Deputy Chief Executive (Environmental Charity)
Up to £60,000 p.a. with up to 9% Employer Pension Contribution
Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and knowledgeable environmental leader to join the team as Deputy Chief Executive for the Trust. They are seeking someone with a commitment to excellence, who can combine a knowledge and passion for wildlife with the skills to lead a large, dispersed team who care for a diverse estate across Yorkshire.
The role is responsible for:
- An Estate of more than 100 nature reserves of c.3500ha of land and an associated partnership programme. The estate represents some of the best wildlife and wildlife habitats Yorkshire has to offer and they have some fantastic, iconic nature reserves at Spurn Point, Askham Bog, Potteric Carr and at Flamborough Head which they love to welcome visitors to.
- Providing leadership to a team of c.90 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers who provide critical support for their work, dispersed across the moorlands, North Sea coastline, as well as within urban centres and rural areas.
The Trust has an ambitious agenda. They aim to work with others across Yorkshire so that by 2030 they can say nature is in recovery and is playing a full role in helping address local and global problems such as climate, health and pollution. Their reserves and the flagship programmes that you will be responsible for are essential to achieving this goal, as they will be the exemplars to demonstrate what is possible, and inspire others to join in caring for wildlife either on their own land or by supporting nature’s recovery financially.
Therefore, they need a professional who can look at their estate and their teams across the Trust and help optimise what they do and how they do it to maximise the impact for wildlife, to ensure the strategic ambitions literally land on the ground. This is a challenging role which has to balance our ambitions for the impact with the resources they have available. You will have a great team to help you and some exciting opportunities which will enable you to make your mark too. It is important you can combine this passion for wildlife with a passion for organisational and staff development too, to make sure the Trust runs effectively and every member of the growing team can optimise their impact.
Experience of working at a strategic level is essential, preferably within the environmental sector, although senior experience in other sectors may be relevant, if your skills and knowledge can combine to accelerate our ambitions for nature’s recovery. A clear analytical and commercial approach is needed to ensure they make the most of assets to support their sustainability, importantly ensuring their work is appealing to a wide range of funders. They need excellent communication and people management skills, combined with the knowledge of how to support inclusivity internally and externally. They cannot deliver this vision alone and being a positive partner is essential to work with partners who may just be starting on a journey to embrace nature or those who are literally the experts in their field!
This senior role, which will work closely with the CEO, and to deputise when needed, is critical to ensure the core purpose to make a difference for wildlife now, also ensures they are a sustainable and impactful organisation for Members and wildlife in the long term. They have declared a climate and ecological emergency and committed to being a strong voice for wildlife in the coming years – can you help show how quickly nature can recover when we put care for Yorkshire’s wildlife at the heart of what we all do?
Our client is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. If you think this role sounds like a great fit for you, please apply.