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Vacancies at the CLA come up from time to time.

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All current vacancies with the CLA are listed below.

If you have any questions about our vacancies or our application process, please email recruitment@cla.org.uk.

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Rural Surveyor - Newly Qualified, CLA South East

Rural Surveyor – opportunity for a newly qualified Surveyor

Based in Andover, Hampshire

About the CLA

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our members.

The role

We are looking for a recently qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor to join our team. The Surveyor is expected to cover all aspects of work that would normally be covered by a chartered surveyor who is a member of the rural faculty.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the future of UK rural sector. The role will offer the opportunity to advise members and work on policy issues affecting the south east region while also supporting the delivery of all CLA activities in the region and contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales.

The successful candidate will be RICS and/or CAAV qualified and will demonstrate:

• Strong client service ethic

• Proven track record on the provision of quality advice

• Excellent people skills

• High level of computer literacy

• Good verbal and written communication skills with public speaking experience

• A full driving licence and car is required as the position involves travel throughout the South East Region, occasionally to remote and isolated locations.

Principal tasks

• Responding to members’ enquiries covering the full range of a Chartered Surveyor’s competency in rural practice work ensuring advice given to members is accurate and provided in a timely manner in accordance with CLA applicable instructions, referring queries to Policy Adviser as appropriate.

• Identifying through advisory work on behalf of members, issues for lobbying/campaigning action

• Participate in national forums, conferences and meetings, both internally and externally as requested.

• Prepare and submit and/or assist the other Surveyor in the preparation and submission of consultation responses on regional and local public consultations that affect CLA members

• Attend and give evidence, and/or support the other Surveyor in giving evidence at EIPs, Public Enquiries and other external meetings as necessary.

• Contribute to CLA national consultation responses as requested.

• Contribute to the delivery of CLA Campaigns within the Region

• Assist the Regional Director in developing volunteer participation (branch and regional sub-committees/working groups as needed) to provide supportive technical expertise and local knowledge. Identifying and supporting volunteers to represent CLA interests on outside organisations.

• Contributing to the planning, programme and content of regional technical seminars/conferences.

• Attendance at clinics, shows, farmers’ or other meetings to provide advice to members, including in the evenings and at weekends as necessary.

• Acting as media spokesperson within areas of competence as required.

• Preparing guidance notes, magazine articles and presentations as necessary or as requested.

The location, team, and working arrangements

The role is based in Andover in Hampshire, with up to two days a week of flexible working plus opportunities to travel across the South East to unique and special landscapes. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general as well as being part of the CLA’s supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals across England and Wales.

What we can offer

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employers contribution of up to 10% of salary

• Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays

• Work place benefits such as Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme

• Discount offers at over 800 retailers

• Access to a private 24 hour GP service

Application Process

Please reference: SE6842W

We would love to hear from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.

To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk by 12pm Tuesday 4th January.

Rural Surveyor - 5+ years PQE, CLA South East

Rural Surveyor

Based in Andover, Hampshire

About the CLA

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our members.

The role

We are looking for a qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor with over 5 years PQE to join our team. The Surveyor is expected to cover all aspects of work that would normally be covered by a chartered surveyor who is a member of the rural faculty. The individual will lead on advice in the region and provide guidance and support to the assistant surveyor.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the future of UK rural sector. The role will offer the opportunity to advise members and work on policy issues affecting the south east region while also supporting the delivery of all CLA activities in the region and contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales.

The successful candidate will be RICS and/or CAAV qualified (over 5 years PQE) and will demonstrate:

• Strong client service ethic

• Proven track record on the provision of quality advice

• Excellent people skills

• High level of computer literacy

• Good verbal and written communication skills with public speaking experience

• A full driving licence and car is required as the position involves travel throughout the South East Region, occasionally to remote and isolated locations.

Principal tasks

• Responding to members’ enquiries covering the full range of a Chartered Surveyor’s competency in rural practice work ensuring advice given to members is accurate and provided in a timely manner in accordance with CLA applicable instructions, referring queries to Policy Adviser as appropriate.

• Identifying through advisory work on behalf of members, issues for lobbying/campaigning action

• Participate in national forums, conferences and meetings, both internally and externally as requested.

• Prepare and submit consultation responses on regional and local public consultations that affect CLA members

• Attend and give evidence at EIPs, Public Enquiries and other external meetings as necessary.

• Contribute to CLA national consultation responses as requested.

• Contribute to the delivery of CLA Campaigns within the Region

• Assist the Regional Director in developing volunteer participation (branch and regional sub-committees/working groups as needed) to provide supportive technical expertise and local knowledge. Identifying and supporting volunteers to represent CLA interests on outside organisations.

• Contributing to the planning, programme and content of regional technical seminars/conferences.

• Attendance at clinics, shows, farmers’ or other meetings to provide advice to members, including in the evenings and at weekends as necessary.

• Acting as media spokesperson within areas of competence as required.

• Preparing guidance notes, magazine articles and presentations as necessary or as requested.

The location, team, and working arrangements

The role is based in Andover in Hampshire, with up to two days a week of flexible working plus opportunities to travel across the South East to unique and special landscapes. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general as well as being part of the CLA’s supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals across England and Wales.

What we can offer

• The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employers contribution of up to 10% of salary

• Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays

• Work place benefits such as Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme

• Discount offers at over 800 retailers

• Access to a private 24 hour GP service

Application Process

Please reference: SE7953W

We would love to hear from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.

To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk by 12pm on Tuesday 4th January.

CLA Charitable Trust - Administrator, Part-Time, Remote

Job Title: Administrator

Location: Remote with occasional travel around England and Wales

Contract type: Permanent, part-time (28 hours per month)

Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 per annum, pro rata

Are you an experienced administrator? Do you love the countryside and do you feel passionate about charity work? If so, then we have an exciting opportunity for you to be involved with a charity that looks to expand knowledge of, and access to, the countryside, particularly for disadvantaged people.

Who we are

The CLA Charitable Trust, was founded in 1980 by members of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), and is an independent grant-making trust, funded almost entirely by CLA members' donations.

The CLA Charitable Trust objectives are:

• Advancing people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing through financial support of charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, which are delivering access, recreational and educational opportunities within and about the countryside.

• To promote and encourage education in sustainable farming, food production and rural land management.

The successful post holder would be employed by the CLA on behalf of the Trustees.

The CLA has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our 28,000 members.

The Role and Person

We are looking for an experienced administrator to provide a varied range of administrative support services to the Trustees of the CLA Charitable Trust, be the first point of contact for grant applicants and to liaise with all CLA departments, particularly finance, communications and marketing.

The line manager for this position will be the CLA Director of Finance however there is an expectation to report to, and work closely with, the Chair of Trustees.

The ideal candidate will be:

• Comfortable to work independently.

• A confident and strong communicator.

• Someone who enjoys variety.

• Open to learning new skills.

They will also be responsible for providing the administration for the application process, liaising with grant applicants, recipients, and Trustees to ensure a smooth and efficient process. The candidate will work closely with the Trustees and support them on governance and liaise closely with the CLA Finance Department and the CLA regional Communications Managers. Trustees meet regularly each year, with 2022 meetings scheduled for: 25th January, 15th March, 16th June and 7th October and there is requirement to be available for these dates and expected to travel to London.

They will be expected to uphold the CLA’s values of respect, leadership, teamwork, integrity, and professionalism in everything you do. This will include participating actively in team events.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Collate and review grant applications ensuring that all required detail is submitted.

• Correspond with grant applicants.

• Maintain records of grant applications and all correspondence.

• Receive and respond to all telephone, email and postal enquiries.

• Prepare and distribute agenda, papers and minutes for quarterly Trustee meetings and AGM.

