RSPB • Flexible in UK

Head of UK Overseas Territories Programme

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £52000 - £57688 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

The UK Overseas Territories hold an incredible array of globally significant environments. From vast peatlands and incredible seabird colonies to extensive mangrove swamps, they are home to many endemic species. We are looking for an inspirational leader to drive forward our ambitious programme of terrestrial and marine conservation in the UK Overseas Territories.

Leading a dedicated team, you will work in partnership with the communities, civil society organisations and governments of the territories, building long-lasting relationships. You will oversee programmes supporting territories in the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Pacific. This varied role includes capacity building with the territory partners, leading project development such as for island restoration and marine protection, and advocating for the policies needed to protect these special places. You will create opportunities to develop and showcase nature-based solutions for wildlife, climate and people on the global stage.

You will be passionate about nature conservation through capacity building, with experience in terrestrial and marine environments, and versatility to work with practitioners and policy-makers.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Sound knowledge and experience of UKOTs nature conservation issues and solutions, both in terrestrial and marine environments
  • Collaborative style with demonstrable evidence of building successful partnerships
  • Proven leadership and people management skills, able to develop team members for high performance and build a positive culture across geographically dispersed teams
  • Experience of capacity building with partner organisations
  • Experience of developing and managing large, complex, high-risk projects and programmes on time and on budget
  • Experienced in both practical restoration and advocating for new policies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present, influence and represent the organisation to a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to travel worldwide
  • A relevant degree

The role is dual located between office working and home working. The preferable office locations are RSPB UKHQ The Lodge, Sandy or David Attenborough Building, Cambridge.

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week. We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 17th February 2023. For further information please contact jo.gilbert@rspb.org.uk

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.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

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First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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