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Senior Engagement and Impact Officer (Regional Policy and Planning)

Do you have experience working with the local or combined authorities on the design and delivery of climate strategies? Do you have expertise relating to local or regional policy and planning and of engaging in climate policy debates at the national level? Do you have strong organisational and communication skills and experience in supporting extensive stakeholder engagements 

We are looking for a Senior Engagement and Impact Officer to play a central role in engaging with local and combined authorities to support the delivery of climate-related policies and plans in the Yorkshire and Humber region, and in engaging with politicians and policy makers on how national policy can better support regional and local climate actions.   

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 Senior Engagement and Impact Officer to work with the YHCC in its engagements with local and combined authorities across the region on the development of climate-related policies and plans, and with politicians and national policy makers on how UK policy could better support regional and local climate actions. 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 – and especially its Regional Climate Policy Forum and its National Climate Policy Forum – to:  

  1. Engage with elected members and officers in the local and combined authorities across the region to address key challenges relating to climate change;
  1. Work through the Commission’s Regional Climate Policy Forum to develop and spread best-practice in the design and delivery of climate-related policies and plans across the region;
  2. Work through the Commission’s National Climate Policy Forum to engage with MPs and policy makers in key national government ministries to articulate the needs/opportunities for national policy changes that could better support regional climate action.

The Senior Engagement and Impact Officer (Regional Policy and Planning) 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 and with the Commission, its national and regional policy fora and its working groups and panels.  

You will have expertise relating to local or combined authorities and the design and delivery of climate-related policies and plans. You must have strong analytical and 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               

Email: A.Gouldson@leeds.ac.uk  

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £42,149 to £50,296 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  80% of the full time equivalent
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 31 March 2024 – due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 10 June 2022
Closing Date:  Thursday 07 July 2022
Reference:  ENVEE1577
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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