Environment and Policy Manager

Salary: £39,773 - £43,988 per annum plus £2,907 Car Allowance per annum. Starting salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Relocation package available

Contract Type: Full Time - 37 hours per week

Contract Length: Permanent Contract

In September 2019, Rother District Council declared a climate emergency along with a number of local authorities in the East Sussex area. Since then work has been underway to develop a strategy and action plan.

We are therefore seeking a talented, dynamic and forward-thinking officer to be the Council’s ambassador and forefront of our drive to reduce our impact on the environment. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to bring about change on an even more globally-conscience matter at local authority level, ensuring all generations of residents benefit from a sustainable, green, environmentally friendly and clean district for years to come.

This brand new position will equally divide duties between Rother’s commitment to address the effect of climate change and working towards being a Carbon Neutral district by 2030, and lead on Council performance monitoring, as well as to oversee the co-ordination of the Rother Local Strategic Partnership and the Community Grants Scheme. You will line manage the staff within the Policy Office team who will support you in the development, implementation and completion life cycle of a programme of projects which will ensure the ongoing provision of the Council’s strategy action and corporate plans.

We are looking for applicants with proven experience in line management and leading on projects from inception to completion, with a professional qualification in environmental science or an equivalent. You will have strong communication and influencing skills, with the ability to build long-lasting relationships with external professional teams and contractors as well as internally with senior officers, members and within other teams across the Council. An understanding of budgets and financial management; adaptable and analytical thinking; excellent time management and the aptitude to remain calm under pressure with fluency in the major MS Office programs are key qualities we are looking for. Experience of working in a local authority would be an advantage, however a good understanding of the key environmental issues faced at national and international level as well as the commitments and legislation within the UK is crucial to success in this role.

The Council offers a number of opportunities for staff to focus on both their personal and professional learning and development throughout their career. Flexible working is a core strategy within the offices; we understand the value of a good work/life balance. Wellbeing for staff is valued, as part of the Council’s culture we offer regular staff training, events and an employee assistance programme to support colleagues 24/7.

You can enrol onto the Local Government Pension Scheme and use the Rother Lifestyle platform to benefit from discounts from 100’s of high street retailers and leisure companies.

If you believe that this sounds like the job for you, we would love to hear from you. If you would like an informal discussion regarding this vacancy or to meet the Policy Team, please contact Ben Hook, Head of Service – Acquisitions, Transformation and Regeneration on telephone: (01424) 787860 or via email: ben.hook@rother.gov.uk

The job description and application form are available to download below.

Should you have any problems accessing our website, please contact the Recruitment telephone line: (01424) 787704 or email recruitment@rother.gov.uk

Interviews will be held on: Week commencing Monday 20th April 2020

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and community sectors

Closing Date: April 13, 2020 at Midnight

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