Deputy Director (Sustainability Service)

University of Leeds - Facilities Directorate - Sustainability

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious and diverse research-intensive universities. Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 universities in the QS World rankings, and a member of the Russell Group of leading research universities, the University has an annual turnover of £620 million, over 33,000 students and 7,500 staff.

The University of Leeds has a clear responsibility to have a positive impact on society, something we take very seriously. This means making our economic, social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities a priority alongside our commitment to education and research excellence.

Our aim is to become a university with a reputation for outstanding performance on sustainability; a university that challenges the status quo and is renowned for its open, welcoming environment. Our approach to sustainability is integrated with our approach to student education, research and innovation and highly professional support services. 

Reporting to the Director of Sustainability Service, the Deputy Director will support with the strategic development of the University’s Sustainability Service with specific management responsibility for the successful delivery of the Positive Partner theme. You will also be accountable for producing the University’s annual sustainability report, accounting for our total value, in addition to developing and enhancing decision-making across the University.

You will provide sustainability leadership across the University and externally, including providing specialist advice to senior leaders in the University Executive Group, Services and Faculties. Key to this role is the development of external networks and partnerships alongside raising our profile as a sustainable organisation. We are an award winning department that recently were ranked 2nd for the Russell Group in the People and Planet University League. We received particular praise for our environmental policy and strategy in addition to our education for sustainable development.

The successful candidate will possess gravitas and credibility with excellent communication skills. You will be adept at operating across a multi-tier organisation with a track record in a similar collaborative and collegial environment. The role will suit individuals who understand sustainability in its holistic sense and how this can be fully embed in all University activities.

For a confidential discussion and/or the full job description, please contact our retained advisor Michael Hewlett (michael.hewlett@mrgpeople.co.uk / 0208 892 0115) at The Management Recruitment Group. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to michael.hewlett@mrgpeople.co.uk.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 28th January 2018

The formal panel interview will be held on Monday 1st March 2018

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

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