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Chief Executive Officer - Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Salary: Competitive salary of up to £75,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Closing date: Monday 15th January 2018

Location: Bewick House, 22 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, articulate and well-informed candidate to become our new CEO; one who will bring ideas and vision to the table and who will work effectively with a strong board and senior management team to turn these into reality.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is in a strong position, and is held in high regard for our people, conservation assets and reputation. Financial and staff resources are strong, and we have a strong base of corporate sponsors, high profile supporters and a dedicated body of volunteers.

For more than 90 years we have been committed to the conservation of Norfolk’s wildlife: a commitment expressed in land acquisition, advocacy, education, habitat restoration and a passionate belief that the wildlife of Norfolk deserves a healthy landscape in which to thrive and that the peopl of Norfolk deserve the same. Our new CEO will build upon the successes of our organisation, and be ambitious about a new period of growth both in wildlife conservation and for the Trust as a whole.

The successful candidate will already have substantial senior management experience gained within a wildlife, environmental, community and/or not for profit organisation. You will have previous experience of creating key partnerships, managing change and providing clear direction to staff. 

If you are attracted by the challenge and believe that you have the appropriate skills, experience and attitude, then we would be very pleased to receive your application.

Job Description: 

1. Strategic Leadership, Vision and Development

  • With the Chair and Board of Trustees, determine and lead Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s strategic direction, and work with the Senior Management Team to deliver the business strategy successfully, delegating where appropriate.
  • Provide visionary leadership to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, living its values to ensure staff and volunteers are engaged with the strategic aims and motivated to deliver them.
  • Lead a forward-looking organisation that is continually scanning the horizons for opportunities and risk.
  • Ensure Norfolk Wildlife Trust is adequately funded and that all activities are executed to the highest standards
  • Lead, develop and motivate a high-performing Senior Management Team to deliver Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s mission through their directorate teams.
  • Be the custodian of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s history, brand and reputation, protecting this and continuing to enhance it externally.
  • Act as ambassador and figurehead for the Trust in its promotion of wildlife conservation interests for Norfolk, sustaining and developing the Trust’s position as the leading organisation in the county for caring for all types of wildlife and wild life habitats.

2. External Relations and Engagement

  • Lead the development of media involvement and ambassadorial activities with key organisations and individuals in the public, private and voluntary sectors to enhance Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s profile.
  • Build alliances, networks and develop productive relationships with key partners and individuals in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Ensure effective accountability and communication mechanisms are in place with the Trust’s 34,000 members.
  • Lead the Trust to ensure appropriate and sustainable income from individual, corporate, legacy and trust donations.
  • Embrace and build on the Trust’s participation in the activities of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and the work with other Wildlife Trusts individually, regionally and nationally.
  • Represent the Trust to influence the policies and practices of others and to expand its reach and influence.

3. Governance and Risk

  • Understand, and keep under review legislative, regulatory and governance issues which may impact the Trust and ensure that the Board is effectively briefed on them, developing strategies and policies as the Board’s principal advisor.
  • Accountable for ensuring the interface between Executive and Trustees is effective and efficient and harnesses Trustee skills to maximise benefit for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
  • Ensure that financial processes and controls are in place to support financial security, sustainability and compliance and to manage financial risk.
  • Ensure the articulation and delivery of annual business plans and 5-year strategy, reporting on strategic and financial performance against agreed objectives on a regular basis.
  • Ensure Norfolk Wildlife Trust is compliant in legal aspects, including health and safety legislation, data protection, employment legislation, safeguarding and the regulatory framework for charities as well as the compliance requirements associated with agri-environmental grant schemes.
  • Oversee management of the activities of the Trust’s subsidiary undertakings and any related and/or associated ventures for which the Trust has management responsibility.

4. Operation and Delivery

  • Develop an adaptive management culture to enable rapid responses to emerging opportunities and risk
  • Work effectively with others internally and externally to embrace opportunities and find innovative ways to overcome challenges while maintaining the effectiveness of operational delivery.
  • Lead a culture of learning and people development that will continue to grow and flourish and enhance the skills and abilities of Trust employees.
  • Accountable for the effective deployment of the Trust’s resources of land, buildings, equipment, finance and people to deliver the organisational strategy.
  • Foster the Trust’s voluntary character, ensuring that volunteers and local groups remain integral to the operation of the organisation and are encouraged and supported.

Please see the recruitment booklet attached for person specification and any more information.

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Interviews will be held on Monday 8 February.