This is a 3 year fixed term post with the potential to be extended. The role will lead on improving sustainability and reducing the borough’s carbon footprint to realise health, social, economic and environmental co benefits. A key task will be supporting the preparation, implementation and monitoring of an overarching sustainability and carbon reduction strategy for the borough of Rochdale as well as ensuring that the Council fulfils its obligations under the Greater Manchester Environmental Plan.
There will be a requirement to offer advice and guidance around climate change policy, standards and finance, therefore a good understanding of the policy agenda is essential. Researching good practice and utilising data and intelligence for baseline and scenario planning and facilitating carbon literacy will also form a significant part of the role.
Leading high quality sustainability and low carbon programmes and projects will ensure that the Council is a greener organisation and a place leader for a greener borough, meeting carbon neutrality targets by 2038. The role involves planning and delivering an ambitious climate change programme, ensuring the successful execution of transformation projects from inception to implementation, across different workstreams including transport, industry, energy, the natural environment, public estate and housing.
The postholder will develop a robust management framework to clearly track progress, taking accountability for the delivery of tangible results around carbon reduction and achievement of other international, national and regional priorities and targets.
Fostering strong and productive relationships across the Council, Greater Manchester Local Authorities and bodies, voluntary and community sector organisations, business, academic institutions, residents and government and parliament will be key to influencing, negotiating and driving forward urgent change. There will be a requirement to work closely with the corporate and political leads for climate change within the Council.