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Deputy Director Policy & Advocacy

Flexible in UK
£72,259 - £83,491 Per Annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2022
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Deputy Director Policy & Advocacy - RSPB - Flexible in UK
Reference: MAY20226287
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £75,259.00 - £83,491.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance

The RSPB is seeking a Deputy Director for Policy & Advocacy to lead our work to change the political and economic frameworks that drive the loss of biodiversity and to promote the solutions that will restore nature and respond to climate change.

About the role

In this role you would be an influential leader in shaping the public and political response to the nature and climate emergency.  Your work will involve leading teams that aim to stop damaging decisions, hold decision makers to account on their commitments and promote positive solutions to enable restoration at scale through policy, law, standards, plans and collaborations.

We are looking for a credible environmental leader, with strong political nous, able to build influential networks and coalitions across sectors. You will be able to see the big picture and understand the policy detail. With experience of leading people and facilitating teams, you will be an articulate and inspiring communicator for nature. You will facilitate multi-disciplinary teams and with colleagues from across the countries of UK and international teams, to create advocacy and influencing strategies and propositions that maximise our impact and align people and resources around shared priorities.

What we need from you:


  • A passion for nature and a drive to change the fate of nature, and a broad understanding of and engagement in current and future environmental issues;
  • Credibility within the sector and notable expertise in policy and advocacy -  with demonstrable expertise across a breadth of subject areas (e.g. at least three of agriculture, land use, water, forestry, marine, planning, sites, species, casework, economy, energy, climate.)
  • Demonstrable experience of influencing politics, governments and/or business frameworks at multiple levels and an in-depth understanding influencing tactics and the political context in which change happens;
  • Substantial and broad experience of leading a professional function and/or large geographically dispersed team to implement strategy;
  • Knowledge of the International, UK and devolved country governance and frameworks affecting nature and climate and their use in public policy making;
  • Proven leadership and people management skills, able to convene teams, develop individuals and teams for high performance and build a positive collaborative culture;
  • An innovative, creative thought leader, able to think clearly and deeply on issues, help others think out of the box to develop new propositions and approaches using analysis of an array of different inputs e.g. scientific evidence, policy & legislation, operational experience and political/social contexts;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills to present, influence and represent the organisation including to the media;
  • Capable team manager with experience of providing direction, leading change, building capability and providing professional & personal development support to their reports;
  • Facilitative leadership skills and a demonstrable experience of leading teams without direct line management authority;
  • Able to develop professional guidance and set ways of working to guide the performance and effective working of teams to meet standards;
  • Experience of developing and leading teams through change – developing new capabilities, skills and ways of working;
  • Demonstrable commitment to the RSPB and its mission and values.


  • Experience of leading political campaigns, strategic communications and/or wider behaviour change campaigns;
  • Partnership development, stakeholder management and negotiation skills;
  • Strong collaboration skills to build relationships, navigate politics and address conflicts;
  • Financial acumen to develop and manage budgets, forecasting, use of business metrics and understanding financial and wider socio-environment benefits of conservation, including ethical considerations;
  • Understanding and commitment to using Programme and Project Management Frameworks;
  • Project management skills to plan and manage successful projects, manage risks, costs, time and project teams;
  • Experience in the not for profit sector, working in a resource constrained environment and/or with volunteers as a key part of the workforce;
  • Experience of corporate decision making beyond particular remit.

Closing date: 23:59, Monday, 13th June 2022
Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams on the 1st of July 2022, with the 2nd interviews in person in London on the 12th July 2022.


If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

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

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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