Director of Projects – Crichton Carbon Centre

The Crichton Carbon Centre is looking to appoint a Director of Projects.  We would like to hear from you 
if you have project management experience in the field of environmental impact or sustainable 
development, would be interested in leading the implementation of a range of projects that are already 
running within the Centre in these areas, and have the energy and ability to develop new project ideas 
from scratch, identify and secure their funding and deliver them.  You will be an excellent communicator 
with highly developed organisational skills and the ability to coach and mentor staff.  A willingness to 
contribute to the Centre’s post-graduate teaching programmes is also essential.
Crichton Carbon Centre:
The Crichton Carbon Centre is a not-for-profit post-graduate teaching and research organisation based 
on the Crichton University Campus in Dumfries.  It was established in 2007 in response to growing 
interest in and concern about climate change. Our goal is to help people and organisations understand 
the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents and the part that they can play in 
creating a low carbon society.
Job Specification:

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of delivering projects that have been successful in 
creating positive environmental outcomes and contributing to the sustainable development agenda.
Importantly, you will have in depth knowledge in one or more of carbon management, energy efficiency, 
water footprinting or waste management with practical experience of monitoring, management and 
reporting in these areas.
Demonstrable experience in project planning and management, financial control, recruiting, coaching 
and mentoring staff is essential.  
So too is a dynamic and positive attitude towards collaborating with peers and senior management in 
strategic business planning, including organisational change, proposition development and fund-raising.
The Centre also delivers post-graduate teaching in collaboration with the School of Interdisciplinary 
Studies at the University of Glasgow, and the successful candidate would be expected to contribute to 
the development and delivery of lectures and workshops, the design and conduct of student 
assignments and the supervision of work placements and dissertations.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking at rapidly developing their career within a 
dynamic organisation that is working at the intersection of commerce, academia and policy.
The post is based on the Crichton University Campus in Dumfries, south-west Scotland.   The successful 
candidate will either be resident in the area already or willing to relocate.  If you would like to find out 
more about Dumfries and Galloway, the pioneering green corner of Scotland, go to VisitScotland.  Given 
the nature of the post evening and weekend work may be required from time to time as will travel 
outwith the area.  A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is therefore essential.


The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering projects, working with a wide 
variety of stakeholders.  This is a senior post, which will involve managing staff, budgets and client 
relationships, key aspects of which include:
  • taking full P&L responsibility for delivering Crichton Carbon Centre projects, providing leadership while directly supporting implementation to ensure that all objectives are met on time and within budget;
  • initiating and contributing to new business development in the private, public and third sectors, working up new ideas into proposals to secure funding and then overseeing their implementation;
  • developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with all project stakeholders, providing timely reporting and analysis of project outcomes; and
  • contributing to the Centre’s post-graduate teaching programmes in Applied Carbon Management and Professional Practice in Sustainability, bringing a practitioner’s perspective to bear in developing and delivering lectures, workshops, e-learning materials and student assignments.
We offer the successful candidates the opportunity to:

  • work with a team dedicated to broadening engagement in the sustainable development agenda through  a wide range of business and community projects and outreach programmes;
  • challenge our MSc students with new ideas on delivering low carbon sustainable societies; and
  • help shape a dynamic organisation committed to delivering a sustainable future

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