Director of Policy and Translation

Job summary

The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment sits at the heart of Imperial College’s work on climate change and the environment. We drive forward discovery, convert innovations into applications, train future leaders and communicate academic knowledge to business, industry and policymakers to help shape their decisions. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to deliver high...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01316
  • Date posted 7 November 2022
  • Closing date 5 December 2022

Job description

Job summary

The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment sits at the heart of Imperial College’s work on climate change and the environment. We drive forward discovery, convert innovations into applications, train future leaders and communicate academic knowledge to business, industry and policymakers to help shape their decisions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to deliver high impact outputs that address policy relevant issues and drive the Grantham Institute to achieve its strategic mission to contribute to, and lead on, world-class communication, policy and translation towards effective action on climate change.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing the Institute’s strategy on translation of policy relevant knowledge; engaging with academics and researchers within the College, with the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, and with business and policy communities; working with the Institute’s communications team to ensure visibility of policy relevant material.

The Grantham Institute is a dynamic and fast paced environment. We are looking for a flexible and creative individual who has the imagination and vision to make this job their own.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Support the Co-Directors in devising and delivering the policy and translation element of Institute’s strategic mission.



  • Create and maintain a national and international network of stakeholders in the policy and translation ecosystem with other organisations, including businesses, HEIs, local governments, and policy makers.



  • Identify appropriate funding calls or other funding opportunities and successfully apply for funding to support and grow policy and translation activity at the Institute.

  • Overall responsibility for the Institute’s policy and translation activities, managing a team to deliver digital communications, events, outreach, public engagement, and media enquiries; stakeholder engagement; partnership development; and campaign management.

  • Through engagement with senior figures in Government, business, UNFCCC, identify the need for Policy Briefing papers and other material, and coordinate the commissioning, delivery and dissemination of such material.

  • Oversee the leadership of the Secretariat for the UK Universities Network for Climate (UUNC) and maintain the momentum of activity, including launching joint papers, education and skills, communications, links to UUK, further mobilising community, stakeholders: business, public engagement, innovation.

Essential requirements

 

  • Significant work experience in complex impact focused organisations across policy, business, academic and third sectors
  • Experience within higher education or working with academics to deliver communications outputs
  • Understanding of UK governance and a demonstrable interest in the politics of climate change action
  • Creativity to think of new ideas, projects and ways of connecting to audiences
  • Ability to build, develop and maintain excellent working relationships with senior business, academic and policy officials
  • Demonstratable knowledge of climate change and environmental matters, ideally having worked at a senior level in a relevant research and/or policy environment

Further information

This role is offered for three years in the first instance.

If you are thinking about applying for this job and want to discuss it further please contact Professor Ralf Toumi r.toumi@imperial.ac.uk Grantham Institute Co-Director

Want help submitting your application? Please visit the Grantham Institute’s Tips on how to submit a successful application.

Find out more about the Community and Culture at the Grantham Institute.

Should you have any queries about the application process, please contact Gosia Gayer, g.gayer@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online, please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion

 

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

For technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk.