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Oxfordshire County Council

Thames Path Manager

Salary range: £42,821 - £45,859 per annum

Work location: Speedwell House, Oxford. But on an agile basis as demand requires.

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 10th October 2021

Interview date: Wednesday 20th October 2021

About us

The Thames Path is one of only 16 National Trails across England and Wales. Following the Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier, the English Coast Path and beyond to sea, it currently extends some 184 miles across southern England. It is an iconic and unique Trail passing through a beautiful and ever-changing landscape and several towns including Oxford, Henley, Reading and London.

About the role

This is a complex, demanding but ultimately rewarding role. We are looking for someone to lead the way and maximise the full potential of The Thames Path as a world class Trail to be enjoyed by walkers, and in places cyclists, as a valuable corridor for recreation, biodiversity and as a substantial contributor to the local and rural economy.

Whilst a major part of this role is to maintain and enhance the quality of the Trail, your responsibilities will extend far beyond this. You will engage with users, local authorities, businesses, and community organisations to promote, develop, and enhance the Trail, increasing usage and improving the visitor experience.

The role requires a good understanding and experience of public rights of way, but it is vital this is balanced with knowledge of the outdoor leisure sector, landscape management, sustainable rural tourism and delivering work in partnership with a wide body of interest. We are looking for a dynamic person to develop new projects and approaches, with a business acumen to attract new funding sources to deliver real on-the-ground improvements.

You will work to an agreed Delivery Framework with the opportunity to influence and shape the Thames Path Strategy.

This post is principally funded by Natural England with the support of local authorities outside London. For more information on the Thames Path Click Here

About you

You will need to be an advocate for the Thames Path, self-motivated, with a sound knowledge of working in partnership with good negotiation skills. You will also have an ability to meet deadlines and targets and good written and oral presentation skills in English are essential.

Rewards and benefits

Every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?

Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria

If you’d like a challenge and feel you have something to offer, please contact Hugh Potter, Countryside Operations & Volunteer Coordination Manager on 07766 998704 for an informal discussion regarding the role.

Application Procedure

Please click here to make an online application

Logo: Thames Path

Closing Date: 10/10/2021  Location: Oxford

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