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Mental Health Promotion Officer


Please quote reference number 2021-018 when applying for this position.

Mental Health Ireland

                                                    Job Specification

Position Title:             Mental Health Promotion Officer        

Reports to:                  Mental Health Promotion Manager

Location:                     Head Office (Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin) Remote/ Flexible Working

Contract:                     Specific Purpose Two-year Fixed Term Contract. Working Hours 37 hours per week  exclusive of lunch hours, with flexible working hours including regular evening work and occasional weekend working.

Closing date: Thursday 17th June 2021 4pm. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please ensure to include Job Reference 2021-018 in your letter of application and CV

 Mental Health Ireland (MHI) is a national voluntary organisation with a dynamic team and a network of Mental Health Associations (MHAs) active throughout the country. MHI aims to promote mental health, wellbeing & recovery using a process called coproduction to ensure that the voices of the end user are heard at all stages of program development.



Ireland’s National Mental Health Policy, Sharing the Vision places a special emphasis on the promotion of mental health. MHI aims to be the lead national agency in promoting positive mental health, wellbeing & recovery. This is a key theme in our current national strategy ‘Empowerment from Ideas to Action 2019-2021’ and its new strategy for 2022-2025

The Mental Health Promotion Officer will report to the Mental Health Promotion Manager and work closely with both the National Office Team, Development Officer team and MHAs to coproduce projects, campaigns, research and innovation. The role demands flexible working hours which will necessitate some attendance at out of hours meetings/events related to the duties of a Health Promotion Officer. The applicant must have the necessary experience and capacity for lone working and to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

The post holder will play an active role in supporting MHI meet the goals & objectives in the strategic plan. They will ensure the promotion of positive mental health; wellbeing & recovery extends across the whole community. This includes those difficult to reach and at-risk cohorts with a special focus on improving the global health status of people with significant mental health challenges.



The successful candidate will have a passion for mental health promotion, experience in planning and innovation with specific skills in areas including mental health promotion, project initiation, development, implementation, evaluation training, change management and population health.

They will also have experience in research and evaluation and be capable of planning and coproducing mental health promotion programmes They will be able to translate best practice and new emerging evidence into robust initiatives that can be mobilised and utilised by community members in Ireland.

The successful candidate will be required to have:

  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in a mental health, the mental health promotion field and /or community development.
  • A third level qualification in a health and mental health promotion and/or related social care field.                                                                 
  • An understanding of the concept of mental health and its relationship to population health, wellbeing, and sustainable development.
  • Experience of project initiation, planning, implementation and evaluation across the full arc and life cycle.
  • In depth knowledge of the health and social policy context in which MHI operates (e.g. Sharing the Vision, Healthy Ireland, National Recovery Framework, Connecting for Life & SlainteCare).
  • Knowledge and experience of research and evaluation in health promotion practice
  • Analytical skills with an ability to access information accurately & quickly
  • Commitment to the mission and values of MHI.
  • The ability to represent MHI across a diverse range of audiences and to build effective relationships with MHAs, HSE, service user / family member / supporter groups, community/ voluntary organisations and cross sectoral stakeholders.
  • The candidate will be expected to set KPIs in line with their workplan and track their progress against the MHI strategy.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Proven ability to work using a coproduction process which includes the voice of lived experience, statutory, voluntary and community partners and the MHI Team.
  • Ability to engage successfully with marginalised, disadvantaged or difficult to reach cohorts within our community.
  • Proven ability to develop new collaborative partnerships by working in co-production with local Volunteers, NGOs and community-based partners.
  • Track record of working successfully across sectors to mobilise good will, and deliver innovative, bespoke programmes and projects with diverse project partners.
  • Excellent ICT, web and social media skills
  • A high level of motivation, experience and capacity for working on one’s own initiative as well as part of a team.

The following experience is a distinct advantage:

  • Knowledge and experience of Recovery in Mental Health
  • Experiencing of volunteering and of working with an established network of volunteers.
  • Experience of working in mental health promotion and/or voluntary sectors.

