We're looking for a trustee with experience in, and a passion for, tech for good in the climate/biodiversity/urban health space. You'll guide our blend of traditional community organising and digital app / online mapping technology.
We are looking for an IT and digital systems expert with a passion for people and the planet to join our team, ideally as a trustee or otherwise as a volunteer advisor. When you join Natural Neighbours you will help both with the specifics of advising which tools and systems we should adopt for which tasks, and in the exciting, bigger picture strategic aspects of designing and planning the charity's approach to using our bespoke new app to inspire and support communities collaborating under the common cause of creating networks of urban habitat.
As one of our trustees you would be expected to join the quarterly board meetings where you would be welcomed, valued and supported by our warm and diverse team. We would also value your practical help and advice supporting the director and other trustees and team members as appropriate with decisions as to establishing tech systems and related tasks (but don't worry - that doesn't mean you'd become our de facto IT support!).
As a relatively small team of (currently) six trustees governing a relatively young organisation we do not yet have sub-committees dedicated to specific issue areas but we anticipate developing this specialisation and would look to you both to assume a role of chairing and/or leading in areas of Digital/IT as and when we develop in size and scale, and to help the team delineate and assign associated tasks and responsibilities.
As an expert volunteering their time we would of course work around your schedule and availability, including meeting with you on evenings and weekends if that suited you best.
Our ideal candidate has expertise in tech systems development and a passion for the public good, ideally with an interest in the environment and nature-derived health and wellbeing.
You'll have years of experience in the tech sector, including digital strategy development and delivery, and a keen eye for how tech can be used to inspire and support people in towns and cities to make their neighbourhoods healthier, more wildlife-rich places to live, work and play. You'll be a strong team player also willing and able to take a lead, and you'll enjoy networking for Natural Neighbours, selling our cause and inspiring support and collaboration, be that with our partner schools, estate residents associations, or businesses and arms of government.
Ideally you have experience working in the charity sector and/or on community and environmental causes, but that’s not essential. Your passion for our cause, enthusiasm in our work and experience in tech development are the most important things.
With your skills, experience and networks and your passion for the cause you will supercharge the development and roll-out of the tools and techniques by which we connect, inspire and support communities hyper locally to bring health-giving nature into their neighbourhoods. Our focus on connectivity - of people across communities, of habitat across neighbourhoods, and of people with nature - is our USP and core to what we offer so your role in guiding this area of our work would make you central to the most exciting and important aspects of our identify and impact.
The role will be interesting as well as impactful, not least as we test, pilot, learn and improve our combination of tech-based and traditional community organising. It'll also be rewarding, especially if, like us, you have a deep passion and concern for the wellbeing of the natural world and our connection to it, and want to be part of an optimistic approach to reconnecting people with nature.