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Recruitment

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We currently have three positions open.

  1. Development Officer – CHO5
  2. Family Peer Educator – CHO5
  3. Administrative Assistant

Position Title: Development Officer

Reports to: National Development and Training Manager

Location: (CHO5) Counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary

Development Officer, CHO5

Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation with Mental Health Associations active across the Republic of Ireland. Founded in 1966, our focus has been on Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and Living Life Well for people with lived experience of mental health challenges. MHI is the longest established mental health charity in Ireland and throughout our history we and the MHAs have played a central role in reshaping how the public understand mental health issues. In our strategic plan we describe the next steps we will take to advance greater public understanding, empathy and support for people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Working as part of the national team, the Development Officer will work a five day week in Counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny & South Tipperary, supporting the operation and development of MHAs, the coproduction and delivery of Mental Health Promotion education, Recovery Initiatives and training for volunteers. The Development Officer will represent MHI in CHO 5 in collaboration with the HSE and other related stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector working to improve the mental health of the population. The Development Officer will report to the National Development and Training Manager and work closely with our national team and Development Officers across the country to coproduce projects, campaigns and communication. The role demands flexible working hours and the candidate must have experience and capacity for lone working.

The Person

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a relevant mental health and related community/voluntary sector.

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • Proven experience in a mental health and mental health promotion field;
  • A third level qualification in a health and/or social care field or equivalent.
  • Experience of volunteering and working with volunteers
  • A demonstrable understanding and knowledge of recovery principles
  • A track record of working in a team-working environment
  • Proven experience coproducing and delivering training and group facilitation
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mental Health Ireland
  • Knowledge of the health and social policy context in which Mental Health Ireland operates
  • Knowledge of how mental health services are delivered by the HSE and other providers
  • The ability to represent MHI across a diverse range of audiences and to build effective relationships with MHAs, HSE, service user groups, community/ voluntary organisations, cross sectoral stakeholders and the media
  • Evidence of exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to access information accurately, quickly and strategically
  • Excellent organisational and ICT skills (Information Communication Technology)
  • A high level of motivation, experience and capacity for lone working and working on one’s own initiative

The following experience is a distinct advantage:

  • Experience of working in the mental health and voluntary sectors
  • Co producing and delivery of Mental Health Promotion and Recovery education and training workshops

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

Main Responsibilities

1. Support the Development of Mental Health Associations (MHAs)

The Development Officer will:

  • Support Mental Health Associations (MHAs) and enhance the work of MHAs in Counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary, reflecting the mission statement of MHI and working to the strategy of the Board.
  • Be a resource to the MHAs with the emphasis on facilitating local volunteer involvement in the delivery of agreed work and objectives.
  • Attend meetings of MHAs – listen, advise, motivate, support, encourage and emphasise the valuable contributions volunteers can make in areas such as:  Mental Health Promotion projects; Supporting Peer led and Recovery initiatives;  Enhancing community connection; Organisation Fitness; Coproduction and Training initiatives; Fundraising
  • Encourage MHAs to organise and promote mental health promotion awareness events – i.e. information days, seminars and national campaigns.
  • Assist and encourage MHAs to enhance their profile within local communities by fostering community involvement with the possibility of attracting new members.
  • Provide training and development opportunities for volunteers to enhance their skills and ensure all volunteers have Garda vetting.
  • Engage MHAs in national awareness, mental health promotion, recovery initiatives and advocacy campaigns.

2. Coproduction of Mental Health Promotion and Recovery Initiatives in local communities

The Development Officer will:

  • Coproduce and deliver agreed education and training programmes, promoting positive mental health and recovery across all Life Stages (children and families; adolescents; adults; older people) and Settings (community; schools; workplaces; sports organisations; primary care) approach.
  • Deliver on recognised training initiatives including Mental Health & Well Being, Five Ways to Well Being, ASIST, SafeTalk, Stress Control, Recovery Principles and Practices and other programmes as relevant.
  • Lead on the coproduction of and support of Peer led and Recovery initiatives locally.
  • Respond to requests for information, guidance and assistance from members of the public and signpost people to appropriate services and service pathways.
  • Facilitate feedback from local communities to MHI nationally and HSE locally as required.

