Programme Officer/Lead

£25k-34k (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
You will be highly organised with a keen eye for process development and improvement. Relishing a varied workday and the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental projects, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office.

This post will be responsible for delivering the smooth running of IES operations and developing membership services and income streams that support the evolution and growth of the Institution. We are seeking an individual passionate about project management and enthusiastic about the environment.

You will seek to develop our existing services and source new initiatives which boost income growth, member satisfaction and operational efficiency. In this quickly growing organisation, you’ll have responsibility from ‘day one’, so you must be confident and able to learn quickly.

Job Role

Programme delivery

  • Produce workplace plans with other members of staff, and provide ongoing project management and monitoring to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and in line with the organisational strategy
  • Develop existing and new services for members, as evidenced by appropriate market research
  • Identify, scope and implement new income streams to support the development and growth of the Institution
  • Foster appropriate external partnerships to further the organisation's strategic aims
  • Promote a culture of membership and income growth across the organisation
  • Spearhead the digital transformation and automation of the Institution through implementation of the digital roadmap, managing external contractors and suppliers to deliver project milestones on time and in budget


  • Develop, implement and document performance for Health & Safety, Environmental Management and Data Protection policies
  • Further develop the Institution's Diversity, Equality & Inclusion policies, setting targets and putting in place appropriate programmes of work
  • Act as the Data Protection Officer
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the risk register, ensuring appropriate insurance and mitigations are put in place

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)
  • Relevant experience of at least 1 year (Officer) or 3+ years (Lead)
  • Project management experience
  • Evidence of active project development and income generation
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Problem solver
  • Excellent time management with ability to prioritise and juggle projects and meet deadlines
  • Project management qualification
  • Experience in developing policies and initiatives to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong understanding of UK and international data protection regulations
  • Demonstrable experience in developing internal policies (e.g. Data Protection, Health & Safety)
  • Experience of methodologies and analysis of market research

About the Role
The position is full time. Interviews will take place on Monday 2nd March, 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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