Head of Sustainability Ref 21390

School/department: Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services
Hours: Full time up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 21390
Salary: starting at £56,021 to £64,914 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 22 August 2023.
Closing date: 19 September 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: To be confirmed

Job description

The University of Sussex is seeking to make the appointment of to the post of Head of Sustainability to play the crucial role of leading the University’s Sustainability Strategy, including decarbonisation and energy reduction and environmental management, as well as sustainable education and research.

The University of Sussex is a leading higher education and research institution. The first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961, Sussex is a successful, growing University with a top-20 place in the major UK higher education league tables.  The University has a beautiful and diverse estate located in Falmer, to the east of Brighton and Hove.  It is situated in the South Downs National Park and has amongst its buildings a core heritage estate designed by Sir Basil Spence.

This role will oversee the development of a front facing team that will offer expert advice, coordination, stakeholder engagement, and business and behavioral change across the university, from environmental issues within Estates, to embedding social impact and sustainability within teaching, learning, operations and research- as well as engaging and developing joint Sustainability proposals with external bodies. This will be a “full-service” sustainability (social, community, environmental and economic as defined by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals) role.

The successful candidate will have proven experience of shaping, planning and delivering strategies that enhance an organisation's energy and sustainability performance.   You will enjoy the challenge of leading a broad portfolio across sustainability, energy management and decarbonisation and will have the experience and credibility to lead a diverse team across these areas.

This role offers a fantastic opportunity for a Sustainability professional to take up a leadership role across a diverse and complex organisation in a vibrant city.  The candidate brochure can be viewed at https://online.flippingbook.com/view/262832899/

To learn more please contact our retained search advisors Craig Douglas (craig.douglas@mrgglobal.com) / 07355 093 394) and Ben Duffill (Ben.duffill@mrgglobal.com) / 07976 125 010) at MRG.

Applications should consist of a CV and cover letter and can be sent to craig.douglas@mrgglobal.com.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 21390 [PDF 115.97KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

How to apply

Download our professional services application form and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to jobapps@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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