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Head of Learning and Organisational Development

£39,970 - £44,290 Per Annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2021
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Head of Learning and Organisational Development
Location: Flexible
Salary: £39,970 - £44,290 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, Annual Leave

As the leading conservation charity in the UK, the RSPB has an ambitious programme of work transforming its approach to saving nature.

Recognising that people are at the heart of delivering this we have an exciting opportunity for a talented and driven individual to join our HR and L&D Team.

Reporting to the Head of HR and Development you will be a strong leader with extensive experience in delivering results through people.

What the job is about

The Head of Learning and Organisational Development is a new role leading and managing the L&D function to interpret business priorities and implement effective learning and development interventions that support the organisation's strategic goals.

Working closely with the Head of HR Operations and Head of Business Partnering you will create an aligned leadership team that leads the overall HR & Development team to deliver our work plans, engage with key stakeholders leading organisational change programmes to build a specific and comprehensive learning and development strategy that is an enabler for behavioural change.

Key deliverables will include

  • Setting the learning and development strategy and embrace and develop the skills of the team to bring this to life
  • A future focused learning offer that meets a blend of learning preferences across the generations and makes use of developing technology
  • Developing the learning culture of the organisation through the engagement of your leadership colleagues
  • Liaising closely with the People business partners for visibility of change to effectively plan and budget for learning and development support
  • Creating effective ROI processes that promote the value of development 
  • Taking advantage of all organisational intelligence to inform the future development offer whilst promoting a focus on career and self-development throughout the organisation
  • Regularly communicating how the Learning & Development priorities contribute to and support the corporate strategy
  • Creating a cohesive plan of internal talent development whilst complimenting this with a plan of a variety of entry level trainees
  • Prioritising the elements of the learning and development strategy for delivery across all levels of the organisation
  • Building a network of key internal stakeholders with whom you create specific and comprehensive engagement plans
  • Working closely with those leading organisational change programmes to support behavioural change
  • Role modeling and advocating high levels of enterprise leadership

Essential skills and experience

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject or able to show equivalent ability through work experience
  • Knowledge of the RSPB and its mission
  • Experience of leading and developing an L&D team leading to high performance and a positive culture
  • Significant experience in creating relevant L&D interventions and working with psychometric testing
  • Experience of developing entry level talent such as graduates and apprentices 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present, influence and build partnerships both in and outside of the organisation
  • Collaboration skills to build relationships, navigate politics and manage conflicts
  • Project management skills and an understanding of project management frameworks to plan and manage risks, costs, and time in project delivery
  • Experience of leading change
  • Ability to provide professional expertise and advice

Closing date: 23:59, 1 February 2021


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.


The RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is a large, national charity dedicated to the conservation of birds and other wildlife and the environments on which they depend. Founded in 1889, the RSPB has more than a million members, over 2,000 employees and 13,500 volunteers. RSPB’s UK headquarters are in Bedfordshire and it has an annual income of nearly £133 million.

RSPB carries out conservation work in many different areas. It runs a network of 200 nature reserves covering almost 13,000 hectares, which are home to 80% of the UK’s rarest or most threatened bird species. It works with farmers to identify wildlife friendly farming methods, researches bird populations and partners with international conservation organisations.

RSPB is also an advocacy organisation, lobbying the government on diverse topics such as planning, wind farms and economics. It has a UK headquarters, three national offices and nine offices in the English regions. Its million-plus members, 200,000 of whom are youth members, make it the largest conservation organisation in the UK. RSPB also has 150 local groups and more than 80 youth groups. It has a volunteer to staff ratio of 6:1.

The charity was founded in Manchester in 1889 as the Plumage League (initially as a campaign against the killing of birds for the fashion industry). It received a Royal Charter in 1904, becoming the ‘Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’. RSPB moved to its present headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire, in 1961.

One of the RSPB’s most popular activities, carried out for children since 1979 and for adults since 2001, is the Big Garden Birdwatch. The Birdwatch is an annual data collection of bird populations that takes place every January. In 2016, 519,000 people were involved, counting over 8 million birds. The Birdwatch enables RSPB to build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK. It has shown, for instance, that the sparrow population has declined by 60% since 1979.

RSPB also urges supporters to ‘make a home for nature’ in their gardens. Activities include creating feeding stations and homes for hedgehogs, providing flowers and plants for moths, creating habitats for frogs and toads and forming safe corridors from one garden to the next.

RSPB, along with sister organisations, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, is part of The Climate Coalition. It argues that the effect of climate change on wildlife and wild places can already been seen and that increased flooding and rain from climate change will spell disaster for birds and wildlife.

RSPB is also a member of BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organisations that share common objectives.

RSPB is a major fundraising charity and spends around 90% of its income on conservation, public education and advocacy.

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