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Head of Marine Policy – RSPB Scotland

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday, 26th February 2023
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on 13th March 2023.

Location: Flexible in Scotland
Salary: £42,768.00 – £47,446.00 Per Annum
Hours: Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

There’s been some good progress in recent years but the pressure on Scotland’s marine environment has never been greater and we need to do much more to solve the nature and climate emergency at sea.  We need to secure new highly protected areas; we need to ensure that new and existing sites are genuinely protected from damage, are well managed and are restored; and we need to eliminate threats to seabirds from unsustainable fisheries, marine developments and invasive non-native species.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage RSPB Scotland’s Marine Policy Team.
  • Work with UK Head of Marine and other UK marine teams to deliver UK Marine programme.
  • Set and implement team’s strategic work programme in line with RSPB strategy and wider RSPB Scotland policy objectives.
  • Advocate RSPB Scotland’s marine policy to relevant, high-level, external audiences (including relevant governments, businesses, NGOs) to effect change
  • Build and maintain effective relationships, including formal partnerships where appropriate, with external stakeholders, including Government, industry, academia and NGOs, to build optimum conditions for successful advocacy of RSPB marine policy positions.
  • Contribute to and support the strategic direction and development of wider RSPB policy work and relevant work programmes of other RSPB teams.
  • Oversee relevant policy research, the development of policy positions and the development and delivery of projects and materials that further RSPB Scotland’s marine objectives.
  • Create and identify media opportunities and carry out media work in liaison with media colleagues.
  • Develop, monitor and manage programmes and projects, including budgets where relevant, so that objectives and targets are met.
  • Accountable for the provision of expertise of the section to internal and/or external audiences monitoring external developments, identifying risks and opportunities to inform and add value to the RSPB’s strategy and delivery.
  • Develop the skills and capabilities of the section (and self) towards high performance, celebrating successes and promoting the RSPB’s values and positive culture at all times.

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