Permanent, Part-time, 28 hours per week initially
Job description

Rewilding Britain - Chief Operating Officer

Rewilding Britain is a charitable organisation tasked with protecting our living world and our climate through the act of rewilding. The approach is threefold; catalysing rewilding in practice, influencing policy and legislation, and engaging people to take action. We ‘think big and act wild’ and in doing so punch well above our weight as an environmental charity. We are growing very rapidly in our supporter base, landholder engagement and position of influence.

We are now seeking an exceptional Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join the leadership team to navigate rapid growth successfully and provide valuable operational leadership, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Your drive and talents will enable you to lead and expand a high performing team, put in place systems to improve the productivity of the organisation and to manage day-to-day operations. Your presence and collaboration with our CEO will enable her to apply more of her focus to the medium to longer term strategy and external communications with key stakeholders. We are seeking an individual with exceptional leadership skills, resourcefulness, and past executive-level experience within a rapid growth organisation or start-up. We are also looking for somebody who relishes the challenge of a fast-paced changing environment and easily forms strong relationships with team members, within the context of a mostly remote working environment. This is an exciting opportunity to join our fast growing charity and directly contribute to the growth of the rewilding movement.

Job purpose: To develop and deliver a vision for successfully growing our impact as an organisation including: directing the operational activities of the organisation, overseeing policies and developing internal processes and culture.

Objectives of the Role:

  • Oversee and develop the day-to-day operations of the team by providing strong ongoing leadership and management

  • Form a highly trusted and effective relationship with the CEO to lead the organisation collaboratively

  • Design and implement organisational operations and processes suitable for a rapidly changing and high growth organisation

  • Translate strategy into actionable goals and plans, pre-empt scaling challenges and plan for growth, working closely with the CEO to do so

  • Ensure the well-being and growth of the team through effective recruiting, onboarding, ongoing development, management and retention of team members

  • Adhere to appropriate charitable governance and legislation, ensuring compliance and acting when necessary

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Directly oversee Operations, IT, HR, Legal, Marketing, Fundraising and Finance

  • Analyse internal operations, identify and implement improvements, using data to inform decisions

  • Develop actionable plans that ensure alignment with short-term and long-term objectives developed in tandem with the CEO

  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with the CEO, team members, and other key stakeholders

  • Lead the team day-to-day and put in place suitable structures to maximise the productivity and well-being of the team

  • Run the Finance & Operations Committee and ensure that funds are maximised against the aims of the organisation

  • Monitor and ensure organisational adherence with charitable compliance

  • Report into the CEO and communicate with the board of trustees where required

Skills and experience

  • 8+ years of senior operational business experience, potentially within a technology start-up, or other rapid growth organisation, demonstrating a high level of understanding of all the key organisational functions

  • 3+ years of experience in a similar executive leadership position, with proven success in delivering operational success

  • Solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics

  • Experience of organisational technology systems

  • A high degree of resourcefulness and ability to be effective within a rapid change organisation

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, meaning you can form trusted relationships quickly

  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills and a willingness to ‘roll up sleeves’ to work well with in a dynamic organisation

  • A passion for rewilding as an approach to land management and a good understanding of the subject matter, including a willingness to continually learn

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 

  • Experience within the charitable sector is not necessary, but a useful addition

  • Willingness to work remotely much of the time and travel to team and board meetings periodically

Terms and conditions

This role will be for at least four days (28 hours) a week initially at £60k pro rata per annum.  

We are a virtual team who all work from home, which will require a suitable home office working environment and equipment. Some meetings may be held in other parts of the UK.

There will be some freedom for the person to determine their own working arrangements each week, within limitations, providing the work is delivered.


If you have what it takes to help us, please email your CV as well as a one page summary on what you would bring to the role by Wednesday 15th June. We aim to hold 1st round interviews via Zoom on Thursday 7th July and 2nd round interviews in person on 13th & 14th July.

Posted on: 06 May 2022
Closed date: 05 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Senior Management, Operations