Impact Officer, Faculty of Environment

Impact Officer

Faculty of Environment

Would you like to be part of an exciting new research project mitigating the risks of floods and droughts, improving water quality and bringing significant benefits to the economy, environment and wider society? Do you have project management experience and the ability to build effective working relationships?

The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) is a 6 million investment over five years, with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, aimed at generating solutions to significant environmental issues and bringing benefits across rural and urban areas of Yorkshire. The programme requires a team of innovative communicators, experts and administrators to support the translation of science and the engagement of agencies across all sectors.

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will be at the interface between academia and stakeholder organisations, solving problems facing industry and government in the broad area of catchment dynamics, including flooding, drought mitigation, water quality, agricultural resilience and carbon sequestration.

What does the role entail?

As an Impact Officer, your main duties will include:

  • Data collection/compilation, evidence reviews and science translation to support the impact action groups and the Impact Translation Fellows;
  • Supporting impact action groups in the preparation and delivery of project plans;
  • Identifying opportunities for maximising impact from the programme;
  • Liaising with Impact Translation Fellows and the Communications Officer to promote examples of success both in the University and within the region;
  • Escalating risks and identifying potential issues for project delivery, to the Programme Manager;
  • Monitoring and tracking the progress of impact action groups;
  • Providing support to the Impact Evaluator, for example in the preparation of reports required by the iCASP Governance Group and external funders as appropriate;
  • Monitoring and evaluating iCASP impact case studies and programme secondments.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?

As an Impact Officer you will have:

  • Project management skills and experience;
  • An awareness and understanding of how academic research is applicable in the external environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to build effective working relationships with a wide range of people;
  • Experience of producing reports and presenting papers;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines;
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.

You may also have:

  • Demonstrable understanding of one or more aspects of catchment science;
  • Experience of project evaluation;
  • A first degree in social or physical science.

How to apply

You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the closing date.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Joseph Holden, Director of iCASP
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9752

Additional information

Find out more about the Faculty.
Find out more about the research programme iCASP.
Find out more about our Research and associated facilities.
Find out more about Athena Swan in the Faculty.

Working at Leeds

You can find out more about our generous benefits package and more about what it is like to work at the University and live in the Leeds area in our Working at Leeds information.

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Criminal record information

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

A criminal record check is not required for this position, however, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any 'unspent' criminal offences, including those pending.

Any offer of appointment will be in accordance with our Criminal Records policy. You can find out more about required checks and declarations in our Criminal Records information.

published: 09 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.