion and drive forward agendas with key contacts and participants

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

  6. Prioritising key tasks and workload to ensure successful delivery to time frames specified by the project aims, and actively networking with other Sustainable Projects Assistants to share best practice across the sector

  7. Acting as an ambassador for the project and ensuring effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with the Students’ Union and through other partners and external channels. Keeping in regular contact with the NUS Green Impact Project Officer and attending phone or face-to-face meetings when required

  8. Assisting 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

  9. Supporting colleagues in editing and updating the University’s sustainability web site and other web pages that may be of integral use to the Green Impact project

  10. Organising and facilitating an Awards Ceremony for the participating departments in line with the timescales of the project, with the aim of celebrating the successes of the teams and the project.

Personal Specification


  1. Candidates must be a graduate

  2. 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)

  3. Knowledge of, and commitment to, sustainability issues and their importance within a university environment

  4. Demonstrable commitment and motivation to complete the project and deliver the project’s aims

  5. Creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver that can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them

  6. ICT literacy in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  7. Conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately

  8. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action


  1. Previous experience of event organising in either a voluntary or paid position

  2. Experience of, or a relevant qualification in, communications, marketing or similar

  3. Experience of project management and administration

  4. Experience of Office Outlook, MS Project and/or any web content management programmes

Position Details

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading Limited

Salary (per annum): £17,000

Interview Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Closing Date: Sunday 17th July 2016

Start Date: August 2016

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Hours/Week: 35

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

Annual leave: 27 days

Probation period: 1 month

Base: The University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

Department: Estates & Facilities Management

Salary £17,000
Application Deadline 2016-07-17
Interview Date 2016-08-02
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted