The Walking & Cycling Team of Leicester City Council manage and successfully deliver a range of projects and programmes that encourage the people of Leicester to travel sustainably, with the aim of reducing air pollution within the City and increasing people’s physical activity.
The team works across three main areas: within businesses, communities and school run parking. This role works within the business area, to encourage businesses to utilise our free tools to help their employees make their commute and in-work journeys more active, sustainable and reduce single-occupancy car use.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Project Officer to support the delivery of projects within the Walking and Cycling Team, with an aim to implement behaviour change; creating a shift away from people making short journeys by car that could reasonably be walked or cycled.
You will have the opportunity to work alongside a range of external and internal partners with project management oversight from a Transport Development Officer (Programmes) and support from a highly driven team. You will also be provided with the latest technology to assist you in meeting and delivering set objectives.
As a driven Graduate Project Officer, you will be able to identify and engage with businesses and Council employees to encourage them to travel more sustainably. You’ll be responsible for preparing, delivering and supporting specific projects and programmes within the Walking and Cycling Team, while analysing and evaluating their effectiveness. You will work alongside a range of internal and external partners to understand how to apply behaviour change theories and test the air quality within the City of Leicester.
You’ll help businesses to identify any barriers to active travel by carrying out site audits and putting together personal travel plans to help their employees to walk and cycle to work by arranging walks or rides with help from Walk and Cycle Leaders. You will use your excellent presentation skills to present information and deliver programmes to external partners and Council employees about their sustainable travel options for to-work and in-work journeys. You will also be responsible for producing communications and promoting events i.e. Cycle to Workday and Walking & Cycling Roadshows, to increase attendance and engagement.
What you will need
As a Graduate Project Officer within the Transport Strategy Service, you must be able to demonstrate a strong interest within the field of sustainable transport. You’ll have exceptional organisational and time-management skills to be able to prioritise your own workload and work under pressure to meet set objectives. Using your excellent IT skills, you’ll be able to write professional reports; researching, collecting and analysing information, while also being confident in delivering talks and presentations to a wide range of audiences.
You’ll have strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able to deal effectively with a range of individuals externally and internally, while building a successful network of working relationships. As an innovative thinker, you’ll also be able to solve problems and work well within a team environment.
Please note you must have graduated in the last 18 months with a 2:2 degree or above in a relevant subject (sustainable development, environmental studies/management, transport studies, the social sciences e.g. psychology, public administration, business management).
There is 1 fixed-term position available, working a flexible working pattern, 37 hours per week between Monday to Friday. The predicted end date for this position is March 2021.
Please complete our online application form, referring to the attached person specification and ensuring you tell us about your experience and knowledge where this is being measured by application form.
Should you wish to attach a CV please ensure this is tailored to the job requirements which will give you the best chance of being shortlisted.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Hannah May on 0116 454 2817 or email Hannah.May@leicester.gov.uk.
What we can offer you
As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.