Project Officer - Saving Nature Through Local Groups
RSPB
Sandy, Bedfordshire
9h ago

The RSPB has a large UK network of Local Groups, led by skilled and passionate volunteers that deliver grassroots activities in their local communities such as fundraising, talks, campaigning events and much more.

The new RSPB strategy is all about saving nature through people. Our vision is that our Local Groups are embedded in this strategy as thriving, innovative, empowered, and well-integrated members of the RSPB that deliver impactful work to save nature.

To do this, we want to build on our existing relationships and ways of working, harness their enthusiasm and align it to our strategic priorities, working as one team for nature.

We are looking for a passionate people-focused project officer, to help co-develop a new vision with Local Groups, as well as empower and support staff to build productive and collaborative working relationships with the groups.

The ability to relate well to others, to encourage participation, and to communicate the value of our Local Groups to the wider organisation will be central to the success of the project.

What’s the role about

This role will help us to develop a sustainable approach to the way our Local Groups operate, improve our communications with the whole network, and help us invest in its development for the future.

At the same time, the post holder will work to help raise their profile internally, demonstrate their impact and broaden their appeal so that they become better integrated in our work.

The post holder will engage with both employees and Local Group members, through consultations, to co-develop a vision that aligns with RSPB strategy and enables us to better support their operations, direction and performance as nature ambassadors in their local community.

The Project Officer will offer direction, develop guidance, enable and encourage Local Groups to do more for nature, in a way that motivates and inspires them.

We want to empower and equip our groups to innovate, in ways that work for them, to deliver our priority work on a local level.

This role will be the start of the RSPB’s commitment to resourcing the Local Groups effectively and building productive and collaborative relationships with volunteers who lead the groups.

There will also be close collaboration with a project delivering similar objectives, focusing on RSPB Youth Groups.

Key tasks : Work with the Project Manager and Youth Group Project Officer to agree upon and deliver activities that align with the relevant project plans.

Contribute to the development of consultations and co-design workshops for Local Group members and staff.

Develop a set of recommendations and support the creation of a RSPB Local Group Vision for a sustainable approach to manage, empower and enable our network of Local Groups across the UK to deliver priority work.

Work with internal and external stakeholders as necessary to identify joined up approaches to our ways of working.

Develop and deliver appropriate communication activities to advocate for the work of our Local Group network among internal colleagues.

Contribute to the development of guidance and training, for groups and staff alike, along with reviewing and updating current operational and management procedures, as appropriate.

Support in the establishment and smooth operations of a Local Group Steering Group made up of employees and volunteers to shape and influence how the network of Local Groups develops in the future.

This is a legacy project and based on feedback from the consultations we will revisit and shape certain project outputs at the relevant time.

What we need from you

Essential :

Some knowledge of the theory and practice of project management

Competent user of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook

Excellent time management and strong organisational skills, a good eye for detail and efficient ways of working

Have a proven track record of collaborating with and influencing stakeholders to deliver successful outcomes in projects

Ability and experience of producing clear written project documentation and updates to share project communications in a passionate and credible manner

A team player who is capable of working well as part of a cross-functional project team as well as under your own initiative

Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find solutions quickly, efficiently and creatively

Proven experience and understanding of volunteer engagement and management

Experience of working with community groups / in community led environments

Desirable : Some understanding or experience of developing and delivering consultations and workshops

Demonstrable experience of developing and working in partnerships to achieve shared outcomes

Volunteered or line managed volunteers in the past

The successful candidate will be part of the People Directorate, reporting to the Saving Nature through Local Groups Project Manager, working closely alongside the UK Volunteering Development teams and Local Groups Officers, as well as with other team members working in community empowerment, operations and volunteering work across the UK.

This role 22.5 hours per week and is flexible on location and working pattern.

Home working welcome but may occasionally require some travelling around the UK.

For any further information please contact Christina Skounti at

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