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16.05.2018


Director (1 year post initially)
Role Description (3 days a week)

Real Estate Balance (REB) is an association which was formed in 2015 by a group of senior women working in various parts of the Real Estate industry, who were passionate about seeking to address the gender imbalance in the industry. .

REB’s objective is to see a better gender balance at senior levels, which we believe will deliver business advantage and drive real change in the way the industry operates.

We believe that the best way of achieving this is to work from the top down with corporate leaders and also from the bottom up with individuals at more junior levels to develop a pipeline of women that will fill those senior executive and board positions.

REB is currently run on a voluntary basis by a group of 7 female and 3 male leaders in real estate from different organisations and disciplines who are focused on addressing this imbalance.

REB currently has 52 corporate members

The Role

The Director will lead the operations of REB alongside the Management Committee members and report to the Chair. The role will be responsible for developing REB’s Diversity and Inclusion objectives to the next level.

Two administrative assistants will report to this role.

Role Purpose

  • Promote REB’s profile as the leading change agent in improving the gender balance at senior levels in the real estate industry through working with women and men to deliver practical solutions.
  • Develop the strength of membership through targeted recruitment and retention.
  • Maintain REB’s visibility and credibility with members through enabling a proactive communications plan, which meet REB’s strategic objectives.
  • Deliver an effective membership engagement programme including; member events, regular reporting and key meetings, informing and involving members in our committees, working groups, events and activities.
  • Gather best practice in D&I and share with our members to ensure REB stays at the forefront of relevant/topical issues.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with committees to implement REB’s strategic plans and objectives, monitoring & periodically reviewing progress
  • Meet agreed targets for membership recruitment and retention
  • Co-ordination and monitoring of membership engagement on behalf of ManCo
  • Lead delivery of REB Committees’ initiatives and support the design of new materials
  • Introduce thought leadership/best practice insights drawn from third parties; sharing internally and amongst REB’s membership to help energise REB’s agenda development of D&I strategies and acting on members’ feedback
  • Act as an ambassador for REB and a champion/role model of D&I, in particular gender diversity.
  • Promote REB through its communications plan, including social media and website management
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability secure sponsorship for and promote events amongst REB’s members and manage budgets
  • Manage the REB administrator and co-ordinate other outsourced advisors’
  • Run REB budgets and cash flows, oversee preparation of management accounts and manage Companies House requirements. Run the REB committee management in accordance with REB governance and good practice.
  • Takes ownership of tasks and responsibility for delivery of actions. Proven project management abilities.
  • Must be self-sufficient, self-starting and pro-active.
  • Build and maintain positive and effective relationships with members and other appropriate external parties

Personal Specification

Critical

  • A genuine commitment to D&I.
  • Experience of running a gender diversity enterprise or running D&I programmes in a commercial environment.
  • Communication and creative thinking skills – verbal, visual and written.
  • Stakeholder management and relationship building skills.
  • Self- driven and outcomes focussed against key deliverables.
  • Gravitas to influence change.
  • Personal integrity and credibility and a strong moral compass, aligned with the aims and objectives of REB.

Desirable

  • Well networked and connected within the real estate industry
  • Proven ability to run boards and committees
  • Evidence of P&L management and of maximising returns on investment

Other

  • The post holder may be required to carry out other duties reasonably within the scope and purpose of the job and the aptitudes of the job holder
  • Overall, the role seeks someone with a genuine desire to see improvements in gender diversity in real estate and work with the industry to develop diversity improvements.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

We want companies and senior individuals, both men and women, to join Real Estate Balance and to commit to working to change their corporate culture to ensure that women are supported and encouraged to aim for the top. We also want young professionals (normally sponsored by their companies) to join us to benefit from the development, mentoring and learning opportunities that we can offer.

How We Can Change Corporate Culture

  • We are bringing together groups of CEOs and senior leaders at round-table meetings to discuss how best to improve the gender balance of their organisations and across the sector.
  • We are encouraging middle and senior managers to share their experience and insights through events and workshops We will be providing a good practice toolkit that will set out a blueprint for how to make organisations more gender- friendly
  • We will continue our annual survey (launched in 2015) in order to ensure we have robust data that shows what women want, what is working in organisations and what the continuing barriers to progress are which help inform senior leaders in the change ambitions
  • We will work with other diversity initiatives within the real estate industry to optimise delivery, avoid confusion and duplication in our respective endeavours and enhance the relevance and reach of our ideas and actions

How We Support And Empower Young Talent

  • We provide exceptional networking opportunities so that young women can learn from other middle and senior managers, both male and female. An example is our ‘Audience With” events, where a senior business or political figure is interviewed by one of the industry’s potential future leaders about their life and career before an audience of REB members. Recent interviewees have included Eliza Manningham - Buller Liz Peace and Colette O’Shea.
  • We organise practical mentoring events schemes for our members (such as our popular Speed Mentoring evenings) and training courses (such as our Inclusive Leadership programme about to launch and our Skills Demystified series of breakfast talks on specific sub-sectors of real estate such as the Logistics, Hotels and Housing sectors)
  • We will provide forums and roundtables in which young women can make their voices heard regarding issues pertinent to their career progression in the industry
  • We will do our best to ensure that the views that emerge from these events are promoted to senior managers in the industry to inform their actions.

Why is REB Different?

  • Most other diversity initiatives focus on encouraging individuals to face up to the challenges of the workplace which we recognize is very much, needed. Where Real Estate Balance is different is: -
  • We see a gap in the endeavours to be tackling gender balance from the top down and harnessing the support of CEOs and other senior leaders – who are more often than not men - to make change happen in their corporate organisations.
  • We reach across all professions in the real estate industry to learn from each other and bring about fundamental change on a broad canvass.
  • We actively encourage men at all levels, to participate in and benefit from many of the events and we include men in all of our committees.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  • Secure CEO and senior leadership commitments to lead change in their organizations
  • To support middle management to deliver cultural change towards building more inclusive and diverse organizations
  • To support and empower talented women to become industry leaders.

OUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

Available on request

APPLICATIONS

To apply for this position please send a covering letter and your CV to hello@realestatebalance.org.

Closing date for applications is Friday 8th June 2018, receipt of application will be acknowledged and all applicants notified if they have been shortlisted by Monday 25th June 2018.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to somebody regarding this post please email hello@realestatebalance.org

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As part of any recruitment process, Real Estate Balance collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. By applying for this position you consent to the collection and processing of your personal data by Real Estate Balance.

Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise but it will not be shared with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and you are made an offer of employment. Real Estate Balance will then contact former employers to obtain references for you.

Real Estate Balance are committed to promoting an inclusive, positive and collaborative culture. We will treat everyone equally irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, religious or other philosophical belief, disability, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, or pregnancy or maternity. Our values underpin everything we do.