Education Lead – Copenhagen (Lyngby)

Education team
Fixed term until 31 April 2020 with the possibility of extension
24 Sep 2019
Education Director
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Copenhagen (Lyngby)


Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established in 2010 and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.
We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose. At the heart of our endeavour is a pan-European community of innovators and changemakers eager to work on tough challenges, willing to engage in ambitious and unorthodox experiments, and committed to collective learning.

We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 380 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. We are united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at climate change.

Our mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, lands, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities. Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems – through exploration, experimentation and demonstration – to enable viable alternatives at scale.

At the heart of our approach is ‘systems innovation as a service’ whereby we create a space for a portfolio of strategic innovation options and experiments, oriented around structural levers of change, designed with and for problem owners.
We act as a multi-sided platform, working across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We work together with problem owners, like city and regional governments, industry owners and directors, community organisations and policy makers, to orchestrate a portfolio approach to innovation interventions. We facilitate the creation of innovation consortia. We challenge and seek to enrich business model design. We offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling. We provide funding. We incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation with a view of contributing to systemic change. We place an emphasis on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.


Purpose of the Role

EIT Climate-KIC’s Education programme/Learning Hub has a strong reputation for delivering high value innovation and entrepreneurship education through successful, internationally recognised signature programmes; such as the Journey, Greenhouse, Pioneers, and Climathon, and through programmes tailored to fulfil particular skills and learning needs determined by our major innovation projects. This has seen the development of other online, professional, and executive education formats and courses. Increasingly, we are treating education as a lever of change to accelerate decarbonisation and adaptation through systems change to meet our climate innovation impact goals.
In this role you will be actively involved in shaping and delivering our EIT Climate-KIC-wide future education strategy in a highly integrated way, connecting across Europe with counterparts in our major centres and forging a model of education fit for tackling climate change at the speed and scale needed.
As Nordics Education Lead, you will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of an innovative education strategy for the Nordic area covering graduate, executive, professional, and on-line education with a focus on using learning to create impact, inspiring others to take action to address climate change and driving business transformation. You will also act as learning designer, working with large scale, complex innovation projects across Europe.


  • Support collaboration and ideation / co-creation with other European colleagues to enhance partner activity in the Nordics and across Europe.
  • Trial and test innovative methods of delivering the education programme, refining approaches based on impact.
  • Demonstrate Systems thinking knowledge in your approach to designing learning and embedding learning in projects.
  • Manage the relationships with representatives at EIT Climate-KIC’s education partners and developing new strategic networks with universities and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the EIT Climate-KIC business plan, EIT Grant Application and other significant funding proposals and strategy processes and take a leadership role in reporting activities and results to EIT Climate-KIC’s funding bodies.
  • Good command of designing and implementing learning activities and learning spaces.

  • Have the ability to make sense of complex ideas (with multiple and often competing stakeholders) and use design methodologies to turn these into projects, initiatives or experiments.

  • Able to co-design and experiment with formal and informal mechanisms to insert and embed learning and education at the heart of complex, large scale international innovation projects.

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills to collaborate with European colleagues as part of a high performing Education Team. Good understanding of Climate Change and preferably with experience from working in one of the thematic areas of EIT Climate-KICs Transformation, in Time strategy.

Profile required

  • Experience in coaching, facilitation and public speaking is desirable.
  • Experience in developing and managing external grant funding applications is desirable.
  • Excellent active listener
  • Willing to travel. Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of management- both internally and externally
  • Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable.
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
  • Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
  • ‘At home’ working with an international team and in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • Curious, ambitious, respectful and fearless.
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation.
  • Solutions focused, with a “can do” attitude.
  • A commitment to achieving social transformation in support of Climate-KIC’s mission.

Additional information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living.

Our application and recruitment 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 be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter 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.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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