Cat Learning Welfare Officer - 1 Year Fixed Term Contract
Cat Learning Welfare Officer - 1 Year Fixed Term Contract
Home/Field Based (covering our Scotland and Northern England region)
£33,551.33 per annum (starting salary subject to experience) Plus Excellent Benefits, including a Car Allowance, Homeworkers Allowance, Pension Scheme and 25 Days’ Holiday.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We now help nearly 190,000 cats and kittens through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 adoption centres and homing centres.
As a key member of the Cat Welfare Learning team, you will take responsibility for overseeing the cat welfare learning and training needs for staff in the Scotland and Northern England region. You will contribute to the development of Cat’s Protection’s Cat Welfare Learning Programmes, and will identify, plan and support the delivery of Cat Welfare Learning workshops to volunteers and staff. You will also support development work and projects to support the Adoption Centres and Cats Protection branches by ensuring that staff and volunteers are meeting the charity’s high standards of cat welfare.
Responsibilities will include:
- Identifying learning needs in the Adoption Centres (ACs) in liaison with the Adoption Centre Managers, Development Managers, Heads of Operations, the Cat Welfare Learning Specialist, and the Veterinary Department
- Developing and delivering an on-going learning and development programme
- Ensuring specific cat welfare-related learning needs are identified and working in conjunction with other staff to establish appropriate interventions and delivery
- Supporting the induction of new employees and volunteers
- Planning, delivering and evaluating cat welfare-related learning and development, and developing learning resources for volunteers and staff to support the work of the Flexible Learning Team
- Supporting the development of a culture of continuous learning in the charity, ensuring that L&D is delivered in a flexible and responsive manner to staff and volunteers responsible for cat welfare, including the development of CP’s online and flexible learning programmes
- Visiting CP sites, and building relationships with AC staff and volunteers
- Working with colleagues within the People Team to support the development of staff and volunteer management and engagement, taking a key role in supporting the People Strategy and the delivery of Cats Protection’s Charity Plan, aims and values
- Providing support to projects, taking responsibility for specific projects, and ensuring they are delivered on time and in accordance with CP’s values
We are looking for someone with:
- An animal welfare qualification (RVN, animal welfare related degree)
- A background in training, including identifying needs & delivering training
- Hands-on animal handling experience in a vet practice/welfare/shelter setting (including cats)
- Experience of working in a team, and the ability to work with remote teams
- Experience of working with volunteers
- Microsoft Office skills
- A proven ability to manage multiple priorities and work on your own initiative
- Experience of identifying needs, delivering a service and developing relationships at a range of levels in an organisation
- An ability to deal with people at all levels with tact and diplomacy
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to deliver constructive feedback effectively
- Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, including effective influencing and personal impact
- The ability to lead and motivate others whilst engendering a supportive and co-operative work environment
- Excellent public speaking/presentation skills.
- A good knowledge of both animal welfare (including cats) and Health and Safety practices and procedures
- A good understanding of adult learning and development in an organisational context
- A strong alignment with the CP values, mission and policy
This will be a home based position with significant travel throughout the Scotland and Northern England region, visiting Cats Protection and other venues, and it will therefore be beneficial for the post holder to live within the region. You must be willing and able to travel extensively within the region, including weekends and overnight stays.
In common with all posts, you will ensure compliance with Cats Protection’s policies and procedures, statutory obligations and best practice, and to undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required by the Chief Executive. This job description may be subject to review in the light of the developing organisation and in consultation with the post holder.
A full job description and person specification is available once you begin the application process.
Closing Date: Monday 9th October 2017 at noon
Interview Date: 24th or 25th October 2017
To reward you we have a pay scheme which provides the opportunity to progress within your pay band, subject to satisfactory performance. We also offer a range of benefits which include a generous holiday entitlement, a competitive pension offering, a private medical scheme, and a death in service scheme.
Cats Protection is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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