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Deputy Director

Acorn Recruitment
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5 Aug 2021

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Acorn Executive Search is working in partnership with Platfform to appoint a new Deputy Director.

Platfform is the mental health and social change charity who have been operating in Wales for 30 years. They are governed by a Board of Trustees responsible for their strategic direction and are a platform for connection, transformation and social change.

Platfform work with people experiencing challenges with their mental health, and with communities who want to create a greater sense of connection, ownership and wellbeing in the places they live.

Their purpose is to work passionately in pursuit of two things:

1.To change the narrative around mental health, offering up an alternative to the dominant paradigm of psychiatric diagnosis. One that focuses on the role that trauma, life experiences and socio-economic circumstances have on our mental health and our ability to recover. We do this in pursuit of broadening public perceptions and to transform how people experiencing mental distress can ask for and receive help

2.To make our 'helping systems' work better for people having the toughest time. In the first stages of our strategy, we will focus on mental health, housing, homelessness, and young people's systems.

Platfform are incredibly focused on ensuring that their workforce represents as many identities and backgrounds as possible and committed to providing equality of opportunity for all current and prospective members of their team. Therefore, we want to encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and particularly those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

About the Role

Seeking to appoint a Deputy Director to work with the Director of Operations, the Executive team and leadership team to provide transformational leadership within our Crisis Prevention and Home Services and the wider organisation.

We are looking for a values driven leader who has a demonstrable commitment to our work, understands what is wrong with the current system and dominant mental health narrative.

Role Responsibilities

Specific to your role we need you to:

*Identify what is working well within our Crisis Prevention and Home Services and meets the organisations vision and purpose - nurture it, celebrate it and grow it.
*Lead on key pieces of work to meet our 2024 Strategic Milestones within our refreshed strategy.
*Support the executive team with their key strategic milestone of becoming a more diverse employer by 2024.
*Lead in a way to ensure you and your team are creating and maintaining psychologically safe environment in which all colleagues feel safe and confident to challenge, disagree, experiment, explore and learn in pursuit of our vision and purpose.
*Understand the complex systems both internally and externally that you are part of and working within.
*Show transformational leadership in your area of responsibility and to the wider organisation.
*To nurture and maintain exceptional external relationships, role modelling and always upholding our values and approach in pursuit of our purpose
*To develop, imbed and maintain systems and process that ensures all projects and services are managed in a legally compliant and safe way

What you will be doing...

You will work with our Director of Operations to agree detailed objectives for your role. They are likely to cover:

*Vision and strategy for the future - developing clear and compelling visons and strategy for your area of responsibility, Crisis Prevention and Home.
*Gain a deep understanding of our work, the context, national and local policy and legislative landscape.
*Working closely with HR colleagues and Operational leaders to deliver our People Strategy (Inside Job) and imbed our Trauma Informed, Healing Focussed and Strength based approach across operational teams
*To lead and embed our Data, Impact and Evaluation strategy within Crisis Prevention and Home.
*To analyse and understand our Data and Impact to drive internal service improvement and inform both our internal and external system change and influence strategy.
*Lead on our Compliance workstream, working closely with the Heads of Departments to ensure all departments, projects and services are managed in a legally compliant and safe way.
*Lead and work closely with the Head of Services, IT and Impacts to develop and embed our new Operational Database.

For more information, contact Zoiya Saleem / Luke Robért at Acorn Recruitment to review the candidate pack, strategy and learn more about the opportunity.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd August 2021.

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