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Head of People & Operations

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Business, Support & Other
Location England (South East) - UK
Town/City Woods Mill with hybrid working options
Salary Additional Information Salary: £38,850 Contract Type: Permanent
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 05/04/2024
Company Name Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Directory Entry : The Sussex Wildlife Trust is the leading organisation covering all aspects of nature conservation in Sussex. Our work includes environmental education, working with landowners, businesses and local communities, and the care of downland, woodland, wetland and heath. We are supported by over 30,000 members which is almost 2% of the population of Sussex.
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Hours: 35 hours

Closing Date: 5th April 2024

Interview Date: 12th April 2024

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast. By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places.

We are now in a critical decade for change to protect and restore nature with the help of more people taking action for wildlife. Now is the time for an ambitious action plan to match the scale and urgency of the challenges we are facing. Our new Strategic Plan – Our Wild Sussex – will be launched in April and sets out our vision and commitment to turning the tide for wildlife so that by 2030, nature in Sussex will be in recovery.

To deliver our new strategic aims, we have recently completed a comprehensive restructure of the charity to align to our goals. This restructure has generated a suite of new roles and opportunities which will enable us to achieve our ambitions of restoring and protecting at least 30% of Sussex land and sea for nature, inspiring one in four people in Sussex to take meaningful action for wildlife, building a stronger more inclusive and diverse organisation and becoming a net zero and climate resilient organisation.

In order to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the environment sector, we particularly welcome applications from people who have an ethnically or geographically diverse background, who are non-graduates and/or are living in economically deprived areas

The Role

The brand new role of Head of People & Operations will enable SWT to deliver effective action for wildlife in Sussex by leading and overseeing the operational management of the Human Resources (HR) and Operations teams (Health & Safety and Business Support). This role will develop a People Strategy putting equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. It will also take a strategic approach to ensure skills, capabilities and talent management are appropriate and sustainable.

The Person

Reporting to the Director of Finance & Resources, we are seeking a qualified and dynamic Human Resources professional who will be responsible for the day to day running of a proactive and supportive HR and Operations service, with an integral role in shaping and implementing improvements in line with our strategic goals, ensuring the smooth running of our HR processes, policies and procedures.

We are looking for someone who is proactive and highly organised, with great communication skills that can build relationships with all key stakeholders, both internal and external. Ensuring that all staff are trained, supported and motivated to deliver a consistent, effective and high quality service to the organisation.


  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays each year (pro-rated for part time staff)
  • Pension – company contribution from 6% and employee contribution of 3%
  • Life Assurance - Pension Scheme Members 2 x Salary, Non-Pension Scheme Members 1 x Salary
  • 2 days paid leave for volunteering each year
  • Flexible working policy
  • Enhanced Sick Pay
  • EAP
  • Employee discounts
  • Informal car share arrangements

For more detailed information see what we offer page in the Recruitment Pack.

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