Passivhaus Affiliate

We are hiring: Deputy CEO/ External Affairs Director

The Passivhaus Trust is growing rapidly and needs to scale-up significantly in order to help transform the built environment sector in the UK. We are seeking someone to help shape the future development of the Trust and to play a pivotal senior role in its management and development. 


Job Title: Deputy CEO/ External Affairs Director

Reports to: CEO, Passivhaus Trust

Based at: Remote working plus visits to 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU as appropriate.

Salary/ contract: Approx. £55,000 - £75,000 FTE. More for an exceptional candidate. Hours negotiable to suit the right candidate


The role

This position will provide a senior and increasing role in organisational management and development, especially to help shape the future direction of the Trust. We are currently aiming to encourage the industry to deliver 10% of all new buildings to the Passivhaus standard by 2030, and for 50% of the industry to be trained in Passivhaus principles in the same timescale; we would like the Deputy CEO to plan and lead the organisational changes needed to deliver against these targets, including scaling-up training, certification and policy engagement.This role is likely to focus on the following areas, with the balance depending on the applicant’s expertise and experience:

  1. Policy and external affairs
  2. Membership and business development
  3. Organisation transformation

About you

We are looking for an experienced leader who wants to play a pivotal role in helping to deliver the low carbon buildings needed to address the climate and ecological emergency. You will have:

  • minimum qualifications of a relevant degree
  • at least 10 years’ relevant work experience
  • strong communication and leadership skills
  • experience of developing and implementing organisational business plans
  • expertise in one or more of the roles outlined above.
  • good technical knowledge and excellent writing skills
  • knowledge of low energy building policies & practices


Contract Details

The role will be a permanent PAYE position, but we are happy to consider flexible arrangements, such as part-time working, job-shares, or secondments for appropriate candidates. Salary approx. £60,000 - £75,000 FTE, more for an exceptional candidate.

You will work alongside the Research & Policy Director (and their team), who will lead on preparation of technical research, education & policy content; and the Head of Campaigns & Communications (and their team).

There is also an option for the right candidate to combine this role with the role of Chief Operating Officer at the Trust’s parent organisation, the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB), should you wish.  


How to apply

To apply, please email a CV and a brief covering note or email stating which parts of the role you could cover and outlining your credentials and experience in those areas. 

Please email to by 1st November 2021. Interviews will take place between 2nd and 10th November, with the intention that the chosen candidate(s) will start work in early 2022.

If you have any questions about the role that you would like to discuss, please contact the Trust’s CEO, Jon Bootland on 07801 825218.


Further Information

Full job description: 2021 Deputy CEO/ External Affairs Director

2021 Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the AECB

3rd October 2021

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