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Head of Environment and Green Transition

Full time
Salary: £40,000 - £44,000

We are in the grip of ecological crisis. Can you lead NEF’s response and help win change?

As we move into what is the most critical decade for the environment in human history, NEF is looking for someone to lead its environment and green transition programme of work. NEF has always been pioneer of research, policy, advocacy and campaigns at the interface between economy and ecology and it is at this frontier that we aim to stay.

Working with a small environment and green transition team, directors and other heads, partner organisations and the wider movement, you will develop strategy to steer all of NEF’s ecological work, lead the development of and fundraising for a new programme and help ensure new and existing work delivers clear, high quality and rigorous outputs and outcomes.

To do this you’ll need experience of leading research and policy development, a keen sense of how change happens and strong relationships across the environment movement, including with grassroots campaigns and environmental funders. You will also need a passion for justice as all of NEF’s work on ecological crisis seeks also to address the deep, structural inequalities in the UK economy.

The Head of Environment & Green Transition leads the development of our thinking in this field of policy and practice. This role develops and is responsible for the effective delivery of a NEF-wide environment & green transition strategy and of projects that are delivering on the strategy. The Head of Environment & Green Transition acts as the key spokesperson for NEF in this area and promotes our thinking in this field at a local, regional and national level.

As NEF has a particular strategic focus on transforming the way policy is made so that it better reflects the lived experiences of the people, communities and movements that most need change, we look to heads across our different themes to help develop and test new approaches to policy and advocacy.

The Head of Environment & Green Transition generates project ideas, leads funding bids in this field and manages day-to-day funder relationships. This role is part of our wider leadership team, sharing in the leadership and management of the organisation and line managing the environment & green transition team.

Deadline for applications: 16th February 2020, midnight
Interviews: 3rd March 2020
Start date: ASAP

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To apply, please send your CV and supporting letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) setting out how you believe you meet the needs of our job description, person specification and advert in Word format to recruitment@neweconomics.org. Please also complete and return the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.


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Happy to talk flexible working

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore The New Economics Foundation supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of Job Shares.

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past. 

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.