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Covenants Officer

Posted 7 March by National Trust Ended


As part of our work to look after special places, for ever, for everyone, you’ll lead for the National Trust in assessing applications for change, from owners of property subject to National Trust Restrictive Covenants. You’ll lead the monitoring of covenanted properties and negotiate any proposed changes to sites by their owners. Advising them on the design and impact on the heritage or special qualities of buildings and landscapes as well as enforcing against unauthorised change.

You’ll take a lead in the region for the ongoing management of covenant archives and records and in the recruitment, development and ongoing management of Covenant Volunteers to support this work.

What it's like to work here

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it’s proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

What you'll be doing

As our Covenants Officer you’ll be managing enquiries from owners of covenanted property wishing to make changes. You’ll be negotiating on site and reconciling the views of key staff such as Curators, Estate and General Managers on the owner’s proposals. You’ll also prepare written reports with recommended actions for those responsible for final decision making.

Working with external partners, such as local planning authorities, you’ll develop and maintain consistent professional relationships. You’ll work effectively with your internal stakeholders and train your property colleagues in the management of covenants.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • A degree in Building or Architectural Conservation, Architecture, Building Design or Planning
  • Experience of building / landscape conservation work
  • In-depth knowledge of historic buildings (particularly vernacular) and landscapes
  • Experience in assessing heritage building and landscape significance or heritage values and relevant knowledge of heritage and planning legislation
  • The ability to apply design principles in heritage settings and a creative and innovative approach to managing development relating to heritage or other buildings or to new development in special landscapes
  • Experience of delivering expert advice in reaching complex design solutions
  • Excellent organisational skills and be able to devise and maintain record and monitoring management systems
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills: understanding people, explaining benefits and changing practice & behaviour

The package

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

Reference: 34626017

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