Sustainability Communications and Engagement Officer (University Wide) Ref: 3827

School/department: Estates and Facilities Division
Hours: Full time (job share considered)Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 3827 
Salary: Starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum
Placed on: 09 October 2020
Closing date:  26 October 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 04 November 2020
Expected start date: tbc.

Job description 

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the University. 

Do you love to communicate and engage with others? 

Do you have a passion for sustainability? 

Do you want to make a difference and bring about real change in all aspects of University life? 

If so, this is the job for you! We are looking for a talented communication, engagement or change management professional full of drive and energy to join our new sustainability team. 

Working to the Head of Sustainability you will be there right-hand person supporting them to co-create a compelling sustainability strategy that will enable us to work towards ultimate carbon neutrality and the local actualization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This will enable you to co-create a lasting legacy as we move towards our ambition of being the most sustainable university in the UK. 

We are looking for a real self-starter that is confident in establishing and driving forward impactful and collaborative task finish groups across a broad range of sustainability policy topics including: carbon emissions, transport, buildings, food, waste, education and equalities and diversity that can result in real change. 

You will be a confident public speaker who is adept at organising and speaking at a wide range of events and facilitating focused but engaging discussions with staff, students and external stakeholders and contractors. 

A natural networker you will readily identify and recruit champions and allies to both informally and formally support you in developing innovative behaviour and culture change initiatives.  

You will also have excellent written communication skills with the ability to produce compelling narratives through a wide range of traditional and social media channels. You will be equally at home producing web content, making videos, tweeting or writing pamphlets, work books and policy documents. 

Exceptionally organised, with a strong attention to detail and proof-reading abilities, you will quickly gain the trust around you. 

This is a high-profile strategic role that will make a real difference to everyone in the University.

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 3827 [PDF 290.25KB]

Please note that the University of Sussex is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position, and thus any applicant should ensure that they have the legal right to work in the UK for the period of the post. The University of Sussex requires all successful applicants to provide proof of permission to work in the UK before they commence work. Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website.

How to apply

Download our professional services application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) 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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