Director of Campaigns and Public Affairs

WWF-UK

Greater London with remote working considered
£competitive

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

wwf.panda.org carol@ellwoodatfield.com 02073406480 Carol Freeman

Reference: CF-1806-6011

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 31st August 2018  


About the role

WWF-UK has a track record of running inspiring and effective campaigns on a wide range of environmental issues, ranging from climate change to ending trade in endangered species. We are in a prime position to influence political decision making with regards to environmental policy in the UK and the Devolved Governments, not only ensuring action at home but also helping the UK to create
the biggest possible positive impact on the global stage.

As we enter the new Strategy, the Campaigns and Public Affairs team will be responsible for coordinating and driving our external campaigns across WWF-UK, where necessary coordinating with our global network; mobilising our supporters and the wider public in WWF’s vital work to address pressing environmental issues. The role holder will ensure our Public Affairs and Campaigns Units are highly effective in their ability to influence policy making across the countries of the UK.

The Director will be an experienced campaigner, capable of leading, managing and developing teams that will drive forward the strategy. This will include our ambition to build a new movement to ensure that by 2030, people, politicians and businesses revolutionise the ways they work and live so that the recovery of nature becomes a widely shared and deeply embedded priority.

Key accountabilities

  • Establish strategic direction for WWF-UK’s campaigning, providing leadership, management and guidance to teams working across Campaigns, Building a Movement, and Public Affairs;
  • To foster strategic collaboration with the Director of Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Head of Wales, Director of Scotland and Director of Sustainable Economy so as to maximise integrated impact across WWF’s UK and wider activities;
  • Be accountable for delivering against an annual operating plan and achieving the outcomes set out in it;
  • Manage the performance and development of the team to deliver the agreed results;
  • Prioritise, adapt and make decisions as necessary in a fast-moving context, responding to external factors in our campaigns and policy advocacy;
  • Influence and persuade politicians and others operating in the political arena of the benefits of effective environmental laws and policy to achieve the changes needed to protect and restore nature and the environment;
  • Lead the strategic thinking and implementation of our campaign strategy and Building a Movement goal across WWF-UK;
  • Lead and set the strategic direction for our integrated campaigns, ensuring clear aims and objectives;
  • Work in partnership with internal stakeholders and colleagues including Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Communications, Fundraising, Public Engagement, Science and Conservation teams;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with external stakeholders across other NGOs and environmental campaigns organisations to deliver joined up campaigns;
  • Develop strong working relationships with key external figures and the wider WWF Network to deliver WWF campaigns;
  • To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required of you in the post. 

About you

  • Degree or equivalent level education / relevant experience;
  • Extensive experience of developing and implementing public campaigns to raise awareness of specific issues and achieve defined advocacy goals;
  • Significant experience of environmental policy development with a high level of personal influencing skills;
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and influencing key stakeholders, changing opinions, and creating policy changes in a political setting;
  • Significant experience of leading, managing and developing teams;
  • Understanding of how international NGOs work and engage with the political agenda;
  • Excellent media skills, presentation skills, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff to achieving challenging goals through personal leadership;
  • Ability to identify key or underlying issues in complex situations making recommendations as required;
  • Experience of working in complex multi-skilled teams and effective project management in such an environment;
  • Strong understanding of performance metrics and KPIs for campaigning and engagement.

To apply:

We anticipate much interest in this fantastic role, so please do not hesitate to apply with your CV and a supporting statement.

For more information, please contact Carol Freeman at Ellwood Atfield (Carol@ellwoodatfield.com)

**Applications have now been extended due to the summer, but suitable candidates may be appointed sooner so do not hesitate in applying** 


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