Chief Officer

The Chiltern Society

Chesham, Buckinghamshire
£50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01494771250 David Abbis

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Thursday, 31st January 2019  

The Chiltern Society is a charity dedicated to championing the conservation of the Chilterns’ unique landscape of over 650 square miles of woodlands, hillsides and valleys stretching from Goring-upon-Thames in the south to Hitchin in the north.

Threats to this landscape have never been greater and the Charity campaigns for a Sustainable Chilterns; conserving biodiversity, habitats, heritage for local communities and visitors. With around 7,000 members and 500 volunteers the Charity has been a respected authority in this area for over 50 years. It now maintains 12 conservation and heritage sites, 2,000 miles of footpaths and rights of ways, 7 special interest/ campaign groups, and organises a varied annual programme of events, guided walks and cycle rides.

The Charity is led and managed by the Trustees sitting as the Executive Council. The role holder will report to the Chair of the Trustees.

We are looking for a dynamic, forward-looking Chief Officer to manage the small staff and office volunteers and to assist the Trustees in the development and delivery of ambitious expansion plans.

A key role of the Chief Officer will be to support the Executive Council in the execution of its responsibilities including reporting to them on all aspects of the Charity’s performance – finance, people, operational performance, marketing and member recruitment.

Essential Qualities

  • A commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the Charity
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing
  • Ability to lead a contribute to a team, delegate effectively, handle pressure and take day to day decisions on the running of the Charity
  • Track record of successful income generation through fundraising and market activities
  • Candidates should also be willing to attend occasional meetings outside the agreed hours of employment
  • Demonstrable track record of financial management and budgetary control and ability to manage a budget under the guidance of the honorary treasurer
  • A full and valid driving licence.

Desirable Qualities

  • Familiarity with membership and voluntary organisations
  • Demonstrable ability in people management
  • Track record of managing IT in a business environment, including the ability to: use IT packages; undertake IT business planning; develop and maintain management information systems and procedures
  • Manage supplier relationships
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Experience of working in an Environmental/conservation organisation



In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be entitled to a contributory pension and 20 days annual holiday plus statutory public holidays

How to apply

Applicants should contact the General Secretary by sending a CV together with a covering letter to or to The Chiltern Society Office

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, experience and cultures regardless of gender, marital status disability or race.

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