Secondment Opportunity – Special Adviser to CEO – WWF UK

WWF UK are currently developing their organisational strategy, recognising the need to be more ambitious and impactful. We’ve already lost too much of our natural world and this has brought the planet to the point where the very survival of animals and people alike is under threat. There is just a small window of opportunity to take action that can halt biodiversity loss and restore nature.

The Special Adviser to the CEO works directly for the Chief Executive to lead and manage the CEO Office team. They are responsible for ensuring that the Chief Executive is able to operate effectively by ensuring that:

• Her time is used strategically to support the organisation’s top priorities.
• She is provided with timely and high quality information/drafts.
• Relationships with key contacts/stakeholders are well managed and an efficient service is provided by the CEO’s support team.

  • Job Description
    • Provide advice on, and oversight of, the CEO’s priorities and external relationships, to ensure that the CEO’s time and profile is used most effectively in support of the organisation’s top strategic priorities and to advance WWF’s mission.
    • Work with Executive Directors and senior colleagues across the organisation, to develop and drive an external communications and engagement strategy for the CEO, maximising her impact with key individuals in the private sector, media, political arena and with opinion formers.
    • Ensure high quality briefings and speeches are produced for the CEO ahead of external meetings and events, working with colleagues across the organisation to source relevant materials.
    • Manage and advance the CEO’s stakeholder engagement by supporting the CEO in outreach to key internal and external contacts, connecting with WWF colleagues to manage top priorities.
    • Represent the CEO’s views internally and to external parties, be confident in making decisions when they do not require escalation.
    • Provide strategic advice to the CEO on the drafting, editing and/or responding to correspondence and other communications.
    • Provide strategic and operational insight on the CEO’s internal communications and engagement.
    • Manage and develop the CEO’s Office team, to ensure effective diary management and high quality draft responses to letters and emails, ensuring relationships with key internal and external contacts and stakeholders are managed efficiently and effectively.
    • Work with the Executive Group, departmental leadership teams and colleagues across the WWF Network as required, to ensure progress on the CEO’s priorities.
  • Person Specification
    • Must have high level political and media awareness gained through work in advocacy, campaigning, communications, government and/or other relevant environment.
    • Ideally will have experience of working on environmental, social justice or development issues.
    • Substantial experience and demonstrable success in internal and external communications, ideally in a complex global organisation.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to distil complex information and to rapidly produce first-rate written material.
    • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to identify key points from complex information and to solve problems.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills for building deep and lasting relationships with key internal and external contacts/stakeholders.
    • An ability to network and influence effectively both internally and externally.
    • Superior organisational skills and the ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure, producing high quality work to tight deadlines.
    • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing needs/requirements.
    • Capable of representing the organisation, and the Chief Executive, at internal and external meetings and events.
  • How to Apply and Further Information
    • For those interested in this secondment please speak to your line manager about your potential release prior to expressing an interest. Please note the preferred secondment duration is 18 months, although candidates committing to 12 months will also be considered.
    • Please apply with a CV, Equalities Monitoring Form (attached below) and Covering Letter – maximum 2 pages, setting out your reasons for applying and how you meet the criteria – via the WIG website or by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, via [email protected].
    • First round Skype interviews will take place on 8 March, second face-to-face on 16 March, and a one to one conversation with the CEO the week following, date TBC. 
    • If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected].
    • The deadline for applications is midnight, Thursday 22 February 2018
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