EAUC Sustainability Programme Manager

  • Grade 7 (£37,099 - £41,732) plus 12.5% employer pension contribution
  • Home-based within the UK with regular UK travel including some overnight stays
  • Permanent - Full time (37 hours/week) – 0.8 and 0.9 FTE options and flexible working can be considered
  • 37 days’ annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure
Could you be overseeing and supporting the development and delivery of a portfolio of programmes driving sustainability action in the post-16 education sector?

We’re looking for someone who can deliver a portfolio of programmes that have far reaching sustainability impacts across the tertiary education sector in the UK and globally. You’ll be proactive, have solid experience in programme or project management and be committed to sustainability, social justice and education. As well as being able to think strategically, you’ll have an approach that is highly organised, practical, friendly and flexible.

Our programmes exist to inspire, drive, recognise and support sustainability action across universities, colleges and other post-16 education settings in the UK, Republic of Ireland and globally. Currently our portfolio includes: Across the programmes you oversee, you’ll be responsible for their successful delivery – working with colleagues, partners, participants, funders and wider stakeholders to create as much positive impact as possible. You’ll manage the programme budgets, KPIs, project plans, communications and monitoring and evaluation using established systems and working with other colleagues to support you in this work.

The specific programmes, projects, and campaigns you will work on will vary over time as our projects, programmes and services evolve. You’ll also have a role shaping our future work, contributing to funding bids and partnership development.

Across all our programmes, great communication and stakeholder engagement is key. Programme delivery is rarely linear so you must be comfortable in rapidly evolving and dynamic environments.

You will be flexible, self-led and able to work remotely and happy to work with colleagues to support wider organisation activities and targets.

Deadline: 13 October 2023

Application Process: Send your CV & covering letter to info@eauc.org.uk. Please note we operate an anonymised recruitment process so please remove all reference to your age, gender, address and any other identifying details. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the minimum criteria for a role (at least 80% of the essential criteria in the person specification) and are from a BAME background and/or disabled, you'll be guaranteed an interview. If you wish to be considered please state this in your application as this is an opt-in process.

Interview date: 26 October 2023 (virtual)

Our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

We are committed to a programme of activity focused on both enhancing our own performance as an organisation and identifying opportunities to support the tertiary education’s own EDI work. We have an EDI working group made up of both trustees and staff members to provide support and advice to ensure that we have a strategic approach to building a more equitable and diverse culture. You can find out more about our EDI work and progress on our website.  
Part of this work is encouraging and enabling greater diversity across our staff, trustees, volunteers and partners. We welcome applications from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.
We are a Disability Confidence Committed organisation and committed to fair work and pay.  
We recognise that candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised-Ethnic backgrounds and disabled people are under-represented in our organisation, and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond.

We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the minimum criteria for a role (at least 80% of the essential criteria in the person specification) and are from a BAME background and/or disabled, you'll be guaranteed an interview. It is important to note that this scheme guarantees an interview for candidates who meet the minimum criteria and tell us that they'd like to be considered under the scheme – it is an opt-in rather than automatic scheme. The selection decision at interview will be based on the most suitable candidate, regardless of any protected characteristic.

We want to provide an inclusive experience for all those who want to apply for a role with us and to remove any barriers in our recruitment processes. For example, if you have difficulty applying online, we can send a paper application pack or support in other ways such as telephone or video call. For video calls, we can make use of closed-captioned subtitling. Please contact us to discuss your needs. 

We operate an anonymised recruitment process. All identifying details including those relating to protected characteristics are removed by a different member of staff to those that are part of the shortlisting process until you’re invited to interview at which stage your name will also be shared. If you have opted-in to our positive action scheme, your CV and covering letter will be shared with the interview panel without it being anonymised first.  We use equal opportunity forms in our recruitment process to monitor our success in being accessible to all.

About us
The EAUC is the sustainability champion within Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. We are a member association supporting tertiary education providers across the UK and Ireland as well as globally. From starting out as a voluntary organisation in 1996, we have grown to represent institutions with over 4.5 million students and nearly 600,000 staff with a spending budget of over £43 billion. We help leaders, academics and other professionals in post-16 education institutions put sustainability at the heart of what they do. The EAUC is an independent registered charitable company.

We want our people to succeed both in work and life. To support this we promote a healthy, productive and flexible working environment that respects work-life balance. We are a fully home-based organisation and we work hard to make sure our staff are well connected to one another, to our members and to the sector.

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