At the National Trust, we love places. We look after more land than any other private landowner. With over 254,000 hectares of countryside and tens of thousands of buildings, our estate is large and complex, incorporating property of all shapes and sizes. We take care of some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and protecting their health, beauty and value is at the core of our ten-year strategy. To help us with this, we are looking for a Covenant Registrar to work 30 hours per week from our Tisbury Hub in Wiltshire.
As part of our work to look after special places for ever, for everyone, this role will support the Covenant Officer for the South West Region in managing applications for change from owners of property subject to National Trust Conservation Covenants. In addition, you will take the lead in managing our covenant archives and the volunteers who help us at our properties.
What it’s like to work here
You’ll be a key part of the National Trust Consultancy based at our Tisbury Hub in Wiltshire but will work across the region when required. The Consultancy is home to specialists in every field of our work and the diversity and quality of expertise within it enables our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as expertise in all matters relating to our twin charitable aims of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes and making these accessible to all.
What you’ll be doing
A ‘Conservation Covenant’ is our term to describe a ‘restrictive covenant’ which secures conservation benefits. We hold conservation covenants primarily to help us preserve the appearance and/or setting of land and buildings.
As Covenants Registrar you’ll be managing enquires from owners of covenanted property wishing to make alterations. You’ll be the first point of contact; validating their applications and then planning and organising the information the Covenant Officer requires to assess each one.
You’ll take a lead in the region for the ongoing management of our covenant archives and records, ensuring the system is properly managed and retains its integrity. Using this data you’ll conduct archival research and prepare written reports to record the acquisition and historical management of the 977 separate covenanted areas that cover the 8,000 hectares of covenanted land that we look after in the South West.
Working with external partners, such as local planning authorities, you’ll develop and maintain consistent professional relationships. You’ll also work effectively with your internal stakeholders in order to train your property colleagues. Working with our Covenant Volunteers and Rangers you will roll-out the covenant monitoring programme and be responsible for the recruitment and ongoing management of our Covenant Volunteers to support this work.
In addition, you’ll handle all financial transactions related to the management of covenant applications and produce monthly and annual budget reports.
Who we’re looking for
To be successful in this role you’ll have/be:
- A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject such as heritage, planning, surveying or building
- Able to build positive and effective relationships with related professionals internally and externally
- Experience of being customer facing and be able to give excellent customer service to everyone, including those applying to the National Trust for permission to make changes to their covenanted property
- The ability to work as part of a team, sharing learning and ideas, working positively with the decisions of others
- Experience managing budgets and producing annual / monthly reports
- A confident and effective communicator both verbally and through written work
- Highly organised, capable of devising and maintaining management systems
- The ability to work with spreadsheets
- The ability to plan ahead
- Experience of working in an organisation or company managing, proposing or controlling the development of heritage and other buildings, or new buildings in protected or special landscapes
- Experience of developing and or maintaining efficient record systems and ensuring these are available electronically
Looking after you
- Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
- Pension contribution match up to 10%
- EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
- Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career
- Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
- Develop your skills with an internal secondment
- Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
- Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
- Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
- Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
- Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Closing Date: 21 March 2018
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