Recruitment for a new Chief Executive

“The Jurassic Coast is so much more than just a collection of rocks, fossils and beaches. As a World Heritage Site it has a global importance akin to the Taj Mahal or the Grand Canyon, a draw to scientists and academics, the birthplace of geology and a source of inspiration and discovery. Beautiful, inspiring and beloved of tourists, home to some of the most iconic coastal views in the country, there are many many people who have a sense of ownership here. Our towns, villages, beaches and cliffs are part of people’s memories, life stories, careers, hobbies and livelihoods.

To be responsible for looking after a World Heritage Site – ensuring that all its unique features and valued assets can be enjoyed now and for future generations – is not a simple job, but it is a truly wonderful one. Here on the Jurassic Coast, surrounded by so many opportunities and challenges, so many passionate, talented people and a land and sea scape that will take your breath away every single day, we are offering an unrivalled senior leadership position for the right person. We look forward to receiving your application.”

Alexandra O’Dwyer, Chair of The Jurassic Coast Trust


Quite possibly the best job in the world….

We are looking for a new Chief Executive to deliver our work looking after England’s only natural World Heritage Site. A talented and experienced leader with exceptional communication skills, you will have a passion for heritage and conservation and a proven ability to build productive and positive partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

To be successful in this role you will need a solid background in a broad range of business and people skills and ideally you’ll have experience of professional charity management and all that this entails. You don’t need to be a geologist, geographer, historian or scientist by background (though it might help) but you do need to be able to understand, attract, inspire, motivate and support people with those skills and interests. You also have to be able to build a financially sustainable organisation that is able to live up to the wide aspirations and expectations that surround a World Heritage Site like ours.

You will be great at prioritising, planning and working strategically, coming up with solutions and making the most of the opportunities and responsibilities that we have. Highly self-motivated and an exceptional leader, you will be someone who can influence and inspire support of the Jurassic Coast and who can demonstrate the impact of your rigorous approach to delivery and management.

Above all you will ensure that the Jurassic Coast Trust is understood and widely embraced and supported, drawing on all your skills, talents and experience and working with and creating strong connections with a whole host of people and organisations.

If you like the sound of the challenge that is looking after the story of 185 million years of Earth’s history as it rolls out along 95 miles of extraordinary coastline, then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to by 5pm Monday 16th September 2019. No agencies please.

Before making an application please read the following documents and ensure that in your cover letter you show us how you meet the requirements of the role as laid out in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Recruitment Process
Role Background and Overview
Job Description
Person Specification

You may also find it helpful to read our most recent Charity Accounts and the draft version of the new WHS Partnership Plan which is currently under public consultation. (Available from beginning of August).


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