Governance Manager

3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Employment type
Full time
£38000 - £42156 per annum

We are looking for a Governance Manager to take forward RSPB's governance system, supporting RSPB Council and its committees and working as a key member of our Governance and Risk Department.

RSPB’s vision is for a shared world where wildlife, wild places, and all people thrive. The health of the natural world is fundamental to the survival of all species and has the right to flourish. We work locally in the UK and around the world, conducting scientific research into the natural world, acting to support the survival and protection of species, managing precious habitats, making connections between people of all ages and backgrounds with the natural world, and advocating for changes to law, regulation and practice to create a world where wildlife can thrive. It is a complex organization, and good governance is vital in ensuring that our trustees can retain oversight and add strategic value to the work of the charity.

About the role

In this role you will:

  • Maintain RSPB’s governance system, processes and documentation to support RSPB Council and its committees, developing the system in line with RSPB's needs and evolving good practice
  • Maintain and build the RSPB’s reputation as a well-governed, transparent and accountable charity, including development of our approach to Environmental, Social and Governance reporting (ESG)
  • Ensure appropriate control activities are in place for key processes relating to charity governance
  • Manage a small team and contribute to the leadership of the Governance and Risk department.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Enthusiasm for RSPB’s charitable mission
  • Demonstrable experience in governance and/or company secretariat, ideally in the charitable sector
  • Track record in delivering pragmatic governance services in a fast-changing environment in the not-for-profit sector
  • Proven experience of organising board meetings, agendas
  • Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in using board pack software, core Microsoft packages, and information management solutions such as SharePoin
  • Skill in working to multiple deadlines and managing competing priorities
  • Ability to deal with confidential and/or sensitive information with exceptional diplomacy and tact, and a high level of professionalism
  • Effective stakeholder management and communication skills
  • Strong people management skills

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • ICSA qualification or similar
  • Project management experience

This is a Permanent, Full-Time role. We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 6th September 2022. For further information please contact

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

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3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly