SOS is on a mission to protect orangutans, their forests and their future. We are looking for a dynamic, ambitious Conservation Director to join our team, to develop and manage game-changing programmes and partnerships. This is a new and exciting leadership role which will support the organisation to deliver our vision of wild orangutans thriving in safe forests.
Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered. As their rainforest habitat is cleared for farmlands, infrastructure and roads, these gentle apes, one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are being pushed to the edge of extinction. SOS is dedicated to turning this situation around.
In order to achieve this, we must urgently address emerging threats and scale up the conservation approaches which offer the best hope for the security of Sumatra’s irreplaceable rainforests, the iconic species that live there, and the countless lives and livelihoods which depend on their protection.
SOS tackles the causes of deforestation as well as the symptoms. From backing frontline environmental defenders and supporting immediate boots-on-the-ground protection, to building the capacity of our partners and advocating globally for the protection of the orangutans’ rainforest home, we are making real, tangible advances towards securing a safe future for orangutans. We are thinking long-term, big-picture and striving to bring about fundamental changes to the way that Sumatra’s forests and wildlife are valued, managed and protected.
About the Role
Job Title: Conservation Director
Salary: £35,000 - £41,000 per annum
Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus public holidays, 5% pension contribution
Terms: Full Time, permanent
Reporting to: Director
Location: Flexible - Abingdon, near Oxford, UK, or remote working will be considered, with regular travel to Indonesia.
We are seeking to appoint a Conservation Director with the drive and vision to develop and deliver a portfolio of highly effective conservation programmes and partnerships. This is a new post within the organisation, and offers the opportunity to make a substantial positive, lasting difference to the protection of orangutans and rainforests in Sumatra.
This leadership role demands expertise in programme management, partnership building and advocacy. Joining an optimistic, open and supportive culture, you will have the freedom to innovate and explore exciting new ways to advance our mission, and take a lead on refining how we achieve the greatest possible impact for orangutans and their forests.
Job Purpose: Lead in the development, delivery and evaluation of high quality, effective conservation programmes and partnerships which support our vision.
Key responsibilities include:
- Translate the organisation’s strategy into plans, priorities and projects;
- Manage and support programme development and delivery, including the management of existing projects and partnerships, whilst also developing and co-ordinating new initiatives;
- Oversee programme administration and financial management, including budgets;
- Build an evidence base for conservation need and prioritising intervention, to inform the development and management of programmes and allocation of resources;
- Responsible for impact monitoring, including development of a robust monitoring and evaluation framework, and analysis, compilation and dissemination of reports and data;
- Develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners, collaborators, and stakeholders to further the delivery of our strategy;
- Support the development of conservation and management capacity of our partners;
- Support fundraising through the development of strong cases for support, and leading on grant applications to appropriate funders;
- Work with colleagues to develop powerful evidence-based stories and narratives to engage our supporters, businesses, media and new audiences;
- Some unsocial hours and international travel are features of this post.
Who are we looking for?
Our Conservation Director will be an impact-driven, experienced programme manager, a strategic thinker with a demonstrable commitment to the mission and values of SOS. You will have considerable experience of developing, managing and monitoring the delivery of conservation and/or development programmes internationally. An exceptional communicator and relationship manager, you will have a proven ability to develop effective and lasting partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
The ideal candidate:
- is a dynamic and committed conservationist with substantial experience in field-based conservation or international development;
- has proven skills and experience with community-based and landscape-level conservation and/or development initiatives;
- is willing and able to travel to field project sites;
- is able to both energise and support teams and partners to deliver outstanding results;
- is innovative, adaptable and ambitious;
- is solutions and impact oriented.
How to Apply:
Please click the apply button to be taken to our website to download the Conservation Director candidate pack for further details about the role, who we're looking for and application instructions.
- Closing Date: 10am on 10th August 2020
- Interviews are planned to take place during the week commencing 17th August.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
SOS is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Our equal opportunities policy will be made available upon request.
No agencies please.