UCL is an organisation that is deeply committed to sustainability. We have academics who are leading the way in the field. We have world class researchers working to find the solutions that will help make the world a better, more sustainable place. We have a large, diverse, energetic, highly engaged and intelligent student population we’re empowering to become the sustainability leaders of the future. We’ve made the climate crisis one of our Grand Challenges, collaborating across academic disciplines to seek solutions for this most pressing of issues.

In short, we think we’re already doing well. But we want to raise the bar even higher. As our next Director of Sustainability, you’d play an essential part in achieving this.


About the role

Change Possible, the sustainability strategy for UCL, is an ambitious, multi-layered and far-reaching strategy, and we’re very proud of it. Now, we need to make it happen! To do this we need to consider a whole range of things. How do we decarbonise our large and complex estate? How do we decarbonise our supply chain, including our Scope 3 emissions? How do we best engage and empower our community of academic and professional services staff, and our students? How do we shape and influence the debate, not just within our university but across politics, the media and wider society?

These questions, and many others, will be at the top of your agenda in this job.

As our Director of Sustainability, you’ll lead a team of passionate and committed professional sustainability staff, and also work to indirectly lead, and engage and inspire, our academics, students and green champions, ensuring that our world-class university has sustainability at its core and that sustainability is considered in all that we do. With regular access to our most senior leadership team, you’ll be able to use your considerable communication skills to influence mindset, decisions and policy at the highest level.

The job comes with a highly competitive six figure salary and excellent benefits.


About you

To do this job you’ll have a track record of demonstrable success within in a senior sustainability role in a large, complex organisation. You’ll have experience in delivering a Sustainability strategy, in people leadership, and successful programme management and delivery.

You’ll have the intelligence and curiosity to understand UCL’s academic mission and engage with it, whilst translating this into a compelling practical and strategic case. You’ll be highly experienced in lobbying at the most senior level, and you’ll have the ability to create an overarching narrative about the urgent need for climate and environmental action that both connects and inspires a broad and diverse community.

Please review the attached job description before applying, and address the essential and desirable criteria when making your application.


What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits, some of which are below:

• 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
· Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
• Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
• Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
· Immigration loan
· Relocation scheme for certain posts
• On-Site nursery
• On-site gym
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
• Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
• Discounted medical insurance

Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/rewards-and-benefits to find out more.


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.


Available documents

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