Vacancies: Woodlands of Ireland is currently seeking a CEO. Please see details below

Job Description

Chief Executive Officer – Woodlands of Ireland (WoI)

TENURE: Contract initially for one year, subject to the availability of funding and performance review.

WoI Board of Management

Woodlands of Ireland Office (TBC)


Woodlands of Ireland is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to native woodlands. It is an inclusive organisation whose primary objectives are: - to generate awareness of native woodlands amongst policy makers and the general public: - to develop projects and sustainable management strategies aimed at ensuring the future viability of native woodlands
The Board of Management of Woodlands of Ireland (WoI) is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to run the Company’s operations. Reporting to the Board, this post will be responsible for leading the organisation in the delivery of its objectives, the annual business plans and Native Woodland Strategy as defined in the annual and 3-year Plans. The successful candidate will address technical, administrative and organisational functions to achieve this. Cooperation and collaboration with key staff across other Government departments, organisations and native woodland stakeholders are vital components to this role.

Job Requirements

This post will primarily be focused on the promotion and the provision of technical Support for the native woodland sector in Ireland. Inherent in the job requirement will be the efficient and effective delivery of operations within the WoI Work Plan and for the provision of service and support as required by the WoI Board. The successful candidate will:

 Encourage high performance and best practice across the native woodland sector and advocate for the implementation of the Forest Service Native Woodland Scheme and the Native woodland components of the Forest Service Afforestation Scheme.

 Provide training to relevant stakeholders by organising and running specific courses on Native Woodlands and the Native Woodland Scheme

 Lead the WoI project ensuring that it is effective, efficient, relevant and responsive to the needs of its supporters and stakeholders;

 Manage the day to day operations of WoI;

 Be responsible for developing and reporting on the WoI Work Plan;

 Develop annual and 3-year work plans on cooperation with the Board in line with the strategic objectives of WoI;

 Determine budgets in line with agreed business plans and within pre-assigned limits;

 Apply for, and draw down annual core funding from WoI sponsors and explore other potential funding sources;

 Work with other agencies in relation to survey and audit of the Peoples Millennium Forest project.

Responsibilities of the Post

 As the senior manager in the organisation, the implementation of the WoI Strategy and Work Plan and its supporting mechanisms;

 Lead and manage WoI in the delivery of appropriate training courses to all relevant native woodland stakeholders;

 Support key native woodland initiatives such as the Forest Service Native Woodland Scheme, the Peoples’ Millennium Forest project, the native woodland elements of the Afforestation Scheme and the National Biodiversity Action Plan

 As WoI is a Charity, ensure compliance and adherence to all appropriate Company policies and procedures as set out in the charities governance code;

 Interface with relevant bodies, experts and committees as required to deliver on the strategic priorities assigned;

 Ensure all strategic objectives and KPIs are addressed, with action being taken to ensure that agreed performance levels are achieved

 Responsible for delivery to budget, ensure decisions are taken so targets are achieved. Attend regular management review meetings and be the owner of any actions delegated by the Board

 Be the point of contact for operational enquiries and issues;

 Working with external and internal stakeholders, identify the key relevant issues and new projects, and oversee the development and implementation of plans;

 Ensure that the assets and reputation of the organisation are properly protected and that the functions of the CEO are discharged in accordance with Board guidelines and relevant legislation;

 Represent WoI both nationally and internationally as required and liaise with relevant external bodies, agencies and organisations;

 Undertake all other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned to them from time to time by the Board. The CEO will be expected to respond flexibly to the administrative needs of WoI. Make recommendations as appropriate in regard to improved systems and methods;

 The CEO will work independently to ensure maximum efficiencies in the utilisation of resources and to assist other organisations relevant to native woodland policy, where deemed necessary or appropriate;

 Undertake any specified tasks as part of the operations brief which covers responsibilities of proper business management.


Essential to the role, this CEO must be a strong and effective communicator and have a track-record of managing budgets and inter-agency cooperation. The successful candidate must have a diverse range of skills (technical, organisational and administrative), and be able to work across multiple deadlines simultaneously with a focus on delivering excellent service to stakeholders. Knowledge or experience of the forestry and ecology sectors is desirable, along with a keen awareness of current biodiversity and climate change issues. A Familiarity with digital media, the Charities Governance Code and company regulation would be an advantage.

Management & Leadership
 Minimum acceptable qualification would be a primary dergree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent standard of education, preferably including management experience at various levels
 Excellent interpersonal, influencing, negotiating, networking and general communications skills;
 Proven decision maker in business matters;
 Ability to build and maintain constructive relationships with other agencies and stakeholders both internally and externally;
 Should have a track record of effective performance and self-management;
 Proven leadership qualities.

 Proven ability to deliver on organisational goals and plans;
 A deep understanding of the environmental, biodiversity and ecology sectors
 Effective and efficient budget planning and management experience;
 Able to manage multiple tasks with deftness and attention to deadlines;
 Support application of policies, procedures and systems of work to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and codes of practice


 Highest standards of professional integrity.
 High standards in written, verbal and on-line communications.
 A self-starter possessing the necessary interpersonal skills and ability to network effectively and take responsibility for outputs and outcomes.
 A knowledge and interest in Irish woodland heritage, history and culture.
 Record of academic achievement to include a recognised professional qualification or equivalent.
 Strong skills in MS office suite and comfortable with web and IT systems
 Can meet the travel requirements of the post which will be nationwide. Prepared to work outside of normal hours as necessary.
 Full clean driving licence.

Remuneration and benefits
SALARY: In line with accepted levels for a charitable organisation of this size and commensurate with experience and qualifications

Appointment to this position is on a contract basis (specified purpose). A minimum duration of one year (initially) is expected.
Applications should be emailed to
Please put the reference WOIPM19 in the subject line of your email.
Short listing will be based on the information provided in the Cover Letter and CV. Late applications cannot be processed. Woodlands of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and will consider all applications without discrimination
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th January 2020