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  • Ref no: EDN12678
  • Published: 1/4/2020
  • Closes: 29/4/2020
  • Location: Waverley Court 4 East Market Street, EH8 8BG
  • Salary: £37,589.00 - £44,934.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

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Job Description

Chief Executive

Senior Policy & Insight Officer
Waverley Court

Salary: £37,589 - £44,934
Hours: 36 per week

We want to ensure Edinburgh, as Scotland’s capital city, is at the forefront of securing a swift and just transition to a low carbon future for Scotland – now, and for future generations. Recognising the urgent need for radical action to mitigate the effects of climate change, the City of Edinburgh Council has declared a climate emergency and set out a bold ambition for the city to be carbon neutral by 2030.

To help make this vision a reality we are looking for an experienced, self-motivated, and flexible policy professional to join the Corporate Policy and Insight function to help take forward a proactive sustainability agenda across a diverse range of policy areas.  

In driving a progressive agenda for tackling climate change, we have partnered with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation at Edinburgh University (ECCI) and EIT Climate-KIC - Europe's largest public-private partnership for action on climate change - to become one of only 15 European cities leading the way on climate change as part of the ‘Healthy, Clean, Cities Deep Demonstration’ programme.  

As part of this programme, we will work with ECCI, Climate-KIC, and wider city partners over the next 5 years to scope and implement the system innovation and investment that is needed at the whole-city scale to meet the challenge of becoming a healthy, clean, carbon neutral city by 2030.  This work will be informed by the newly established independent Climate Commission for Edinburgh, which the Council is co-sponsoring with ECCI and the UK-wide Place-based Climate Action Network, hosted by the London School of Economics.

The Senior Policy and Insight Officer post will be central to this mission and will initially focus on working with partners to support the development of a 2030 sustainability strategy for Edinburgh.

This is a permanent post and so the successful candidate will be required to work flexibly across a range of policy areas over the longer term, to support one of Scotland’s leading councils to drive a fast-paced and exciting strategic programme to tackle climate change.

The successful individual will be able to evidence that they:  

• show strong leadership and personal responsibility, and be results orientated in relation to the portfolio of work they lead

• have the energy, enthusiasm and drive to needed to play their part in taking forward a fast-paced programme of change  

• have a strong track record in working on the development of public policy and strategy projects within fast-paced environments

• have excellent written skills, be able to provide high quality analysis of the policy and legislative landscape, develop strong research and policy briefings and be able to take forward innovative policy initiatives across a range of subject areas

• have the ability to provide impartial and high-quality insight to senior officials and elected members, be able to think and act quickly, often providing advice under challenging timescales

• are experienced in working with a range of partners, including citizens and communities, Council colleagues, and partners in the public, private and third sectors

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range.  For roles in grade 5 or above, annual increments in our contribution zones are dependent on achieving agreed performance goals.

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