Executive Director

UK Environmental Law Association

Closing date 06 December 2022
Location Home-based
Position type Permanent
Role Leadership / Strategy
Education Bachelor's
Experience >3 years
Salary GBP 55,000–60,000
Benefits See below

Job description

UKELA is a small charitable organisation and the UK’s leading membership association for environmental law professionals. We have currently have an annual turnover of around £100,000 and nearly 2,000 individual, student, corporate and international members. Our aim is to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. We run events and training, including our popular Annual Conference, respond to consultations relevant to environmental law and provide information to the public on environmental rights and responsibilities through our website Law and Your Environment. UKELA also publishes a bi-monthly e-journal for members.

UKELA encourages collaboration between those interested in environmental law, as well as advising and commenting on current issues. For example, UKELA played an influential role through its ‘Brexit taskforce’ in ensuring that attention was given to environmental governance on the departure of the UK from the EU. UKELA continues this work though a Governance and Devolution Group and has other representative groups in the Devolved Administrations (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), Working Parties on sectoral matters such as noise, water and waste. We also have a Junior UKELA group and run student activities, including annual competitions and bursaries. Most of our funding currently comes from membership subscriptions, sponsorship and events income.

UKELA’s overarching aim is to make better law for the environment. We do this by influencing and commenting on the law as it is formulated. Our current strategic encompass that ambition and are set out in UKELA’s Strategic Vision and Plan 2020-2025 which is available here.

You can read more about UKELA on our main website.

About the role

As Executive Director, you will be responsible for the overall management, leadership and development of the organisation and be accountable to the Board of Trustees. The role is home-based and is supported by a friendly staff team of four other part-time individuals, also home-based. This role is flexible and we are happy to discuss with candidates a preferred working arrangement, but would expect the post to be 2.5 to 3 days per week. Depending on the candidate, there is scope to discuss whether the role could be suitable for a different number of days.

Salary: Full time equivalent (FTE) in a range from £55,000 to £60,000, dependent on

Principal accountabilities

  • Lead the organisation, working closely with the Board of Trustees to deliver the strategic aims.
  • Act as ambassador for the organisation, representing it at meetings, conferences and events.
  • Set and manage the budget and resources of the organisation with the support of the Board of Trustees and the guidance of the Honorary Treasurer.
  • Ensure the organisation operates in line with its charitable objectives.
  • Oversee a diverse and inclusive programme of events, including the Annual Conference, supported by the Board of Trustees, volunteers and staff.
  • Ensure a vibrant programme of activity across the network of groups that enhances UKELA’s reputation and member experience.
  • Foster positive and productive relationships with key stakeholders, like-minded organisations and fellow membership associations in the UK and internationally.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on statutory governance and activities, including the AGM and elections for new trustees.
  • Pursue suitable funding opportunities where appropriate.
  • Ensure that the organisation is presented externally in the best possible way via publications, the website, social media and press releases.

Person profile

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • Experience and/or an interest in environmental law.
  • Understanding of and commitment to UKELA’s strategic aims and goals, including the importance of equality and diversity.
  • Proven leadership and management ability in strategic planning, service delivery and organisational development.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to prioritise work flexibly.
  • Experience of and ability to prepare and to manage a budget.
  • Ability to earn and maintain the trust of a wide range of people.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to present information in a clear and accessible way.
  • Good inter-personal skills and experience of managing a team.
  • Understanding of the voluntary and charity sector, including governance issues.
  • Proven track record in fundraising and marketing activities.

What we offer

  • From (at least) 2.5 days per week (7.5 hours per day) flexible.
  • Competitive salary for a suitably experienced candidate.
  • Matched employer pension contribution of 5%.
  • Annual leave: statutory annual leave (exact number of days pro-rata dependent on days worked), plus Bank Holidays.
  • Home-based role, with IT and communications equipment provided and/or contribution paid towards costs, as appropriate to candidate’s circumstances.

How to apply

Please submit your application, by the deadline to jobs@ukela.org.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 6 December 2022 at 11.59pm.

Provisional dates for interviews in London or online week beginning: Monday 12 December 2022, with second interviews if needed week beginning Monday 19 December 2022.

Preferred start date: Monday 6 February 2023.

Applications should be submitted using the application form attached.