The successful candidate is required to have their own car and a clean driving licence.



The Mental Health Promotion Officer will:

  • Work with the Mental Health Promotion Manager and wider MHI Team in delivering on key actions and priorities as outlined in MHI’s strategy

‘Empowerment –From Ideas to Action 2019-2021’ and the new Strategic Plan 2022-2025.

  • Work within the known evidence base to design, develop and co-produce Mental Health Promotion resources and programs with the MHI Team, MHAs and partner agencies.
  • Working in collaboration with MHI Team to co-produce mental health programs with people with lived experience of mental health challenges and their family / supporters to ensure better health outcomes.
  • Actively support the Development Officers in their Mental Health Promotion endeavours in the community.
  • Work with MHAs in coproducing tailored mental health promotion events – e.g., new resources, campaigns, seminars, webinars and information days.
  • Collaboratively design, develop, deliver and evaluate bespoke mental health promotion initiatives for specific settings – e.g., workplaces, civic, educational and community settings.


Conditions of employment:

The Mental Health Promotion Officer will be based at MHI’s Head Office in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.  There is provision for some working from home in the present pandemic circumstances but will be required periodically to attend regional meetings. The position is based on a 5-day week (37 hours), exclusive of lunch hours, with flexible working hours including regular evening work and occasional weekend working.

The salary for this post is analogous with Grade IV, HSE the salary scale for which starts at €33,500 (HSE Oct 2020).  This post is being offered on the basis of a two-year, fixed term, fixed purpose contract of employment.

Annual Leave 26 days per annum


Closing date: Thursday 17th June 2021 4pm

Interviews are scheduled to take place on the week of 28th June.


To view the full details of this position along with the required skills and qualifications, please go to the MHI website or click


In order to apply, applicants should send their CV & Cover letter highlighting how they meet the above criteria to the following e-mail:


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Part-Time Administration Officer (Gateway Mental Health Project)


Please quote reference number 2021-017 when applying for this position.

Job Title and Grade: Administration Officer, HSE Clerical Officer Grade scale €22,892 (point 1) to €33,856 (point 12) based on a 37-hour week (rates are effective 1st April 2017)
Contract: Specific Purpose One-year Fixed Term Part Time Contract (Working Hours 22.5 hours per week)
Closing Date: Friday 4th June 2021 at midday (Applications received after this time will not be considered)
Organisational Area: Employed by Mental Health Ireland in partnership with Gateway Mental Health Project.
Location of Post: Gateway, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Details of Project: Gateway is a member and peer led community development project for people with self-experience of recovery and mental health issues and works to promote positive mental health, recovery, and social inclusion in the community. Gateway was founded in 2004 upon community development principles of participation, empowerment, collective action and equality. Gateway has over 300 members living across Dublin 2, 4, 6, 6w, 8, 12, 14 and 16 who work together for social support, positive mental health and recovery and to address experiences of stigma, social exclusion and inequality. Gateway is hosted by Mental Health Ireland. Mental Health Ireland employs staff and provides the financial and legal governance of the Project.

Reporting Relationship: Reporting relationship with Mental Health Ireland from an employment contact perspective. Working relationships with Gateway in terms of supervision and operational management. 

Summary of Position: Working as part of a team, the Administration Officer will support the day-to-day operations, communications and administration of the organisation. The Administration Officer will report to the Project Coordinator, or in the absence of the Coordinator, the Development Worker. The Administration Officer will work directly with the Gateway team and members to support operations and progress the strategic aims of the organisation in accordance with community development values and ongoing public health measures in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience in administration or office management. A recognised qualification in office administration or a related discipline would be an advantage.


  • Proven organisational, report writing and record keeping skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written);
  • Good IT skills with an ability to access information quickly;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • The ability to manage and to build positive working relationships;
  • Commitment to the values, ethos, and practices of the organisation – including equality, anti-discrimination, collective action, participation, social justice;
  • A high level of motivation and interest in life-long learning;
  • A capacity to work alone on own initiative and also within a team working environment;
  • An empathetic and non-judgemental approach.


