Education Lead

Job Title:  Education Lead
  Climate-KIC Benelux
Reports to:
  Director – Benelux / Director – Education
Contract:  Permanent
  Utrecht, the Netherlands
Application closes: 1 January 2018
Start Date:
  15 January 2018
Business Background

Climate-KIC is the world’s leading public private partnership addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. It is one of five Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that provide a unique model of innovation to address key societal challenges, benefit the economy, create new jobs and enhance the entrepreneurial culture of Europe.  Climate-KIC’s mission is to bring together, inspire and empower a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society.  Our vision is to enable Europe to lead the global transformation towards sustainability.

Climate-KIC is an innovation engine focussed on bringing climate and sustainable innovation to market. We primarily focus on systems and a systemic approach to innovation. Thus, we not only need new technologies, but also new business models, legal frameworks, social practices and cross-sectorial thinking. Key to our systemic approach to innovation is our partnership, which is a diverse set of first-rate knowledge institutions, leading corporations, SMEs and ambitious actors from the public sector.  We bring this community together to create a strong supply of new ideas and transform the way we tackle climate change. We aim to crystalize complex demand-side needs and focus supply-side creativity on understanding and meeting these needs.  Often, this needs new forms of cross sector collaboration, because we have yet to see the emergence of a coherent market for ‘climate change’.

We have a matrix structure, combining thematic focus with a pan-European geographic footprint. Four Themes guide the definition of the challenges that Climate-KIC addresses, while 6 geographic locations are responsible for the origination of ideas, the delivery of projects and act as first point of contact for partners.

Our four core Themes focus on Urban Transitions, Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Production Systems and Decision Metrics & Finance.  Education underpins all of what we do, working and supporting the Themes, building and developing both the short term and long-term human capital of our community and beyond.

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Purpose of the Role
The Education Lead is accountable for developing and implementing an effective education strategy for Climate-KIC’s Benelux Geography covering graduate, executive and business strands; managing the Benelux Education in-house and consulting staff, developing the educational provision for one of Climate-KIC’s priority themes; and contributing to the work of Climate-KIC Education’s management groups.

Key responsibilities


  • Responsible for developing an innovative education strategy for the Benelux covering graduate, executive, professional and on-line education in line with Climate-KIC’s overall strategy
  • Develop and manage the portfolio of education activities in Benelux, including leading the EIT Label process for both existing and new applicants
  • Resposible for the Business Development of new Education Products together with corporates, cities and regions in the Benelux, working with the Geo Director and local Innovation Lead.
  • Responsible for the applications of grant proposals to attract external funding
  • Be the visible owner and creator of educational activity in Benelux and ensuring its timely and effective delivery at the highest level of quality through the University partners
  • Represent the Climate‐KIC Education strand at national and European level
  • Manage the relationships with senior representatives at Climate-KIC’s education partners in the Benelux and developing new strategic networks with universities and other stakeholders, especially in Belgium where no current partners are located
  • Oversee the commercial development of Climate-KIC education programmes in the Benelux, such as the Climate Leader Label

Thematic Focus

  • Engage approximately 50% of the time towards supporting the Sustainable Production Systems (SPS) Theme for educational activities
  • Co-develop the educational provision of Climate-KIC’s priority theme Sustainable Productions Systems and develop annual project management plans
  • Act as the main contact point for all education matters related to the SPS theme and build strong relationships with both staff and partners involved in the themes
  • Identify skill gaps and develop educational programmes to improve thematic impact
  • Support the potential scaling of thematic activities by capturing knowledge and disseminating best practices and lessons learnt

Strategic Programmes

  • Contribute to the delivery of Climate-KIC Education’s strategic programmes through our partners (such as PhD Catapult, the Journey, Climathon etc.)

Main Working Relationships

The Education Lead:

  • Reports to the Director for Benelux and to the Education Director for functional and thematic responsibilities
  • Cooperates with counterparts in other geographic and thematic teams to coordinate action
  • Is connected with partners, stakeholders and major other initiatives related to Climate-KIC’s Education goals
  • Manages the Education Programme Managers and Coordinators in the Benelux team

Person Specification

  • Relevant academic or business degree and qualifications, preferable a PhD degree
  • Demonstrable experience and qualifications in relevant areas such as education and learning; innovation; and climate change/sustainability agendas especially on the field of Circular Economy and sustainable production systems
  • A proven record of supporting learning and teaching in innovation within the graduate, executive and professional spheres, including course design and delivery
  • Expertise in the development and commissioning of learning materials
  • Familiarity with the skills and knowledge needs of organisations and individuals working to address climate change
  • Experience in developing and managing external grant funding applications
  • Experience in business development within the field of education
  • Experience and ability to work with an international team and in a multidisciplinary context
  • Fluent in English and capability in more than one European language an advantage

Application Process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. Your application should consist of a full curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) and a covering letter in English (maximum 2 pages) describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role. Please send your full application to before 1 January 2018.