RSPB Local Group Deputy Leader - Surrey

Posted:
Thursday 3 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Location:
At home

What we're looking for

RSPB local groups are run by volunteers to promote the aims of the RSPB in the local community. They offer RSPB members and the public the opportunity to get more involved in our work to save nature. Groups run activities like indoor talks and outdoor walks. They fundraise and campaign for the RSPB and attend local community events to inspire people to support the RSPB. We're looking for the right individual to lead our Epsom & Ewell Local Group from next year. Importantly you don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role. Responsibilities: To deputise for the leader of the group and assist the development of a range of activities designed to encourage wide participation from the group membership and to attract new group members. Attend a two day group leaders training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role. Help ensure the group has a minimum of three committee meetings each year; help ensure the AGM business includes an annual report of activities, a financial report and elections to the committee; help set, or approve, the agenda for committee meetings and for the AGM; help ensure there is always someone from the group who takes responsibility for introducing guest speakers at indoor talks evenings. Help maintain a two way communication with your Regional/Country Office and HQ in order to: disseminate any important news updates and messages to the committee and membership; seek guidance/advice where needed; notify the regional office of any changes to the committee.

The skills you need

A great 'people person' with good communication and interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable with the enthusiasm and ability to motivate others and work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Always assumes positive intent in others. A potential leader of people, willing to learn about delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, and reassuring and positive when there is disappointment. Shows concern for people's well being, treats others as equals and takes time to ensure group volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for work well done. Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures that the committee may wish to pursue, trusts the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change, implementing change in a sensitive manner. Aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality. Computer literate with internet and email access. A commitment to the work of the RSPB and supportive of the Saving Nature Strategy, eager to inspire people to care about what the RSPB is trying to achieve. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand. Respects the need for confidentiality when dealing with confidential information. Adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering and co-operate with members of staff to achieve the aims of the charity. Accept that ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the charity rests with the charity's Council and Management Board.

Your time

Minimum:
20 or more hours a month on average
Duration:
1 year, followed by maximum 5 year term of office
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

You'll get to meet new people and make new friends! You can utilise your skills to further develop the group and help ensure the RSPB and the group work together effectively to save nature. As leader you could use the opportunity to take on a new challenge for the group and flex your leadership and/or creative muscles. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being a local group leader is knowing that you're really making a difference in inspiring others to help save nature. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply

Contact

Hugo Blomfield, South East England Regional Office
Tel: 01273 775333
Email: Hugo.Blomfield@rspb.org.uk

Notes

The current leader of Epsom & Ewell group is due to retire in May 2019 so this role presents an opportunity to deputise and shadow the leader and gain an understanding of the leader role. Further information on group activities at www.RSPB.org.uk/groups/epsom You would be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses from the group charity bank account. You would have full support from a dedicated and experienced committee of volunteers, as well as support from staff at the RSPB South East Regional Office and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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