The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. We are an organisation entirely made of young people (18-29) based in the UK who volunteer their time to fight climate change issues.

International Team

Are you young, full of energy, and committed to the fight for climate justice? Then we want you in our team!

Apply today to join the international team, meet and work with fellow youth activists and campaigners, empower other youths to join the movement, and attend climate gatherings in the UK and abroad, including COP23 in Bonn.

Check out our Delegation Pack, and fill in our application form (equal opportunities form on the second page). If you want to learn more about the team, you can also read a blog from Tara, who is part of the current international team.

 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday the 17th May 2017 at midnight (if you were wondering, yes, we slightly extended the deadline)

Please be aware that a selection day will take place in Leeds on 27th May 2017 for shortlisted candidates.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have a question, feel free to email us at: international.team@ukycc.org

Trustee

The Role: Finance Trustee, Legal Trustee and up to 3 Trustee that can support our work

The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) is a charity run entirely by a team of highly motivated young volunteers, all of whom are between the ages of 18  – 29, working together between other commitments to create a future which is happy, affordable, clean and safe.

We call ourselves the ‘organisers’ or ‘Organising Team’, and we seek advice, support and guidance from our Trustees.

The Board of Trustees exists to:

1. Offer support, guidance and friendship to the UKYCC team. Board members are encouraged to build active relationships with members of the Organising Team, as mentors and advisors;

2. Ensure that the UKYCC is working towards its strategic objectives of mobilising, uniting, empowering and inspiring young people to create a clean, just future. The Board of Trustees is designed to take a longer term view and to have a clearer perception of the overall progress being made, enabling the organisation to be more effective and strategic.

This is an 18 month, voluntary post. We are asking for a commitment to:

  1. 4 x per year: attend quarterly meetings of the full Board of Trustees. This will be in person (by skype if necessary) in a place convenient to the Board – most often in London. Travel expenses to these meetings can be provided.

  2. Around once a month: participation in relevant Skype calls with the UKYCC teams.

  3. Around once a week: to be responsive to requests from UKYCC Organising Team to provide advice or assistance with financial or legal matters (depending on role) – via phone, email, etc.

Key areas where the UKYCC Organising Team looks for support: 

  1. Monitoring & Evaluation – reviewing the impact UKYCC has had on individuals, the organisation and celebrating the change that UKYCC has brought about.  Understanding and learning from projects previously undertaken by UKYCC and using this to make recommendations for future work. Improving and supporting strong monitoring and evaluation throughout UKYCC.

  2. Long-term strategy – understanding and responding to the medium- and long-term opportunities, events, challenges and threats. In-depth analysis of the future climate, environmental, political and cultural landscape, to inform, support and develop UKYCC’s long term strategy.

  3. Human resources – support for the legal and financial security of the organisation, and the appointment, induction and transition of the Team Coordinators. Continual support for the UKYCC Organising Team and Team Coordinators in this respect.

Areas of responsibility

  • Oversee the long-term strategy of UKYCC and support the Team Coordinators and Organising Team to fulfil this.

  • Hold the organisation to account by ensuring the activities of UKYCC match a long-term strategy agreed between the Team Coordinators, Trustee Board and Organising Team in line with our mission statement, visioning statements and guiding principles.

  • The Board would provide the checks, balance and scrutiny of the Team Coordinators and UKYCC teams to ensure daily decisions are reflective and supportive of the organisation’s longer term strategy, security, and legal and financial well-being.

  • Support the long-term sustainability and relevance of the organisation.

  • Support the capture and sharing of institutional knowledge and learning throughout the organisation.

  • Fill knowledge gaps in the organisation (e.g. legal and financial)  and help locate advice or expertise.

Note: The Board is not an executive decision-making body. Responsibility for decision-making lies with the Team Coordinators in consultation with the Organising Team. The Board can however make recommendations and may ask why decisions have been taken.

If you want to commit to helping the UK Youth Climate Coalition to achieve our vision, and you have a financial or legal background or experience that could help us to stay on track, please send an email to lucy@ukycc.org with the subject line: FINANCE TRUSTEE or LEGAL TRUSTEE (depending on which post you would like to apply for).

Please list any experience relating to the following themes. We are not looking for extensive details, just a list will do!

  • Finance OR Law (essential);

  • Volunteering / pastoral skills (very desirable)

  • Politics in UK (desirable)

  • Campaign strategy & mobilisation (desirable)

  • Media / communications (desirable)

  • International climate politics (desirable)

  • Community energy / community activism (desirable)

  • Facilitation skills (desirable)

  • Experience of running small organisations (not essential but interesting!)

  • Knowledge/expertise in the field of climate science (not essential but interesting!)

  • Any other experience you think is relevant!

Please also tell us in 300 words why you would like to act as Trustee to the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

Applications will be discussed among the organising team and, if successful you will be invited for an interview over Skype.

To reiterate this is a fixed term post (18 months), voluntary. You can be based anywhere in the UK. We will also accept applications from those based elsewhere in Europe.

We strongly encourage applications from self-identifying women, people of colour and LGBTQIA+ candidates, although all applications will be considered on their own merit. We are committed to breaking down all barriers to participation in the UK movement for Climate Justice and we do all we can to welcome everyone to engage fully, particularly people who are disabled or on a low income. Additionally, although we are a youth organisation, there is no age limit for our Trustees!

