Director of Conservation & External Affairs

The Woodland Trust

Grantham, Lincolnshire

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01476 581111 Recruitment Team

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 8th April 2018  

ABOUT US The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us protect and restore ancient woodland and create new woodland. We do this on our own estate of 26,000 hectares across the UK and by working in partnership with other stakeholders on land outside our ownership. We also seek to influence the political and cultural context for our work.

THE ROLE This is a key leadership role, responsible for leading the development of the Trust’s thinking and delivery in its conservation, campaigning and external affairs activities and working in collaboration with other members of the Senior Management Team to set the overall strategy for the organisation and ensure its delivery. The role reports to the Chief Executive and holds an important relationship with the Board of Trustees.

Responsible for the representation of our conservation stance both internally and externally to the media, key stakeholders and opinion formers, the role will develop and maintain a strong network of those parties we would seek to influence and work with.

The role will work cross functionally to ensure that our own estate is shaped and managed in line with our conservation principles and that all staff and volunteers are aware of and informed by our policies. In addition the role will be responsible for the manifestation of this thinking through the development and ongoing delivery of our active campaigning work and our public affairs strategy.

THE CANDIDATE With a strong background in leading, managing and developing teams at a senior level in the conservation or environmental sector, you’ll be an inspirational leader with experience of shaping organisational strategy.

Successful at developing effective relationships, you’ll be a strong communicator with the ability to influence at a senior level, motivate, inspire and represent the Woodland Trust in the media and with high level partners and key stakeholders.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust – we’re dynamic, determined and we deliver for our cause. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to achieve our vision and ten year strategic plan. In return, we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a generous contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.

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