Project Manager - Mental health programme

London, UK
Closing date
26 Oct 2020

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Do you want to play a leading part in an exciting new project to build the communications, digital and storytelling capability of mental health charities in the UK, empowering them to drive behaviour and policy change to tackle the looming increase in mental health issues?

We are looking for a dynamic, proactive and organised individual with a demonstrable track record of successful project management, delivery and completion. Reporting to the Director of Charity Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of this exciting new project. Applicants should have proven experience of successful project management in the charity sector including administering and monitoring project timelines and budgets, and a good track record of working with, managing, and getting the best out of partners and project participants. We are looking for a strategic thinker and detailed project manager with strong skills in media and communications in particular digital media and campaigns, as well as in designing and delivering training and events.

Our ideal candidate is an experienced programme manager who is passionate about mental health and ideally has lived experience either as a person with mental health issues or a carer or from working or volunteering with people with mental health problems.

Media Trust

We strive to bridge the gap between the media industry and charities, under-represented communities and young people to give them a stronger voice. We do this by promoting capacity building for charities and skills-based volunteering by the media and creative sector, empowering young people from diverse backgrounds to work in the industry and facilitating constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration.

Each year, Media Trust boosts the communications capabilities and skills of thousands of charities and community groups across the UK. We offer a unique blend of training, mentoring and content creation support, all designed to strengthen the communication and digital skills, and impact of charities to influence the media, policy and the public.

We have an extensive network of 40 corporate partners including adamandeveDDB, BBC, BBH, Channel 4, Edelman, Facebook, Google, Guardian Media Group, ITV, Sky and Twitter to name a few, who we work closely alongside to deliver our programmes.


This new project will work with mental health charities to help them develop and implement clear and compelling communications that inspires action, builds movements and drives behaviour and policy change. We know that communications is vastly underfunded and understaffed across the charity sector, notably in small mental health organisations. This is why we are launching this new year long programme combining in-depth media and communications training, and mentoring for a cohort of mental health charities, while developing free resources to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of the wider mental health sector in the UK. Part of the programme will also involve media interview training for individuals with lived experience of mental health problems to share their story in the media.

Working as part of our passionate, energetic and high performing Charity Services team, you will have responsibility for managing the launch, delivery and evaluation of this exciting 12-month project.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a passion for mental health with a background in media and communications, particularly digital media, and managing training and capacity building projects. This is a demanding but fulfilling role which will give you broad exposure to UK mental health charities, as well as the media and creative industry.

Key responsibilities

Project Management
  • Coordinate the design of an innovative and impactful strategic communications training and support programme centred around the sector's needs
  • Manage programme budgets and financial reporting
  • Arrange regular Advisory Group meetings, draft relevant papers and chair meetings
  • Coordinate project deliverables including virtual training, mentoring, development of digital resources, peer to peer networking and online events
  • Co-create and organise media training for mental health spokespeople - including managing accessibility requirements and support for trainees where required
  • Recruit, match and manage teams of volunteers from leading media and creative agencies to provide pro bono strategic communications advice and support to mental health charities
  • Work with funders and our external evaluation agency to develop theory of change and evaluation reports

  • Recruit and build the cohort of programme participants comprising charities working in mental health, supporting them through the programme
  • Work with Media Trust's media and creative industry partners to develop tailored training, mentoring and digital resources for the mental health sector
  • Work closely with Media Trust's funding partners to build the support and investment in communications capacity building of the UK charity sector
  • Build and maintain relationships with partners to raise the profile of Media Trust programmes through steering groups, speaking at events, cross promotion and networking

Marketing and Communications
  • Working with our Marcomms team, you will develop web, e-marketing and social copy to promote the project
  • Write project reports, blogs, funding applications and presentations

Person specification
  • A strong understanding of the UK charity sector and experience working with or for a mental health organisation is a bonus
  • Experience in safeguarding for vulnerable adults and/or arranging reasonable adjustments for disabled people is a significant bonus
  • Demonstrable track record of successful project management, delivery and completion
  • Experience of media, communications or campaign work, with knowledge in how the media works
  • An understanding of financial processes with proven experience of preparing, administering and monitoring project budgets
  • Experience of working with, managing, and getting the best out of multiple partners and project participants
  • A passion for digital with experience of digital media and communications
  • Experience of designing training and capacity building projects and support, preferably with training facilitation experience
  • Proven track record of organising and facilitating events, including online and face to face events, from venue hire, co-ordinating participants and working with training partners, to catering and travel
  • Experience of building cohorts/groups/communities of project participants and working in partnership with people with lived experiences/communities to ensure they are integral to the programme design and peer to peer collaboration
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - enjoys working with people, shows empathy and ability to build and establish relationships with people from all walks of life
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with experience of producing guides, blogs or digital resources

The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.

Closing date: Sunday 25 October 2020

Interviews: Week of 2 November 2020 (all interviews will take place online)

How to apply

Download and complete the Equal Opportunities form. Email a covering letter (max 3 pages) describing how your skills and experience match our requirements, your CV and the completed equal opportunities form to:

Please put Project Manager, Mental Health Programme in the subject heading of the email.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Working at Media Trust

Media Trust values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen). One of the ways we do this is by actively encouraging staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available, such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility and equipment or other support you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to hire anyone that isn't already living in the UK. Due to our size, we are unable to sponsor visas.

Media Trust is an ambitious charity, full of passionate people. We are a small and dynamic team that works collaboratively and supports each other in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate, adaptable, value driven, proactive and independent people to join our team.
  • We are based in WeWork Victoria, a vibrant co-working space with our own Media Trust office. There are regular activities and pop up's throughout the week, great networking, free barista coffee all day and ping pong table
  • 30 days annual leave including Bank holidays
  • Summer Friday afternoons off - half day Fridays for all of August
  • Part-time options and flexible hours considered
  • Secure bike shed
  • Pension contributions
  • Volunteer days

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants at any stage of the recruitment process - please get in touch to discuss.

If you have any questions, please email

For more information, visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Media Trust values diversity and is an equal opportunities employer.

Registered Charity no. 1042733
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