Director of Climate Emergency & Behavioural Change
LEAD WALTHAM FOREST'S CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE | DELIVER NET ZERO CARBON AND HELP PROTECT OUR WORLD
At Waltham Forest we are developing an ambitious, transformative agenda to tackle the global Climate Emergency. We have created an exciting new post for a Director to shape and deliver this agenda; an inspirational leader, communicator and expert who will be at the forefront of our commitment to deliver net zero in the Borough by 2030.
Uniquely, we are placing behavioural change at the heart of our response. We are looking for an inspiring, credible leader to deliver our sustainable transformation in a way that is visible across the borough and sets the standard nationally.
About the role
This role is the first of kind in London and is different from traditional climate emergency posts by focusing on harnessing behavioural change to meet our objectives.
As the lead officer for the Council’s Climate Emergency, you will provide leadership and strategic direction to the organisation; including advising Management Board and Cabinet on the most innovative approaches to meet our net zero target.
You will lead the delivery of significant, large-scale and complex Climate Emergency and Behaviour Change programmes within the Borough, securing substantial carbon emission reduction outcomes both from Council operations and within the Borough boundary by changing how residents, businesses and partners think and act. You will have the mandate from the Chief Executive to ensure that every director, partner and resident in the borough buys into this agenda.
You will maximise external grant income and investment opportunities, including revenue creation if possible, to drive the attainment of key objectives and goals and deliver a sustainable programme of change.
Your personal presence, persuasiveness, assertiveness, and negotiation skills will ensure you are able to work with diverse audiences successfully and galvanise momentum. You will need to be able to deal with people from all works of life confidently and diplomatically as we seek to significantly change behaviours on a previously unseen scale.
Working in partnership across organisational boundaries will be your default way of doing things.
Your knowledge and experience of leading innovative responses to the climate emergency will ensure you are able to define and deliver best practice in Waltham Forest. This will include establishing and leading large scale climate programmes or major projects including behaviour change. You will be able to evidence the development and delivery of strategies that have had a measurable carbon reduction impact.
About Waltham Forest
There is a real buzz about Waltham Forest. Bursting with culture, energy and opportunity, Waltham Forest is a place people want to live, raise a family and start a business. We are fundamentally changing the way we work, building relationships, connecting people, harnessing our unique opportunities and the power of new technology to create strong, sustainable and self-reliant communities. Waltham Forest is one of the greenest and fastest growing areas in the Capital, Council of the Year 2019 and London’s first Borough of Culture. With fantastic connectivity, huge investment potential and limitless ambition Waltham Forest is a great place to live and work.
The borough has excellent transport connections and represents the best of both worlds in London; the City 10 minutes to the South and the Epping Forest 10 minutes to the North. Good schools, great parks, vibrant culture, regeneration and local entrepreneurs make Waltham Forest a community that people want to call home.
You can find out more about Waltham Forest’s role in protecting our world, by clicking on the link here: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/climate-change
How to apply
Click the Apply button below and for an informal, confidential conversation about the role and Waltham Forest, please contact Mark Bearn at our recruitment advisors HAYS Executive on 07872 672290.
The closing date for applications is Monday 20th December at midnight.
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