The Humane League UK

Managing Director, UK

Remote, UK based (extensive domestic and international travel)


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Who we are:

The Humane League UK is a charity ending the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world's biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action. We're a mission-driven, energetic team focussed on problem-solving and effective teamwork, and have grown significantly over the last few years. Thanks to our targeted approach, our effectiveness in reducing animal suffering and our efficient use of donations, The Humane League has been named Top Charity by the independent evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators for every rating period. 


The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment and being an equal opportunity employer. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer, demonstrating our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting disabled people and people with health conditions, based on their skills and talent. 
In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all applicants will receive unbiased consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, neurodiversity, age, or veteran status.


You can read more about how The Humane League UK is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us via hiring@thehumaneleague.org.uk and we will be happy to discuss via email or telephone reasonable adjustments that you may require throughout the process.

We are seeking a tenacious and strategically-minded individual to lead our growing organisation. 

This is a permanent, full-time position (37.5 hours per week).


If you would like to learn more about the Managing Director role, please contact us via
hiring@thehumaneleague.org.uk and we can send you a recording of our recent webinar.

Who you are:

Responsible for the overall vision and mission of THL UK, the successful candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about our mission of ending the abuse of animals raised for food, in order to strategically lead our programs. Experience in corporate campaigning and/or political campaigning is highly desirable.

About you:

  • You have a strong ability to conceptualise strategic initiatives to further THL UK’s mission, making sure our day-to-day activities support those initiatives. 
  • You're a natural problem-solver with the ability to deal with the present while foreseeing and addressing future issues.
  • You're a confident spokesperson and advocate of THL’s mission. 
  • You appreciate the value of inclusivity, and prioritising equity and a healthy working culture, leading this from the top.
  • You're well-organised and efficient, and can multitask effectively. 
  • You're a strong strategic decision-maker and an informed opinion leader.
  • You're a great listener, and this informs your decision-making.
  • You're able to foster close collaborative relationships with other animal protection groups.
  • You can work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment. 


Primary Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chairperson of the Board, the Managing Director oversees a number of areas:

Leadership:

  • Collaborates with the board of trustees (BOT) and Chairperson of the Board and the Leadership Team to create actionable goals for the team and creates clear, ambitious plans for achieving those goals. Working with the Leadership Team and the BOT set the annual budget and forecast fundraising priorities for the future.
  • Acts as a public face of the organisation in the UK through speaking events, the media and through THL publications.
  • Build and strengthen collaborative relationships with other animal protection groups.
  • Fosters a culture of equity and inclusiveness.

Program Management:

  • Oversees the program work in the UK (and other relevant EU programs). This will also involve working closely with the Open Wing Alliance and THL US’ Executive team.
  • Provide the board with regular updates on program advancement at board meetings, which are held every quarter.

Development and Financial Management:

  • Works with the Chairperson of the Board and Head of Development to plan and fundraise for expansion in the UK through major donor meetings. This will include providing regular updates and communications to donors who have offered earmarked support for UK expansion.
  • Work with staff and the BOT to prepare a comprehensive budget (currently £1.1 million and likely to grow to over £2 million in the next 2 years).
  • Manage charity documents and ensure filing in a timely manner.
  • Maintain charitable status, ensuring all charity laws are followed.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the BOT.

HR Management:

  • Supports the recruitment and interview process for new hires in the UK in collaboration with the Operations department.
  • Leads and supports the application and implementation of new policies and procedures.

Risk Management:

  • Works with the Operations department, Leadership Team and pro-bono outside counsel to reduce risks created by our programs.
  • Ensures scientific credibility.

Personnel Management:

  • Manages and leads the team to achieve agreed objectives and to encourage the professional development of individual team members. 
  • Sets/clarifies job expectations and provides regular feedback & guidance.
  • Supports teams in the development of their campaigning strategies.
  • Manages Time Off requests from direct line managed staff.
  • Signs off expenses of direct line managed staff.

Key Competencies:

Leadership: Has a clear, strategic vision for the department and rallies the team toward realising that vision. Balances and coordinates the interests of the team and other departments. Leads with integrity and mutual respect, and inspires trust and confidence with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds and levels of experience. Believes firmly in promoting a healthy work culture, leading by example and prioritises equity and inclusion.

Thought Leadership: An informed opinion leader on the mission of THL and outcomes we’re seeking. You are the go to person for animal welfare and what our work means in the context of reducing suffering.

Strategic Thinking: Looks at consequences, implications, interdependencies, and indirect effects, all in both the short and longer term. Looks beyond the immediate goal or issue and with the greater context, not just the content of the moment. Is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations.

Management: Builds a team of high-performing staff members, appropriately structures jobs so that staff members can succeed, develops and motivates staff members, and acts from the perspective of an organisational leader that empowers their team.

Tenacity: The ability to display confidence and relentlessness, especially when faced with confrontational or particularly difficult situations and interactions.

Decision Making: An active listener with the ability to critically think and evaluate. Making key decisions when needed and in collaboration with others. You can make quick and calculated thinking and decision-making in both high-pressure situations and broader strategy discussions.

Problem Solver: Identifies issues, effectively structures problems, analyses information to produce insights and generates wise, actionable recommendations. A forward-looking thinker who anticipates the needs of the organisation and board.


Good to know:

Our employees all work remotely but still enjoy a supportive, collaborative environment. You will have access to a workplace pension, 25 days leave plus Public Holidays, flexible working hours, internet reimbursement, our Employee Assistance Programme, and family-friendly policies. Professional learning and development is actively encouraged.

At The Humane League, animal welfare is at the forefront of our everyday work and as such, many of our employees are vegan by personal choice. All of our events and workshops offer only plant-based meals.

We are looking to speak to a wide range of candidates with diverse backgrounds - #NonGraduatesWelcome

For our salaries to be fair, transparent and equitable we want to provide a system that delivers a competitive salary in the market and could eliminate potential biases in compensation (such as the gender pay gap). For more information about the Managing Director salary structure and The Humane League UK's benchmarking algorithm please click here.


All applicants need to be:

  1. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  2. ​Have the right to work in the UK (we are unable to consider applications from those without the right to work in the UK)
  3. Committed to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.


You will hear from us after the application closing date passes. Once your application has been received and reviewed and we want to take it forward, our thorough interview process will follow this route.

  • Two part skills test (written task completed remotely and in person assessment centre day)
  • Screening interview (via video call) 
  • Second interview (via video call) 
  • Final interview (via video call)


We will invite successful applicants to an assessment day which we will run on December 10th 2021 in central London. The closing date for applications for this day is December 5th 2021


For full details of our recruitment process click here.

Time commitment: Not specified

Applications due: 2021-12-05

  • Category Other
  • Created by Katie Facia
  • Submitted 10 Nov
  • Last updated 10 Nov