£75,000 - £85,000 per year dependent on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you inspired by birds and nature and passionate about science? 

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is seeking a new CEO to lead this vibrant organisation, champion its values and deliver its vision of ‘a world inspired by birds and informed by science’.

You will take overall responsibility for design and execution of the BTO strategic vision, building our thriving organisational culture, and providing leadership to our people and network of volunteers who deliver world-class science, engagement and communication.

We seek a CEO with a participative leadership style, capable of providing clear direction, being a confident advocate for the BTO vision and a first-class communicator.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in strategic leadership, the development of successful organisational culture and partnership-working, skills in communication to a wide range of audiences, and knowledge of science and wildlife conservation.

The Chief Executive is accountable to the Board for delivering the mission of BTO.  You will report to the Chair of the Board, Professor Jenny Gill, and be supported by department Directors and 130 committed and hard-working staff, based at our headquarters in Norfolk, our country offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Porzana in East Sussex.

The post of CEO of the BTO will become vacant on the retirement of  Dr Andy Clements in December 2020.

‘This is an extremely exciting opportunity to lead a wonderful charity, in which skilled professionals and volunteers work together to deliver world-class science, outreach and impact. The BTO has a clear vision and goals, underpinned by the shared passion and commitment of staff, trustees, members and volunteers, and has been skilfully led by our exceptional outgoing CEO, Dr Andy Clements. The response of the BTO to the current pandemic has been agile and innovative, and the charity has continued to grow and develop during these unprecedented times. It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as Chair of BTO Board of Trustees, and I look forward to supporting the next CEO in helping the BTO continue to flourish’ (Professor Jenny Gill, Chair of BTO Board).

For further information about BTO and the role see the attached role description. 


Your application should consist of a CV and covering letter responding to the following questions:

1. The BTO is reaching the end of the 2015-2020 strategy period. How would you approach the next strategy period? 500 words.

2. Think about a time when you were involved in the introduction of a new system or process. How did you bring people together to make it successful and resolve issues? 300 words.

3. Imagine you are talking to a potential donor. How would you explain the role of BTO? 200 words.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 5 June.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held remotely on Wednesday 8 July

Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)

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Refreshed on: 25 May 2020
Closed date: 05 June 2020
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