3. Support the coproduction and implementation of Recovery initiatives to mental health services at local, regional and national levels

The Development Officer will:

  • Work with statutory partners on shared projects of mutual benefit to MHAs and service providers within the area.
  • In partnership with HSE personnel and local service providers, be actively involved in mental health policy planning for the area.
  • Facilitate bi-directional communication between the MHAs and MHI working closely with the national team.
  • Work in partnership with other voluntary sector organisations to co-ordinate activities, to minimise duplication of effort and to work in an effective and efficient manner in line with MHI Strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with established Fora in CHO5 i.e. National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health, Connecting for Life Programmes, LifelinKK & STAN. Etc

4. Organisation

The Development Officer will:

  • Promote the objectives, policies and practices of MHI.
  • Contribute to the promotion of equality of opportunity, anti-discriminatory practice, diversity, individual rights and choice in all aspects of the work.
  • Conduct other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Participate in relevant development and training courses as agreed with the Development & Training Manager
  • Undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Development & Training Manager
  • Be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of the CEO and Health & Safety Officer.
  • Submit timely, accurate and structured reports as required or directed for performance management purposes.
  • At all times the Development Officer will work in line with MHI’s Strategic Plan

Conditions of employment

The Development Officer will be based in CHO5 and will be required to attend national meetings and lead on national initiatives.

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 week-end working.

The salary for this post is analogous with Grade VII, HSE.

Final closing date for applications is 5:00pm December 10th 2019. Interviews will take place 20th December.

Mental Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

Position Title: Family Peer Educator

Reports to: Service Reform fund Project Lead for Advancing Recovery.

Location: St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

 Family Peer Educator, CHO 5

The Mental Health Services of SECH (CHO 5) encompasses Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford; it has a total population of 496,000 (CSO, 2011).  There are community mental health teams in each local area in each County (typically one team for approximately 50,000 population). Community Mental Health Teams are multi-disciplinary and are the main instrument in delivering community based mental health supports.  There are two in-patients units, attached to general hospitals in Waterford and Kilkenny. The Community Mental Health Teams work closely with the in-patient units.

A significant Service Reform programme in mental health services is underway to enable and drive the establishment of recovery orientated service delivery.  This post is funded from the CHO 5 Service Reform Programme  Advancing Recovery and recovery education is a key component of Service Reform. There is a well established South East Recovery College, based in Kilkenny. Recovery College is the way in which people who have lived experience of mental illness, their supporters and mental health professionals work together to provide the service. This approach allows Recovery Colleges to develop and offer practical, useful courses which students can choose to aid them on their recovery journey. The successful candidate will work closely with the South East Recovery College in providing Recovery education.

The family peer educator will support the in-patient unit in the Department of Psychiatry at St Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny and will support families of service users attending Mental Health Services in Carlow, Kilkenny, and South Tipperary. The Peer Educator in Mental Health Services are individuals employed to add their unique expertise deriving from their “lived experience” of mental health challenges and receiving support. Family peer educators will have experience of being a family member of a mental health service user.

The continued development of the recovery orientation of the Irish mental health services is a key priority of the HSE. The development of the Framework for recovery in mental health 2018-2020, sets out an understanding of recovery and recovery orientated services, the core values that underpin it and the actions and measures that support such a service.

The family peer educator will provide  information to family members/supporters/ carers  about how mental health services work, explain confidentiality issues, and advise on how to access support  at the point of contact as required by the family, based on a family focused needs assessment. They will advise service providers about involving and engaging with the family, providing information or education to staff as required. The family peer educator will have a role in the education delivered through the recovery college, i.e. being involved in the co-production and co delivery of recovery workshops in relation to the role and needs of the family in a person’s recovery.

