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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.

Staff members and their dogs in the office at the League Against Cruel Sports

Current vacancies

Marketing and Fundraising Director

The role of the Director of Marketing and Fundraising will lead the development and implementation of our Fundraising strategy to take us to £10m income with 100,000 supporters by our centenary, in 2024. We have a bold ambition here, we know there are challenges in fundraising, but we also know that the majority of the public in the UK want to see cruel sports as a thing of the past. We have recently launched our new Brand strategy and identity and we know we can connect and build significant support for defending persecuted animals.

Purpose of the Job

  • Lead on creating and managing relationships with a range of potential and current supporters to maximise income potential
  • Lead on overall brand awareness initiatives and individual marketing campaigns to ensure that agreed targets are met in line with the League strategic objectives
  • Enable the League to drive sustainable growth through highly effective and efficient fundraising and marketing activity
  • Providing effective, strategic management of the League’s marketing and fundraising team
  • Effective planning and development of programmes and projects to support the League’s objectives
  • To support the continued growth, scale and sustainability of the League’s funding, our reputation as best in practice professional animal welfare charity, and our influence as a courageous thought leader

Click here to read or download a full description of the job.

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £50,000 - £55,000

The role will be based in the League's HQ in Godalming, Surrey

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2017

Please send CV and covering letter to applications@league.org.uk

Head of Key Relationships

The newly created role of Head of Key Relationships is an exciting opportunity for a Major Donor fundraiser to drive and manage the development of the League’s comprehensive Major Donor and Mid Value Donor programme. Having first class interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to inspire and negotiate, you will be responsible for the effective stewardship of the League’s most influential donors and prospects. You will also manage, motivate and support a team of fundraisers in meeting ambitious income targets, to secure Major and Mid Value Donor giving as one of the organisation’s largest sources of income.

Purpose of the Job

  • Drive and manage the strategic planning and development of a robust Major Giving programme to meet ambitious income targets.
  • Qualify, manage and steward Major Donor prospects (individuals), ensuring as many as possible give annual gifts over £10,000 and are continually upgraded in their giving and involvement.
  • Lead on building relationships with and securing funding from Trusts and Corporates.
  • Provide effective, positive management of the Key Relationships team.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate team performance and initiatives, and oversee efficient and comprehensive reporting of Key Relationships activity to senior management and Trustees.

Contract: 1 year fixed term for maternity cover, full time

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2017

Please send CV and covering letter to applications@league.org.uk

Individual Giving Officer

As a direct marketer with experience in generating income across multiple channels, you will be responsible for coordinating and implementing supporter acquisition and retention activity. You will also manage the League Lotto, raffles and merchandise.

Please click here to read or download a full job description.

The role is full-time and based at our Head Office in Goldaming, Surrey.

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £25,000 - £28,500

The role will be based in the League's HQ in Godalming, Surrey

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2017

Please send CV and covering letter to applications@league.org.uk

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 bull fighting 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!"