Governance & Legal Officer

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Governance & Legal Officer
Location: United Kingdom, Hybrid working pattern
Salary: Starting salary is £35,359 per annum or exceptionally
up to £38,390 if the candidate can demonstrate exceptional skills
and experience
Closing date: Monday 3rd April 2023
Interview dates: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th April 2023

Our talented people around the world are the reason we can deliver our mission and have impact for animals. They lead our cause with their expertise, enterprise and influence and we’re passionate about making sure they feel inspired, motivated and empowered every day. To drive forwards our ambitious plans, we are looking for a Governance and Legal Officer with relentless energy who can support the organisation.

The prime focus of the role is to support the Director of Governance & Legal Services with the development and management of World Animal Protection’s governance structures, practices and processes, to coordinate governance activities and to provide and/or coordinate the provision of legal advice for the International office, the UK and other country offices as required. The post holder will join a small but busy Governance and Legal Services team.

Who are we?
World Animal Protection is the global voice for animal welfare, with more than 70 years’ experience campaigning for a world where animals live free from cruelty and suffering.
We have offices in 12 countries and work across 47 countries. We collaborate with local communities, the private sector, civil society and governments to change animals’ lives for the better.

Our goal is to change the way the world works to end animal cruelty and suffering for both wild and farmed animals. Through our global food system strategy, we will end factory farming and create a humane and sustainable food system, that puts animals first. By transforming the broken systems that fuel exploitation and commodification, we will give wild animals the right to a wildlife. Our work to protect animals will play a vital role in solving the climate emergency, the public health crisis and the devastation of natural habitats.

What will you be doing?
• You will be accountable for the smooth running of the day-to-day governance and legal services functions.
• Managing governance processes and supporting trustees to discharge their statutory duties by ensuring effective governance operations on a day to day basis.
• Triaging legal issues, providing advice in line with the grade and experience of the role holder and escalating matters when required.
• Managing all governance and legal service administration, ensuring the highest standards are applied in line with legal and regulatory requirements.

Who are we looking for?
• Relevant and extensive experience in a governance and/ or legal role in a similarly complex organisation.
• Significant experience of performing the role of secretary to a governing body or a committee.
• Understanding of the principles of good governance.
• Working knowledge of UK Company and Charity legislation or public sector legislation.
• Experience of reviewing and drafting contracts subject to the law of England and Wales).
• Experience of filing statutory reports and returns.
• Holds the interpersonal skills and confidence to deal with people in senior positions internally and externally and to drive progress against agreed actions in order to meet deadlines.
• Able to research and write clear, concise reports at a senior level.
• Able to analyse relatively complex problems and issues and present solutions.
• Able to work on own initiative and as part of a small team.
• Proven ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

What can we offer you?

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

• Help saving for your retirement - join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
• 24 days’ holiday per year when you join - plus an additional 3 days to be taken at the end of
the calendar year
• Flexibility - the ability to choose your start time based on your needs
• Life Assurance - all World Animal Protection employees receive Life Assurance. Under the
• Death in Service benefit scheme the employee will receive 3x annual salary to go to their nominated beneficiary
• We offer excellent Family Friendly Policies - enhanced Maternity, Adoption & Paternity Provision

To achieve our aim of making World Animal Protection a Diverse and Inclusive employer, we particularly welcome applications from individuals of traditionally under-represented communities and backgrounds.

At World Animal Protection we recruit with our values & behaviours in mind. Please bear this in mind through your application journey. These are:

Global: We make decisions & act with a global mindset
Diverse and Inclusive: We actively encourage and promote diversity, ensure all voices are heard and included and are committed to equal opportunities for all
Collaborative: We work together and co-create to achieve lasting change
Agile: We make change happen in a fast-moving world
Growing People: We continually learn and develop
Accountable: We are role models. We take responsibility for our actions and encourage others to do the same
Courageous: We push boundaries, take risks and set ambitious targets