We are looking for a Fostering Manager to be responsible for the Fostering Programme across all Battersea’s centre. They develop and implement fostering policy and strategy to achieve the overall objectives of Battersea, assessing the risks involved and ensuring fostering is compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements. They assess the risks involved in foster placements in relation to the animals, the foster carer, members of the public, and the reputational risk to Battersea.
Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. We are a leading animal welfare charity and over the last 160 years we’ve grown from one home in London to three rescuing and rehoming centres across the South East. With c500 staff and 1000 volunteers, we have cared for over three million vulnerable animals We also campaign tirelessly to make things better for dogs and cats; sharing our expertise and educating the public and policymakers about responsible pet ownership. Join us and make a difference for every dog and cat.
Our Volunteering & Fostering Team
The Volunteer team has grown significantly over the past few years to over 800 volunteers working across our three sites, who last year dedicated over 95,000 hours to Battersea. Volunteers work in a wide range of roles, including kennel and cattery support, office duties, fundraising, representing Battersea at events and working with local schools and community centres to educate the public about responsible pet ownership. The dog and cat fostering schemes provide temporary homes with volunteers for animals that may need extra care and attention until a permanent home can be found.
What we can offer you
Our dedicated people mean that we can be here for every dog and cat. Whether you are sharing an office with our dogs or directly caring for our cats, our animals show their appreciation every day. There is no better reward than seeing the difference you make to the lives of our dogs and cats first-hand; although we also provide a wide range of employee benefits, including:
• 28 days of annual leave (plus 8 days paid public holidays) per year
• Generous pension contributions – up to 10% employer contribution
• Free healthcare cash plan, where you can claim for a range of treatment including dental (£100), optical (£100), physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture (£325) every year
• Annual interest-free season ticket loans
• Discounted gym memberships and cycle to work schemes
• Life insurance
During the Coronavirus restrictions, our animal-facing staff continued to work on site and our office based staff worked from home. We are currently operating a hybrid working model with our office-based staff splitting their time between site based and home working. We believe this will support office-based staff to maintain the benefits of home working, while allowing for collaboration and interaction with our animal-facing staff and maintaining a connection to our cause.
As such, you’ll be expected to work in our Battersea office for at least 50% of your working week.
So, if you are passionate about dogs, cats and about our work, then we’d like to hear from you.
We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all current and prospective staff, volunteers and Trustees. We aim to ensure that this commitment, reinforced by our values, is embedded in our day-to-day working practices and our work together. We would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented at Battersea.
Closing date: 10 July 2022
First round interview dates: 18 & 19 July 2022
Second round interview date: 25 July 2022
For full details, please download our recruitment pack. To apply, click the button below. All applications must be submitted before the closing date advertised; we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications is received.