Head of Lived Experience Vacancy – Mind

Head of Lived Experience Vacancy – Mind

Head of Lived Experience (35 hours a week, Permanent), Mind Head Office (home working in line with government guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic)

About the role

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We provide advice and support to empower anybody experiencing a mental health problem and we campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

We are recruiting a Head of Lived Experience at a crucial time for Mind, as we launch our new strategy for 2021-24. Reporting to the Head of Communities you will develop and deliver an approach to lived experience leadership, community development and partnership working in Mind that supports communities to better be able to respond to mental health need.

You will provide leadership to support your team to actively build relationships and partnership approaches across community networks and support Mind to work more effectively in and with communities and people with lived experience, helping build capacity for them to lead change. The team will link with the Networks unit and local Minds to develop resources to ensure that they are fully connected to, and working alongside, their local communities. You will ensure the insights and intelligence on assets and needs from our grassroots networks in communities are better understood and can inform Mind’s work nationally to influence and to develop services and campaigns that effectively respond to needs.

Mind aims to ensure that the needs and interests of mental health service users, women, black and minority ethnic communities, disabled people, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and people of all ages are reflected in all its activities. All staff are expected to contribute to this aim.

Candidates for this role will have a personal direct experience of mental heath problems with substantial experience of integrating this experience into your day-to-day work to inform your values, communications and approach to lived experience and community leadership. With experience of leading culture change within an organisation regarding community empowerment, you will have a proven track record of influencing internal colleagues, building strong networks with expert external organisations, designing, delivering and reviewing a programme of substantial internal change. Knowledge of national voluntary sector of federation or membership organisations, coupled with a track record in two nation working would be desirable, however is not essential.

We are committed to becoming actively anti-racist in everything we do. This is a critical priority for Mind.

We embrace diversity and understand that being an inclusive organisation, recognising different perspectives, will enable us to provide excellent services. We are committed to ensuring all our employees are treated fairly and equitably at work and promoting equity in physical and mental health for all.

Closing Date 1st April 2021

This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the next six months or until updated government guidelines are published.

Mind is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Mind reserve the right to close the vacancy to applications earlier, should we receive a high volume of strong candidates – therefore we encourage an early application.

If you would like to have an informal discussion regarding the vacancy, please contact Gavin Atkins, Head of Communities, Mind g.atkins@mind.org.uk

Please refer to the Job Description while completing your application as candidates will be shortlisted based on how closely they match the criteria.

How to apply

For the full job description and to apply, please click here

Mind reserve the right to close the vacancy to applications earlier, should we receive a high volume of strong candidates – therefore we encourage an early application.

Mind is an equal opportunities employer.