Job Details: Mental Health Reform: Community Development Officer


Irish Future
Talbot Street
Dublin 1
Mental Health Reform: Community Development Officer
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER –  CLARE, LIMERICK, NORTH
TIPPERARY/EAST LIMERICK (CHO 3)

JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION

REPORTS TO: Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer

LOCATION:  Limerick City/Home working

DURATION: Contract until **Apply on the website** January **Apply on
the website**

ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

Mental Health Reform (MHR) is the national coalition driving reform of
Ireland’s mental health services and supports. Our vision is of an
Ireland where everyone can access the support that they need in their
community to achieve their best possible mental health. With more than
**Apply on the website** member organisations and thousands of
individual supporters, MHR provides a coordinated voice to Government,
its agencies, the Oireachtas and the general public on mental health
issues

POSITION SUMMARY

While MHR has been effective in advocating at a national level for
improved mental health services and supports, so far we have not had
the capacity to support local activism. Yet with the increasing focus
on regionalisation of health systems and HSE management, and the
importance of Grassroots activism, this becomes increasingly
important.

The Community Development Officer will  play a key role in developing
the capacity in Community Health Organisation Area 3 (CHO3) among
concerned individuals and organisations in order to develop local
grassroots collective advocacy around issues affecting people with
mental health difficulties, in line with Mental Health Reform’s
Strategic Plan **Apply on the website**. The CDO will support local
communities and member organisations and co-ordinate a collective
voice in the region, calling for improvements in mental health
services and supports.

Available funding for the remainder of the project will expire in
January, when the final project deliverables will need to be met and
the performance of the project reviewed.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

* TRAINING/SUPPORT/DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL GROUPS

* Build trust and working relationships with people directly affected
by mental health difficulties, their families/friends/carers and
organisations working with them
* Facilitate or attend local meetings and fora to develop an
understanding of priority issues for people with mental health
difficulties and families/friends/carers
* Develop and deliver collective advocacy training and
capacity-building programmes at local level
* Develop and run collaborative projects with and between local
organisations to highlight issues affecting people with mental health
difficulties
* Develop and seize opportunities to foreground people’s
experience of mental health services and supports in local media,
political fora and/or similar public spaces
* Work proactively and independently to organise events and
opportunities for people to share their mental health experiences with
decision makers, media and members of the public
* Support individuals to share their stories and drive progressive
reform of mental health services

* REPRESENTING MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

* Represent Mental Health Reform at local meetings, fora and to local
politicians, HSE representatives and other area decision-makers
* Organise a programme of social media communications to support
local collective advocacy
* Monitor local and regional media activity on mental health and
Mental Health Reform

* ORGANISATION

* Work within the framework of the overall objectives and the
policies and practices of Mental Health Reform
* Contribute to the promotion of equality of opportunity,
anti-discriminatory practice, diversity, individual rights and choice
in all aspects of work
* Participate in Mental Health Reform’s performance management
system and engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the
Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer
* Undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from
time to time in consultation with the Senior Communications and
Advocacy Officer
* Update MHR’s contacts database, collect data and complete
monitoring and evaluation reports as required
* Carry out other administrative duties as required
* Supervise interns or volunteers as required
* Be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the
workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of the Director or
Health & Safety Representative

Mental Health Reform reserves the right to amend this job description
to meet organisational needs.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS, CAPABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE:

* Third level qualification in Community Development/Work, Youth
Work, Social Sciences, Education or a related field
* Knowledge of the Irish mental health system and mental health
issues
* Experience of training and facilitating groups and individuals
* Ability to gather and summarise qualitative and quantitative
information
* Project management experience
* Excellent communication skills
* Fluent speaker and writer of English
* Ability to work on own initiative to achieve set goal
* Ability to interact with people involved at all levels of the
mental health system in a professional manner
* Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint

ATTITUDE:

* Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Mental Health
Reform
* A can-do attitude with a focus on continuous improvement within
area of work
* Ability to work independently and with initiative
* Excels within a busy work environment

DESIRABLE:

* Experience of lobbying or campaigning
* Local knowledge of mental health issues and organisations in CHO 3

OTHER REQUIREMENT:

* Full clean driving licence and access to a car.

TERMS

* This is a fixed term contract position subject to funding and
completion of a probationary period.
* Flexibility is required regarding hours as some weekend and
evening work will be necessary.
* Travel and out of office work will also be a feature of the role.

SALARY: salary will be commensurate with experience.

HOURS OF WORK: **Apply on the website** hours per week

ANNUAL LEAVE: **Apply on the website** days

APPLICATIONS: 

Please email your CV and cover letter to **Apply on the website**. 
In your letter please state current remuneration (salary and benefits)
and when you would be able to begin the role.

Closing date for the submission of applications is Friday, September
**Apply on the website**th at 5pm.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE JOB
DESCRIPTION - IT SERVES ONLY AS AN OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE

MENTAL HEALTH REFORM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

 


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Type: Permanent
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