CAT seeks a Project Manager to join our exciting new project, the Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab, and to lead on the development of a digital resource hub to improve the capacities of councils and communities to turn climate emergency declarations into action.
The Centre for Alternative Technology is an education, research and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT inspires, informs and enables people to achieve positive changes in their personal and work lives and local communities. CAT is a national charity based in mid Wales and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014.
This post will be based in and around CAT’s site located at the picturesque Llwyngwern site, within easy reach of Machynlleth, the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. The site is also within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere reserve, which is an area noted for its natural beauty, biodiversity and active sustainability and renewable technology businesses and communities.
Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab
CAT is launching a new Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab with support from the Moondance Foundation. This is a three-year project aiming to improve the capacity of councils and communities to turn climate emergency declarations into action and create systemic change in order to increase resilience to climate change.
This will be achieved by offering a programme of support aimed at increasing the competence, confidence and effectiveness of policymakers, communities and organisations in developing zero carbon policies and action plans.
This support will include:
- Using the Zero Carbon Britain model to provide people with the knowledge to create Zero Carbon Action Plans.
- Delivering Zero Carbon Britain training using a ‘train the trainer’ model to increase the skills and capacity of communities to take action on climate change.
- Supplying the tools to enable people to turn climate emergency declarations into action.
- Setting up a digital resource hub and online network to provide peer support and increase confidence of individuals and communities to take action on climate change.
In conjunction with the Zero Carbon Britain Hub, an Innovation Lab will identify key issues, priorities and tasks; develop ideas that impact on these areas; and create routes into larger scale impact or systems change.
The postholder will project manage the Zero Carbon Britain Hub, including leading on the development of the digital resource hub to improve the capacity of councils and communities, to turn climate emergency declarations into action.
- Salary: £38,000 per annum
- 37.5 hours per week
- Responsible to: Head of Policy and Communications
- Working Days: Normally Monday to Friday
- Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday, 22nd November 2019
- Interview Date: Wednesday, 3rd December 2019
- To provide project management for the team and all external associates, thus ensuring that all project activities are properly planned, resourced, monitored and evaluated.
- To ensure effective partnership working at both a strategic and operational level and to prepare reports for operational and steering groups.
- To liaise and work in partnership with appropriate external organisations, to support the needs of councils and communities to turn climate emergency declarations into action.
- To be responsible for project finances and output delivery, ensuring project budgets are monitored on a monthly basis.
- To successfully manage project risk through effective analysis, mitigation and contingency planning and maintain control of the project through an effective control process.
- To manage external consultants and staff tasked with delivering training and consultancy.
- To lead the development and content of a new dedicated Zero Carbon Britain Digital Resource Hub and online peer support network on CAT’s website and other platforms (social media, Youtube).
- To develop and deliver ZCB online training in conjunction with the ZCB Training Manager, to build the capacity of councils, communities and organisations to take action on climate change.
- To prepare marketing material and publicise the project and its activities.
- To put in place effective systems, policies and procedures for the effective management, monitoring and evaluation of the project, in order to deliver on the project’s aims and objectives, outputs, outcomes and impact.
- To develop a telephone and email advisory service, to provide guidance and support to help councils and communities develop climate action plans, to include: advice, information and signposting.
- Any other appropriate duties as defined by the Head of Policy and Communications.