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS: 30th November 2016

This recruitment process is being conducted on a rolling basis so interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

For further information about this post please contact lucy@ukycc.org

 We look forward to hearing from you!

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Operations Team Coordinator

We are searching for a Co-ordinator of Operations.

Please see below for details about the position and information on how to apply.

The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world.

We are an organisation entirely made of young people volunteering who volunteer their time and it is vital that we have strong leadership to hold the team together.

The Co-ordinator take overall responsibility for the entire organisation and have a duty of care to safeguard our identity and unique position within the climate movement.  Whilst preserving what is special about UKYCC, they must develop, grow and move the organisation forward so that is becomes more effective and takes more positive action against climate change.

The role is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling but Co-ordinators must be prepared to take difficult decisions when it is demanded of them and to be able to communicate their actions in a way that unites our volunteers together rather than divides them.  The future for UKYCC is incredibly exciting and the new Co-ordinator must bring with them the creativity and inspiration that is required in leadership as well as the skills and knowledge to manage small and larger teams.

Within UKYCC we are organised into four teams: the UK team, the international team, the community team and the operations team. The operations team are reponsible for the smooth functioning of UKYCC, including our budget, email lists, and website admin. So as co-ordinator of the operations team, you’d be responsible for all of these essential functions.

Collective Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation.
  • Recruit, select, induct and manage the Organising Team and work daily to support, supervise, appraise and develop them in their individual roles.
  • Responsible for the vision and direction of the organisation.
  • Oversee the strategy and plan of action for achieving our aims and objectives.
  • Be the external face of the organisation with partners, government, organisation, business and young people.
  • Be the bridge between the Advisory Board, Organising Team and Members.
  • Take legal responsibility for our finances and fulfill the duties of the legal Directors of the company limited by guarantee.

Individual Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of Operations – Responsible for making sure that UKYCC runs smoothly, including looking after our finances, legal responsibilities and internal support so all organisers have the skills/tools they need.

Personal Specification:

  • The creativity to inspire team members and motivate them to achieve their full potential.
  • Management experience of small and larger teams is essential and an understanding of the style of leadership that is required for UKYCC specifically.
  • A desire to work as a group and lead a team of engaged young people.
  • A clear vision for where UKYCC should go next and the strategic understanding to be able to achieve that.
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills to be able to support team members on a professional and pastoral basis.
  • The ability to work independently in an organisation that primarily runs by email, Skype, and phone calls.

Technical information:

  • Applications must be aged between 18-29 and must live, study or work in the UK.
  • The role of UKYCC Co-ordinator is effectively a full time, unpaid internship that is split between four people making it a part-time commitment.
  • The role will take up to 5-10 hours per week.
  • This is an unpaid role.
  • You will be in office for a minimum of 12-18 months including one month handover from the previous Co-ordinates.

Applications:

UKYCC is run by a friendly team of volunteers and this application process has been set up so that we can get to know you and your passions.  There are no wrong or right answers, it’s just a way for us to get to know you better!
You must submit:

  • An up to date CV
  • cover letter. In your cover letter, please try to address the questions: ʻWhy do I want to be Operations Co-ordinator?ʼ and ʻWhat do you think the role of young people is in addressing climate change and creating a clean, fair future?ʼ
  • One reference from someone who has worked closely with you in a professional or voluntary capacity.  This should be no more that 500 words.
  • All applications should be sent to adil.qureshi@ukycc.org
  • Successful applicants will be interviewed by one of the current team Co-ordinators and the Chairs of UKYCC’s Board of Trustees

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is Monday 3rd April at 12pm


If you have any questions or problems with any part of the application process, please feel free to get in touch with us – coordinators@ukycc.org

Freelancer

UKYCC is occasionally slowed down by a lack of specialist skills or knowledge to perform certain tasks, and sometimes just requires a bit of extra support.

If you’re not interested in a full-time volunteering role, but might consider mucking in for a short time, helping with our ongoing local engagement work or providing a specific skill for a specific task (legal, financial, web design etc.) then you might want to consider joining our freelance list.

More information

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Are you thinking - How do we fit UKYCC work into our lives?

Adam: UKYCCer and full time student

“I joined UKYCC just as I started my first year of university at UCL. For me UKYCC is great in terms of balancing university commitments and volunteering; you only ever take on as on much as you want to. This meant that when I have a deadline or am frantically cramming, I’m not expected to do work I can’t, and conversely in the holidays I can volunteer to take on projects or tasks. Regular team meetings are via Skype, so whilst you might have to set aside one hour of your time, there isn’t the hassle of travelling anywhere or setting up any complicated software.
As for meet-ups or stunts, expenses can be covered and these are only about once every couple of months or so, and casual not obligatory. Its a role that can be flexible around your needs, and one I have no regrets in taking.”

Simon: UKYCCer and full time worker

“My boss really understands my passion for being involved with UKYCC and doing climate change action type stuff; giving me the freedom to check things during the day as long as I complete my work. I get home by 6pm and my night is a mixture – watching movies, scrolling through Reddit, UKYCC work, and actually going out and having a social life. Blending it into my day-to-day life works really well for me.”

Big thanks go to Environment Job, for hosting our volunteer opportunities on their site.

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