Director of Communities and Wildlife (Learning and Engagement)

 Contract: Permanent Full Time

 Location: Flexible with travel around Sussex as required

 Salary: circa £50,000 dependent on skills and experience

 Deadline for applications: 6th September 2021

 Anticipated interview date: Week commencing 13th September 2021

 Role Purpose

We are seeking an outstanding and dynamic Director of Communities and Wildlife (Learning and Engagement) to enable communities across Sussex to take effective action for wildlife through directing an ambitious and commercially viable programme of   wildlife-focused projects, events, education, courses, communications and activities, to inspire, connect and energise individuals, Trust members, community groups and organisations.

 This is an exciting full time opportunity, reflecting our aim to extend our reach to new audiences and to help more people understand and take action for wildlife within their community.  


   The role requires a high level of commitment to nature and the ability to:

  •  Lead a professional and committed team to create exciting experiences and opportunities for all, that inspire individuals, communities, schools, visitors and our members to understand, value and act for wildlife across Sussex
  •  Build upon recent learnings (during the pandemic) to utilise a range of interactive communication techniques to reach and engage with diverse audiences
  •  Upscale the work of the Trust to motivate, guide and support local community groups to take action to protect and conserve their local wildlife and wild places
  •  Develop our work with volunteers, to ensure we continue to attract new diverse individuals and retain their valued support and commitment
  •  Oversee delivery at our visitor centres across Sussex including at the flagship Rye Harbour Discovery Centre and other high profile locations across Sussex, such as Woods Mill and Seven Sisters Country Park to ensure high   standards of commercial viability, safety and sustainability.
  •  Underpin our programmes and activities through ensuring resources, income and structure required for successful delivery and outcomes

 The Individual

 Our ideal candidate will have a passion for developing learning and community action for wildlife across a variety of audiences and be able to demonstrate:

  • Structured and strategic thinking
  • Ability to apply a creative approach across the breadth of the Trust’s engagement activity
  • Experience of leading formal and informal learning programmes and wider-community projects
  • Great people management skills and the ability to motivate, inspire and support a diverse team
  • Commercial awareness
  • A collaborative nature

We are committed to creating a diverse workforce and providing an inclusive work environment. We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.

About us

 Sussex Wildlife Trust is the county's largest environmental charity, committed to the protection and enhancement of Sussex's wildlife and wild places and one of 46 Wildlife Trusts nationally working to build a better future for people,   the environment and wildlife.

 Next steps

 If this sounds like the opportunity for you, we would love to hear from you.

 If you require adjustments during your application process, please flag this on your application form and we will ensure that you are supported throughout the application process to enable you to be at your best.