Join The Cares Family as Director of Development (Maternity Cover)

The Cares Family (Liverpool Cares, Manchester Cares, South London Cares, North London Cares and East London Cares) is seeking a Director of Development (Maternity Cover), to drive and adapt our fundraising strategy, to lead our Development team across our national group of charities, and to raise at least £300,000 of new income between the end of 2019 and March 2021.

In this role at the heart of our senior leadership team, you will work closely with our Founder/CEO, Managing Director and Director of Programmes to set and drive The Cares Family's fundraising strategy and potential, and to help execute our broader strategic priorities. You will line manage our national Head of Development as well as two of our Development Coordinators. And you will inspire our Development team of seven across five city locations to drive community fundraising at a local level.

So we're looking for a real leader – someone who can lead by example, inspire confidence, deliver strategy, and identify and mitigate risk. That requires communication, personal warmth, determination, planning, listening skills and a keen eye for detail. With your team working hard to drive local income, you will be responsible for generating income for The Cares Family at a national level. 

That's why we need someone with a track record in securing gifts from major donors; someone who has the desire to get out of the office to build external relationships; who knows the importance of stewardship, and has secured six figure gifts as a result. You will also work closely with our growing Development Board to establish new networks and gifts for The Cares Family. And you will drive our corporate relationships and accounts. 

With so much of this role depending on relationships, we need a real people-person. You will have excellent cultivation and negotiation skills, but also the tenacity and hunger to create new opportunities. We need someone who is dynamic, passionate about people and who can clearly promote our vision for building friendships across deepening divides. 

To do that, you will work predominantly from one of our five offices in Liverpool, Manchester or London and will be required to travel between them on up to 30 working days of the year. In return, you'll be trusted to work independently across these exciting charities, with a growing profile and backing from major local and national supporters. You'll also be provided with all the professional support, accelerated personal and professional development opportunities and networks to play a lasting, transformative role in the development of the “Cares” vision and family.

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


  • Salary: £37,000-£40,000 (and travel covered)
  • Fixed term contract (40 hours per week) until early March 2021
  • Flexible working hours
  • 26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays 
  • Staff counselling service 
  • Based in Liverpool, Manchester or London


To apply, please send a CV and covering letter telling us why you’re right for this role to Emily Quilter at [email protected].

  • Applications should be received no later than 9am on Monday 21st October
  • First round interviews will take place w/c Monday 28th October
  • Second round interviews will take place w/c Monday 4th November
  • Starting date as soon as possible thereafter 

Please see the full job description below or you can download it by clicking here.

Alex Smith

Posted by Alex Smith on Monday 23rd September 2019

Alex is Liverpool Cares' founder and CEO.

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