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BDS is Recruiting: New Chief Executive Role

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Chief Executive
Position: Full Time permanent
Salary: ca £60K, depending on qualifications and experience

The British Deer Society is an incorporated charity, funded by membership, a trading subsidiary and philanthropic contributions.  The BDS promotes deer education, research and management best practice to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment; a key feature of the biodiversity of the UK landscape.

The Chief Executive will be a key member of the BDS Leadership Team and pivotal in the Society’s strategic direction and stakeholder management.  The primary role, working with the Society’s Chair and Board of Trustees, will be in setting the strategic direction of the Society and engaging with local, regional, national and international organisations in the identification, development and management of Society projects.  The Chief Executive will play a central leadership role in maintaining service levels to the membership, regional branches and the general public. 

The Chief Executive will ensure that the governance and financial integrity of the Society is maintained at the highest level and oversee fiscal activity, including budgeting, reporting, and auditing. A significant part of the role is overseeing the staff and contractors of the Society on a day to day basis. There may be some expectation for evening and weekend work and domestic and international travel. 

The base will be at the Society offices in Fordingbridge, Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest with unparalleled wildlife, ancient woodland, heathland and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. 20 miles to the South is the Dorset coastline with glorious beaches and havens, a paradise for sailors and water sports enthusiasts. To the North and North East lie the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester.

For a detailed description of the post and further information click here

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 30th June.

It is expected that first interviews will be held remotely during July followed by a second stage interview for the successful candidate/s, venue TBA but most likely Oxford or Swindon.

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