£33,600 - £37,275 per year
Contract, 12 months, Full-time
Job description

Senior Accessibility Specialist (Fixed-Term)
Reference: MAY20228740
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £33,600.00 - £37,275.00 Per Annum
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-term role for 12 months
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata)

Issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have shaped the RSPB since its inception in 1889. 132 years later these issues are more relevant than ever; the natural world has been pushed to its limits and humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having devastating consequences not just for wildlife and the climate, but for the wellbeing of people.

This is an incredibly exciting time at the RSPB, with an ambitious strategy and a commitment to improving the way we operate to protect and enhance nature!

What’s the job about?

To achieve our strategic ambitions and address the climate crisis, the RSPB is committed to becoming more relevant to the communities and supporters we work with, by involving a more diverse range of people to work with the RSPB. Reporting to the Head of EDI, the Senior Accessibility Specialist will develop close relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, working collaboratively to support the transformation in behaviours and skills required around accessibility to make the RSPB a more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming place for all. 

This is a new role within the EDI team, with flexibility to shape and innovate. This role will be pivotal around two main priorities:

working with our Reserve Development Programme team to design & improve accessibility on RSPB sites, trails, and facilities, making our spaces more inclusive for Staff, Volunteers and Visitors,

and working with our Internal Communications and Learning and Development teams, internal networks and other stakeholders, to help raise the level of accessibility on all internal & digital communications.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous experience of delivering accessibility interventions and strategy as well as influencing positive change at all levels.
  • Naturally curiosity and passion for making a tangible difference to inclusion with a focus on disabled, neurodiverse and differently abled people.
  • Experience of working in large and complex organisation with a flair for accessible design and communication
  • Experience of collaborating with disabled and neurodivergent workplace or volunteering networks/communities, and providing support and advice to organisations around accessibility.
  • Understanding of the intersectional experiences and barriers faced by disabled and neurodiverse people including as LGBTQI+ and people of colour communities, women and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Confidence to proactively challenge internal policy/practices/communications to better include underrepresented groups. 
  • Confidence to provide expertise on accessible communications and work with networks and other key stakeholders to help raise awareness and improve standards within Internal Communications.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience

  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills to inspire and drive change across a wide range of EDI Accessibility areas.
  • Excellent knowledge on a range of accessibility standards and policies within the UK, including best practise and social model of disability approaches and reasonable adjustment passports
  • Experience of identifying race equality issues, recommending collective solutions and offering specialist advice and guidance
  • Experience of developing resources and training around accessibility and inclusion, including recruitment, progression and leadership, with ability to embed learning and development
  • Strong and effective communication skills, with ability to coach and work through sensitive concepts.
  • Strong digital and writing skills including reporting and presentations experience to communicate accessibility and disability inclusion to a wide range of audiences
  • Strong internal stakeholder management skills, ability to influence/persuade at senior level.
  • Ability to interpret and analyse EDI data from management systems and measure impact
  • Experience of working with disability or neurodivergent groups or networks in a workplace or voluntary setting, with a coproduction approach
  • Supports/upskills people to engage with best practise around Accessibility standards
  • Act as an advocate and champion for wider EDI using an intersectional approach
  • Experience of leading with compassion whilst achieving ambitious transformation goals

Next steps

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce, and therefore we encourage applications from all groups. This includes from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, those who are neurodiverse, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with a disability.

Working patterns and flexibility

This role is available full time for 37.5 hours a week, but we welcome applications for those looking for different working patterns and are happy to discuss further with interested candidates. This is a fixed-term role for 12 months, and the RSPB reserves the right to extend this at the contract end in line with the needs of the business.

Open briefings

If this sounds like the role for you and you'd like more information on what the day-to-day responsibilities are, or a chance to ask questions, please book on to one of our open briefings.

Open briefings are held online and are 45 minutes long, with a short presentation from our hiring manager to talk through the practicalities of the role and cover frequently asked questions or concerns. Open briefings aim to break down barriers people from different and diverse backgrounds may face when applying for roles in the sector. They are entirely optional to attend. More details on our website.

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday, 26th June 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: 16 June 2022
Closed date: 16 July 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 161048_RB
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research