General Manager / Director

Harris Hill
Isle of Wight
circa £40,000
Closing date
26 Jun 2021

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Senior Management
Full Time
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A donkey sanctuary on the Isle of Wight is a “forever home” to 114 donkeys and 26 ponies, all of whom are either rescued or abandoned.

At our Sanctuary set across 55 acres of countryside in the Wroxall valley, they get first class care and welfare. Over 50 volunteers support the staff at the Sanctuary to ensure that the donkeys ‘want for nothing’.

As well as rescuing donkeys and ponies, we act as an education centre, providing learning and training for children, students, apprentices and volunteers. We are also a visitor attraction in which people can meet the donkeys, interact with them, groom and walk them, or have a half days experience with the donkeys. There are events, concerts and Open Days on a regular basis. Our donkeys take part in donkey therapy programmes across the Isle of Wight (and occasionally the mainland) and work with Alzheimer's patients, stroke patients and people with a variety of needs.

After holding the role and delivering significant growth and development since 2012, our current General Manager is now taking a well-deserved retirement. His successor will take us on to the next stage of our journey, developing our business so we will continue to be a haven to the wonderful animals we care for and a vital part of the Isle of Wight’s Community long into the future.

Key details

Role: General Manager / Director

Salary: circa £40,000

Location: Isle of Wight

Contract: Full time, permanent

This is a broad role, and our next General Manager / Director will have strong leadership, organisational and communication skills, as well as a demonstrable commitment to and alignment with the charity's vision, mission and values. Amongst other criteria, they will have:

  • Experience of running a business, producing accounts, responsibility to Board of Trustees.
  • Experience of motivating staff.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships across multiple levels, and successfully influencing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of producing and managing budgets, and developing and maintaining financial plans.
  • Track record of income generation / fundraising / business development, evidencing creativity and entrepreneurialism.

We encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups with protected characteristics, as we value having a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with your number and suitable times to speak.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 28th June 2021.


Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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