Interim Director of Operations
12 months fixed-term contract
Mainly onsite at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home protects loving homes, finds loving homes, and runs a loving Home for dogs and cats in East and Central Scotland. They give their all to keep loving homes whole and keep pets where they belong – with their families. When that’s not possible, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home take them in and love them as if they’re their own. They give every dog and cat the best level of care possible, from food and healthcare to toys and training – all to get them ready for their future family. With open doors and open minds, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home aim to break down the stigma people can face when they hit hard times. With a shared belief, there’s goodness inside every pet and person.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is seeking an Interim Director of Operations to oversee the operational running of the organization. Reporting directly to the CEO, the successful candidate will lead and direct teams responsible for Animal Welfare, Rehoming Operations, Veterinary Care, Business Facilities, and Finance. This is a crucial role in ensuring the organisation operates within a highly effective environment, delivering on its mission while providing the best possible care for the animals in their care.
As an essential member of the Home’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the successful candidate will contribute to the ongoing development and leadership of the organisation, supporting the implementation of the organisational strategy. This role involves strategic oversight of key areas, including kennel and cattery operations, training programs, rehoming practices, veterinary operations, facilities management, and business development.
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, approachable and dynamic professional who will be a key member of the Home’s SLT and join a passionate team, ensuring that the Home is able to meet its mission and ensure to represent the Home’s brand and mission both externally and internally in all that you do.
The ideal candidate will be a credible leader with significant demonstrable experience in an operational/organisational related role and working as part of a senior leadership team. The successful candidate will showcase compassionate and empathetic leadership skills, demonstrating an ability to play a pivotal role in navigating challenging and emotionally charged decision-making situations.
The ideal candidate will have experience with operational excellence: decisive about business activities that will deliver benefits, initiating action and managing resources. With a proven ability to develop operational services and lead on change management, they will have experience in building and implementing business management and development strategies. Experience of working within a not for profit organisation is desirable.
This role is ideally suited to an outgoing and positive character who has the ability to motivate and lead with passion and determination, who should show genuine interest and passion for dog and cat welfare and have an ability to lead by example with customer engagement, including demonstrating a passion for exceptional customer care.
Please CLICK HERE to view a video of Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, talking about the recruitment for this post.
For a confidential discussion, please contact Lauryn Pringle or Debbie Shields at Aspen People on 0141 212 7571.
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