Local Councils Officer

Hope for the Future

Sheffield, Liverpool or London
£25,008 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Monday, 11th July 2022  

The Organisation

Hope for the Future is a climate change charity, training communities, groups and individuals to work with politicians on climate change. Our vision is to see politicians of all political persuasions joining together with each other and with communities across the UK to take decisive action on climate change.

We are a medium-sized but fast-growing charity, operating nationally at a grassroots level, linking constituents with their MPs, running training and holding events.

Hope for the Future now has regional offices in London and Liverpool and is looking to open a third regional office in Scotland in 2022. We have several funders who are backing our vision, methods and ambition and are helping us to grow at pace.

We are currently seeking a Local Councils Officer to join our team on a permanent, full-time basis and support our important work with local and regional government.

The Benefits

- A salary of £25,008 per annum
- 30 days’ annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
- Employers’ Pension Contribution
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Season Ticket Loan Scheme
- Wellbeing support

If you have experience of effectively influencing UK local authorities’ policy and actions and delivering training, this is the perfect opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to help us make positive progress on climate change.

You’ll be playing a key role in encouraging local authorities to commit to climate action plans that are strategic, ambitious and have the communities they represent at heart. It’s not too late to turn the tide of climate change and your expertise will be vital in getting councillors and local government representatives on board.

So, if you’re eager to tackle climate change, enjoy engaging with diverse audiences and want a career where you can really make a difference, we want to hear from you!

The Role

As a Local Councils Officer, you will act as the main organisational lead for our work with
local and regional government.

Working alongside our team of Constituency Support Officers, you will help deliver and support constituent engagements with Councillors and other local government representatives. This will include delivering engagement training for constituents and staff teams, upskilling as well as advising the team on more complex cases as they arise.

A key part of your role will involve developing and maintaining partnerships with external stakeholders to drive forward best practice. You will also manage the overall development of the workstream and carry out effective monitoring and evaluation of our local government work.

Additionally, you will:

- Manage a small caseload of both complex and cutting-edge engagements between constituents and local government
- Support our aim to better engage with under-represented groups in the climate movement
- Make recommendations for achieving regional and local government climate action

About You

To join us as a Local Councils Officer, you will need:

- Experience and understanding of how to effectively influence UK local authorities’ policy and actions
- Experience of developing and delivering training
- A reasonable understanding of climate change and a commitment to mitigating its impact
- Experience of building and maintaining constructive external partnerships and collaborative relationships
- Strong working knowledge of the UK political system
- The ability to identify opportunities and stay informed of local developments across a large geographical area
- Good project management skills
- To be comfortable working independently and as part of a team
- Strong IT skills

Experience of designing and delivering outreach strategies, including those aimed at new and under-represented groups, would be beneficial to your application.

This is a full-time role working 35 hours per week.

The closing date for applications is the 11th July 2022.

Other organisations may call this role Engagement Officer, Communications & Engagement Officer, Policy Engagement Officer, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, or Policy and Public Affairs Officer.

Webrecruit and Hope For The Future are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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