Herefordshire Green Network – Strategic Director
(part-time, freelance contract)
About the contract
Herefordshire Green Network (HGN) is looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to shape the further development of the network within Herefordshire, and to enable the realisation of HGN’s vision, mission and aims.
A priority is to lead the process of applying for, and securing funds, to enable this work to continue and to enable HGN’s portfolio to grow.
The post will release the potential of HGN to develop in response to local needs, building capacity to support the collective intelligence of the growing network of member groups and organisations, and giving voice to our shared work in the county.
The successful candidate will work closely with the (paid and voluntary) HGN team, including the Steering Group (SG), Members, Administrator and The Great Collaboration Co-ordinator.
Over the coming months, therefore, there will be opportunities to expand the role according to the needs of the work and available funding.
In line with HGN’s other paid roles, this contract is a coffered on a self-employed/freelance basis.
Home working, plus regular meetings, mostly in Hereford city
This contract is paid at a rate of £200 per day. We have secured funding to offer up to 20 days of work initially, and the priority is for the post holder to develop further funding bids with the intention that successful fundraising will enable the continuation of this role over the longer term. Funding can be applied flexibly to allow for the development of successful bids.
The HGN Strategic Director will support the HGN Steering Group to develop and resource a flexible 3–5 year’ strategy, including:
- Securing funding to ensure the future resilience of HGN
- Mapping the collective strengths of our local membership groups and their communities, and enabling a way of working that supports local people’s own solutions and responses to the climate and ecological crisis
- Supporting HGN’s relationship building, partnerships and dialogue with Herefordshire Council and other local and regional statutory and voluntary sector organisations
- Integrating the future plans for HGN with the development of The Great Collaboration project and web Portal
The work involves
- Securing new funds, ensuring funding and resource requirements are properly aligned for this work
- Monitoring development to ensure proposals are appropriate and effective
- Managing the delivery of grant funded projects and reporting to the SG and funders
Supporting Network development, including
- Integrating the evolving strategy with the needs and values of local people
- Building an organisational culture that is capable of supporting change
Understanding local context – values, barriers and trends
- Awareness of Herefordshire’s varied pathways to address the climate and ecological crisis
- Capacity for relationship building with local strategic bodies, businesses and other county organisations
- Awareness of the importance of inclusive working with diverse groups of people across Herefordshire
Working with integrity and sensitivity, and actively promoting the ethics and values of HGN.
The post holder will report to the Co-Chairs of HGN.
The Strategic Director will ideally possess some or all of the following attributes and be able to demonstrate them in their experience /qualifications:
- Successful fundraising capabilities, ideally in the climate/environment/community sectors and familiarity with the appropriate funding bodies (NB. this is a priority at the start of the contract)
- Leadership skills, either in managing teams or dispersed leadership models
- Supporting organisations through a change process
- Delivering strategic priorities working with a governing board
- Community engagement
- Commitment to carbon reduction and ecological issues
Skills & Competencies
- Broad understanding of current climate, carbon and sustainability issues
- Strong written, verbal, communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to process and interpret complex information
- Ability to track the effects of a change process and determine whether the actions are appropriately received
- Ability to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds
- Ability to work proactively with minimum supervision
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com including a covering letter and CV.
Please could you include the names and addresses of two referees that we can contact if you are shortlisted for the post.
You will receive a reply to confirm that your application has arrived.
Final date for applications Friday 11th June
Interview date for successful applicants Monday 21st June (via Zoom)
Start date: July 1st 2021 (if possible)