The Person

The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • A  recognised third level qualification in  health , social care education and/or  other related field
  • Will have a strong and demonstrable commitment to recovery informed by lived or family member mental health experience.
  • A track record and demonstrable competence in the support and development of projects and new initiatives that promote positive mental health.
  • Experience of group facilitation or similar engagement process with service users and family members as relevant to this role. Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders as relevant to this role.
  • At least 2 years experience working in mental health or community development  field.
    A relevant qualification in training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring or proven relevant experience.
  • A good knowledge of recovery principles and practice
  •  Evidence of  involvement  in recovery initiatives
  • A good knowledge and understanding of the National framework for recovery in mental health 2018-2020 and the guidance documents associated with it.
  • Previous experience in service development initiatives.
  • Proven voluntary/paid experience of project management and community development initiatives
  • Garda clearance.
  •  Appropriate references.
  • Full driving licence and own transport required.

Professional knowledge

  • An understanding of recovery principles and practice.
  • An understanding of peer led services and recovery orientated mental health services.
  • An understanding of the role of education in mental health recovery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to adult education and training.
  • Experience of training design and producing resource materials.
  • An understanding of the value of service user and family member narratives /experiences in the delivery and development of services at every level of the service.

Skills

  • Experience of training design and producing resource materials.
  • Experience of delivery of training.
  • Ability to work co-cooperatively as part of a team.
  •  Good administration skills.
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and seek support as required.
  • IT Skills.
  • Ability to lead and support a team of facilitators.

Planning and organising

  • Possess the necessary organisational and planning skills to ensure available sources are optimized in achieving the aims of the project.
  • Good organisational and planning skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to strategise, prioritise and schedule activities to ensure achievement of project objectives in the short and long term.
  • Project management experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate complex information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making skills.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships with stakeholder groups and partner organizations.
  • Effective presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Motivation and an innovative approach to the job.
  • The ability to present information clearly, concisely and confidently when speaking and in writing tailoring to meet the needs of the audience.
  •  The ability to interact in a professional manner with other staff and key stakeholders.

Commitment to a Quality Service

  • Confidence and competence in public speaking.
  • The ability to use a broad range of education techniques.
  • The ability to meaningfully evaluate the benefits of recovery education in mental health.
  • Demonstrate a client/user focus in the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrate a core belief in and passion for the sustainable delivery of high quality user focused services.
  •  Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with the service reform team and the  Recovery College south east in promoting a whole service approach to co-produced  recovery education, in line with the following guidance documents,  Recovery Education Guidance document 2018-2020,  Co – production in practice guidance document 2018-2020, Family Recovery Guidance document 2018-2020.
  • Build supportive relationships with all stakeholders which  includes partner organisations and individuals in the development & delivery of family recovery initiatives.
  • Support the development of Family Peer support groups.
  • Maintain and develop networks and relevant partnerships throughout the community.
  • Support the development  of the SECH communications strategy as identified in  the Recovery Implementation Plan
  • Liaise with recovery orientated services, groups and individuals with a view to developing and strengthening partnership working.
  • Establish information clinics serving the catchment area (Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary).
  • Administer and update relevant systems of documentation and record keeping.
  • Attend and support Recovery implementation planning meetings and any relevant meetings to the role.
  • Promote Recovery principles and practice at every level of the service to support the value of both the lived experience and family member personal narratives in developing recovery orientated services.
  • Build capacity of family member engagement in recovery education, inline with the policies and protocols outlined by the recover college south east.
  • Support the co- design and co-deliver of training in co-production and co- facilitation in line with the Recovery College South East.
  • Build service provider capacity in the delivery of recovery orientated services.
  • Build supportive relationships with service users, family members and staff working collaboratively in respect of advancing  Recovery initiatives  in SECH.
  • In collaboration with  the Recovery  College South east , develop  co-produced education and training , as identified by the other strands of the   SRF programme  i.e. housing and employment
  • Contribute to evaluation and audit of recovery education and recovery initiatives in the SECH

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Conditions of employment

This position is part time (21 hours per week ) for specified purpose contract for 18 months. This post will be based in Kilkenny in the Recovery College South East.  Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie

Salary is analogous with HSE Grade IV.

