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The Cares Family

We're hiring: Join The Cares Family as Director of Development

Posted by Alex Smith on 8th September 2021


  • £40,000-£49,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Permanent role: 37.5 hours per week
  • 26 days’ holiday per year and flexible working hours
  • Fully remote during the pandemic, then based in London, Liverpool or Manchester

The Cares Family particularly welcomes applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, who are under-represented in our organisation. We are an equal opportunities employer and an anti-racist organisation committed to inclusion.

The Cares Family’s mission is to help people find connection in a disconnected age. Our objectives are to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst younger and older people alike; improve people’s connection, belonging, purpose and power in a changing world; and bring people together to reduce social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.

Over the last decade our model has grown from a tiny idea in a single place into a national leader. Combined, North London Cares (founded in 2011), South London Cares (2014), Manchester Cares (2017), Liverpool Cares (2018) and East London Cares (2019), have connected some 23,000 older and younger neighbours to share over 600,000 interactions and 140,000 hours.

We’ve been improving individual lives and community togetherness for ten years, and The Cares Family has more recently started to have an impact at the systemic and cultural levels too. Our strategy to do that is to consolidate our operations to ensure we make the biggest impact possible; to go deeper with our local intergenerational communities; and to spur a ripple effect connection across the UK with a suite of exciting new projects including The Multiplier which we started in 2021.

The Cares Family is therefore at a moment of opportunity to make an even bigger difference in the years ahead, and this is a key leadership and fundraising position that will help us to grow our income (our annual budget has grown from £0.75m to £2.5m in the last four years), impact and influence at pace.

During the pandemic, we have had an Acting Director of Development covering maternity leave. Now, as we reaffirm our strategy for the coming years, we are seeking a permanent Director of Development to help us meet our ambitious income targets in a continued time of uncertainty, to drive our income generation strategy, to lead and develop our fundraising team, to nurture key partnerships and to serve as a key figure in our Senior Leadership Team.

If that sounds like it could be you, we'd love to hear from you.

This is a task-based application process, so we are not asking applicants for CVs. To apply for this role, please read the job description and the included application task descriptions below, and submit your application to

Deadline: 11:59pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2021.

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Thank you for considering a donation to The Cares Family. Your gift will help to tackle loneliness and build connection and community in a disconnected world. Our work is powered by people – so please chip in if you can.

The Cares Family is a UK registered company (10236615) and registered charity (no. 1180638). North London Cares is a UK registered company (07737818) and registered charity (1153137). South London Cares is a UK registered company (8757344) and registered charity (1157401). Manchester Cares is a UK registered company (10893107) and registered charity (1176902). Liverpool Cares is a UK registered company (11166325) and registered charity (no. 1177749). East London Cares is a UK registered company (11809555) and registered charity (no. 1186012).