  • Expertise resulting from lived experience of mental health difficulties;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of community work and community development practices;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher;
  • The ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders and community, voluntary and statutory organisations and the media as required.



1. Provide administration support for day-to-day operations of the project

This will include:

  • Maintenance of the contacts database (MS Access) and management of corresponding contact lists (Excel & MS Outlook & Mobile Phone);
  • Providing administrative support for Gateway’s education, training and development activities (Word & Excel); includes maintaining daily stats records for project activity and assistance to project reporting.
  • Updating and maintaining accurate records and information management in line with GDPR which includes data collection, data entry, report writing, and management of project records and filing;
  • Operation and maintenance of financial systems such as procurement card accounts, petty cash accounts, donations, course fees records, contractor and third-party invoices and lodgements;
  • Maintaining office supplies and purchasing as required;
  • Processing post to and from the project;
  • Providing administrative support for event management;
  • Assisting with fulfilling requirements of the Governance Code, regulatory requirements and of Gateway’s funders;
  • Assisting with the maintenance of  Gateway’s human resources recordkeeping and organising the administration of recruitment;
  • Supporting the organisation at meetings and taking minutes where required.


2. Support the development of Gateway

The Administrative Officer will:

  • Work with and provide support to the Gateway team in the organisation and delivery of its activities (online and in person) and broader operations which may include participation in meetings (internally and externally), team development sessions, workshops, IT liaison and provision of cover for Project Workers for drop-in and/or other activities from time to time;
  • Work with the Gateway team to support the Gateway Project in promoting community development as a way of working which will include promoting critical thinking, collective action, participation and empowerment practices;
  • Support development activities in Gateway – encourage member participation and leadership in the Project through involvement in members’ meetings, development workshops and any other relevant opportunities.

3. Provide communications support and information provision

This will include:

  • Compiling monthly schedules for the project;
  • Answering enquiries – by phone and email – and being the first port-of-call for contacts;
  • Organising and responding to requests for information, monitoring Gateway’s email account;
  • Maintenance of the Gateway blog;
  • Maintenance and printing of relevant literature and information and dissemination of same as required by post, email, blog and onsite;
  • Liaising with members, staff and community, voluntary and statutory sector organisations as well as members of the public;
  • Supporting Gateway’s fundraising activities.
  • Provision of peer support to callers by phone if/as required

4. Organisation

This will include:

  • Working within the framework of the overall ethos, objectives, policies and practices of Gateway;
  • Contributing to the promotion of equality of opportunity, anti-discriminatory practice, diversity, individual rights and choice in all aspects of work;
  • Engaging in supervision and mentoring sessions on a regular basis with the Project Co-ordinator;
  • Participating in relevant inhouse training sessions and specific training courses as agreed with the Project Co-ordinator;
  • Being vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bringing any concerns to the attention of the Project Co-ordinator; duties may include support to the team’s covid-19 procedures which includes the daily cleaning and disinfection rota as required.
  • Undertaking such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Project Co-ordinator;

Gateway is an essential community project and has remained open throughout the pandemic. The Administration Officer will be based in Gateway’s premises in Rathmines, Dublin 6 and employed by Mental Health Ireland on behalf of the Gateway Project. The position is part-time, with flexible working hours with a requirement for evening work and occasional weekend, working.  Working hours will be a minimum of 22.5 hours per week.


How to apply:

Applications by CV and cover letter to be submitted by email to Gateway’s host organisation, Mental Health Ireland to: before the closing deadline of 4th June 2021 at midday.

  • Shortlisting will apply for this position.
  • Interviews will commence week beginning Tuesday 8th June.
  • For informal enquiries, contact Gateway’s Co-ordinator, Fionn Fitzpatrick on 01-4977005 or 085-7521220.
  • Mental Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
  • For more information on Gateway see
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