Director of Advocacy

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Woking, United Kingdom

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11 days ago

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£64,087 - £80,000


Hybrid working

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Full time

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Advocacy and Campaigns

Director of Advocacy

Job description
If you are expert in developing and implementing advocacy strategies this is a unique opportunity to use your skills to save the planet. WWF UK is the largest independent conservation organisation in the world. We have recently restructured our Advocacy Department to align, strengthen and supercharge our already strong advocacy base and leverage our transformational corporate relationships. We are focused on tackling climate change, food systems and thriving habitats and species. The missing piece is you, as our Director of Advocacy.

A vital role in the fight for our world, as Director of Advocacy you will lead the development of our business advocacy work in the food and finance sectors. This will involve managing and guiding teams working across public affairs, international advocacy, legal and business advocacy. We shall look to you to inspire colleagues to use our substantial resources to achieve agreed outcomes against impact goals. You will influence and persuade key decision makers, from politicians to the private sector, of the benefits of effective environmental laws and policy to achieve the changes needed to protect and restore our planet. You will also monitor the political landscape to spot opportunities to influence and as well as encourage your team to identify creative and impactful ways to increase our influence. You will collaborate with colleagues to establish key areas of focus where advocacy and policy levers might effectively create positive environmental change too. Important will be the ability to ensure objectives and activities are developed and delivered in coordination with our devolved offices.

For this key position, you must have extensive experience of developing and implementing advocacy strategies as well as of high-level political strategy setting. You will possess an outstanding and influential contact list inside and outside Government coupled with a record of working with business to drive change in the private sector. You will be used to working with multi-skilled teams and effective at inspiring and motivating direct reports. An excellent project manager, you will also have well-developed interpersonal, influencing and communication skills. You will understand the importance of monitoring and evaluating effectiveness and applying lessons learnt to improve performance too.

Knowledge of environmental policymaking would be an advantage in this role.

If you have the knowledge to persuade the food and finance sectors to change their businesses and become advocates for saving our world, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our website via the link, complete the online registration and submit a copy of your up-to-date CV with the Supporting Statement highlighting what makes you a good fit for us.

Every role at WWF is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of; sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well you. Here at WWF, we are committed to conscious inclusion that helps cultivate an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose. We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become; this brings us together and empowers us to develop, engage and inspire; and critically to help build a future where people can live in harmony with nature.

Our policies and benefits reflect the importance of people being able to have a good work-life balance and being able to bring their ‘full self’ to work.

Our world needs you like never before. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world and we could be the last that can do anything about it. We are looking for people who are passionate about making it politically, socially and economically unacceptable to destroy our planet’s natural resources. We need you to join us in the fight for our world.