Volunteering, Participation & Inclusion Director

  • Job Reference: IRC56504
  • Date posted: 3 October 2017
  • Recruiter: National Trust
  • Location: Heelis, Swindon
  • Salary: £90,000
  • Sector: Animals & Wildlife, Art, Culture & Heritage, Environment & Conservation, Umbrella, Support & Volunteering
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

Volunteering, Participation & Inclusion Director

£90,000 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC56504



 At the National Trust, we have worked to protect places of Historic Interest and Natural Beauty since 1895. We have over 60,000 volunteers who share our belief in the importance of conservation and heritage – they generously give over 4 million hours of their time to our cause each year. Behind this operation is the invaluable support of our regional & central Volunteering & Participation teams. Together we’re working hard to deliver our vision of creating a movement where every individual and every community has the opportunity to make a difference for places and nature.


What it's like to work here

We provide the best possible working environment for you throughout the building whilst also promoting and fostering a sociable Heelis Community. Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career.

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis, There are approximately 500 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here.

Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.


What you'll be doing

 As the Director of Volunteering, Participation and Inclusion your understanding and breadth of experience of participation, volunteering and inclusion will see you develop a strategic approach to support the team in the best possible way. We’re currently mid-way through our ten year strategy and have invested heavily in ensuring our systems & processes are fit for purpose. We’re focussing on upskilling our volunteer managers to optimise volunteer involvement and we’re continuing our work on delivering a flexible and dynamic offer that attracts a broad range of volunteers.

There’s still plenty to do though, some of this work is only just getting started and we need a driven and inspirational Director to lead the function through the next phase.


Who we're looking for

Already well established in the world of volunteering, participation and inclusion, you’ll come to us with a strong external network and you’ll also need to demonstrate the following:

•Proven track record of managing and delivering in multi-disciplinary environments/teams

•Excellent understanding of insight and analytics and the role these play in developing volunteering, participation and inclusion

•Experience of marketing in an increasingly data-led world – using supporter data to drive engagement and retention

•Excellent verbal and written communication and presentational skills including external advocacy, media relations, networking and persuading across executive, professional and lay audiences

•Experience of leading and developing senior teams and excellent people management skills


The package

 Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents

•Pension contribution match up to 10%

•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing

•Discounted gym membership


Looking after your career

•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

•Develop your skills with an internal secondment

•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression

•Income protection due to illness


Unique to Us

•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

•20% off in our retail and catering outlets

•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking



Closing Date: 20th October

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