Head of Conservation, Policy and Evidence

Kent Wildlife Trust

Maidstone, Kent
Up to £45,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

heather.freeman-dawson@networxrecruitment.com Heather Freeman Dawson

Reference: NTXMF256696

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 08 January 2018


Head of Conservation, Policy and Evidence

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Kent

Full-time, permanent post

Salary Range: Up to £45,000

Our client is supported and governed by their 31,000 members and have the simple aim of protecting Kent’s wildlife for the future. To this end they own or manage some 65 nature reserves covering 3,200 acres; they campaign and lobby politicians, decision makers and landowners to ensure site protection and good habitat management; and they run a full programme of education work with schools, colleges and adult groups. They also have three Visitor Centres and operate from their headquarters at Tyland Barn, just north of Maidstone. The 85 professional and support staff work within five sections of Reserves; Conservation, Policy and Evidence; People Engagement, including Marketing and Membership; Finance and Support Services.

The Job:

This key post in a busy, committed and respected environmental charity arises because the current post holder, has moved to a national role promoting ecological networks. The Head of Conservation, Policy and Evidence is part of the senior management team developing business strategy with the Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees.

Our wildlife is in crisis. The post leads a multiskilled team that delivers crucial leadership, services and knowledge supporting the rich environments of Kent. You will identify key biodiversity and conservation issues and threats, the policy and strategy responses needed to address these, and bring them to the attention of decision-makers. You will develop the Trust’s capacity and the skills of your team to address this task and secure funds to support this work. The sphere of interest is wide, encompassing terrestrial and marine policy, hands-on conservation programmes, policy and community scale initiatives. You will make a significant contribution to the development of trust strategy encompassing all the work streams.

You: A passionate and influential leader who, working with Trustees and as part of the Senior Management Team can strategically formulate the role of our client in protecting the environment in Kent over the next ten years. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to manage budgets, raise income and develop income generating opportunities - this will be crucial to the growth and success of your team.

If you feel you have the experience and skills to meet the challenge of this exciting and demanding role, our client would be keen to hear from you.

Closing Date: 9am on Monday 8th January 2018

Interview Dates: 1st Interviews 18th January 2018, 2nd Interviews 24th January 2018


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