Manchester Climate Change Agency Vacancies

Manchester Youth Champion for Climate Action


Position Title:Manchester Youth Champion for Climate Action
Salary: Grade 6 £26,511 to £29,577 (Bar at £28,672) per annum 
Contract Type: Temporary Full Time
Hours: 35 Hours 
Work Location:Manchester central location and working from home
DBS Check Required: Yes 
Closing Date: 09 December 2020
Reference: MCC333573/CS


Are you passionate about making Manchester a leader for action on climate change? Do you think that the city’s young people have a key role to play and a voice that needs to be heard? If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you! 

Manchester Climate Change Youth Board and Manchester Climate Change Agency want the city’s young people to be at the heart of Manchester’s efforts to be a leading zero carbon, climate resilient city. We want our young people to understand climate change, to be taking practical action in their own lives, to be inspiring their peers and local communities, and to be empowered and enabled to influence politicians and key decision-makers. This is all the reasons why we are seeking a Champion to support the young people of Manchester make a real difference and shape the future of the city when it comes to climate change.

Our work towards these aims started in late-2017 with the establishment of the Manchester Climate Change Youth Board, made-up of 14-25 year olds from across Manchester. Since then the Youth Board has been talking at events and meetings across the city, developing new networks and partnerships, and influencing business leaders and politicians. 

But that’s just the start. And now we want to go much further. To run more events, to engage more young people, to develop new projects, and to ensure that ambitious action on climate change is fully embedded in Manchester’s plans and decision-making. We want to ensure that Manchester’s young people are fully engaged in both driving and contributing to ambitious local climate change action.

How will the Youth Champion make that happen?
You will work directly to the Manchester Climate Change Youth Board, focused on delivering the Board’s Manifesto with and on their behalf. You will be supported by the wider Agency team as well as a network of partners that will you establish. You will work via partners and directly with groups and networks of young people to help them to understand climate change, what it means to them, and to help them to take action. You will also help to ensure that Manchester’s young people are driving policy and decision-making in Manchester, defining the city they want and helping to ensure our politicians and business leaders play their part in making it happen. 

As well as leading the delivery of the Youth Board’s manifesto, you will also have a key role to play in the following:

  • Empowering young people to fully assume their roles as agents of change in their day to day lives;

  • Ensure that all young people’s voices are heard and highlight action being taken by young people from all our diverse communities;

  • Raise awareness on what is already being done to tackle climate change across the city and build on this to push boundaries for more action.

Who will you be working with?
This isn’t an exhaustive list, not least because you will develop your own relationships, but for starters: Manchester Climate Change Youth Board, Manchester Climate Change Partnership (made up of 60 key organisations from the public, private and community sectors), Young Manchester, Groundwork, Manchester Youth Council, Manchester Environmental Education Network, Manchester Museum, UpRising, and many others. You will work particularly closely with the Climate Action Lead at Groundwork, a new post created in partnership with the Agency to boost the quantity and impact of youth-focused climate change work across Manchester.

The post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (amended in 2013). Appointable candidates will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information provided by you or the DBS will be dealt with in a confidential manner and in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be viewed here. We have a policy on the Employment of Ex-Offenders and it is available upon request. 

This post is also subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and other pre-employment checks where applicable. 

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


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