Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Salary commensurate with the seniority of the post
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
  • To lead an organisation which is seen as part of the fabric of Edinburgh City

  • An opportunity to help take the Home to another level

About Our Client

  • Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) has been rescuing, reuniting and rehoming stray and abandoned dogsand cats since 1883. The Home is now part of the fabric of Edinburgh city, working in partnership with the Council and Police services by welcoming lost or abandoned pets from all corners of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • The organisation benefits from skills and experience of a 70-strong staff, comprised of long-serving kennel staff and enthusiastic new talent. This small team is united by the love and dedication towards the animals in their care, and the belief that any dog or cat that comes to their door, whatever the reason, should be safe, warm and well-fed.
  • Their success rate in reuniting lost animals with their owners is 69%, meaning that happy endings are common at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. When an owner cannot be found after 7 days, their rehoming process kicksin - a structured programme that aims to make the best possible match between pet and human. They will never put a healthy dog or cat down, and never give up hope of finding a permanent loving home for each of them, however long it takes.

Their Mission and Vision

  • Mission - To rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • Vision - To create a community where unwanted and mistreated animals are given a voice and a second chance for a happy and forever home; and where anybody who can, will act to advocate for animals still suffering.

Values and Behaviours

  • Put animal welfare and needs first
  • Compassion
  • Community
  • Professional
  • Respect for animals, their staff and volunteers and the community

Job Description

Main Duties:

The Chief Executive is the organisation's most senior member of staff and is responsible for:

  • Informing and advising the Board of Trustees on the formulation of its policies and strategies, and for the implementation of those policy and strategy decisions.
  • Directing the organisation's operations, managing its resources, compliance with legal requirements, and for ensuring good practice in all aspects of its work.
  • Raising awareness around the importance of animal welfare principles and the critical role of the Home's work in rescuing, reuniting and rehoming.
  • Developing Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home's public profile in order to position the organisation as a key centre of animal welfare excellence in dog and cat rehoming.
  • Acting as a strong figurehead for the charity; a positive ambassador with external partners and a positive leader and role model for employees and volunteers.

Other responsibilities include the following:

  • Strategy Development
  • In consultation with the Chair and Trustees, to develop strategic plans, including financial planning, organisational and service development, and to work towards implementing the Trustee's policy decisions.
  • To keep the Chair and Trustees informed about the progress of key strategies and to ensure the monitoring and evaluation of those strategies.
  • Develop processes to ensure continuous business improvement through the implementation of effective quality management and risk policy and systems.
  • Develop and implement an annual business plan and budget that provide a framework for the achievement of the organisation's objectives.

Organisational Governance

  • Work with the Chair to ensure the effectiveness of the trustees and board overall to help further the work of the Home.
  • Work with the Chair to ensure the organisations governance framework is appropriate to the Home's mission and is reflective of the future of the organisation.

Financial Management

  • In consultation with the Finance and Income Generation Sub-Committees and the Finance Business Partner, to draw up and monitor budgets, produce regular financial reports, and ensure effective management and use of all resources.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction and motivation to employees, volunteers and supporters of the Home in pursuit of the charity's aims.
  • Responsible for the overall direction and management of the affairs of the organisation on a day to day basis on behalf of the trustees.
  • Foster good communication within the charity and externally to enhance awareness and understanding of our work and to harness commitment and support for our cause.
  • Be an inspirational leader for the organisation, so that it consistently achieves excellence, and invites innovation and change.
  • Maintain effective networks with all principal supporters and stakeholders. This will require an ambassadorial role on behalf of the Home, attending events, speaking on platforms to interested groups and generally being the face of the organisation.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media to ensure that the organisation is appropriately represented when opportunities or issues require to be managed.
  • The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chief Executive will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.
  • Review of performance and salary is to be held annually, conducted by the Chair.

The Successful Applicant


  • Commitment to the mission, vision values and behaviours of the Home and to think strategically and communicate the vision
  • Outstanding people management and the ability to adapt management style to suit circumstances and individuals
  • An ability to work with all stakeholders both internal and external
  • Experience of representing an organisation at a senior level with key stakeholders including Government and high-profile funders
  • Experience of understanding the commercial activities of a charity and leading successful growth in that area
  • Robust knowledge of Charity Governance, Policies and statutory requirements
  • A track record in driving successful fundraising
  • Experience in leading change management
  • Personal drive, energy, integrity and adaptability
  • Experience of working closely with Boards of Trustees, advising and guiding robust decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Inclusive and flexible, with a consultative approach to leadership and is positive, pro-active and dynamic


  • Understanding of animal welfare, policy and legislation

What's on Offer

Salary commensurate with the seniority of the appointment


Relocation package available (if required)

25 days holiday plus 8 statutory days

Posted on: 11 February 2020
Closed date: 12 March 2020
Job ref: MPCY14049282
Tags: Management