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Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Manager. West Yorkshire 307 views3 applications

Ref: JL34594

Job Description

Looking to use your skills and experience, collaborate with a talented team and make a real difference to equine welfare?

Main purpose of job

  • To lead and motivate a dedicated team to:
    • deliver excellent equine and stakeholder (supporters, sponsors, visitors, re-homers etc) care
    • enable the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) re-homing of equines and
    • improve the lives of a range of off-site equines in need
  • To manage as an efficient and effective sanctuary, minimising costs and maximising income, whilst maintaining best practice standards
  • To ensure all animals on site and in foster care are cared for in accordance with policy and procedures and current animal welfare legislation

Key accountabilities

The manager will be responsible for managing the sanctuary, the welfare of all employees, volunteers and animals; security and maintenance of buildings and all property belonging to the Sanctuary and for the health & safety of all persons on site or working at the Sanctuary’s  events off site.

  • Develop and maintain a happy and efficient team, dealing openly and promptly with personnel issues when they arise
  • Ensure the team is recruited, trained and mentored to provide excellent animal and customer (stakeholder) care and understands the operational requirements of the sanctuary
  • Support the team through change and plan an effective strategy for the sanctuary in line with the 3 Year Plan.
  • Work with the Welfare Coordinator to optimise the rehoming operation, both at the sanctuary and through off site homing schemes and short-term fosterers, in order to maximise the numbers of animals helped
  • Work with statutory Health & Safety rules, ensuring the safety of all persons and animals on site at all times
  • Ensure compliance with all other legislation pertaining to the work of the sanctuary and its policies
  • Regularly review, and seek continuous improvement in, operations, systems and procedures to maximise effectiveness at the sanctuary
  • Set annual budgets and ensure the sanctuary achieves its budget targets while delivering a high level of animal welfare
  • Manage the centre finances efficiently and promote an environment of cost awareness
  • Uphold best practice in team, customer, animal and financial management, ensuring accurate paper and electronic records are kept,
  • Support and organise, as appropriate, income generating initiatives
  • Identify, manage and mitigate business and operational risk

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Oversee and promote new initiatives, ensuring these are adopted by the sanctuary team and results are maximised
  • Liaise with the trustees to deliver the advertising and PR for the sanctuary. This includes all media and on-site POS
  • Ensure the site, facilities and equipment are maintained and presented to a high standard
  • Enable the development of volunteers and the assistance they provide for the sanctuary
  • Contribute to projects and meetings, travelling off-site when required
  • Positively maintain and promote good relationships within the sanctuary, across all other charities, welfare bodies and foster homes
  • Positively develop and maintain links with appropriate external organisations/businesses and to enhance the image of the sanctuary
  • Organise and/or attend targeted events which maximise awareness of the sanctuary locally
  • Manage the tender process and oversee external contractors and professionals employed on site.

Responsible to: The Trustees

Responsible for:

  • Site Coordinator
  • Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator
  • Administrator
  • Welfare Coordinator
  • Yard Team x 7 PT (x 4 FTEs)

Minimum Requirements

Essential qualifications

  • Full manual driving licence

Desirable qualifications

  • A recognised management qualification and/or appropriate degree (or equivalent)
  • BHS Stage 4 Stable Manager, equivalent qualification or equivalent experience

Essential skills and experience

  • Significant experience of practical horse care and welfare
  • Proven ability to recruit, induct, train and performance manage successful teams
  • Business performance management
  • Budget development and financial control
  • Delivering high standards of ‘customer’ (stakeholder) care
  • Managing Health and Safety, including Risk Assessments and COSHH
  • IT literate, including experience of working with databases

Desirable experience

  • Employment in an animal welfare environment
  • Site management and horse pasture management
  • Management of horses under veterinary care
  • Understanding of animal behaviour theory and current practice
  • Managing change, and working in a continuous improvement environment
  • Managing volunteers
  • Successful project management
  • Understanding of the equine industry
  • Presentation skills for public speaking and promotion
  • Running promotional events, maintaining good public relations and fundraising
  • Experience of working or networking with other organisations

The person

The successful candidate will be business-minded, assertive, hardworking and reliable with good organisational and time management skills. This will be balanced by a good knowledge of equine care and welfare, plus the ability to work with and develop a happy and productive team.

You will be articulate and confident in communicating at all levels. A positive personality, good sense of humour and flexibility are vital to adapt to the variety of challenges and demands presented at a busy, established site. You will enjoy public interface and providing an excellent service for visitors, re-homers, supporters and volunteers.

A suitable level of fitness is required as the role will occasionally require physical activity.

Accommodation details



  • Salary commensurate with the importance of this role.
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick Pay
  • Pension scheme

Job details

Standard hours are 37.5 hours per week, which will include some weekend and bank holiday working. Due, however, to the nature of Hope Pastures’ work, and this post in particular, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

Located in North Leeds the site has 16 acres with field shelters and corrals and stabling for 21. There are usually around 25 equines on site at any one time. The role also includes responsibility for the well-being of the ponies, horses and donkeys on permanent loan in ‘forever’ homes.

The Sanctuary Manager is responsible for a team of 11 full and part time employees (including a Welfare coordinator, Administrator, Site Coordinator, Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator and the yard team). The Manager is also responsible for a group of active and enthusiastic volunteers who support the sanctuary’s activities.

The sanctuary is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment.

What will make you stand out?

Your understanding and commitment to the sanctuary’s work, aims and objectives.

Your desire to lead and work in a team with like-minded people to improve the lives of the animals we care for and the people who visit us.

To Apply

If you’re interested in this role, please complete our standard application form and send this, with a covering email explaining why you’d like to be part of our team and how you feel you can help us in the first instance.

More Information

  • Earliest start date 19th November 2018
  • Continent/Country United Kingdom
  • Position/s available Manager
  • Postcode/postcode region (if live out)
  • Yard disciplines/Activities Rescue
  • Riding No riding required
  • Required Skills Management Skills
  • Non-equine skills required Management Skills
  • Accommodation provided None
  • Days per week 5
  • Salary currency £
  • Salary guide To be discussed with applicants invited to interview, but commensurate with the extreme importance of this role.
  • Salary Period Annually
  • Must Drive 3.5t
  • Must have own car? Yes
  • Pets welcome? No
  • Own horse welcome? No
  • Smoking allowed? No
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