The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We are founded upon and driven by our values of selflessness, courage, dependability, andtrustworthiness;ourvolunteersareat our heart.
RNLI volunteers and staff have been keeping people safe for 197 years. Their courage and professionalism have saved over 143,100 lives.Today we are busier than ever, and we are there foreveryone and anyone who needs us. In 2020, RNLI lifeboatcrews rescued orassistedover 8,300 people, plus our lifeguards helped over 25,100 people. We are more than a rescue service. The RNLI also works with communities to prevent drowning by influencing,supervising,and educating people. We share ourexpertiseinternationally too. We give support to countries where drowning rates are significant, and work with like-minded organisations to save lives. We build our ownstate-of-the-artrescue craft.
Our volunteers are the keystone of our charity, supported by expert staff. Around 95% of RNLI people are volunteers, including around 5,600 lifeboat crew members and 23,000 community fundraisers. Thousands more dedicated volunteers raise awareness, give safetyadvice,and help in our museums,shops,and offices.
Our charity is constantly evolving and learning so that we can work towards achievingour vision To SaveEvery One.
This is an exceptionally exciting time for a highly capable leader to jointhe crewand help usmove towards a more regional way of workingso wecan evenbetter supportourvolunteersand staffto be able to do all they need to do,in ordertosave more lives asonecrew.The Role
This is a new role that is part of an evolving regional shift in the way the RNLI works. Aimed at increasing regional effectiveness and impact, the role will enable greater regional decision making, collaboration across departments and functions and the right resources and support so that we can operate more effectively in the communities we serve, ensuring we save everyone we can and make the very best use of our supporters donations.
This role reports to the Lifesaving Operations Director and will give the volunteers and staff in Scotland, greater visibility, voice, and input into decision making at a regional level. In turn this will ensure that through leadership of the regional management team, the Head of Region is able to develop informed and effective regional delivery strategies and plans, as part of the wider Lifesaving Operations Leadership Team, ensuring there is alignment across regions, in their support of overarching RNLI strategy.
The Head of Region role will also cultivate collaborative working; building relationships, providing support and constructive challenge within the region and across the organisation, working with key internal and external stakeholders, to ensure that we operate in the most effective way to save more lives at sea.
This job saves lives at sea by leading operational delivery of RNLI activities across Scotland. You will be responsible for ensuring that our Lifesaving Effect is as impactful as possible by successfully delivering our regional lifesaving services, lifeboats, lifeguards and water safety enabled by fundraising, asset management, people, and over time, other support services.
As the senior leader in your region, you will be focussed on ensuring effective business performance. You will review potential opportunities and threats; monitor and analyse data and trends to track progress; measure performance and understand regional impacts. You will respond to and represent the needs of the region, it's volunteers and staff, supporters and wider communities we serve in that area. Working as part of the senior leadership team of the RNLI, you will also contribute to the development and delivery of organisational strategy, policies and standards ensuring they best meet our lifesaving needs and through their delivery, they provide assurance that the region is operating in an effective and compliant way.
There are clear succession opportunities for the postholder to more senior roles and / or to different areas of the organisation.About You
Already an outstanding leader, you will be able to build strong relationships, influence and collaborate across boundaries. You will be used to following clear operational strategy whilst at the same time able to be strongly autonomous in your leadership and delivery.
This is a highly visible and critical role responsible for all operations within the region, therefore you will convey the necessary credibility to influence at Board level, creating compelling proposals for budgets and resource whilst having the humility and empathy to work alongside our passionate volunteers and staff at all levels.
You will be an experienced senior operational leader, used to balancing service delivery and the needs of customers with the wider demands and requirements of a complex multi-functional organisation. Your style will be collaborative as you seek to engage a wide population of internal and external stakeholders and partners to deliver our lifesaving services. You must be confident in representing the RNLI publicly, acting as a senior media spokesperson for regional maritime and search and rescue matters.Experience
- Senior leadership and influencing skills gained within a multi-functional organisation.
- Proven experience in formulating annual business plans, monitoring, and reporting.
- Experience of working within organisation risk and compliance frameworks.
- Ability to lead, manage, develop, and motivate teams, whilst working collaboratively with support functions and other regions.
- Expert communication skills to deliver sensitive information, internally and externally.
- Experience of change leadership and delivering programmes and projects.
On average there are around 42 lifeboat stations and a regional base within each of our six regions. Therefore, frequent, and extensive travel across Scotland is expected to be a key component of this role, so it is expected that you will live in Scotland. The RNLI supports flexibility in your working preferences.Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
At the RNLI we believe that equality,diversity,and inclusion is not justtherightthing,it is essentialforallour people,the sustainability of the RNLI anditwill mean we have the best peopletohelp usdeliver our organisational goals.
We know that it takes a wide range of diverse minds,cultures,and experiences toeffectively connect with different audiences and communities, that is why we welcomeapplicants with talentfromalldiverse backgrounds.
We aim to foster an environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued. We want people who volunteer or come to work to be able to give their best because we know that we are all better when we can be ourselves. We want everyone at the RNLI to feel proud of their uniqueness and comfortable to express themselves and celebrate their differences as part of one crew.