Engagement & Communities Officer

£25k-30k (dependent on experience)
17 February 2020

Adam Donnan, +44 (0)20 3862 7484

Send CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") & equal opportunities monitoring form by Noon on 17th February

The IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science. We activate our global network of leading education institutions, researchers, professionals, and policy makers to stand up for science, scientist and for the natural world. You can learn more about us by exploring our website.

As a small but rapidly growing charity, we are currently recruiting for four positions to increase our headcount to ten.

Main Purpose of the Post
An account management job that really engages the brain. You will be an outgoing, personable and empathetic individual with the ability to pick up complex information and quickly synthesis key points. Relishing the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental experts, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office.

This post will be proactively building partnerships with IES and IAQM's strategic partners and employers in the sector. You will be responsible for partnering with our communities of experts and ensuring that their work is planned and structured, aligns with IES strategy and projects are scoped, based on evidence, and measurable in terms of outcomes.


Job Role

External Engagement

  • Proactively engage with key employers in the sector to further the organisation’s impact
  • Build relationships with existing and potential strategic partners, developing appropriate strategies, programmes, platforms and materials
  • Identify opportunities to promote the IES and IAQM, through events, partnerships and online platforms
  • Act upon leads provided by other staff and seek cross-selling of services
  • Use information from external engagement to feed into strategic and business development

Membership Engagement

  • Partner with the IES Communities (including the IAQM) to ensure that their work is planned and structured, aligns with IES strategy and projects are scoped, based on evidence, and measurable in terms of outcomes (SMART).
  • Facilitate, and at times lead, discussions with the Communities to create new opportunities for knowledge exchange and keep their work aligned with the IES’s strategic aims.
  • Ensure the Communities have access to the appropriate skills and knowledge to allow them to deliver their aims, helping to fill these gaps where identified.
  • Develop mechanisms to monitor and report on Community progress, facilitating further engagement and process improvement, and highlighting key areas for improvement
  • Aid Communities in capturing outcomes and generating resources. With other IES staff members you will help communities develop events, policy and guidance.
  • Advise on opportunities for the Communities to engage regionally.
  • Identify evidence-based opportunities to establish new Communities
  • Use information from the Communities to feed into strategic and business development.

Person Specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Essential (all IES roles) Desirable (all IES roles)
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional practice)
  • Office-based experience of at least 1 year
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
  • Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
  • Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
  • Recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Interest in the environment, sustainability and/or science
  • Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and databases



Essential (role-specific) Desirable (role-specific)
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Good people skills
  • Empathetic, diplomatic, persuasive & firm, both in person and on the telephone 
  • Evidence of active project management experience
  • Experience in a client-facing role
  • Experience of playing a substantive role in meetings
  • Experience of capturing outcomes of discussion in reports or papers
  • A degree in environmental science, science, project management, marketing, or similar

About the Role
The position is full time. Interviews will take place on Friday 28th February, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") and equal opportunities monitoring form to Adam Donnan by Noon on Monday 17th February.  If you want to apply to more than one of the vacancies at the IES, you can do so with one application, but please address both sets of the role-specific competencies in your cover letter.

Why work for us?
At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services.

Our small, inclusive team work collaboratively with one another, as well as our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of advocating for science and the environment.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning.

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