JOB VACANCY: Head of Recovery College

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

Pay rate: £31,846-£34,746 per annum

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Head of Recovery College

Applications close on date: Sunday, 16th October 2016 at midnight.

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: Head of Recovery College|Restore
Department: Recovery College
Reports to: Director of Volunteering and Training
Employment term Full Time/Perm
Salary: £31,846-£34,746 per annum
Position based in Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
Benefits EAP, Individual Training Budget, Pensions,
Occasional working from home, Childcare Vouchers, Travel loan, Eye Care scheme, Cycle to work scheme, 33 days holiday, four weeks paid sabbatical after five year’s service

About Restore

Restore is an Oxfordshire charity that provides expert support in innovative rehabilitation, employment and training support for people with mental health problems. Our aim is to work with people with mental health problems to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.
Restore is a charitable company limited by guarantee and our trustees are elected by our membership and run the organisation on their behalf.
We believe that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work and the right to the support they need to become and remain employed. We believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and we work to challenge this discrimination.
Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have mental health problems. We work with about 1,000 people a year and enable people in their journey of recovery and support them to get paid work.
Restore provides two main types of support. These are coaching and recovery groups. Coaching is one to one support aimed at enabling the person supported to do something specific. Restores coaching support focuses on supporting people to get paid work, to go back to work after a period of sickness, or to start education. Recovery groups provide people with the opportunity to come together in a group and work on their journey of recovery together. They use practical tasks (such as gardening, woodwork, catering) to make this possible.
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Key responsibilities
Restore is working in partnership with Oxford Health, Response, Oxfordshire Mind, Connection Floating Support and Elmore Team to continue the development and delivery of Oxfordshire Recovery College for individuals accessing these services, carers and staff and volunteers of the Partnership
The Head of Recovery College will be responsible for the continuing development and delivery of the Recovery College using a hub and spoke model. Central to this role is service user and carer involvement as the Recovery College is based on the empowerment and transformational approach promoted by ImROC. This approach espouses involvement of service users to inform the strategic vision for the college, the design and delivery of training, and quality management of the delivery of courses in an educational rather than therapeutic setting. The Head of Recovery College will continue to engage stakeholders, ensure the terms of reference and operational requirements are adhered to and continue with coordination of the co-development and co-delivery of courses and production of prospectus.
More specifically, the job entails to:
• To become the expert in Recovery College principles and practices and to model these throughout the partnership
• To engage and involve stakeholders (service users, carers, volunteers, and staff from all the partnership organizations) in the Recovery College through events and communications
• To work with the Recovery College steering group as the Specialist Lead in the management and delivery of services and to continue to develop the Recovery College according to the guiding principles of IMRoC and as part the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership
• To lead and supervise the Recovery College Team (Coordinator and Lead Tutor) in delivering all aspects of the college core business with a focus on principles of recovery and social inclusion
• To oversee the ongoing recruitment, development training and supervision of the Recovery College Peer Tutors and Volunteers
• To create and deliver project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements, ensuring that all courses/workshops are co-produced and co-delivered, adhering to the core principles of adult learning
• To co-facilitate courses/workshops with Peer and Mental Health Practitioner trainers
• Identify resources and assign responsibilities
• Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the Recovery College
• To engage in the Recovery College network events and share good practice
• To be responsible for the ongoing development delivery and monitoring of quality assurance systems
• Ensure ongoing review and development of consistent policies, procedures and good practice.
• To meet financial objectives by forecasting requirements; adhering to the planned budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions
• Ensure the efficient administration of the project, including maintaining progress and financial records and submitting project status reports to meeting the reporting requirements of funders
• To maintain annual registration with relevant professional body and where relevant, ensure Recovery College staff do the same

• Either a professional mental health qualification or a recognized education qualification
• Experience of representing an organization to a range of external audiences
• Experience of delivering training in educational settings
• Personal experience or understanding of mental health issues

Areas of interest and intrinsic competencies
• An understanding of the principles of recovery from mental illness and the barriers that people with mental health problems may face when attempting to or accessing education
• Experience of Project management and skills
• Excellent supervision skills
• Excellent listening skills and communication skills (both written and verbal) with clear evidence of ability
• Initiative and decision making ability
• Ability to motivate and inspire others and translate learning into effective and committed practice
• Excellent time management skills with an ability to manage and monitor a range of objectives
• Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
• Resource management ability
• Willingness to undertake professional qualifications if required
This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organization agreed by the Chief Executive and Trustees
Supplementary Information:
DBS Check:
This post requires the applicant to complete an enhanced and adult barred lists criminal record check as it is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. We recognise the contribution that ex-offenders can make as employees and volunteers and welcome applications from them. A person’s criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at, or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying.

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