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Development Officer (P/T)

The British Horse Society
South West England

  • Business Development
  • Communications
  • Events
  • Home Based
  • Training & Education
  • Part Time

Closing date: Friday 31st May 2024

Job Details

Development Officer (P/T)

Closing Date for Applicants:
Friday 31st May 2024

Development Officer – Devon and Cornwall

Part Time – 3 day per week (22 hours)

Fixed Term for 2 years

Circa Starting Salary: £27,000 FTE

Home based with extensive travel throughout the Region

The British Horse Society is the nation’s largest equine charity with a passion for horses that is backed by knowledge and expertise. The BHS represents and provides a range of services for horse riders, horse owners, enthusiasts and professionals.

Our Home Team within the Society is made up of professionals who bring together a variety of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. We celebrate the diversity of our people and place a high value on creating an environment where everyone can bring their whole self to work. Many of our Home Team members work flexibly; we believe in giving our employees autonomy to decide where, when and how they work within a set of principles agreed within the team.

We are looking for ……..

Someone with experience of the equestrian world and of working with volunteers to take on this new role. You will build a strong volunteering community and presence in Devon and Cornwall supporting the delivery of our core objectives around participation, education, welfare, access, safety and membership.

You will be responsible for engaging new and existing volunteers, harnessing their enthusiasm for the work of the BHS to help you in delivering a programme of events and activities; from clinics to webinars, social events to CPD and much more. 

There are opportunities for you to learn from the best in the industry as you will be integral to delivering our engaging programme. You will gain insight and experience into the work of the BHS across all of it’s areas of delivery.  

Key skills needed for this exciting role:

  • Excellent understanding of the equestrian community/industry and the work of the BHS

  • Experience in organising and running events including risk assessment and promotion.

  • Experience of managing and working with volunteers and of volunteering

  • Excellent communication and people skills

  • Commercial awareness

  • BHS professional qualification would be desirable.

So, you’re interested?

Here’s some information on the role….

You will need a flexible approach to working hours as some evening and weekend work will be required. You will also need to reside in Devon or Cornwall and have access to home office facilities with good connectivity.

A full driving licence with own vehicle are essential, as are good IT skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and social media administration.

What will you get in return?

  • Annual Leave: 26 days + plus bank holidays (increasing to 28 days after 3 years’ service) pro rata.

  • Pension: Automatic entry at 4% into our scheme after 3-month deferral period, contributions matched up to 5%

  • Health Benefits: health (income protection) insurance, health cash plan, life assurance at 4 x salary, yearly flu jab.

  • Wellbeing Support: ‘Everymind at Work’ mental health and wellbeing app and quarterly webinars, opportunities to participate in range of engagement activities such as our book and gardening clubs.

  • Training and Development: Access to a range of formal and informal development opportunities, including BHS Wise (our e-learning platform), our ‘A Day in Your Shoes’ cross-departmental work shadowing scheme and ‘C-Me’ communication workshops.

  • Enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity Pay for eligible Home Team members

The British Horse Society is committed to achieving equity for all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse workforce because, in our view, diversity enables better organisational outcomes. We also believe that a more inclusive workplace, where people of different backgrounds work together, ensures better outcomes for all employees.

We therefore strongly encourage suitably experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Only suitable candidates will be contacted directly about this position, and we will not store or process the data of candidates for longer than is necessary for the recruitment process.

How to apply

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Here at the BHS, we want you to have every opportunity to be able to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential when applying for any of our roles here. Please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustments so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

Please note: we will be speaking to and interviewing candidates throughout the advertised period; to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

Closing Date for applications: 31 May 2024

Interview date: 18/19 June 2024

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