Director - Operations and Development

Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

Lamlash, Isle of Arran
£28,000 - £32,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Jennifer Stark

Reference: COASTDirectorApr17

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 12 May 2017

Do you have the skills to lead Arran's acclaimed community-based marine conservation group and develop a new marine centre in Lamlash? If so please visit for an application pack and full details.

Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

COAST is a multi-award winning marine restoration group established in 1995 by two local divers in response to the collapse of commercial fish stocks and the degradation of seabed habitats in the Clyde. Described by George Monbiot as 'pathfinders', COAST established Scotland's first and only community-driven No Take Zone in 2008 after a 13 year campaign. We proposed the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2012 which came into full effect in 2016. COAST is a passionate volunteer-based organisation with a staff team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our MPA and the progressive development of Clyde marine management. To help deliver this, in December last year, we purchased a shore-side site and pavilion in Lamlash which we are converting into a hub for marine engagement and recreation.

The job

The Director - Operations and Development, will lead COAST on the next phase of its growth and deliver on our strategic objectives. Working closely with the Board, staff and volunteers you will be responsible for the development of our new site, capital building projects, organisational evolution and sustainable financial management. Diversification and development of income streams and the oversight of core and capital grant applications is a central component of the role. As a campaigning organisation you will work closely with the team to ensure we are focused on improving the health of the Clyde marine environment for the benefit of local and wider Clyde stakeholders.

The person

We are looking for strong leadership and communication skills and a demonstrable commitment to environmental management. You will have a track record in team building, organisational development and project management within the marine, environmental, tourism or wider NGO field, preferably with experience in capital project management. The successful candidate will also have business acumen and the ability to negotiate and represent COAST at all levels and through a variety of broadcast, print and social media.

To apply

To apply, a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements should be sent by email to Jennifer Stark at by 12 May 2017. Interviews are planned for 24/25th of May. If you would like to discuss this position with us informally please email us at the same address.

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