Do you have the skills to lead the Isle of Arran’s acclaimed community-based marine conservation group and develop a new marine centre on Arran? If so, please see below for full details of the position and how to apply.
Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)
COAST is a multi-award winning marine restoration group established in 1995 by two local divers in response to the collapse of commercial fish stocks and the degradation of seabed habitats in the Clyde. Described by George Monbiot as 'pathfinders', COAST established Scotland's first and only community-driven No Take Zone in 2008 after a 13 year campaign. We proposed the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2012 which came into full effect in 2016. COAST is a passionate volunteer-based organisation with a staff team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our MPA and the progressive development of Clyde marine management. To help deliver this, in December last year, we purchased a shore-side site and pavilion in Lamlash which we are converting into a hub for marine engagement and recreation.
The Director - Operations and Development, will lead COAST on the next phase of its growth and deliver on our strategic objectives. Working closely with the Board, staff and volunteers you will be responsible for the development of our new site, capital building projects, organisational evolution and sustainable financial management. Diversification and development of income streams and the oversight of core and capital grant applications is a central component of the role. As a campaigning organisation you will work closely with the team to ensure we are focused on improving the health of the Clyde marine environment for the benefit of local and wider Clyde stakeholders.
We are looking for strong leadership and communication skills and a demonstrable commitment to environmental management. You will have a track record in team building, organisational development and project management within the marine, environmental, tourism or wider NGO field, preferably with experience in capital project management. The successful candidate will also have business acumen and the ability to negotiate and represent COAST at all levels and through a variety of broadcast, print and social media.