Head of Environment
Head of Environment
Salary range: £66,552 per annum
Hours: 36.5 hours per week
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a strategic authority working alongside partners to deliver a stronger West Midlands, with a focus on skills, innovation, transport, economic development, regeneration and public service reform.
The WMCA is a partnership between local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), public services, businesses and civil society. It hosts the directly elected Mayor of the West Midlands, and is the vehicle through which a number of devolution deals have been struck with Government - securing new powers, resources and flexibilities for the region.
This is an exciting time for the West Midlands. The Commonwealth Games will be here in 2022, the arrival of HS2 will help make us a world class business location, and a new £350m housing deal aims to deliver 215,000 new homes by 2031. We are building an integrated transport network, an approach to skills and growth and digital connectivity that will provide the infrastructure for a young, diverse and demanding population.
About the Role
The WMCA is looking for a Head of Environment who will play a key role supporting the region to deliver on its commitments to clean growth, clean infrastructure and the promotion and protection of our natural assets.
In practice, you will work with a network of organisations across the region responsible for service delivery, support infrastructure, which represent places and communities - including the WMCA's own Energy, Economic Growth, Transport, Housing and Inclusive Communities portfolios.
This is a vital role at a crucial time. We are looking for an entrepreneurial candidate who can help the region build the resources and strengthen collaboration to deliver progress against ambitious targets around carbon reduction, air quality and inclusive growth.
Reporting directly into the Director of Public Service Reform, you will be accountable for delivering on actions set with our elected Leaders via the WMCA Environment Board and WMCA Board.
You will handle the establishment and day-to-day running of the Environment directorate, including the management of a small number of staff, plus associates and partnerships.
You will be responsible for leading on the development and brokerage of a project pipeline, the creation of credible business cases (both to Government and for external funding & investment), and oversee project delivery for the WMCA in close partnership with LEPS, local authorities and other regional stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be passionate about the need for practical action that supports ambitious climate change goals for the West Midlands from transition to low carbon, low emissions growth and large-scale behaviour change across society, public services and the private sector.
Supported by a team working across transport, housing, skills, economic growth and public services, you must have demonstrable experience of delivering programmes that support inclusive growth and environmental change.
You will have extensive experience of working across sectors, with the ability to match political and policy intuition to secure funding and deliver outcomes through collaboration, within a setting that reflects the political and operational complexity of the West Midlands.
The role will give you the opportunity to leverage your breadth of experience and take your career to the next level - working with, and learning from, a range of regional and national partners.
This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to make a real difference in the West Midlands to one of the biggest economic and policy issues of our time.
We welcome proposals for secondment, and welcome creative ideas about how the duties of the role could be met through creative partnership arrangements.
In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently under-represented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.
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Closing Date: 25 July 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed (The selection process may include a presentation exercise plus an interview)
We are committed to equality of opportunity in service provision and employment. Our recruitment policies, procedures and practices enable all applicants to be considered on merit and ability to do the job. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.