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Head of ISFM

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Overview of the role

International Cat Care is seeking to appoint a Head of ISFM who will oversee the work of the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the charity’s veterinary division and will play a critical role in the Charity’s development during changes which are imminent within the sector. The post holder will lead the ISFM division, which includes the ISFM veterinary publications department, Feline Focus magazine for veterinary nurses and ISFM’s programmes Cat Friendly Clinic and Cat Care for Life, to amplify the charity’s impact through the veterinary profession. The post holder will also act as a veterinary spokesperson for iCatCare and ensure that we integrate veterinary considerations across all our cat welfare work.

Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Provide effective leadership within ISFM and iCatCare to bring together veterinary direction and activities, creating an environment in which team members feel motivated and supported in their work.
  • To champion feline veterinary expertise for the charity, providing appropriate interpretation to Trustees and the Executive Team.
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to maintain good links with key stakeholders within the veterinary profession.
  • Work closely with the Operations Director to translate iCatCare’s strategy into an operational plan and budget for ISFM, with clear and aligned team priorities and individual objectives.
  • Work closely with the Head of Cat Advocacy to ensure that respective programmes and content are fully aligned and that we are leveraging expertise in feline medicine and behaviour across the organisation.
  • Work closely with the Head of Learning to identify opportunities for veterinary distance education.
  • Work closely with the ISFM Academy Lead to ensure we leverage the collective expertise of ISFM Academy members for the further development of ISFM activities, such as the European and Asia Pacific Congresses, our publications, courses and community knowledge creation and sharing.
  • Work closely with the Head of Marketing, Community and Development to create integrated marketing activities and campaigns, as well as ISFM community content for veterinarians.
  • Provide leadership for Cat Friendly Clinic and Cat Care for Life programmes and develop and maintain the momentum of the programmes in liaison with sponsors and iCatCare colleagues.
  • Identify and highlight topics where advice or discussion is required or problems are being raised by stakeholders (working with the ISFM Academy Lead as required), providing input for the ISFM community.
  • Lecture and travel as required to promote the charity’s work and programmes.
  • Provide veterinary leadership and input into strategic relationships such as AAFP and Sage as JFMS co-publication partners.
  • Act as an expert spokesperson for the charity on relevant topics.
  • Help to drive interest and content on our community platform, providing liaison with contributing veterinarians.
  • Work with National Partners to develop the network and integrate into the veterinary community to promote ISFM and iCatCare.
  • Represent the charity at meetings and conferences.
  • Line-management responsibilities including; carrying out performance development appraisals and holding regular 121 meetings to set objectives, provide support and guidance as per company policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe working practices, any risks reported, manage and maintain data protection for all members, client and company data – liaising with Data Protection Manager (DPM) on any issues or concerns.

Person Specification:

Specifications Essential Desirable
A clear commitment to, and understanding of, cat welfare issues X
A commitment to the vision, aims, ethos and values of International Cat Care X
An experienced veterinary professional with a proven interest in feline medicine X
Proven knowledge of high level understanding of cat welfare and its relevance in various situations and ability to communicate cat welfare needs X
Understanding of the charity philosophy to lead on approach and development of policy on issues which arise X
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to communicate effectively with people at different levels and across different disciplines within the charity X
A team player, able to manage their own workload as well as with with and support others and deliver to agreed standards and targets. X
Ability to motivate and lead the team; building positive relationships of support, a focused professional learning environment and sustainable working practices X
Comfortable with being both hands-on and strategic, with a practical, ’can-do’ approach to working with limited resources X
Ability to synthesise information to be understandable and acceptable to the relevant stakeholders X
Proven ability at lecturing internationally in order to represent the charity at meetings, events, conferences or in the media X
Postgraduate qualification in feline medicine X
Ability to recognise areas of difficulty/contention/interest for the relevant stakeholders in relation to cat welfare and to suggest and lead on approaches to developing and sharing resources to improve the situation. X
Have an understanding for the needs of sponsors and corporate partners and display tact and confidentiality where required.  


Please send your application letter and CV to:

Tony Cooke, Operations Director:
Patricia Hawkhead, HR Director:

Deadline for applications: 06/01/20