We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join our growing Advocacy and Government Relations team as an Campaigns & Advocacy Officer to support and implement an effective programme of advocacy work across the UK, with a focus on Cats Protection’s public facing advocacy campaigns and advocacy related issues within communities across the country. You will join us working 35 Hours per week, on a permanent basis and will be based remotely. In return you will receive a competitive salary of up to £33,884.72 per annum plus excellent benefits.
Although this role is remote, please note there will be an expectation of regular visits to Cats Protection's National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, on the edge of Ashdown Forest. This is a remote location and public transport is limited, a driving license is essential for this role. There will also be travel to other areas of the country (covered under expenses) for events, team meetings and away days.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity with a nationwide network of adoption and homing centres, volunteer-run branches and charity shops. During 2021 we helped 137,000 cats and kittens. That's the equivalent of around 375 cats a day!
The Advocacy & Government Relations team leads for the charity on influencing decision makers and those whose policies, practices and decisions affect cat welfare across the UK. The team works to influence legislators, professional organisations and corporates. The team’s work has included publishing ‘The Time is Meow: A cat welfare action plan for Westminster’ following the 2019 election, launching a “Purrfect Landlords” campaign to encourage landlords to allow cats and calling for compulsory microchipping of cats across the UK. The team has run digital campaigns as part of its strategy for a number of years but is now looking to increase capacity and build a stronger level of engagement with our campaigners.
Responsibilities of our Campaigns & Advocacy Officer:
As our Campaigns & Advocacy Officer, you’ll be focusing on Cats Protection’s public facing advocacy campaigns. You will work to deliver effective public facing campaigns at a national and local level focussed on the advocacy teams core objectives. You will be creating and implementing effective campaign plans as well as producing campaign content for a variety of different mediums. This will involve a mixture of digital campaigning, and also leading on advocacy issues within local communities, by engaging with stakeholders and key decision makers. You will also be responsible for working with the Media, Web, Publications, Digital and Income Generation teams.
What we’re looking for in our Campaigns & Advocacy Officer:
- A strong understanding of the political landscape and experience of campaigning, advocacy, public affairs or influencing work
- Experience of working with volunteers/public supporters or campaigners
- Experience of digital campaigning and a strong understanding of how to motivate supporters/campaigners
- Proven ability to multi-task and work independently on own initiative, accurately and under pressure
- Experience of effective use of social media and the internet in an advocacy/campaign context
- An organised individual with good written, oral and great people skills
What we can offer you:
- Salary of up to £33,884.72 per annum plus excellent benefits
- Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 25 days per year
- Life assurance scheme as well as a range of health benefits, including private health care
- Employee Assistance Programme
- and much more
Join us as our Campaigns & Advocacy Officer and know you are helping to make a real difference to cats and kittens across the UK!
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications or CVs that are emailed to us directly. Please note applications which are received after the closing date may not be responded to.
Closing date: 1st June 2022. Virtual interview date: W/C 6th June
Please note, should we receive a large amount of applications for this vacancy, we reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date. Cats Protection is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk and protecting anyone that comes into contact with us from harm. We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.