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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


HEAD OF MARKETING AND FUNDRAISING

Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: up to £40,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018

The role of Head of Marketing & Fundraising will support the Director of Marketing & Fundraising in developing and implementing the Marketing & Fundraising Strategy. We have a bold ambition to grow income and we know there are many challenges in fundraising, but we also know the majority of the public in the UK want to see cruel sports as a thing of the past.

The Head of Marketing & Fundraising will be instrumental in helping to shape the new brand identity to connect with a broader audience and build significant support for defending persecuted animals.

Leading the Individual Giving and Key Relationships Team, you will prepare annual operational plans which aim to accelerate income growth for the League to increase the number of supporters.

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018 at 9am.



DATABASE MANAGER

Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: up to £30,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018

The Data & Digital Team provides the foundations for all the League’s marketing and fundraising and is essential in supporting our ambitious growth plans. Using your extensive expertise in Raiser’s Edge, you will develop its use across the organisation as our key asset to our future fundraising success.

You will have experience and an understanding of data analysis, database solutions and wider CRM systems, as well as technical management and maintenance of the database. You will be able to perform complex data processes, queries, imports and exports and produce detailed reports for use in research and analysis.

You will work collaboratively with the Marketing & Fundraising team to identify their needs and will implement systems to enable the team to obtain information. You will provide training to upskill fundraisers and will work with the teams to enhance our knowledge on our supporter’s motivations and giving habits to create supporter profiles.

You will have excellent working knowledge of GDPR and will ensure that the League’s supporter database and all related data processes are fit-for-purpose.  You will be the League’s primary point of contact for GDPR across all departments.

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018 at 9am.



Major Donor Executive

Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary Up to £28,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018

As a Major Donor fundraiser with extensive experience in generating income from high net worth individuals, you will play a key role in managing and building the prospect pipeline to grow income. You will work closely with the CEO to solicit large gifts from our most influential supporters.

You will have first class interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to inspire and negotiate. You will be directly responsible for managing, including the administrative tasks, of stewarding the League’s most influential donors and prospects.  

You will execute the Key Relationships strategy with the Partnerships Manager and Head of Marketing & Fundraising, looking at ROI and new fundraising methods to drive future support. You will use innovative fundraising solutions across all donor touchpoints to drive income generation.

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018 at 9am.



Individual Giving Executive (Direct Marketing)

Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary Up to £26,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018

The Individual Giving team works to create, maintain and develop appeals, products and campaigns to recruit and retain supporters. Within agreed strategies, the team nurtures supporters towards their optimum level of engagement.

You will lead on the project management and delivery of multi-channel direct marketing acquisition and retention campaigns off  and online Experience of digital fundraising will be to your advantage, as we embark on our ‘think digital first’ recruitment strategy.

You will ensure all projects are run on time, on target, on brand and on budget.  You will manage the production of project plans, schedules and relationships with key suppliers and agencies. You will also provide reports and proactively make recommendations to improve direct marketing campaigns in order to increase income and ROI.

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018 at 9am.



Supporter Engagement Executive (Processes)

Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary Up to £24,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018

The Supporter Engagement team works to provide excellent supporter care as well as buildings relationships and nurturing supporters towards their optimum level of engagement.

The role of Supporter Engagement Executive (Processes) will lead a consistent approach to all Supporter Care processes and procedures with the aim of engendering greater affinity and lifetime value with supporters.

You will play a key role in developing the image that the League gives to supporters, be the voice of our supporters and implement processes with our supporters at the centre. You will promote the delivery of excellent customer services through all administrative processes, including the recruitment, retention, upgrade and reactivation phases.  You will work with the Supporter Engagement Team, the wider organisation and external agencies used to support fundraising activities.

You will be responsible for the Regular Giving and Standing Order programme administration, lodging, claiming, processing and amending monthly payments. You will lead on developing and implementing all processes for consistency and accuracy. Your logical approach to standardising processes will have supporters at the heart. You will work collaboratively with the Data & Digital team and Finance team to ensure processes meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining your relevant skills and experience for this role to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018 at 9am.



Media Relations Officer

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: £25,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: 29th June 2018

Established in 1924, the League is Britain's leading charity working to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. 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. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education, fact-based videos, scientific reports and public engagement events.

This is an exciting time for the League. Media interest in our work has never been higher. Our Votes for Vinny campaign struck a chord with the public and made sure that Fox Hunting was a key issue of the general election campaign last year. Building on the momentum generated by the general election, the subsequent campaign against the National Trust’s position to licence “trail hunting” and the overwhelming support voiced in support of the League’s mission, we are seeking to appoint a Media Relations Officer. 

The position:
 
You will play a vital part in the League’s media and communications team. You will be responsible for drafting press and media releases, blogs and statements to the media that accurately and enthusiastically present our position. This is a front line role and you will need to be comfortable talking to journalists and discussing stories. We have a small media department so you will need to be a hands on person who thrives in fast paced environments. Knowledge of animal welfare sector and the current political context would be a distinct advantage.

Key Requirements:
 
• Demonstrable experience working within media relations in a comparable organisational environment.
• Evidence of skills required to draft press releases, statements and blogs, website copy and social media messaging.
• Evidence of effective communications skills (written and spoken) that have been successful in influencing formal and informal audiences, individuals, organisations and events.
• Evidence of successful application of inter-personal skills, collaborative teamworking, influencing, within and across organisations.
• Evidence of success in pursuing creative approaches to the develop

Click here to read or download a full job description.

To apply, applicants should send their CV and a supporting statement of no more than 2 pages to [email protected], stating why you are the best candidate for this role and how you meet the person specification as outlined in the full job description which is provided. 

The closing date for applications is 29th June 2018.
 


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

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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!"