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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


Contract: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: Competitive (Please outline salary expectation in your covering letter)
Closing date for applications: 15th October 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 the full job description.

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

The closing date for applications is 15th October 2018.

Partnerships Executive (Major Gifts)

Contract Type: Permanent/Full time (Part time considered)
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: Competitive (Please outline salary expectation in your covering letter)
Closing date for applications: 15th October 2018

As a Major Gifts fundraiser with proven experience in generating income from high net worth individuals, you will play a leading role in managing and building the prospect pipeline to grow income for the organisation. You will work closely with the CEO and Senior Management Team to solicit large gifts from our most influential supporters.

You will have first class interpersonal and communication skills, resilience, the ability to inspire and negotiate and the stamina to achieve income targets for the League. You will use innovative fundraising solutions across all donor touchpoints to drive income generation and the creativity to introduce new fundraising methods to drive future support.

You will be directly responsible for conducting analysis for existing Major Donors and new prospects in-line with the League’s wealth screening policy, updating the supporter database to strengthen and build the Major Donor Prospect pool.

For more information on this role, click here to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and an A4 page letter supporting statement clearly detailing your interest in the role and how you meet the essential criteria of the role to [email protected].

Closing Date: 15th October 2018. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date if we receive sufficient applications.

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!"