Chief Executive

London, £65,000

Message from Co-Chairs

Grandparents Plus has come a long way since the charity was founded in 2001 by Lord Michael Young and Jean Stogdon OBE.

The Board has an ambitious agenda for the charity and we are looking for a chief executive who can make it happen.

Grandparents Plus is well-established as the national charity championing grandparents and the wider family’s role in looking after children, especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. We do this because we want to make children’ lives better. We provide support and advice for kinship carers (i.e. grandparents and other relatives who look after children because they cannot live with their parents), working alongside the other professional groups and local authorities involved with family and children’s services. Our research and policy work is well respected and influential with national and local policymakers, helping to get kinship carers the recognition they deserve.

However there is much more to do to ensure that the role of the country’s 14 million grandparents, particularly in relation to caring for children, is better recognised and supported.

The charity has grown significantly in the last five years and we need a chief executive who can build on that growth, manage change and develop new services for grandparents and the wider family.

The new chief executive will be a leader with creativity and potential, like the charity, to make a real difference.

You will have the vision to set a clear strategic direction. You will have the credibility and communication skills to represent the organisation to stakeholders ranging from central government, professional groups and funders, to individual grandparents and their families. You will have the ability to grow new income streams and the demonstrable track record and ability to deliver change.

If you are as excited as we are to be a part of this ambition, then we would very much like to hear from you.

With best wishes,

Stephen Burke and Helen Jackson
Co-Chairs, Grandparents Plus

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 12 June.

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Relative Experience Project worker for Durham and Darlington

£22K per year pro rata 3 days pw

Do you want to be part of an exciting project helping to change the lives of families raising a relative’s child, often in difficult circumstances? Charities Grandparents Plus, Family Lives and Family and Childcare Trust have joined forces to deliver the Relative Experience Project. We provide trained volunteer befrienders for grandparents and family carers who are raising children who cannot live with their parents. Based in North Shields and with outreach workers in Teesside and we are now looking to extend the work across Durham and Darlington. The project has been funded by the Big Lottery Silver Dreams Fund until March 2017.

We are looking for an experienced project worker to join our team, working from home and covering Durham and Darlington. The role can be worked flexibly, by agreement and we offer 30 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata).

The post is offered on a fixed term contract to March 2017.

Closing date for applications is Friday 19 June 2015 at 5pm.
Interviews are scheduled to be held w/b Monday 6 July.

For more information please contact Cath Halse or Yvonne Brown on 0191 200 5034.