25376 - Growth and Strategic Planning Specialist

37 462 £
Date Placed 11 January


We are looking for a self-motivated person to lead on green growth in Cumbria and Lancashire. You will do this by influencing and engaging with internal colleagues and key external organisations.

You will have a key role in making sure that the Environment Agency is a partner of choice in the development and delivery of projects that achieve environmental, social and economic benefits and support communities across Cumbria and Lancashire to adapt to and become more resilient to climate change.

You will:
Be responsible for up-skilling internal colleagues and raising awareness of green growth mechanisms that can support us with the objectives set out in EA2025 and the Cumbria and Lancashire Local Outcome Plan

Develop evidence that showcases how the Environment Agency’s priorities and projects support environmental, economic and social objectives of businesses and organisations.

Develop and sustain relationships with external organisations (e.g. local authorities and local enterprise partnerships) and use these to influence investment decisions benefitting the environment and supporting communities to adapt and become more resilient.

Maintain an oversight of the political environment, including local and national policies that are being used to guide and influence local public and private sector investment decisions (Greening Government Commitments, Levelling Up)

Support the investigation, trailing, and delivery of innovative funding mechanisms around green finance opportunities.

Co-ordinate our input to the Local Nature Recovery Strategies in Cumbria and Lancashire and other key strategic documents which will set the agenda for fight to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis.

The team

We use the organisation’s knowledge and expertise to inform and influence housing, planning and local government issues. We promote environmental sustainability, resilience and adaptability, encouraging organisations and communities to use resources more efficiently, enabling them to cope with threats such as pollution and flooding.

You will work within the Sustainable Places team but work closely with area colleagues, Defra Group partners and local stakeholders.

Experience/skills required

You will have:
An understanding of and preferably experience of working within the rapidly developing area of green growth.

Ability to think strategically and focus on medium to long term priorities.

Ability to develop and sustain relationships with the key stakeholders, using evidence to identify shared priorities and understand an issue or opportunity from different perspectives.

Excellent influencing skills, able to build rapport with colleagues from different backgrounds and experiences and shape their thinking

Strong communication skills, and an ability to adapt communication style and approach to resonate with internal teams and colleagues and with external partners.

Ability to demonstrate understanding of linkages between a healthy environment, resilient community and a prosperous economy.

Desirable:
Experience of influencing high level strategic plan/strategies such as local plans

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