Head of Operations

  • Position: Head of Operations - Full time (some flexibility considered).
  • Salary band: circa £50,000 pa
  • Closing date: 13 February 2023

About the role

This is a new role which provides a unique opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team working in one of the country’s finest and most accessible protected landscapes.

The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) is an independent statutory body established by Parliamentary Order in 2004 to conserve and enhance the Chilterns AONB. It is one of two conservation boards in the country, as set out in the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000, and its staff team of 28 is based in our office in Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

As a member of the senior team, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to deploy their skills, knowledge and insight to guide the management and delivery of all the Board’s core functions and externally funded programmes and projects, in addition to playing a key role in developing the organisation’s strategic direction.

We are seeking an experienced senior professional with a strong track record of taking a systems-driven approach to the management and delivery of multiple programmes and projects. You will be numerate, a strategic thinker, and able to maintain a clear overview of multiple work streams. You will also have an excellent eye for detail and a natural flair for innovation, as well as being a team player that inspires trust and confidence in colleagues and stakeholders alike and has the confidence to make robust decisions as required.

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for the operational effectiveness of all the CCB’s work. Key to the role will be developing, implementing and maintaining robust management processes to ensure the successful delivery of all the Board’s core functions and externally funded projects and programmes.

You will provide strategic oversight and guidance to all the CCB’s workstreams and projects, in addition to directly line managing some of the project managers including the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs project, the Chalkscapes project and the Mend the Gap programme, in addition to line-managing the CCB’s Project Support Officer.

Priorities include overseeing improvements to project delivery, reporting and evaluation; working closely with the senior leadership team to implement and communicate systems changes; identifying opportunities and supporting initiatives to secure funding; contributing to development of a long-term financial strategy; supporting effective budget management; and managing and mitigating risk.

Working closely with the CEO, other members of the senior leadership team and the Board, you will also contribute to short- and long-term strategies and KPIs across all the CCB’s activities and ensure the CCB fulfils its statutory purposes. This includes delivering the AONB Management Plan, Business Plan and associated strategies and initiatives.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please download the application form, together with the equal opportunities monitoring form here.

Completed forms should be emailed to: office@chilternsaonb.org

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 13th February 2023.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on 20th, 23rd or 24th February 2023. Second interviews are scheduled for 3rd and 6th March.

Applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact:

Dr Elaine King, Chief Executive, Chilterns Conservation Board elaineking@chilternsaonb.org

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Chilterns AONB Boundary Review

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Chilterns AONB Management Plan

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