We are Hiring!
Climate Change Community Engagement Officer
Hello and thank you for your interest in Torbay Climate Action CIC. Below you will find more details about our organisation, our passionate goals and the key elements of this role opportunity.
We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now is the time for citizen action!
TORBAY CLIMATE ACTION CIC is a grassroots purpose-led Community Interest Company formed by a group of passionate and concerned citizens in response to Torbay Council declaring a Climate Emergency in 2018. We aim to bring together individuals and organisations in Torbay to educate, inspire and create solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. Our goal is to harness all the work happening locally and to inspire further creative actions to help Torbay and its residents adapt to a changing planet.
A key way in which we are doing this is by creating regular community engagement sessions, designed to share knowledge (through themed speaker events), explore alternative ways of living and consuming (through repair cafes, swap shops and food waste prevention initiatives, etc. ) and galvanize community ideas to bring to reality, for example how can we increase community access to green spaces?
You can learn more about Community Interest Companies (CICs) here
What We Offer
This is an exciting opportunity for a like-minded individual to join our team at a critical moment in history. This is your chance to be part of a community-led voice, calling for and taking action towards a better future for all.
We are embedding core understanding and knowledge of the issues our whole planet faces (through initiatives such as Carbon Literacy Project training), and combining it with local understanding and inspiration to create relevant, positive and hopeful community engagement across Torbay. These goals of a better future start with our own team. We are a welcoming and inspired small group of local residents, from various social and professional backgrounds, that are now looking for an additional member of our crew.
We aim to provide a kind and fair working environment that is autonomous, collaborative, and non-judgmental, which challenges us to be the best we can, and which encourages our members and associates to create solutions to the challenges we face as the climate changes.
Torbay Climate Action CIC values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and communities. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. So if you are not 100 percent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.
Job Role & Summary
This is a part-time, freelance, temporary role, and we anticipate an initial engagement of 2-3 days a week (flexible) until 31st December 2022. You will help us drive a series of community engagement sessions to enable us to reach as many citizens as possible, especially from hard-to-reach groups and those who are aware of the climate emergency but who might not know how they can play their part.
With support and guidance from Torbay Climate Action’s team of directors, you will be responsible for leading the creation of a series of themed community engagement events around Torbay. You will travel to event sites and venues in the time leading up to the events and during the events themselves. The work can be fast-paced and demanding since you may find yourself coordinating several events at once.
We are looking for a creative, social individual who is passionate about the environment and the challenges we face as a society. You will help us shape Torbay Climate Action CIC to become a driving force as we move towards a new greener, low carbon way of life. This role will be most suitable for a proactive, experienced communicator who enjoys working independently, can hit the ground running, and who is happy to learn by getting stuck in.
Key Role Responsibilities
Through local research as well as input from our board members, you will be responsible for devising key themes for the engagement events
Researching and engaging with appropriate theme speakers and event volunteers to provide great content to TCA events, big or small
Find appropriate venues and build relationships with venue owners and management
Create a timeline, budget outline, and maintain a project plan for each individual event and the programme of events as a whole
Promote these events via our social media channels and through our emailing list
Prepare event venues with appropriate signage, take-away literature, refreshments etc. as appropriate
Design and print marketing collateral and coordinate event logistics
Design systems for collecting feedback from all attendees after events, and feedback key achievements and areas of opportunity to the wider Board
Skills and Qualifications
Excellent listening, speaking and writing skills
Must have a working knowledge of various computer software programmes, Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word. Knowledge of Canva and similar creative software programmes will be very advantageous
A good understanding of how to creatively harness social media to communicate and influence. You will have the opportunity to showcase your creative skills and ideas during any further interview process
Good knowledge of Torbay with a grasp of the social and political opportunities and challenges which lie ahead
Attention to detail
Highly organized, efficient, and resourceful
You will love engaging people and getting ‘hands on’ in the community
Flexibility within your work schedule will be important, to meet the requirements of community engagement. For example, weekend and out-of-hours events and team meetings are the norm where appropriate
We have grant funding available for this role from the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund, and we are offering a negotiable hourly rate based on experience.
Interested in joining us?
Great! We want to know more about you. This is your chance to shine. Please email us with a one page cover letter, sharing why you feel this role is what you are looking for right now; What is it about the opportunity to inspire climate action in our community that really speaks to you?
You can also share a copy of your CV and/or any relevant past projects that could help us understand you a little more.
Closing date for all applications Sunday 3rd July 2022 11:59pm
There will be a two-stage interview process and we anticipate the successful applicant to start as soon as possible on a date to be agreed.
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