Overview

Would you like to join a small, purposeful organisation bringing a different set of tools to the climate crisis? mySociety is looking for an experienced Delivery Manager to join our new Climate programme as part of a nimble, digital-first, entirely remote UK team.

Our programme goal is to use data and digital services to reduce the ~30% of UK emissions that are within the influence of local authorities, driven by more widespread and effective citizen engagement in climate action, and by faster and more effective climate action from local government.

The programme will involve partnering with Climate Emergency UK and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, including local authority staff and councillors, civil society groups, researchers and journalists. Our first alpha service is available at data.climatemergency.uk – you can read about the discovery and prototyping process that led to its creation, and the next steps we’re planning here. We’ll also be developing new services, and looking at opportunities to impact emissions using our existing widely used civic services, like WhatDoTheyKnowTheyWorkForYou and MapIt.

The ideal candidate will be motivated by our goals and have experience of working with UK local government and/or civil society groups, ideally including practicing agile development and supporting technical teams in an environment focused on rapid learning and impact. You’ll have delivered digital services from discovery through to live and you’ll enjoy the challenge of joining early in the programme and helping us identify the best opportunities to have impact.

You will thrive on delivering high quality outcomes and making things happen, and you’ll have a mix of skills that cover current agile/lean delivery practices, team dynamics, stakeholder management and delivery support.

No recruiters or agencies, please.

What does the role involve?

Stakeholder and delivery management

You will be:

  • Working with a small, experienced cross-disciplinary team in an agile way to identify, evaluate and act on the greatest opportunities for data and digital services to have impact, ensuring that the team collectively meets the programme objectives
  • Managing the backlog of tasks, and coordinating across streams of work including user research, digital service design and development, data science, research and impact evaluation, communications, and live and digital events
  • Building the team, working with the management team and Product Lead to recruit staff and contractors as required
  • Engaging with external and internal partners and stakeholders and communicating accurate project status regularly at the appropriate levels
  • Supporting effective administration, budget, and financial reporting across the programme

Team dynamics

You will be:

  • Supporting a culture of innovation focused on creative and responsive solutions to the challenges of delivering local climate action
  • Ensuring that the team have the right working environment and the tools they need to deliver value based on what users need
  • Protecting the team from unnecessary distractions, allowing them to focus on delivery
  • Effectively dealing with any internal blockers that arise within the team

Delivery practices

You will be:

  • Working with the leadership and development teams to assess requirements for new product features and translating that into an achievable backlog
  • Supporting the collaborative planning process, helping team members to prioritise the work that needs to be done against the capacity and capability of the team
  • Monitoring team progress frequently and comprehensively and updating plans accordingly
  • Keeping track of and communicating the team’s progress against the backlog and adjusting timelines where necessary
  • Actively participating in the agile delivery community, learning, sharing and re-applying skills and knowledge and bringing in good practice

Requirements

We think this position would suit you best if you have some or all of the following:

Stakeholder and delivery management

You should:

  • Have a strong background in the management and delivery of technical projects
  • Have experience in growing early stage projects
  • Be a flexible thinker, and able to work with the team to identify opportunities to have impact across a wide ecosystem of stakeholders; experience with communities of practice would be a plus
  • Be organised and have a good eye for detail
  • Ideally have experience of working with local authorities and/or civil society organisations

Team dynamics

You should:

  • Be an excellent communicator
  • Be a flexible team member, focused on outcomes, and willing to contribute in different ways to deliver them
  • Be interested in and capable of building collaborative relationships across organisations with different ways of working and scales

Delivery practices

You should:

  • Have experience of delivering agile and lean projects in a range of environments and sectors, covering project inception to live service delivery
  • Be adept at spotting project risks and blockers and working to remove them
  • Be a creative and effective planner, optimising speed to deployment, value, and quality
  • Be able to solve issues quickly and effectively, identifying themes and helping the team learn from experience

Interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills? Please apply anyway! We support learning on the job and rearranging tasks within the teams to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. Please let us know in your covering letter what your relevant experience is and where you might need to learn as you go.

Got questions? Drop an email to Abi Broom on [email protected].

Benefits

This is a fixed term contract until 31 March 2024 with a salary in the range of £38,000 to £43,000 per year, plus pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee).

We encourage flexible working and would consider applications for this as a part time position.

You must be based in the UK and you need to have the right to work in this country (sorry, but we can’t offer help with visas or relocation expenses).

You can read more about what it’s like working at mySociety at www.mysociety.org/about/careers/culture

Deadlines and dates

The application deadline is 10am on Monday 24th May and interviews will take place the following week via video conference. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview by close of business on Wednesday 26th May.

Application instructions

Your application should consist of a CV and covering letter. We’ll rely on your covering letter to show us why your skills make you a good fit for this role when we are shortlisting candidates, so take your time getting it right.

We are particularly interested in improving the diversity of our team and we welcome applications from all suitably skilled and experienced people and particularly from candidates from Black and minority backgrounds.

We are monitoring our recruitment processes to ensure we are doing everything we can to encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We would ask you to please complete our optional equalities monitoring form. The information you share in the form will be anonymous and will not influence the assessment of your application.

We will shortlist all applications anonymously. So please use your initials rather than your name on your CV and cover letter, and don’t include identifying details such as your name or email addresses on these attached documents.