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Salary range: Up to £55,000 dependent on experience & location
Location:        London, with regular visits to our offices in Ross-on-Wye

Closing date: Sunday 2 April 2017

To address the challenges that our seas face now and in the future, the Marine Conservation Society seeks to promote positive environmental change and gain public support on a wide scale, through compelling communications and influential stakeholder engagement activities.

We have ambitious aims – our vision is to secure seas that are fit for life and we do that by influencing political and social changes that will result in healthy fish stocks and clean seas and beaches.  We work for oceans that provide sustainable life and livelihoods for all those that rely on them, and wonderful, rich habitats and environments for us all to enjoy.

We need an exceptional individual to bring our vision to life for our audiences and we have created the new post of Director of Engagement & Communications to join our Senior Management Team.  This role will lead our communications and volunteer and stakeholder engagement strategies which champion the MCS brand and generate impact through public support and engagement.

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate strong leadership with strategic as well as tactical ability.  You will be confident and resilient – enjoying working with senior stakeholders and developing your team to be great at what they do.  Becoming part of our passionate and dedicated team, you will have the opportunity to make your mark as we continue to develop the organisation to meet our core objectives.

Along with taking a leadership role in the strategic development of MCS as a whole, your role as Director of Engagement & Communications is responsible for:

  • The strategic development of MCS’ profile and public awareness through effective stakeholder engagement and high-quality tailored external communications
  • Raising the profile of our conservation goals and increasing membership and local fundraising activities through a network of volunteers throughout the UK
  • Delivering volunteer survey programmes that maximise the value of the science generated and ensuring this is communicated and integrated into MCS programmes and campaigns
  • Developing and establishing public affairs and engagement strategies in relation to key stakeholders, celebrities and patrons

Key Skills:

  • Currently working at a senior level, with proven ability to motivate and influence others, lead organisation-wide change and delegate effectively to deliver outcomes
  • Extensive experience of media handling in a professional organisation and a proven track record of engaging communities, including those that are harder to reach.
  • Experience of developing impactful communications strategies and extensive knowledge of a wide variety of media channels, including digital (social) media
  • A track record that evidences the effective development and use of innovative engagement and communications strategies that motivate action in support of a campaign
  • Evidence of project management skills, showing how you are successfully able to plan, monitor and deliver results within challenging deadlines and limited budgets
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and networking skills and ability to build long-term relationships with key stakeholders

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Salary range: £45,000 to £53,500 dependent on experience
Location:        London, with regular travel to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Closing date: Sunday 2 April

MCS has ambitious aims – our vision is to secure seas that are fit for life.  We seek to make political and social changes that will result in healthy fish stocks and clean seas and beaches – we work for oceans that provide sustainable livelihoods for those that rely on them, and wonderful habitats and environments for us all to enjoy.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our Senior Management Team as a Director, a thought-leader in their field who will strengthen MCS’ influential position and lead our conservation programmes and campaigns.

We have a dynamic team making an outstanding contribution to marine conservation in the UK and this an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated individual to define and lead MCS’ conservation strategy, and to implement these plans with the conservation and wider teams through our programmes and campaigns.

MCS campaign achievements include the introduction of UK and Scotland Marine Acts to better protect our seas, influencing sustainable seafood choices through the Good Fish Guide, involving thousands of volunteers in Beachwatch litter surveys to tackle pollution at source, leading the campaign for an ecologically coherent and well-managed network of marine protected areas, and securing effective management for European Marine Sites.

You will need a broad knowledge of the current and future challenges facing the marine environment, and be able to bring innovative-thinking and delivery mechanisms to create successful outcome-based conservation projects.  You will have experience of supporting projects to develop them from small-scale into outcomes with significant impact, as well as the leadership skills to work with skilled individuals to grow these projects.  You will be supported by a passionate and dedicated team who will benefit from your leadership and ability to effectively manage and motivate geographically dispersed teams.

A skilled communicator, you will need to be able to initiate and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders in government, industry, public and voluntary sectors and have a personal style which will promote public and stakeholder engagement to achieve MCS’ conservation goals.
In this senior management role, you will contribute to the delivery of communications and fundraising strategies, in particular in sourcing funds for development of our conservation programmes, and input to the wider organisational development of MCS as a whole.

Key Skills

  • Currently working at a senior level, demonstrating sound judgement and decision-making, undertaking critical analysis of organisational strategy
  • Track-record of communicating and advocating to stakeholders and through the media
  • Wide-ranging working knowledge and understanding of UK marine policy and conservation issues
  • Experienced in successfully planning and delivering multiple projects through cross-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrable capability in leading, managing and developing a large and ambitious team

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MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England & Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)

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