Interviews will take place the week of the 27th January 2020

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th January 2020 at 5:00pm

Applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information supplied on their CV and letter of application at the closing date. Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the post specific requirements, duties, skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.

Position Title: Administrative Assistant, Office for Mental Health & Engagement & Community Operations

Reports to: The Mental Health Engagement & Recovery Lead or delegated person.

Location: St Lomans Campus, Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Administrative Assistant

The continued development of recovery orientated services is a key priority of mental health services.  The development of the framework for recovery in Mental Health 2018- 2020 sets out an understanding of recovery and recovery orientated services, the core values that underpin it and the actions and measures that support such a service. This is also in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Ireland’s strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021).

Mental Health Engagement and Recovery supports a whole organisational approach to developing a recovery orientated service which ensures that service users, their families and supporters are central to the design, planning delivery and evaluation of the services.

The post is guided by the National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020) and is in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021). The Administrative Assistant will provide support to the Mental Health Engagement & Recovery Lead and National Community Operations.

The Person

  • Provides administrative support to the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Lead and support the work of the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Team and the wider MH National Office when required.
  • Liaise and work closely with the Area Leads for Engagement, Recovery Coordinators and the Service Reform Fund leads as well as community partners.
  • Responsible for specific projects as agreed with the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Team.
  • General duties of a staff member.

Essential skills

  • Leaving Certificate.
  • 2 years Secretarial / Administrative experience
  • Excellent IT skills including knowledge and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Desirable 

  • Experience in event and project management
  • An understanding of Mental Health Services
  • Some knowledge and experience of working in or with public sector and voluntary sector is desirable
  • European Computer Driving Licence desirable

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Administrative experience supporting at Director or Senior Management level.
  • Executive administrative skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent keyboard skills which will include knowledge of and competence in IT skills in particular in the use of Word, Excel and Email
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies
  • Excellent inter-personal and telephone skills.
  • Proven experience in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability and experience of accurate minute taking at meetings
  • Experience of event management and administration
  • Knowledge and experience of budget management including managing accounts and the processing of invoices and payment
  • Office management skills

Personal attributes 

  • Positive, flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing priorities and demanding deadlines.
  • Ability to use own initiative, prioritise and multi-task.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Be flexible on working hours
    Garda clearance.
  • Appropriate references.
  • Full driving licence and own transport required.

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide confidential administrative and secretarial support to the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Lead and the National Team
  • Responsible for the organisation and management of specific projects and events as delegated by the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Lead.
  • To develop and maintain efficient and effective administrative systems and procedures within the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Team office.
  • To network with CHO Area Leads, Recovery Coordinators, Recovery Leads, and Service Reform Fund leads and other community partners and organisations.
  • Support the Business Manager in budget administration.
  • Record budget expenditure relating to the office of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery
  • Support the wider Community Operations Team in mental health as agreed with line manager

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Reports to the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery National Lead or delegated person

  • Liaise at all levels within Mental Health Engagement and Recovery.
  • Liaise with Mental Health Services, Service Improvement Leads, Heads of Mental Health in each CHO, designated engagement and Recovery Leads in CHO areas
  • Liaise with external contacts at all levels on behalf of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery.

Conditions of employment

This post is a 2 year initial contract. The position is based on a 5-day week (37 hours), exclusive of lunch hours and will based in St Lomans Campus, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.  Please forward a CV and covering letter of application recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie

Interviews will be held on week beginning 20th  January 2020. Shortlisting may apply.

Closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 10th January 2020.

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