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We're hiring: join The Cares Family as Director of Projects

Posted by Alex Smith on 17th June 2021


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

  • Salary: £40,000-49,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Full time, permanent position (37.5 hours per week)
  • 26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fully remote during the pandemic, then based in London, Liverpool or Manchester, though we have flexible and remote working arrangements in place
  • Application deadline: 11:59pm on Wednesday 30th June 2021

The Cares Family’s mission is to help people find connection in a disconnected age. Our objectives are to reduce loneliness and isolation; 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.

We’ve been improving individual lives and community togetherness for 10 years. But The Cares Family has also started to have an impact at the systemic and cultural levels – through new projects, storytelling and campaigning that are rapidly increasing our profile and making an even bigger difference. In 2018, the then Prime Minister launched the government’s first ever loneliness strategy at a Cares Family social club. We have received coverage in The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and on BBC1’s News at Ten and Channel 4 News. And in 2018, our Founder and CEO was appointed one of 20 inaugural Obama Fellows, bringing new attention to our issues and work.

With the arrival of the pandemic, loneliness is better understood than ever and empathy for people experiencing it has increased. The Cares Family is therefore at a moment of opportunity to make an even bigger difference in the years ahead – by driving a ripple effect of change everywhere in the UK.

While our five local charities bring older and younger people together to reduce loneliness amongst both groups through long-standing local programmes, our national projects are designed to spur a ripple effect of wider connection all across the UK. The Projects Directorate was set up in 2020 and the Projects Team currently leads:

  • The Multiplier – investing in 50 people building bridges in their own communities in their own ways).
  • Communications – raising up the voices of community action through storytelling.
  • Campaigns – supporting government to invest in building connection, and helping to shift attitudes across the UK.

In the coming years, we plan to add more new projects, including by developing ways to share our learning with communities across the UK so that we can spur a wave of connection everywhere.

In your new role as Director of Projects, you will lead and oversee all that work. You will manage our Projects team to grow to six people and coach and develop the team to succeed at the highest level. You will maintain and strengthen external partnerships and work with our experienced fundraising team to ensure our Projects are sustainable. As a member of The Cares Family’s Senior Leadership Team, you will also collaborate to make key organisational decisions, embodying the organisation’s mission, strategy, culture and values.

We are looking for someone with experience working with communities and/or in social change organisations, who has built projects from the ground up and knows how to lead in a growing, fast-moving, ambitious organisation. You will be an authentic communicator and people-person, with exceptional written, spoken and listening skills and a strong track record getting the most out of ambitious teams and partnerships, who can evaluate and adapt in an ever-changing world.

We also need a self-starter: someone committed, resilient, and focused working alone as well as in a team; who is passionate about further developing The Cares Family over the coming years. If that sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.

This is a task based application, so we are not accepting CVs. The full job description and details on how to apply are linked below – please read them carefully before submitting your application.

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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).