We're hiring: join our team as Head of Programmes

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


  • £34,000-39,000 annual salary (dependent on experience)
  • Permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Primarily office-based (Camden) with some working from home, as well as remote work across the boroughs of Camden and Islington
  • 26 days of annual leave per year, plus bank holidays
  • Staff counselling service
  • Flexible working hours
  • Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday 5th September 2021
  • Interview date: Monday 13th September 2021


We’re looking for a creative, confident, strategic, empathic and versatile Head of Programmes to lead the North London Cares team into an exciting new chapter.

You will support a team of five Programme Coordinators to deliver three exciting, inclusive and place-based programmes: Social Clubs, Love Your Neighbour and Outreach. You will use your creativity, perseverance, patience and positivity to instil a culture of innovation, quality and strategic decision making in your team, ensuring our safeguarding, records and storytelling policies and procedures are upheld to the highest standards.

This is a leadership role in a small charity, so you will need to be forward-thinking, motivating, organised, empathic and a natural collaborator - acting as the linchpin which connects all the North London Cares programmes teams together under one clear, unified strategy.

You will need to be a powerful, authentic communicator, both in-person and in-writing; someone able to tailor their communication style, depending on the individual or context. We need someone who can talk to and relate to people from all backgrounds, no matter their circumstances – someone equally comfortable helping a 95-year-old older neighbour in Archway to navigate the local bus routes, as you are supporting a 25-year-old younger neighbour in Angel to share their story at a social club, or building a new referral pathway with a fellow community partner.

Crucially, we need a people-person: someone who can manage our community partnerships with Councils, businesses, referral partners and long-established community groups, as well as forge fruitful new ones.

We also need a numbers person, someone methodical, target focused and strategic, who can work with our national Director of Programmes to develop and drive a shared vision. And we need a self-starter: someone committed, tough, and focused working alone as well as collaboratively; who is passionate about developing North London Cares over the coming years.

Finally, we need someone who understands and is motivated by the demographics and social challenges of Camden and Islington and the issues we work on. In particular, we need someone who is passionate about and can clearly promote our vision for building close community networks in order to tackle isolation and loneliness in Camden and Islington, as the boroughs continue to change at pace.

In achieving this vision you will be trusted to work dynamically and independently at this exciting young organisation, with a growing profile and backing from major local and national supporters, and a real opportunity to build lasting success.

And you will be provided with development challenges and opportunities, including support from our national Director of Programmes and ever-growing local and national networks to play a vital role in the development of North London Cares and the wider Cares Family.


If this sounds like you, then we'd love to hear from you!

This is a task-based application process, so we are not asking applicants for CVs or cover letters. To apply for this role, please read this job description and the below task descriptions carefully, and complete our online application form by 11:59pm on Sunday 5th September 2021

Successful applicants will be asked to attend an interview on Monday 13th September.

If you would like to know more about the role or North London Cares (and meet some of the team) before applying, please join our online information session on Tuesday 24th August at 5.30pm. This session will give you a chance to meet some of the team and ask questions about the role, the programmes and the charity. Please note that we will not be assessing or interviewing anyone during this session: it is informal and will not influence or impact your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or had technical problems with our application form, please email [email protected]

Charlie Jamieson

Posted by Charlie Jamieson on Friday 13th August 2021

Charlie is our Director of Programmes at The Cares Family.

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