When you hear about The Donkey Sanctuary, your initial instinct might be to think of our wonderful work to rescue, rehome and care for donkeys across the UK. But there is much more to our charity than meets the eye.
There are an estimated 50 million donkeys and mules worldwide. Most are working to support livelihoods in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world and have a vital role to play in human happiness and survival. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect.
This is an exciting time to join our innovative organisation, as we expand our International Programme and aim to build an evidence base and partnerships that will reach donkeys and the people that rely on them on an unprecedented scale. Advocacy is a key part of our new strategy and we are currently developing a programme of engagement with the UN and major governments worldwide.
In line with this strategy of making our international work a focus of the charity’s expansion over the coming years, an opportunity has arisen for this new position of Programme Director.
This is a key role and will work alongside the Executive Director of Operations, leading a team to identify themes and priorities to reach the donkeys most in need around the world. This will involve piloting new ways of working internationally, while developing strong collaborative partnerships with both internal and external partners worldwide. You will need to be responsive and flexible and always be thinking ahead to anticipate and respond to future activities, opportunities and issues.
The main aim of this role will be to develop programmes and resources globally to produce sustainable solutions for donkeys in need, involving the transition of regional programmes through our Regional Directors and ensuring agile, innovative and effective ways of working.
This appointment requires an innovative and inspiring senior leader who can demonstrate experience of managing international programmes and developing high performing teams as well as leading cultural change. You will evidence your track record of strategic decision making, strategy implementation, budget and operational planning alongside the ability to take a considered view on the big issues. This is a pivotal point in our organisations history; if you have the passion and skills to make a difference, we would like you to be part of our story.
To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your skills and experience and how these match the essential criteria listed in the job description.