Head of Northern Ireland

The Mental Health Foundation is seeking to expand our services into Northern Ireland and is recruiting for a Head of Northern Ireland.

Starting salary £48,000 rising to £54,000.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.  We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence.  We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health. 

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Head of Northern Ireland role will work with the Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland to develop and implement a national strategy covering research, programmes, policy and communications. This is a unique opportunity to build and shape our work at the outset.

You will:

  • Establish and consolidate our presence in Northern Ireland
  • Develop our NI strategy, setting priorities to achieve greatest impact
  • Operationally manage our work alongside senior directorate colleagues from research, programmes, policy and communications.
  • Represent the Foundation at all levels including in the media, with policy makers and community groups.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • A clear understanding of public health, mental health and social inequalities
  • Experience and credibility in one or more of: research, policy or practice.
  • The ability to collaborate, build partnerships and influence at the highest levels
  • Strong communications skills and a positive attitude
  • Ability to develop and operationalise strategy, including managing people and budgets.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS check.  Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to [email protected] (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form).  Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. 

Please download our Equal Opportunities Form

Applications will close at 5pm on Thursday 23rd September 2021.  Interviews are planned for week commencing 18th October 2021. Please note you will be asked to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation.  Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged.  If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at [email protected].

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please email [email protected] (Director Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Due to Covid-19, we are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Employment Benefits

Pension (non-contributory)

The Foundation considers it important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment from 3 months service. After successful completion of the probationary period this increases to 10%, all non-contributory.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential information, support and counselling telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 030 5182.

Wellbeing Days

Staff may take up to 3 days per every leave year for their personal wellbeing and mental health needs. These days must be taken during the leave year and cannot be carried over.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 26 days after 3 years’ service and 27 days after 5 years’ service. The additional annual leave is awarded on 1 April following the relevant work anniversary. The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Christmas leave

Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

Life Assurance Scheme

Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

Flexible working

The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to apply for a loan to purchase a bicycle of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. Available after successful completion of probationary period.