Who we are
The Strategy Unit is part of the Council’s Executive support team. We provide strategic support throughout the Council including directly for Cabinet Members. We coordinate the work on sustainability and climate change issues and in particular work on how to achieve the council's carbon management targets. We also lead on performance management for the Council, provide strategic support to key partnerships, and help the organisation prepare for future challenges.
What is the job?
In the post you will:
- Lead the development and implementation of a carbon reduction strategy for the authority
- Ensure a clear measurement framework for carbon reduction in the authority is in place
- Work to develop a mechanism for carbon budgeting in the organisation
- Identify and develop carbon reduction schemes
- Work with partners in the city on carbon reduction, including the Climate Action Board
- Be the lead point of contact for queries on carbon issues in the authority (including Freedom of Information requests, press queries or sector-led enquiry)
- organise events or devise campaigns to support climate change matters .
- prepare reports and present verbal summaries to meetings of councillors, staff and other stakeholders and to answer their questions.
Who are we looking for?
You will :
- have a Degree or similar qualification or equivalent ability probably demonstrated by way of an excellent academic record. Alternatively, you will have relevant experience for the post
- have some relevant work experience, preferably in the context of a large organisation
- have a high level of numeracy, accuracy and ability to interpret data and skills to present material verbally to a range of audiences
- be an excellent communicator and strategic thinker, able to respond well in discussions
- be able to produce high quality written material, setting out the pros and cons of complex issues clearly, logically and concisely.
- have a commitment to local democracy, sustainability / climate change issues, community engagement and continuous improvement
- have an understanding of politically sensitivity and the confidential nature of issues with an ability to take an objective approach in response.
- have excellent IT skills and be competent using a range of Microsoft packages.
- have good organisational and planning skills to be able to manage several projects simultaneously and within tight timescales.
- be approachable with good interpersonal skills and a positive attitude toward challenging situations.