Policy and Engagement Lead (biodiversity and natural capital) – IEMA
Competitive salary and benefits
IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) is the largest professional body for everybody working in the environment and sustainability with more than 17,000 members.
Businesses and governments around the world are currently facing huge challenges in relation to how we both preserve and enhance the biodiversity of our planet. Addressing these challenges head on has become ever more critical as awareness grows of the delicate state of many of our ecosystems and their importance to life as we know it.
Biodiversity sustains life, it carries aesthetic and cultural value, while it can also improve mental wellbeing. However, it is increasingly at risk because of land use and climate change, the over consumption of our natural resources and polluting economies. A large part of reducing these risks involves putting in place more effective legislation (like the Environment Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament) and regulation across different economic sectors and ensuring that businesses can understand the value of mainstreaming biodiversity and natural capital considerations throughout their value chains.
IEMA is recruiting an experienced policy and engagement professional to produce impactful and cutting-edge work that helps shape the approaches government, businesses and individuals are taking towards protecting and enhancing biodiversity. The successful candidate will also manage IEMA’s relations with the UK business community (including the UK Business Biodiversity Forum) and the various biodiversity initiatives that it is engaged in.
Candidates must be educated to degree level or equivalent and have experience of biodiversity, natural capital or broader environmental issues, ideally with experience of working in a membership organisation or professional body. The role will require you to have had experience of managing groups of stakeholders and developing policy positions, delivering communications and other external affairs activities together with experience of managing programmes or projects.
You will be mainly based from home, with the occasional requirement to attend meetings at our current office in Lincoln or other UK location. Candidates must therefore be based in the UK and have a UK work permit and a reliable broadband speed to be able to work from home.
In return you will receive a competitive salary, 25 days holiday (plus 3 days at Christmas), 6% employer pension contributions, life assurance, medical cashplan, group income protection and perkbox benefits.
Please apply with a CV, accompanied with answers to the following questions:
- Why would you like to work at IEMA?
- What motivates you about working on biodiversity and natural capital issues?
- Do you think that there is a link between biodiversity and social justice?
- What, in your opinion, are the biggest challenges coming down the line for biodiversity and natural capital policy?
- What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
- Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?
For a copy of the full job description, further enquiries or to apply please write to the HR Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is close of business 28th July.