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The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA
Posted: 18 Oct 2021
Deadline: 28 Oct 2021
Compensation: £18,446 on 0.6 FTE (FT equivalent £30,744)
Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract
Sustain is a powerful alliance bringing together around 100 organisations nationally – and hundreds more at local and regional level. We believe everyone should have access to healthy and sustainably produced food that protects people, animals and planet. Working together, we run highly effective and creative campaigns, advocacy, networks and demonstration projects, aiming to catalyse permanent changes in policy and practice, and to help equip more people and communities with skills as change-makers. Collectively, we strive for better food, farming and fishing through policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, tackle climate change and restore nature, improve the living and working environment, enrich society and culture, and promote greater equality.
We operate in collaboration with our membership to achieve the aims set out in our Sustain Strategy, 2021-2025 and:
We pursue these through a combination of local and national action, with much success. Through our organisation development plan we are also committed to improving the way we work and have set targets for improving our communications and campaigning, increasing the diversity of our staff, trustees and supporter networks, building stronger connections with supporters and other people working for change, and upskilling our staff and the movement.
About this role
Sustain has around 20 to 25 staff running projects, campaigns and core support services such as finance, IT and design, and administration. The organisation is managed overall by a senior management team of three people – Chief Executive Kath Dalmeny; Deputy Chief Executive Ben Reynolds and Programmes Director Sarah Williams. We are now seeking an Executive Assistant to work with the senior management team – and closely with the Chief Executive and Trustees – to help manage effectively a range of important tasks for the running of a diverse alliance and national charity, through a positive period of growth and evolutionary change for Sustain. This is a new job opportunity within Sustain. We have undertaken some preparatory work with the help of a freelance Executive Assistant, but the role is open to further shaping and development by the successful candidate, within the context of the Sustain team.
Tasks and responsibilities
Sustain’s Executive Assistant will have a central, varied and stimulating workload working closely with the Chief Executive, Senior Management Team, Trustees and with other Sustain staff providing core support services. The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities will include:
1. Personal Assistant support for Sustain’s Chief Executive
2. Executive Assistant support to Sustain’s Senior Management Team (SMT)
3. Support for management aspects of Sustain’s core work:
From June 2021, Sustain has adopted a new Working from Home policy that enables staff to work up to half of their hours from home, if their work suits this approach and if the staff member has completed a satisfactory probationary period. We also offer other flexible working arrangements to help people manage their work and personal lives. We highlight that Sustain’s treasured culture and success is built on excellent connections between staff and the movement of people we work with, so working together in an open-plan office, and participating in lunchtime and social activities together, is warmly encouraged and part of the job. The Executive Assistant job is offered on a part-time basis, and the hours can be managed flexibly. Our preference is for the successful candidate to work their hours across the full week, Monday to Friday, and this may suit someone managing other regular work or personal responsibilities.
Sustain is seeking a motivated and experienced Executive Assistant with fantastic organisational and team-working skills who shares our commitment to making the world a better place, and who has the following skills and experience.
Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.
Sustain’s Executive Assistant will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted.
Download the full job description here.
To apply for this position, please email email@example.com the following:
As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please put Executive Assistant in the subject line of your covering email along with your name.
Deadline: 10am, Thursday 28 October 2021
First-stage interviews for this position, for long-listed candidates, will take place virtually using Zoom on Thursday 4 November 2021. Second-stage interviews for short-listed candidates will take place either online or in-person during the week of 8 November 2021. Ideally the successful candidate would be able to start shortly after the interview process.
Further information about Sustain and our work is at: www.sustainweb.org
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Sustain is a powerful alliance bringing together around 100 organisations nationally – and hundreds more at local and regional level. We believe everyone should have access to healthy and sustainably produced food that protects people, animals and planet. Working together, we run highly effective and creative campaigns, advocacy, networks and demonstration projects, aiming to catalyse permanent changes in policy and practice, and to help equip more people and communities with skills as change-makers.