Programme Manager - Mend the Gap

  • Salary band: £35,000 - £38,500 per annum 
  • Closing date: 18 October 2022
Description

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver a programme of work along the Great Western Railway that will both soften the visual scars caused by the railway and provide wider benefits to the landscape and local community.

How to apply

Contract: 37.5 hours per week, Fixed term contract for three years with a possible extension.
Location: Chilterns Conservation Board’s Chinnor offices and home working or hot-desking at the North Wessex Downs AONB offices will be alternatives available to suit diary commitments.
Benefits: Excellent package including generous pension and access to healthcare scheme
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board
Responsible for: Project staff, contractors, volunteers.
Job purpose: To develop and deliver a programme of work along the Great Western Railway through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that will help heal and soften the scars left by electrification of the Great Western main line, providing benefits for the landscape and for people.

Closing date: 9am on 18th October 2022

About Mend the Gap

The Mend the Gap programme involves two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the Chilterns AONB and the North Wessex Downs AONB – and focusses on delivering projects and schemes that will help to reduce and compensate for the visual harm done to these protected landscapes by the electrification of the Great Western main line.

The programme is jointly led by the Chilterns Conservation Board, North Wessex Downs AONB and the Railway Action Group (a group of local community members instrumental in highlighting the harm being done to the AONBs by the electrification).

The Programme Manager will build on the achievements of the past two years by supporting the two AONBs and local communities to develop and deliver further schemes that both soften the visual scars caused by the railway and provide wider benefits to the landscape and local community.

This is an exciting opportunity to work across two of the country’s finest protected landscapes, especially following publication of the Landscapes Review, and the Government’s response to its recommendations, which make clear the vital role of protected landscapes to the future wellbeing of the natural and historic environment, to people and the economy.

The post-holder will be employed by the Chilterns Conservation Board and join a multidisciplinary team working with local authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations, other AONB teams and a host of other partners.

Key Responsibilities

The Programme Manager is responsible for delivering the Mend the Gap programme.

This includes:

  • Developing and coordinating a suite of projects that enhance the landscape for the benefit of natural and cultural heritage and local communities
  • Liaising with landowners, farmers, local community groups and other stakeholders
  • Planning and delivering hedge and tree planting schemes and other mitigation initiatives
  • Negotiating agreements with landowners and specifying, tendering and contracting supply and install works
  • Managing staff, contractors and volunteers engaged in project delivery
  • Maintaining and developing project controls, including project planning and financial controls
  • Setting milestones, and monitoring and reporting on progress
  • Exploring opportunities to leave a positive legacy for the future.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please download and complete the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form.

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

The closing date for applications is 9am on Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on Wednesday 2 November 2022. 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

For full information including person specification, please download the job pack above.

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