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- Development Worker – Gateway
Position Title: Developement Worker
Reports to: Project Coordinator
Location: Rathmines, Dublin 6
Gateway is a community member and peer led social support organisation 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.
Working as part of a team, the Development Worker will support Gateway members in the operation and development of a member and peer led community resource for people with self-experience of mental ill health and recovery.
The Development Worker will be based in Rathmines, Dublin 6 and employed by Mental Health Ireland on behalf of the Gateway Project. The Development Worker will report to and work closely with the Project Co-ordinator, the Gateway team and members, to develop and deliver initiatives to support operations and progress the strategic aims of the organisation. The role demands flexible working hours and a capacity for lone working.
The position is full-time, 37 hours a week exclusive of lunch hours, with flexible working hours including potential for evening work and occasional weekend working.
The contract is for 1 year fixed term. The salary is aligned to Grade IV HSE (€25,752 – €40,209) and commensurate with qualifications and experience and subject to Garda Vetting.
Mental Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
The Development Worker will assist the Project Co-ordinator in the management of the Gateway Project. Working as part of a team, the Development Worker will support Gateway members in the operation and development of a member and peer led community resource for people with self-experience of mental ill health and recovery.
The role requires the ability to draw on personal lived experience of mental health and recovery for the purpose of mentoring and developmental activities. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the community sector working with projects that seek to address social exclusion and inequality, particularly within the context of mental health.
The successful candidate will be expected to have:
· Proven experience in a development role and/or in a mental health context
· A professionally endorsed qualification in Community Development and/or experience of using community development approaches.
· Expertise resulting from lived experience of mental health difficulties, recovery and the mental health services; ability to draw on lived experience to engage in mentoring, peer modelling, peer education and other developmental activities.
· Experience of managing, supervising and supporting workers, volunteers and interns.
· Clear understanding of the impacts of social exclusion and inequality, particularly within the context of mental health; working knowledge of the health and social policy context in which Gateway operates.
· A working knowledge of, commitment to and promotion of mental health recovery principles and models of community participation in line with Gateway’s ethos, practices and strategic aims.
· Experience of team-working and the ability to manage and to build positive working relationships.
· Experience developing and delivering training, workshops and facilitating group work; particular experience of mental health recovery and wellbeing related programmes delivery and development training.
· Excellent leadership and networking skills; ability to promote and represent Gateway within and across relevant networks including Gateway Members, Service User Groups, Statutory Mental Health Services, HSE staff, Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations, local and national bodies, cross sectorial groups and the media as required.
· Proven communications and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.
· Excellent research, analytical and IT skills with an ability to access information quickly and strategically.
· A high level of motivation; capacity to work alone and on own initiative.
1. Support the Development of Gateway Mental Health Project
- Work with and support the Project Co-ordinator in managing the Gateway Project and in the development of a member and peer led community resource and drop in which works to address the needs and interests of people with self-experience of mental ill health and recovery
- Work with members to identify, develop and deliver initiatives using inclusive strengths based approaches which create and enhance opportunities for member participation, learning and co-production.
- Support members to develop and engage in decision making through structures such as Members’ Meetings and Gateway Management Committee Meetings and externally through local and national bodies and groups
- Plan, evaluate, review and report on development activities and progress (annually and ongoing).
- Promotion of and representation on behalf of the Gateway Project, its peer led ethos and activities within and external to the organisation.
- Alongside Gateway members, develop networks with relevant community, voluntary and statutory agencies, to address advocacy interests and barriers to the integration and social inclusion of people with mental health issues.
2. Management & Strategic Planning
- Take responsibility for the management of Gateway Project, its staff and activities in the absence of the Project Co-ordinator.#
- Provide support to the Gateway team and Project Workers in the organisation and delivery of the Gateway Project’s drop in and broader operations.
- Work with and support the Project Co-ordinator, Gateway’s Management Committee and Gateway Members through strategic planning processes and organisational development.
- Work with and support the Project Co-ordinator, in diversifying funding for the sustainability of Gateway.
- Work within the framework of the overall ethos, objectives, policies and practices of Gateway Project.
- Conduct other administrative duties as required.
- Engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the Project Co-ordinator and supervise Project Workers, an Intern or Volunteer as required.
- Undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Project Co-ordinator.
Conditions of employment
The Development Worker will be based in Rathmines, Dublin 6 and employed by Mental Health Ireland on behalf of the Gateway Project. The position is full-time, 37 hours a week exclusive of lunch hours, with flexible working hours including potential for evening work and occasional weekend working.
The contract is for 1 year fixed term. The salary is aligned to Grade IV HSE (€25,752 – €40,209) and commensurate with qualifications and experience and subject to Garda Vetting. Mental Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
How to apply: Applications by CV and cover letter to be submitted by email to Gateway’s host organisation, Mental Health Ireland to: email@example.com
Mental Health Ireland, 1-4 Adelaide Road, Glasthule, Co Dublin Tel 01-284 1166
For informal inquiries contact: Fionn Fitzpatrick, Gateway Coordinator, Gateway Mental Health Project. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01- 4977005 For more information on Gateway
Closing date for applications: Friday 26th October 4pm
Please note that interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place early November.
Expiry date: 26/10/2018