• Attend quarterly Trustee meetings and make site visits to grant recipients.

• Maintain risk register.

• Liaise with Trustees to produce reports for CLA Board, Council, branch committees and CLA publications.

• Liaise with CLA departments and regions as required.

• Liaise with organisations regarding bursary/scholarship applications.

• Liaise closely with the CLA Finance Department.

• Ensure compliance with statutory regulatory requirements.

• Renew Trustee indemnity insurance.

• Monitor Charity Commission website and make Trustees aware of any material changes and monitor information relevant to CLACT.

• Ensure Trustees receive appropriate training applicable to Trustees of Charities.

• Ensure accurate and timely records of Trustees/accounts etc maintained with the Charity Commission.

• Ability to travel within England and Wales to rural locations to visit grant applicants.

How we work

This is a home based role, with offices in: Central London, Andover, Chippenham, Stafford, Richmond, Newmarket & Merthyr Tydfil. It is part time permanent, with a minimum requirement of 28 hours a month. Days and hours worked can be flexible, with attendance required at the annual meetings in London.

What we can offer

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer's contribution of up to 10% of salary

• Minimum 24 days holiday (pro rata), plus bank holidays

• Work place benefits such as payment of flu vaccinations, eye tests and option for Payroll Giving

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme

• Discount offers at over 800 retailers

• Access to a private 24 hour GP service

Application process

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.

To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk by 10am Monday 24th January with first interviews planned for 2nd and 3rd February.

Rural Adviser, East

Based near Newmarket, Suffolk

Are you passionate and have knowledge about rural affairs? Are you interested in influencing policy and believe change is possible? Do you enjoy working with other people and are willing to learn?

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is a dynamic, forward thinking membership organisation for owners of land, property and rural businesses, who has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses.

We are now looking for an Adviser to join us at an incredibly exciting and pivotal time for the rural sector, and start, or continue, their rural advisory/surveying journey to advise members, work on policy issues affecting the East of England and support the delivery of all CLA activities in the region.

With the adaption to a new agriculture policy in England underway, and the continued challenges of Covid-19, this role is a fantastic opportunity to play an integral part in supporting CLA members to navigate the challenges they face, highlight opportunities to help them thrive, and lobby on their behalf.

The ideal person will:

• Be positive and have willingness and energy to engage in a variety of new subjects

• Genuinely want to make a difference by helping farmers, landowners and rural businesses and influencing policy

• Enjoy working with rural communities and building professional relationships

• Have a broad appreciation of rural issues

• Have excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Have a high level of computer literacy

Working closely with the East team, and advisers across the CLA, you will provide advice, opinion and guidance to CLA members on a range of issues relating to land ownership, occupation, land use and rural business; as well as representing members’ views at stakeholder meetings and contributing to our policy development work. This role will focus in particular on future funding and policy in farming, rural grants, water and designated areas.

The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements

The role is based near Newmarket and will involve a 35 hour working week with no fee earning targets or timesheets. Some flexible working will be available on request but contact time in the office would be required each week, with a requirement to travel across the East at times, to attend events and meetings and visit members.

You will be working in a small and friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general. You will also work collaboratively with the CLA’s supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals in the land use, legal, taxation and external affairs teams in London and across the other five regions in England and Wales.

What we can offer

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer's contribution of up to 10% of salary

• Minimum 24 days holiday (pro rata), plus bank holidays

• Work place benefits such as payment of flu vaccinations, eye tests and option for Payroll Giving

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme

• Discount offers at over 800 retailers

• Access to a private 24 hour GP service

For further information or a full job description, please call or email Cath Crowther, Regional Director on 07557 576127.

Application process

We welcome applications from a wide variety of individuals who are passionate about the industry and genuinely wants to make a difference by influencing policy and guiding and supporting rural businesses.

We would also love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to: recruitment@cla.org.uk

Closing Date: 10am Monday 7th February