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Chief Executive Officer. Closing date: December 19th

The chair and the board of trustees of International Cat Care (iCatCare) have revealed that Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive, has announced she is planning to retire, and will be stepping down in the third quarter of 2022 after 28 years in the role. The recruitment process starts now to ensure that the charity moves into capable hands for its next phase. For more information, read our full announcement.

Role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Reporting to: Chair and Board of Trustees

Overview of the role 

The chief executive officer (CEO) is responsible for all components and departments of International Cat Care and is integral to setting the charity’s direction and outputs while delivering its ambitious strategy.

The CEO is an inspiring, dynamic leader; passionate about the ‘cat friendly’ ethos of the charity. They will have the ability to network and influence in the worldwide arena, ensuring the charity remains a thought leader in cat welfare and that feline expertise is kept front and centre of its work. Stakeholders include the veterinary profession, those working in the behaviour field, those working for the welfare of unowned cats, areas such as boarding, grooming, and breeding, cat owners, other welfare organisations, and organisations contributing to legislation that affects cats.

The CEO will have a business mindset with the skills to lead this education and welfare charity forwards in the new digital age of education and sharing of knowledge.

They have a key role in income generation, striving to balance the charity’s activities as iCatCare drives its development towards long term success and continued financial viability within its policy and accountability frameworks as agreed by the Board of Trustees.

The CEO consults with and supports the Chair and the Board to enable them to fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Charity.

Click here for full role responsibilities and competencies

The closing date is 19th Dec 2021. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to: patricia.hawkhead@icatcare.org


Senior Digital Learning Developer x 2. Closing date:  November 29th

Two exciting, new roles are open in our Learning Team, contributing to the charity mission and vision by collaborating with colleagues and feline subject experts across the International Cat Care community to lead on the learning design and development of new online courses, including tutor-led, self-paced and micro-learning.

There are two roles, one permanent full time, and one full time project based for an 18-month fixed term.

These opportunities offer variety on a day-to-day basis. There will be interaction with stakeholders and internal specialists at all levels of the organisation and you’ll be joining an established Learning team who actively share ideas and work in partnership with the key stakeholders and subject matter experts to analyse learner groups and their needs.

You will have:

  •  Input at all stages of the course development cycle
  • The opportunity to help shape our new micro-learning strategy and design process
  • The opportunity to fully utilise your experience and expertise to help refine our learning design and development process
  • The opportunity to support course refreshes and input improvements suggestions for our learners
  • The ability to balance pedagogical quality with our charitable and strategic priorities
  • Ultimately, you will play a critical role in delivering new learning opportunities that positively impact feline welfare by supporting and Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and manage workload.

Responsibilities

  • To work with the key stakeholders and subject matter experts to analyse learner groups and their needs.
  • To build relationships with key stakeholders and subject matter experts to design and deliver creative and high-quality online learning solutions.
  • To be responsible for project management of departmental projects, deliver new learning solutions and plan and run learning design workshops with internal and external subject matter experts.
  • To maintain and refresh our existing courses delivered via the Brightspace virtual learning environment and provide day-to-day maintenance of our learning platform tools e.g. liaising with suppliers, overseeing system maintenance, keeping awareness of the product development roadmaps.
  • To explore and generate new ideas for learning delivery or approaches to learning design.
  • To liaise and provide support to associate markers when marking student assessments.
  • To actively engage in the learning technology community to stay abreast of the latest research and developments in distance learning and fully support the Head of Learning to deliver the departmental objectives and operational plan.
  • To support the Learning Administrator and Customer Service teams to resolve learner queries and build and maintain relationships with other departments (admin support, marketing, markers, finance etc) and liaise as needed for course development, delivery, and marketing.

Experience, skills, and qualifications

  • Learning design qualifications or a background and experience in designing online learning and assessments.
  • Experience of engaging and building relationships with subject matter experts to develop and deliver online learning.
  • An understanding of learning theory and the application of online course development and theory.
  • Highly adaptable, with the ability to project manage learning design and development projects.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and manage workload
  • Must be able to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.

Desirable

  • Line management experience.
  • Awareness of science related subjects e.g. veterinary/ veterinary nursing CPD.

For full role responsibilities and person specification, click here.

To apply: Please state whether you’re applying for the permanent or project-based role and send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in the role as well as your salary expectations to:

patricia.hawkhead@icatcare.org  – HR Director

ceri.hitchings@icatcare.org – Head of Learning

Location: These roles are based in our offices in Tisbury, Wiltshire, we are currently operating hybrid working and attendance in the office is necessary, but managed around meetings, work requirements and training.  


Assistant editor for feline veterinary publications, Closing date: 28th November 2021

We are excited to offer an opening to join our Veterinary Publications team working on our highly regarded international peer-reviewed journals – the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) and JFMS Open Reports. As Assistant Editor, you will contribute to editorial production and a range of associated publishing activities, working day-to-day with a Managing Editor and Deputy Editor. With a move to an open access publishing model on the near horizon, you will help to maintain the journals’ exceptional standards and reputation, while implementing new workflows.

This is a fantastic opportunity offering variety on a day-to-day basis. There will be interaction with stakeholders and internal specialists at all levels of the organisation and you’ll be joining an established Veterinary Publications team who actively share ideas and work in partnership with the publisher, editors, editorial board members, authors and reviewers, on day-to-day matters as well as strategic journal development.

It’s essential to have a Life Sciences degree or equivalent with 2+ years’ experience in scholarly journal publishing. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are key and you must be able to demonstrate successfully working as part of a team as well as under your own initiative. Good time management skills are vital, as is the ability to juggle a variety of tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Proof-reading and author liaison, to ensure accurate and timely publication of original (research/case report) articles.
  • Assisting with the coordination, subediting and production of clinical review articles (commissioned and unsolicited) for the continuing education of veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses.
  • Inputting into a range of promotional and marketing activities connected to the journals encompassing, but not limited to, conference abstracts, social media posts and news releases highlighting journal content.
  • Assisting with publishing activities promoting positive contributor relationships, including the smooth running of the manuscript submission process and production of Editorial Board, reviewer and top-performing author certificates.
  • Implementation of journal development plans.
  • Contributing to the quality assurance of a growing suite of information resources provided to veterinary practitioners, and ad-hoc publishing activities on behalf of International Cat Care.

Experience, skills and qualifications

Essential: Excellent written and oral communication skills • Exceptional attention to detail • Highly organised and able to prioritise workload effectively, thriving in a fast-paced environment and flexible and adaptable to change • Able to build strong relationships across the business with internal stakeholders • A proactive team player with a collaborative approach and willing to ‘get stuck in’ as needed • Able to use own initiative • Computer literate – Apple & MS Office, with the ability to grasp and develop a good command of a range of computer systems and applications – including online manuscript submission (ScholarOne) systems, and page layout software (QuarkXPress) • Life Sciences degree or equivalent with 2+ years’ experience in scholarly journal publishing.

Desirable: • Understanding of publishing models (subscription, hybrid, open access) or willingness to learn.

To apply: please include a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in the role to:

patricia.hawkhead@icatcare.org – HR Director

nathalie.dowgray@icatcare.org – Head of ISFM 

Location: The office is based in the Tisbury, Wiltshire. We are currently operating hybrid working and attendance is managed around work requirements, meetings, and training.