Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

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Working for Born Free

The Born Free Foundation employs a wide variety of staff with a range of expertise.  Our dynamic campaigns and conservation staff are hard at work taking action for animals in need, but they are supported by colleagues with extensive experience in administration, finance, marketing and PR. 

Our administration and finance departments provide membership support and process donations.  Our marketing team provide supporters with donor development support, and works with business friends and sponsors.  Our PR team ensures our work to help animals receives extensive coverage in local, national and international press.

The Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.

Executive Assistant to The CEO Born Free

Born Free, the internationally renowned animal welfare and wildlife conservation organisation, is seeking to recruit an Executive Assistant to support The Chief Executive Officer, based at our Head Office in Horsham, West Sussex.

Working as part of a busy and dynamic executive team, this is a full time role and an exciting opportunity to work in one of the fastest growing international wildlife charities with a recognised and high profile media presence. Born Free is dedicated to stop animal suffering and to conserve animals in the wild; it has a wide portfolio of projects dealing with some of the worlds most endangered species.

We are looking for a successful and motivated individual who has relevant experience. Secretarial skills are essential as are excellent communication skills, the ability to multi-task and a passion for wildlife and belief in the Born Free ethos. Touch-typing and shorthand are also necessary.

The successful candidate will be a good and enthusiastic team player with well-developed people skills, having the ability to prioritise and organise whilst working under pressure and to deadlines.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Setting up and attending internal and external meetings, taking notes, setting agendas, minuting as appropriate, and actioning or chasing items that arise

  • Supporting all administrative requirements including diary and email management

  • Set up and manage all paper and electronic filing needs

  • Assist in production of presentational material, including Powerpoint, film etc.

  • Set up and manage all logistic, travel and other arrangements as directed

  • Accept and filter phone calls and meetings, handling and delegating as needed

  • Willingness and capacity to work with other teams

  • Co-ordination of reports from external offices and consultants to CEO, e.g. Kenya, Ethiopia

  • Assistance with document preparation and coordination of external third party organisations that Born Free work with


  • Good standard of education – A level and above including English

  • Proficiency in Microsoft packages and diary management

  • Secretarial skills including touch-typing and shorthand

  • An ability to multi-task and excellent communication skills

  • Adaptability, teamwork , self-reliance and strong degree of personal confidence

  • Ability to time and project manage and to lead others by personal example

  • Driving license

This is a full time role with a minimum salary of c.£23,000.00 per annum depending on experience. Applicants must be UK residents or be legally permitted to work in the UK; Born Free is an equal opportunities employer.

Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter should be forwarded to:

The Operations Manager

Born FreeBroadlands Business Campus
Langhurstwood Road
West Sussex RH12 4QP


or to

The closing date for applications is 13thOctober 2017.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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