Assistant Director of the Climate Emergency

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: Up to £94,546 per annum
Location: Waltham Forest
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 04/05/2021 at 12:00 PM
Reference: RS/21/147319

Assistant Director Climate Emergency

Up to £94,546 per annum however more may be available for an exceptional candidate

Waltham Forest

At Waltham Forest we are serious about tackling the climate emergency and it continues to be one of our top priorities. We have created an exciting new post for a senior officer to shape and deliver this agenda; an inspirational leader, communicator and expert who will be at the cutting edge of Waltham Forest’s response to the climate emergency.  

After declaring a climate emergency, we were the first London Borough to appoint an independent commission of experts to evaluate the Council’s direction of travel in its ambition to achieve its net-zero carbon target. The Commission’s report sets out a series of recommendations to support this target and act as a catalyst for our approach to tackling the climate emergency over the next decade. You will deliver these recommendations in an ambitious and innovative way.  

About this key role

You will be the corporate lead and principal advisor on sustainability and climate change policy development and will:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of an ambitious action plan detailing the measures identified to deliver our net zero carbon target
  • Act as an advisor to cabinet and the council’s management board on environmental issues
  • Innovate and identify all funding opportunities required to deliver the actions detailed in the action plan
  • Work corporately to deliver a range of sustainable key flagship capital projects
  • Ensure that climate emergency initiatives are fully aligned to the Council’s Public Service Strategy, particularly its realisation of the 15-minute neighbourhood
  • Showcase exemplar projects and initiatives to provide regional and national leadership in this field

About you

To succeed in this critical role, you will be:

  • Able to operate at a senior level and with a proven knowledge of policy, strategy and delivery relating to the climate change agenda including sustainable development, transport and behaviour change
  • An excellent communicator having experience of working closely with senior stakeholders in a high-profile role.
  • Experienced in leading teams to deliver programmes and initiatives and possessing a flair for partnership working.
  • Experienced in working in a political environment and in realising funding opportunities to deliver key objectives.

About Waltham Forest

There is a real buzz about Waltham Forest. Bursting with culture, energy and opportunity, Waltham Forest is a place people want to live, raise a family and start a business. We are fundamentally changing the way we work, building relationships, connecting people, harnessing our unique opportunities and the power of new technology to create strong, sustainable and self-reliant communities.

Waltham Forest is one of the greenest and fastest growing areas in the Capital, Council of the Year 2019 and London’s first Borough of Culture. With fantastic connectivity, huge investment potential and limitless ambition Waltham Forest is a great place to live and work.

The borough has excellent transport connections and represents the best of both worlds in London; the City 10 minutes to the South and the Epping Forest 10 minutes to the North. Good schools, great parks, vibrant culture, regeneration and local entrepreneurs make Waltham Forest a community that people want to call home.

You can find out more about Waltham Forest’s role in protecting our world, by clicking on the link here: [link to climate emergency landing page]


How to apply

Please click on the apply link to access further information about the role and application process.  For an informal and confidential conversation about the role and Waltham Forest, please contact Mark Bearn at our recruitment advisors HAYS Executive on 07872 672290 or email

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 4th May at noon.


Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting.

The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

Application Information The councils preference is for on-line application forms. However if you have a disability and are unable to complete an on-line application, please ring 0208 496 4227 who will be able to arrange an alternative. For more information on how to complete your application form, follow this link: Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council

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