Head of Resilience and Nature

Head of Resilience and Nature

THE ROLE

UKGBC is growing fast in profile, size, and impact, and our increasingly agile approach to working enables us to be an inclusive, flexible, diverse, and caring employer. As momentum around the climate and ecological crises build, the role of the built environment in tackling these, as well as improving our health, wellbeing, and quality of life, is increasingly understood - and now demanded. And significantly for our team, our organisation is right at the centre of this transformation. The UKGBC’s mission, vision and potential have shot up in importance for both public and private sector organisations that now want to play their part. At this pivotal moment for our industry, we need passionate, bright, positive and creative people to help us make change happen.

UKGBC has created this new role as our work on both climate resilience and nature continues to grow. We are in year two of our Resilience and Nature programme, with a plethora of impactful projects underway as we continue to grow our profile and engagement with key stakeholders. One exciting upcoming aspect is to lead the scoping and delivery of two separate yet interconnected roadmaps – one on resilience and another on nature & biodiversity - for the built environment sector as a whole. The role requires excellent technical and industry knowledge in relation to at least one of climate resilience or nature, and a leadership style that is both collaborative and empowering.. 

All UKGBC team members are also actively supported in their own ongoing learning and personal development. The whole team is brought together on a regular basis in order to foster a connected, diverse, and highly engaged culture that benefits the individuals and the organisation as a whole.

UKGBC OVERVIEW

We are a purpose-driven, dynamic, and ambitious charity made up of a team of circa 40 individuals who are all passionate about working together for a better built environment.

UKGBC is an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment.  It is a charity with over 700 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders who are striving for transformational change.

We collaborate to advocate, enable and inspire accelerated leadership and action, primarily by business and government, on climate change, resource use, nature & biodiversity, health & wellbeing and socio-economic impact 

We also engage our members in advocating a progressive message to the government, informing and influencing policy at national and local levels.

Our vision is a built environment that enables people and the planet to thrive by:

• Mitigating and adapting to climate change 
• Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency 
• Embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity
• Optimizing the health and well-being of people 
• Creating long-term value for society and improving quality of life

UKGBC is committed to providing equal opportunities to all existing and prospective colleagues. We aim to be inclusive to everyone regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs.

JOB SUMMARY

Job title: Head of Resilience and Nature
Job purpose: To lead the creation and delivery of UKGBC's work with industry and businesses on climate resilience and nature. This is a leadership role within the team, responsible for influencing the overall strategy and maximising the impact of the Resilience and Nature programme . 
Line Manager: CEO (until Director level role is recruited)
Length of contract: Permanent 

JOB DESCRIPTION

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Develop and lead workstreams that enable greater action on climate change mitigation (c.65% of the role)

• Lead the vision and strategy for how UKGBC can best enable its business members to design, construct, and operate buildings, infrastructure, and urban places that are climate resilient and enhance nature. This will involve working with colleagues, and consulting with members, industry organisations, and other stakeholders.
• Lead the design and execution of projects in line with the strategy. This includes creating additional tools, support, and guidance that businesses need to make further progress towards improving the resilience and climate adaptation of buildings and infrastructure. This currently includes the Resilience and Nature Programme.
• Scope, deliver, and embed sector roadmaps for resilience and biodiversity – with a view to setting science-driven industry-wide targets to be achieved in the short, medium and longer term. 
• Plan and oversee delivery of collaborative research activities as part of the projects, such as roundtables, workshops, interviews, and surveys.
• Provide oversight of all industry-facing outputs from the projects, such as reports, videos, and events – with accountability for quality control and impact generation.
• Act as a key spokesperson to members, industry, and press in regard to climate resilience and nature and UKGBC's related projects and outputs.
• Ensure all projects and outputs are based on strong commercial and technical understanding of property, construction, and climate change scenarios and nature-based solutions.
• Manage the project finances to ensure they run to budget. This includes providing accurate annual and monthly financial budgets and forecasts.
• Work with Directors and wider colleagues to secure support and funding for projects. This will include from government and public sector bodies, charitable foundations, other industry organisations, and UKGBC members.
• Plan for, measure, and evaluate tangible industry outcomes from each project and activity. This includes contributing to a robust process for KPI and impact tracking and reporting.
• Work with colleagues across UKGBC who run communications, insight, innovation, policy, and learning activities to ensure integration between workstreams.

