Director Freedom for Animals

Office base Manchester city centre (initially a fixed term 6 month contract)

37.5hrs a week

c£23k dependent on experience

An exciting opportunity has come up to take a leadership role within our charity. Freedom for Animals began as Captive Animals’ Protection Society in 1957 and is one of the UK’s longest-running charities working to protect animals. Through a combination of undercover investigations, research, campaigns, grassroots activism, political lobbying and education, our work for animals focuses predominantly on issues affecting those individuals held captive in circuses, zoos and aquariums, as well as those used in the television and film industry, live animal displays and the exotic pet trade.

We take action to end the captivity of animals, especially those used for entertaining the public in zoos, circuses and the media industry.  We work to influence policymakers at the highest level whilst supporting grassroots activism which we believe is the very foundation of Freedom for Animals. We were delighted this year when, after decades of campaigning, the government recently passed legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The Director will provide comprehensive leadership support to all the charities activities and oversee the smooth running and overall management of the organisation. The work will include developing and implementing organisational plans and financial strategies, managing members of staff, liaising with the Trustee Board and running the day to day work of the charity. Therefore, we are looking for someone who is competent with people management, has good organisational skills and is able to facilitate good team working. Some basic level of finance knowledge is ideal but the Board will provide extra support in this area.

Some previous campaigning experience is essential as the role will involve leading and promoting our campaigns.  The work will include speaking to the press, co-ordinating staff and volunteers, dealing with legal aspects, producing literature and promotional material, carrying out research, and managing budgets.

We are looking for someone to lead our work with a strong sense of passion and commitment to take the charity’s vision forward in a pragmatic and effective way.

Deadline for applications end of day 20th September

Interviews 25th September Manchester

If you wish to apply for this role please forward a CV and brief covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role. If you have any questions please email the Chair Patrick Morrello on patrick.captiveanimals@gmail.com



a)     Responsible for the overall management of Freedom for Animals.

b)     Lead and deliver Campaign strategy

c)     Motivating Freedom for Animal supporters to take action

d)     Ensure that all work is carried out in an effective and efficient manner in accordance with the organisations Articles of Association, Policies and Procedures and the direction set by the Board of Directors/Trustees.

Responsible for the list of activities below. The execution of these activities and some of the management tasks relating to them may be delegated to other organisation staff, volunteers or external professionals; but not the responsibility for ensuring the work is carried out satisfactorily.


•        Be the face and voice of the charity – Ensure that the charity is promoted in line with its vision, mission, values and objectives in a professional manner.

•        With the Board and staff develop a long-term strategy for the organisation within the vision, mission and values of the Organisation.

•        Bring a strategic finance perspective to the development of the new strategy. In particular, challenge and support the team to understand the financial implications of various strategic options.

•        Oversee all operational activities, monitoring & reporting to the Board on performance against objectives on a regular basis

•        To be responsible for the overall financial health of the organisation increasing income and fundraising to match expenditure

•        Defining and managing core business processes financial management, HR and Operations to enable effective planning for and management of key functions

•        Lead, coach and develop the team staff and volunteers so they are able to perform to the highest level

•        Maintain effective working relationships with all relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate the implementation of its strategic objectives.

Strategy and plans:

1.     Liaise with the Board and work with the team in developing the charity’s strategy, for approval by the Board of Trustees, and be responsible for leading the implementation of it.

2.     Be responsible for the development and delivery of the charity’s agreed budget in liaison with the Treasurer.

3.     Identify strategic risks, issues and opportunities and take responsibility for initiating and leading associated changes.


1.     Work within the policy framework of Freedom for Animals and adhere to the terms laid out in the employee handbook.

2.     Lead, develop, manage and when necessary recruit staff and be responsible for the day-today operation of the charity.

3.     Be responsible for the implementation of the charity’s organisational plans and monitor and review delivery against plans, taking appropriate action to meet agreed plans.

4.     Ensure the Charity follows best practice within the constraints of its resources.

Financial Control and Funding:

1.     Ensure that the charity’s financial resources are managed effectively and that Freedom for Animals is identifying risks and taking appropriate action.

2.     Liaise with the Board to develop and lead on the implementation of the charity’s financial plans, including setting budgets, formulating income generation strategies and to oversee the Fundraising and Marketing Manager and their fundraising activities.

3.     Maintain effective financial management and control systems; ensure delivery within budgets and to performance targets and oversee production of management accounts, statutory accounts and annual reports.

Campaigning Activities:

1.     Contribute to create campaign strategies and ensure that activities are delivered against plans agreed with the Board.

2.     Coordinate and deliver on campaign protest, actions, and events.

3.     Input into relevant public processes and consultations, and attend government meetings on behalf of FFA.

4.     Undertake campaign research, oversee investigations and produce public reports

5.     Produce campaign literature and promotional material.

6.     Create campaign communication plans and liaise with the press

7.     Produce, together with Fundraiser, campaign budgets and ensure campaign expenditure remains within agreed budget.

8.     Develop legal understanding and access legal advice


The task list is not exhaustive and the post holder will be expected to carry out any activity that is commensurate with the role in a small charitable organisation.

About Freedom for Animals

Freedom for Animals is a campaigning organisation and began as the Captive Animals' Protection Society in 1957, and is one of the UK’s longest-running charities working to protect animals. Our vision is a world where all animals are free. We are looking for a committed and passionate Director to take Freedom for Animals through to its next stage of development.

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