Leadership and Inclusivity Manager - The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Department: Advancement of the Professions

Location: Belgravia house, current remote working

Reporting to: Director for Advancement of the Professions


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the statutory regulator for the veterinary profession in the UK, thanks to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, and also has a range of roles that are supported by our Royal Charter, including regulation of the veterinary nursing profession. 

As a regulator, we set, uphold and advance veterinary standards. As a Royal College, we promote, encourage and advance the study and practice of the art and science of veterinary surgery and medicine. We do all these things in the interests of animal health and welfare, and in the wider public interest.

We strive to behave with clarity, courage, compassion and confidence, and our vision is to be recognised as a trusted, compassionate and proactive regulator, and a supportive and ambitious Royal College, underpinning confident veterinary professions of which the UK can be rightly proud.

The Advancement of the Professions Directorate and Committee are committed to delivery of work that is non-statutory in nature, and contributes to the advancement of the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions, and supporting the achievement of the RCVS strategic plan. This means that a broad range of topics are covered such as mental health (MMI), Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation (ViVet), Sustainability, Leadership, the RCVS Fellowship, and others. Our aim is to bring these workstreams together where possible to collaborate and to provide both strategic and operational outputs where appropriate. This collaboration extends to all veterinary associations and groups, but also into other professions. This role is a new role, and is a great opportunity to augment the leadership offering while also driving the delivery of our diversity and inclusion strategy, and embedding  diversity and inclusion principles across all that we do. 

Job Purpose

  • To support the Director of Advancement of the Profession in developing and delivering programmes and initiatives to meet the RCVS strategic objective to become a Royal College with innovation and leadership at its heart, and support this creatively and with determination’ and to ‘foster a reflective learning culture amongst members of the veterinary team so that they can continue to grow and develop in a supportive, no-blame environment’ and ultimately to ‘continue to seek culture change within the wider professions around help seeking behaviour to support both mental and physical health, leadership, innovation, sustainability and diversity’
  • To ensure that diversity and inclusion are values are upheld across the Advancement of the Professions workstreams and to share best practice across the organisation,
  • To deliver on other objectives within the postholder’s remit, as set out in the Strategic Plan. 

In conjunction with the Chair, to lead the delivery of the Diversity & Inclusion Group’s aims and objectives, to be an active member and supporter of this group.

Key responsibilities

  • To build a leadership strategy for the next three years, inclusive of development and delivery of the Edward Jenner MOOC, with a clear plan of evaluation at key gateway points.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Leadership Officer, support the development and delivery of the RCVS Fellowship strategy and operational plan, and supporting the Fellowship Board in the delivery of key projects. 
  • To assist in the development of a communications programme and to identify opportunities and events to promote and highlight the importance of leadership development, inclusivity and diversity strategies, and the role that diversity plays in ensuring a resilient and productive workplace.
  • To support the development of an online leadership hub: conducting desk-based research, creating content, identifying and liaising with contributors and supporting the management of associated social media accounts. Working closely with the Academy Manager on the dissemination of this this content.
  • To develop resources to showcase the multitude of leadership development, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion courses, training and opportunities available to veterinary professionals and the diversity of leadership roles and opportunities in the veterinary professions.
  •  In conjunction with RCVS People Team, to support the delivery of training (Leadership & Inclusion) internally and externally,
  • To support the development of evidence-based initiatives to promote diversity across the professions, and diversity within veterinary leadership positions and to identify and learn from successful interventions across the globe (for example, the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) in the US).
  • To support the RCVS in meeting its strategic objective to foster a culture of learning and personal development in the veterinary professions, by leading on measures to identify and address those aspects of ‘blame culture’ that are related to poor leadership or leadership development. 


  • To support the Director for Advancement of the Profession and to attend leadership conferences, seminars, meetings and stakeholder events on behalf of the College.
  • To undertake other projects and duties, as directed by the Director,
  • Line management of Senior Leadership Officer,

Essential Criteria


  • Educated to degree level
  • Qualifications in organisation management, leadership, organisational or behavioural psychology
  • Up to five years’ line management experience

Skills set

  • Experience of working on issues related to leadership, cultural change and learning cultures or a keen interest in the fields
  • Demonstrate oversight and delivery of projects that promote an inclusive workplace
  • Networking and diplomacy skills, especially when working with a broad group of stakeholders
  • Ability to think strategically and with a broad perspective
  • Excellent drafting and writing skills - ability to analyse and evaluate information critically and exercise sound judgement
  • Ability to represent the organisation to a range of audiences
  • A practical approach to problem solving
  • Team player - ability to work with internal and external colleagues collaboratively and in a team-orientated way
  • Diplomacy, tact, resilience
  • Ability to remain calm and composed when under pressure
  • Ability to meet all deadlines set
  • Ability to manage projects to budget
  • Strong IT skills

Desirable Criteria

Skills, knowledge & experience

  • Experience of working in the veterinary or medical sectors
  • Experience of working in a regulator, professional body or Royal College 

Key relationships


  • Veterinary organisations
  • Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and the wider veterinary team
  • NHS Leadership Academy
  • Other Royal Colleges
  • Relevant stakeholders


  • Chair of Advancement of the Professions Committee 
  • Council members responsible for Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership development
  • Director of APC 
  • Chief Executive
  • Academy Manager
  • Communications Department
  • Wider RCVS departments 

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