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Programme Manager (Plymouth Urban Pioneer Partnership)

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8 Dec 2021

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Play your part in Plymouth's Green/Blue transformation

We are looking to recruit Programme Manager to work across a suite of partnership projects all aiming to deliver a blue/green transformation in the city of Plymouth. This role will build on recent successes - the Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest, Plymouth's Natural Grid and the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park - to support a city-wide transformation with nature-based solutions at its heart.

You will drive effective partnership working, ensure delivery and identify new opportunities. Your passion for delivering change in urban communities will shape and drive this ten-year partnership programme. You will ensure that the people of Plymouth benefit from the best that Plymouth City Council and the National Trust can offer in finding nature-based solutions to the combined challenges of poverty, inequality, poor health, flooding and pollution.

What it's like to work here

Plymouth City Council and the National Trust have been working together for the past year to establish a national urban pioneer partnership. We want to combine the strengths of a leading local council and national conservation charity to put nature at the heart of Plymouth's transformation and community life over the next decade.

We see an opportunity for Plymouth to be a UK pioneer in delivering local place-based actions to address the global climate, biodiversity and health crises

We are working with partners to develop an innovative approach to working with nature, and deliver a high quality, accessible natural environment - or natural grid - across the city. We want to put young people and their aspirations - for their city, their careers, their environment - at the heart of this change.

We aim to:
  1. Ensure all Plymouth's communities can access the significant health and well-being benefits of a high-quality natural environment
  2. Develop and implement nature-based solutions to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, supporting a positive transition to net zero carbon in the city
  3. Lay the basis for a green recovery in Plymouth through driving investment and creating jobs, skills and new career pathways

What you'll be doing

You will be working directly with senior leaders in Plymouth City Council and the National Trust to manage our partnership programme. You will develop the programme plan and support the programme board, monitoring delivery and identifying risks.

Employed by the National Trust but embedded and line-managed in the Plymouth City Council Environment Planning division, you will deliver a programme jointly agreed, overseen and supported by the National Trust and Plymouth City Council. You will develop a joint external advocacy and stakeholder plan to position Plymouth as a leading UK urban greenspace pioneer city.

You will help build on Plymouth's track record of success - through the Community Forest, Natural Grid and National Marine Park - and work with senior leaders to make these projects a catalyst for city-wide transformation. Working with key staff and experts across Plymouth City Council, the National Trust and beyond, you will help identify and shape the next big opportunities and investment proposals for Plymouth's green transformation.

Who we're looking for

You'll need to;
  • Manage a complex and ambitious partnership programme
  • Drive innovation and delivery through partnership working
  • Be confident working with senior leaders to ensure effective partnership governance, monitor delivery and manage risks
  • Develop and deliver a programme plan to make the whole add up to more than the sum of its parts
  • Demonstrate excellent stakeholder management and engagement skills
  • Develop communications, policy and advocacy tools
  • Identify and develop project opportunities, including developing funding and investment bids
  • Demonstrate an ability to quickly grasp complex and fast-moving concepts, such as new vehicles for environment finance
  • Be comfortable with the ambiguity of being at the front and delivering ground-breaking work
  • Experience in a conservation, local government or environment setting, and with a good understanding of complex leadership environments
  • Bring a passion for delivering change in cities, for nature and for engaging communities and young people
  • You will hold a recognised project (APM PMQ/Prince) or programme management (MSP) qualification and show evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date.
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