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The League Against Cruel Sports is a UK animal charity which defends animals against persecution in the name of sport. We investigate illegal and cruel practices such as fox hunting, dog fighting and bird shooting. We educate the public, journalists and politicians so that they understand the truth behind cruel sports. And we protect animals at our wildlife sanctuaries and through our campaigning work.

As a team, we share the same passion – to stop animal cruelty in the name of sport. We are a tight-knit team and we work hard within a fun, relaxed environment. We also offer something many employers don’t – an office full of friendly dogs!

We are based in the lovely Surrey town of Godalming, which hosts plenty of shops and a beautiful river walk five minutes from the office. Some of our staff spend time in our London office which is located close to Westminster where a lot of our work is carried out.

We stand by our values, which all staff have agreed on.

League staff members at the charity

Current vacancies

Legacy Administrator

Salary: up to £27,300 pro-rata (£5,460 per annum)
Working hours: 7 hours per week – 1 day or 2 half days to be worked Monday – Thursday
Contract: permanent
Location: Godalming, Surrey

This is a brand new role in our Individual Giving and Legacy team. You will play an important role in managing a significant portion of the League’s income by ensuring that wills are processed efficiently and compassionately.

You will be responsible for day to day administration of charitable estates. Your main tasks will include corresponding with lay executors, solicitors, co-beneficiaries and other interested parties to progress the administration of charitable estates; producing monthly income and forecasting reports; and reconciling legacy and management accounts.

Administration experience is essential as are organisation and ability to communicate sensitively. You will have strong Microsoft Word and formal written communication skills. Previous experience as a legal secretary would be advantageous.

Please use this link to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st May at 12:00. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date should we receive sufficient applications.

Database Executive

Salary: up to £9,600 per annum (£24,000 pro-rata)
Working hours: 14 hours per week (2 – 3 days as per candidate preference)
Contract: Permanent role
Location: Godalming, Surrey

We are seeking an experienced database professional to join our Data & Digital team in helping guarantee the quality and integrity of data inputted, held and managed across online platforms at the League.

The team provides the foundation for all of the League’s marketing and fundraising and is essential in supporting our ambitious growth plans.

You will maintain data across multiple databases, both in terms of quality, accuracy and upkeep for data protection, ensuring that supporters receive the best possible care and engagement. Your main tasks will include accurate income recording and liaising with fundraising and campaigning teams to ensure they have the most relevant data for their purposes.

As well as your database/CRM experience, you will have an understanding of data protection legislation, intermediate MS office skills and excellent problem-solving skills. Experience in the below would be advantageous:

  • Raiser's Edge 7 & RENXT, Advanced Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access.
  • Previous experience with CMS and web management tools.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Work experience in the charity sector.

Please use this link to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is Sunday 16th June at 17:00. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date should we receive a high volume of applications.

Head of Digital & Data

Salary: up to £35,000 per annum
Annual leave: 28 days holiday, plus Bank Holidays
Benefits: 8% employer pension contribution
Location: Godalming, Surrey

Interview dates: Tuesday 2nd & Friday 5th July 2019

The Digital & Data Team provides the foundations for digital innovation across marketing and fundraising, as well as internal processes, essential in supporting the League’s ambitious growth plans.

As Head of Digital & Data you will identify, drive and implement improvements in the digital and data development delivery process and culture. You will explore innovative technology to deliver an immersive experience to our supporters and will drive forward a Digital First culture to ensure our online presence is engaging and interactive, maximising all digital opportunities.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing, developing and updating the League’s website in line with League strategy
  • Developing and implementing the League’s Digital Strategy
  • Developing, managing and implementing the League’s intranet, digital media library and SharePoint projects
  • Acting as the lead for GDPR across the organisation and ensuring compliance

You will manage 3 direct reports, developing the required skills and resources, to meet the Digital strategy, by providing clear leadership and direction.

You will be joining a driven and caring team in an organisation working towards a kinder society. League benefits include 8% employer contributions into your pension fund, a generous holiday allowance and a dog friendly office.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act (2004). Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.

Please use this link to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 26th June. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date should we receive a high volume of applications.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please visit our Supporter Groups page.

Here at the League we are

  • Compassionate: We are committed to creating a world that is caring towards animals and people.
  • Credible: We rely on evidence and have years of expertise.
  • Courageous: We have the confidence to challenge those engaged in killing animals for sport.
  • Collaborative: We unite with others to achieve a common goal.
  • Catalysts for Change: We create the opportunities that make change happen.

If you share our views, our passion and our values, then why not consider joining us?

Working for the League – a personal account


Mark McCormick spent four years working with the League Against Cruel Sports, first as a Public Affairs officer in Northern Ireland, and later as our Head of Campaigns. This is his view on working for the League:

"It is not every day that you get to work on campaigns that stop the Government in their tracks, influence companies to implement animal-friendly policy, bring about debates in Parliament or mobilise thousands and thousands of people to take action for animal protection. At the League that is pretty much your daily routine!

The League is a dedicated, active and compassionate charity that consistently and unashamedly punches well above its weight. You get to work on campaigns that affect real, tangible and positive change for animal protection. Going home each day knowing that you have worked on campaigns that for instance stopped the Government from weakening the Hunting Act (on two occasions!), helped get driven grouse shooting debated in Parliament for the first time, convinced travel companies to stop promoting bullfighting and ferry companies to stop transporting live pheasant chicks for shooting…

Being a part of all that, playing such an active role in the animal protection movement - there is nothing like it to be honest, an absolute privilege. Job satisfaction indeed!

Now I will be honest. You are also constantly up against an abusive and vociferous opposition in the form of those who support hunting and shooting, their friends in the media and supporters on social media. Some might see it as a negative to the job but for me it is actually a positive thing. Because when the proponents of animal cruelty are attacking you… well, you know you must be doing something right!

And of course the dog-friendly office policy is just wonderful and for me essential because when working for the League you will end up seeing some really awful footage and imagery of animal cruelty. Seeing those images can be tough, very tough. But knowing that there are some sweet and loving dogs in the office that just want to play and show their love unconditionally makes it all okay and can really brighten your day. And they are a consistent reminder of why we do what we do… it’s all for the animals!"