Job description


Although we are proud to be affiliated to the RSPCA (South, East and West Devon Branch), Little Valley Animal Shelter is a completely separate, self-funded, small, local Devon charity (205154), located on a beautiful 20-acre site just outside Exeter. We have been operating from this site for over 30 years and despite the many challenges faced, last year we were able to rescue hundreds of vulnerable animals and we rehomed almost all these pets.

All our team are passionate about the many animals we care for and many of our staff have been with us for a number of years. With the future looking a little brighter (from the pandemic perspective) now is a great time to join our team as we have recently finished the rebuild of our new animal facilities, and are now poised to develop further and expand our services across Devon. 


About the role

Working alongside our finance manager, and to a lessor extent our CEO, the accounts and support services administrator will be responsible for processing our day to day finances and providing a range of support services. We are looking for a team player who can communicate effectively with colleagues. 

About you

The accounts and support services administrator will need to be highly numerate (although not essential, ideally AAT qualified or part qualified or equivalent)  with a comprehensive knowledge of bookkeeping/accounts and advanced Excel skills. 

The support services aspect of the role requires good admin, multi tasking, prioritisation and organisational skills.  

We are also looking for a team player who can communicate effectively with colleagues.

Finally you will be highly motivated by our Charity’s work and have the ability to work effectively with the minimum of supervision, demonstrating integrity, understanding and empathy.  

This is a permanent full time role working 37.5 hrs a week.


About Little Valley, why you should join us.

Little Valley - Big Heart 

It goes without saying that the biggest draw for people who want to join our team is their desire to help animals in need. Rest assured you will be able to see first hand the importance of your role at Little Valley and also the impact it makes on the lives of the many animals that we care for and support.  

Little Valley Animal Shelter is a local Devon charity based in a beautiful 20-acre countryside site on the edge of Exeter. We are a separately registered Branch of the RSPCA meaning we are governed by certain overarching guidance to ensure excellent standards of care, but receive minimal funding from the national charity. Because of this, working for Little Valley is challenging but hugely rewarding, with every achievement making a difference to animals on site and in our surrounding communities.

It costs over £1m a year to run Little Valley and we are in a strong and stable financial position, ready to invest in the development of our beloved charity and increase the levels of support we can offer to the animals in our region.

Our team of 33 staff and over 100 volunteers is based both at the Shelter and in our 5 retail shops which are dotted around the Devon area. The Shelter has over 30 dog kennels, including a specialist behavioural area. We also have over 50 cat pens, including a special cat compound. Finally, Little Valley has a unique stand-alone facility where we can house over 50 small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and a wide range of rodents, not to mention birds of all shapes and sizes in our private aviaries. Over the years our extensive grounds and wildlife areas have also cared for farm animals, many of which are now happy and much loved in their new homes. Working at Little Valley means you’re able to follow the journeys of the animals we care for, watching them from when they arrive with us, often from sad backgrounds, to when they are happily rehomed.

April 2020 marked a milestone in Little Valley's 30-year history as our final new kennel blocks were completed and commissioned.  Over the last few years we have totally rebuilt our cattery and dog kennels to allow us to deliver our highest standards of care in the very best facilities possible. The total cost of Little Valley's rebuild project has been well over £2m. 

It is a great time to join our wonderful team as the rebuild is now behind us and we are in the final stages of agreeing our strategy for the way forward. In the coming years we will be supporting even more animals who need our care in the Devon area and also raising our profile and diversifying our income streams to provide a more stable platform for the future. 



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Little Valley - Big Heart 

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Refreshed on: 02 December 2021
Closed date: 12 December 2021
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