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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


Head of Campaigns

This is an exciting time for the League. 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. Building on the momentum generated by the general election and the overwhelming support voiced in support of the League’s mission, we are seeking to appoint a Head of Campaigns that can help take us to the next level.

The position

You will develop, deliver and measure effective campaign strategies to retain, extend and strengthen the Hunting Act; ban snares; expose the cruel and destructive nature of the UKs shooting industry and bring in tougher sentences and a national register for dogfighters

You will use campaigns to engage and recruit new members and supporters in order to further extend the League’s influence and engage and mobilise other key stakeholders as appropriate, including partner NGOs.

You will be an inspiring, engaging and credible spokesperson for the League, mobilising League members and supporters to maximise impact on policy-makers and media.

 You will ensure supporter journeys from Campaigners to becoming Members and Donors are streamlined and optimises the development of campaigners to givers.

Requirements

  • Strong robust experience of developing and managing campaigns strategies that have achieved change.
  • Strong understanding of how to integrate public campaigns into a political policy agenda.
  • Experience in dealing with the media and political bodies.
  • A sophisticated strategic understanding of how advocacy can change public perceptions and attitudes.
  • Proven line management experience.
  • Understanding of the role of campaigns in brand and income generation within a charity environment.

How to apply

Please submit a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages stating why you are the best candidate for this role and how you meet the person specification as outlined in the full job description.

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

The role is based at our Head Office in Godalming, Surrey.

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 28th August 2017

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



Key Relationships Executive

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Major Donor fundraiser to join a newly established team and play a central role in the development of its comprehensive Major Donor programme. Having excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate, you will help turn this programme into one of the organisation’s largest sources of income.

Purpose of the Job

  • Work with Key Relationships colleagues and senior management to develop and deliver a highly successful, robust Major Giving programme to meet ambitious income targets.
  • Qualify, manage and steward a group of Major Donor prospects (individuals), ensuring as many as possible give annual gifts over £10,000 and are continually upgraded in their giving and involvement.
  • Build relationships with and secure funding from Trusts and Corporates.

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

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

Contract: 12 months fixed term, full time

Salary: £25,000 - £28,500

Closing date for applications: 25th August 2017

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



Key Relationships Administrator


Purpose of the Job

  • To support the Key Relationships team in relationship building with League Against Cruel Sports highest level donors by providing relevant information in a timely manner
  • To collate project information and outcomes provided by operations staff
  • To provide the key relationships team with the research, briefs, proposals and reports required for wealthy individuals

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

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

Contract: 12 months fixed term, part time

Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 pro rata

Closing date for applications: 25th August 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

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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 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!"