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Policy & Strategy Team Leader - Environment & Communities

Lichfield District Council
Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6YU
£43,421 - £47,420
Closing date
26 Jan 2024

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Environment / Conservation, Management, Planning, Policy
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Working Pattern

Job Details

We’re Lichfield District Council. A local authority in the Heart of England that provides local services to over 100,000 residents. Our District is a beautiful place to live and work, with its historic city centre which has the impressive Lichfield Cathedral and is the birthplace of Samuel Johnson.


Our organisation is ambitious, innovative, and highly driven to be the best in all that we do. We want to further this growth potential in all key areas of the business by hiring great people. In return, we can build stronger foundations, provide quality services, and help support our company objectives longer term.

An exciting Team Leader opportunity has arisen within the Policy & Strategy Team at Lichfield District Council. The post will require you to lead and oversee the delivery of high-quality policy and strategy development for Ecology, Biodiversity, Nature recovery, Sustainability, Climate Change, Arboriculture, and the voluntary and community sector.

Leading the Council’s response to the climate emergency, coordinating delivery of the organisational carbon reduction plan and development of the district wide climate change objectives and activities.


  • Act as the organisation’s expert on environment and communities’ policy development and implementation.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of various strategies, projects, initiatives, and related action plans for the specialist policy areas, monitoring their overall delivery.
  • Support the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy framework for the Council to meet the outcomes of the strategic plan and lead on the creation of green strategies and action plans to deliver the environmental ambitions of the council within this.
  • Help ensure the Council develops its knowledge and proactively generates insights to identify new opportunities.
  • Manage and support project teams and/or task-finish groups to deliver initiatives.
  • Prepare reports in connection with the specialist policy areas, and to present such reports to a variety of audiences.
  • Represent the Council at various partnership meetings and boards, public inquiries, examinations in public and public meetings.
  • Lead on engagement & consultation with key stakeholders, businesses, and community groups in relation to environment and communities and enhance the Council’s profile and reputation as an exemplar authority for protecting and enhancing the environment.
  • Ensure that the Council fulfils its environmental statutory responsibilities and arboriculture duties and delivers best practice services in line with corporate priorities.
  • Lead on external funding bids and the commissioning of various funding pots for the benefit of the community


  • A recognized Degree or equivalent in Ecology, Climate Change, Environment, Arboriculture, or similar, OR a clear demonstration that the equivalent depth of understanding has been gained through experience within career to date related field.
  • Experience of effectively developing and implementing policies and strategies
  • Knowledge of local government policy and strategy development and implementation
  • Experience of staff management and of managing and motivating a team, monitoring performance, and encouraging staff to perform at their best.
  • Experience of building and developing relationships with partners and organisations in a multi-agency environment, including developing and performance managing service level agreements.
  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative and statutory responsibilities in relation to the environment.
  • Experience of delivering energy, carbon reduction, climate change, environmental, regeneration and/or sustainability related projects/programmes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK biodiversity and climate change policy and best practice guidance.
  • Good networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships both within and outside the Council, especially with key partners and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the UK planning system and the principles of relevant planning policy guidance in relation to ecological and environmental matters.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity with a strong adherence to corporate governance and ethics and values expected in a public service setting.



  • Friendly and supportive environment underpinned by our values.
  • Hybrid working including flexibility around working patterns.
  • Generous annual leave.
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Free Parking
  • Discounted Gym membership
  • Local government pension - Life cover, 3 times your salary as a lump sum if you die in service.
  • Fantastic modern offices with complementary refreshments.
  • Plus, more.



· All offers of employment are conditional offer subject to satisfactory clearances which include: -

· Two satisfactory references covering the last 3 years of employment.

· Evidence of your right to work in the United Kingdom; and

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if applicable



To be considered for this exciting new opportunity, please send your CV and Supporting statement to


If you need any support with completing your application, or any part of the recruitment process, please contact so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments.


We look forward to hearing from you.


From Monday 4th March an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we will be implementing a new system which will improve your candidate experience!

If you have an application in progress with us on, or after, Monday 4th March – don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. There is more information on the WMJobs candidate help page WMJobs Help

Working for us

We serve a population of around 100,000 residents within Lichfield and the district. Lichfield itself is a small cathedral city located 20 miles just north of Birmingham.

We are one of the district’s largest employers and offer a range of fulfilling job opportunities. Our team is at the very heart of our council - everyone, whatever their role, contributes to delivering great services to our local community. We are committed to equality and diversity, and work to ensure that our workplaces and our services are accessible to all. To see our full range of services , visit  and search careers for more information on how we work together to make Lichfield a great place to live and work.

We very much hope that you will want to become part of our team as we move forward and modernise our services.

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01543 308000
Lichfield District Council
Frog Lane
WS13 6YU
United Kingdom

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