Adoption UK is expanding the work it does with adult adoptees.  This is an exciting, new, permanent, full time post to work alongside the adoptee community to guide and facilitate this expansion.   

The successful candidate will work closely with the Advisory Group of Adopted People, the wider adoptee community and other stakeholders, as well as UK wide teams within Adoption UK.  The focus of the work will be to develop opportunities for adopted people to connect with each other, get support and influence policy and practice to create the change adopted people want to see.

The successful applicant will be an adoptee themselves and will have experience working with volunteers and professionals in community facilitation roles.  They will understand and promote principles of participation and be an excellent communicator and good at working collaboratively across organisations and networking across sectors.


  • To work closely with and plan and facilitate meetings of the Adoption UK Advisory Group.
  • To coordinate activity in support of adoptees across all nations, directorates and services in Adoption UK.
  • To work closely with adoptees and adoptee organisations across the UK to develop services and respond to the recommendations of the adopted people’s advisory group.
  • To work closely with the fundraising team to get funding for our work with adoptees


The duties listed below represent the current priorities of the role, are not exhaustive and limiting.  Where appropriate, and after due discussion, these may change to reflect developments and in response to external influences.  Specific objectives will be agreed between the post holder and line manager upon commencement of the post.

  • Planning and supporting the delivery of on line and face to face community groups and events for the adoptee community across the UK.
  • Liaise and collaborate with external organisations and stakeholders for the purposes of promoting, developing, and delivering opportunities for adoptees.
  • Oversight of recruitment, training, support and coordination of adoptee volunteers, and others involved in the delivery of support activities, including regular supervision with facilitators, reviews of activities and gathering of impact data.
  • Management of consultations with community members and the wider adoptee community to develop relevant programmes of events and peer-led community activities.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the membership department to develop content for the online hub and to grow the number of adoptee members.
  • Work with colleagues in public affairs on influencing, campaigning and media work.
  • Work alongside colleagues in fundraising to secure funding to support our service delivery to adoptees.
  • Provide administrative support for the work of the advisory group

The closing date for applications is the 11th August 2023 and interviews will be held online the 1st September.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the UK but will need to travel from time to time to meetings and events in all four nations of the UK.

To apply, download and complete the application form, register via our recruitment portal and upload the completed application. Alternatively, email a completed application or CV with covering letter detailing how your experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualities make you the right candidate for this role. [email protected].

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