Leadership responsibilities (c. 15%)

• Take part in regular meetings of the Senior Management Group whose purpose is to create plans and tactics to deliver against the strategic priorities of the organisation and contribute constructively to wider Leadership Team forums
• Maximise integrated ways of working and a high-performing efficient culture
• Day to day line management, motivation and empowerment of team focusing on climate resilience and nature (plus consultants / secondments where necessary)
• Champion the organisational culture and values and act as a role model for wider team members

Partnerships & profile (c. 10%)

• Build relationships with strategically important industry organisations (e.g. other green NGOs, industry bodies, think tanks) and potential funding organisations.
• Represent UKGBC as a spokesperson at conferences and events to raise our profile amongst target audiences, and to promote our key messages to media and other outlets.

Member engagement (c.10%)

• Account manage a number of Gold Leaf members to ensure strong engagement with UKGBC across their organisations.
• Engage with members and other stakeholders face to face, and via phone and email regarding their overall engagement with UKGBC and to inform them of specific activities they could benefit from
• Identify, liaise with, and secure new members. Focussing on organisations with whom you have an existing relationship or their focus is on climate resilience or nature.

DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY

Without reference

• Programme and stakeholder management 
• Line management and team building 
• Speak at and attend industry events 
• Managing the day to day delivery of projects 
• Resource allocation within directly managed team
• Expenditure (in line with annual budget) up to a maximum of £10k per transaction. 

With reference

• Cross-departmental resource allocation 
• Recruitment 
• Development and launch of new projects or membership initiatives
• Outsourcing decisions, and third party appointments
• New income-generation and fundraising
• Annual budgets and financial reporting
• Major investments or unbudgeted costs

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

KEY COMPETENCIES

Essential

• Native or bilingual proficiency in both spoken and written English 
• Able to ‘translate’ complex issues into clear and compelling narratives to drive action 
• Impact oriented with a focus on delivering outcomes and impact, and agile in how to achieve this 
• Strong facilitation skills, and ability to chair and run effective meetings and workshops to arrive at consensus outcomes
• Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
• Strategy setting and horizon scanning
• Excellent planning, organisational and project management skills, ability to juggle multiple priorities with limited resources to tight deadlines
• Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving
• Strong line management experience and leadership qualities in terms of motivating and inspiring team members to perform at their best
• Ability to develop and maintain strong stakeholder relationships
• Strong commercial awareness, including experience of generating income and developing new business, and developing and managing budgets
• Honesty, integrity and the highest standards of probity
• Passion for UKGBC’s mission and a personal drive to succeed

Desirable

• Salesforce knowledge
• Creativity and innovative mindset
• Strong existing network of relevant contacts in property and construction businesses
• A solutions-driven, positive, and collaborative attitude

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS 

Essential

• At least 10 years’ experience in the property or construction industry
• Worked in the development and construction process, including cost and finance elements
• Experience of implementing strategies to improve at least one of climate resilience or biodiversity
• Strong technical understanding of either climate resilience/adaptation or biodiversity/nature, in relation to the built environment
• Knowledge of current technological, policy, financial, and social innovations to address climate change and nature depletion
• Experience of various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
• Experience of recruiting, managing, and motivating a high-performing team

Desirable

• Strong academic record 
• Property, construction, or sustainability related professional qualifications such as from RICS, RIBA, ICE
• Worked at a developer, owner, contractor, or applicable consultancy 
• Involvement in collaborative industry projects/initiatives
• Delivered bid writing / fundraising and grant reporting
• Acted as media spokesperson
• Charitable / NGO sector experience including Theory of Change and impact reporting

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Place of Work: UKGBC London offices with remote working in place
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week (normally 9am – 5.30pm, flexible options available with agreement)
Holidays: 28 days per annum pro rata, plus public holidays, plus 3 days Christmas closure
Salary: £63000 - £73000 (dependent  on experience)
Start date: ASAP

Closing Date:
25/10/2022

You may return to your current search results by clicking here.

Latest Job Listings