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Head of Development
The Cares Family

Job Description

The Cares Family (North London Cares, South London Cares, Manchester Cares and Liverpool Cares) are hiring a national Head of Development to lead our trusts and foundations fundraising and to manage our brilliant team of Development Coordinators across our four branches and more as we grow.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join The Cares Family group in a senior role at a key moment in our development  and at a point when businesses, communities and government further consider how to reduce loneliness and connect communities for the long term.

In particular, this is an exciting time to join our Development team. In the past two years, we have received funding from some of the UK’s leading grant-giving bodies – including Nesta, The Big Lottery Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Comic Relief, The Fore and The Mercers’ Company – to sustain, expand and deepen our work. 

We’ve also rapidly expanded our Community Fundraising programme, leading to an increase in voluntary donations as a proportion of our income from 0% to 45% in four years. And we’ve expanded our corporate partnerships too, appointing a Development Coordinator (Partnerships) in 2018 to help us further grow our revenue and deepen our impact.

Now, as we plan for the future, we are keen to take advantage of the growing awareness of loneliness as a major challenge of our time, and to meet the fullest potential of our model. The creation of this new role will help us to achieve that. With the new funding you generate, and the leadership you instil across the fundraising team, we will be able to invest further in our core programmes; hardwire sustainability and innovation into our model; plan for further growth to new urban areas beyond our current locations; and to help more older and younger people to feel part of their communities even as they continue to change at pace.

In your new role as our national Head of Development, you will be responsible for generating new income from trusts, foundations and other grant-giving bodies for our four local branches, and more as they are created. You will work with our Director of Development to identify new opportunities and cultivate existing and prospective relationships. You will compose engaging, dynamic applications on behalf of both The Cares Family and our local charities. And upon securing funding, you will ensure exceptional stewardship of trusts and foundations, and provide comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and reporting. In doing so, you will generate £250,000 for The Cares Family group through grants in every financial year.

You will also perform a vital, senior internal function: team management. You will be responsible for supporting and inspiring each of the Development Coordinators at our four local branches, and more as your work spurs our growth. And while you will be based close to your home, you will travel between our offices in north London, south London, Manchester and Liverpool to secure support from local and national organisations, while also supporting our Development Coordinators to reach their own Community Fundraising targets.

That’s a big ask and a major opportunity for the right person so we’re looking for a skilled, experienced fundraiser with a  hunger to succeed. The job requires you to be motivated by the power of relationships and new opportunities. It also needs all the creativity, versatility, confidence, positivity, proactivity, perseverance and leadership required in a young and rapidly growing organisation.

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

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