£52,000 - £57,688 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Head of Economics and Valuing Nature
Reference: JUN20227515
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £52,000.00 - £57,688.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 34 days annual leave including public holidays

This is your chance to build a better future. This unique role offers the opportunity to help the RSPB and the wider environment movement shape the policies we need to tackle the nature and climate emergencies.

What's the role about?

You will lead an expert team of economists and policy staff to help tackle the economic drivers of biodiversity loss, working with colleagues across the RSPB, including the four countries of the UK. Together, you will re-imagine political and economic decision-making to build a nature-positive world. Translating this into concrete, compelling ideas for policy change, you will challenge governments and businesses to adopt new ways of thinking and working that have nature recovery at their heart.

You will make the case for more public and private investment in nature, ensure that green finance initiatives take account of the importance of biodiversity, helping investors navigate the risks associated with biodiversity loss, and working with our Conservation Investment team to build and promote scale-able and investable projects. At a local level, you and your team will provide the economic evidence-base for investments in nature; bolstering ecological, place-based economies where the value of the natural world, and of sustainably produced goods and services, is retained by and benefits local communities.

You will help the RSPB scan the horizon for emerging conservation opportunities and threats and contribute to thinking about how new laws will drive the recovery of nature.

To succeed in this exciting role, you will need to be a strategic leader with a background in economics, and experience in at least one of the following: environment, finance, politics, public policy, or business; to feel passionately about the natural world; to work well in teams, networks and movements; and to think imaginatively and rigorously about how governments, institutions and businesses make decisions. In turn you will join a friendly and dynamic RSPB community, committed to creating a better future for nature.

As well as this role, we are further strengthening the team by recruiting a Senior Economist who will report to you.

What we need from you 
Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Sound knowledge and experience of environmental economics, finance and policy.
  • Visible, inspiring and effective leadership of a functional team, engaging and motivating staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present, influence and represent the organisation.
  • Collaboration skills to build relationships, navigate politics and manage conflicts.
  • Proven ability to influence others, build partnerships and negotiate at a senior level.
  • Project management skills to plan and manage complex programmes and projects, manage risks, costs, time and project teams.
  • Proven ability to translate strategy into action, developing programmes, prioritising and leading change.
  • Experience of leadership without direct line management authority and facilitative leadership.
  • Provision of professional expertise and advice services.

This is a permanent full-time role for 37.5 hours per week.

Closing date: 23:59, Wednesday 20th July 2022
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position w/c 1 August 2022.


If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

No agencies please.

Posted on: 30 June 2022
Closed date: 20 July 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 161175_RB
Tags: Finance, Governance