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Engagement and Impact Officer (Business and Community Engagement)

Do you have experience working with businesses and communities on the design and delivery of climate strategies? Do you have expertise relating to stakeholder engagement on climate change relating to businesses and communities?

We are looking for an Engagement and Impact Officer to play a central role in driving climate actions in the Yorkshire and Humber region.  

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) is an independent advisory body working with combined and local authorities and with other public, private and third sector (i.e. NGOs and community-based) organisations across the region. It has the goals of supporting the transition to net zero, promoting climate resilience, protecting and restoring nature, and facilitating a just (i.e. a fair and inclusive) transition across the region.  

Established at the start of 2021, the YHCC prepared and published the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Plan (CAP) in November 2021. The Commission is now working with multiple stakeholders – especially combined and local authorities, businesses and communities and more local climate commissions - to build capacities for the delivery of the CAP.  

To support and shape its ambitious work programme, we are seeking a motivated and proactive Engagement and Impact Officer to work with the YHCC to support its engagements with businesses and communities across the region. Also supporting the work of the Leeds Climate Commission, the post will be funded by the University of Leeds as part of its ‘Climate Principles’ commitments that seek to support climate action in Leeds and the wider region.  

The appointed candidate will work with the Commission to: 

  1. Promote and manage its activities and engagements with businesses, especially relating to the regional Climate Leaders Pledge that will be launched in the summer/autumn of this year;
  2. Support and help to organise and deliver the Commission’s community engagement activities, particularly through its Communities and Engagement Panel;
  3. Support and help to organise the on-line and in-person consultations associated with the delivery of the Commission’s Climate Action Plan and the preparations for a State of the Region progress report to be published in early 2024.

The Engagement and Impact Officer (Business and Community Engagement) will be a central part of the Secretariat that supports the YHCC. The Secretariat – which is based at the University of Leeds but works across the region – includes two Co-Directors and a number of engagement and impact officers, communications and engagement specialists and project managers/administrative support staff. Beyond the Secretariat, the appointed candidate will work with the Chair of the Commission, with the Commission itself and with its national and regional policy fora and its working groups and panels.  

You will have expertise relating to climate change in general and with related approaches to business and community engagement. You must have strong communications skills and excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. You should also have experience in engaging and working with public, private and third sector actors and in supporting stakeholder engagement activities. You should be a strong team player but also have the ability to exercise initiative and work independently. Diplomatic and discreet in approach, you will be skilled at managing a broad range of relationships in a balanced and effective way.  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy & Co-Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission/Chair, Leeds Climate Commission                       


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  80% FTE
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Fixed-term until 31 March 2024)
Release Date:  Friday 10 June 2022
Closing Date:  Thursday 07 July 2022
Reference:  ENVEE1576
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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