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Programme Manager (Becoming a Man)

Mental Health Foundation
Closing date
23 May 2022

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The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Programme Manager to manage our Becoming a Man (BAM) Programme and support our Policy and Programmes Department. This is a fixed term full time role ending August 2023, at 35 hours per week.

Starting salary £41,800 rising to £48,070 plus £3,285 London Weighting

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK's leading charity for everyone's mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our Approach is:

Tell the world

We publish studies and reports on what protects mental health and the causes of poor mental health and how to tackle them.

Find solutions

We test and evaluate the best approaches to improving mental health in communities and then roll them out as widely as possible.

Inform and empower

We give advice to millions of people on mental health. We are most well-known for running Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK each year. We enable mentally healthier lives through public information and engagement.

Change policy and practice

We propose solutions and campaign for change to address the underlying cause of poor mental health.

Build a strong Foundation

We aim to become an exemplar employer and aim to continue to build an organisation that is financially sustainable and thriving.

We have pioneered change for over 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting role will manage our Becoming a Man (BAM) Programme of work which is being delivered by BAM counsellors across three project implementation sites in Lambeth. BAM is a school-based counselling programme that seeks to support young men in years 8-11 to learn, internalise, and practice social skills so that they can reach their potential in school, in their community, and at home. In addition to ensuring effective and timely delivery of the project through the supervision and management of project staff, the individual in the role will also manage the engagement with external agencies, schools, a wide range of individuals, partners, and organisations.

What does the role involve?

You will assume a leadership role in developing, managing, and ensuring effective delivery across all aspects of the BAM programme to ensure the maximum value of the project can be realised for the young people enrolled and their families.
You will leverage the learning, ethos, and strategic framework of BAM in support of MHF's wider strategy and operational plan.
You will align the strategies of key stakeholders (borough councils, schools, community partners, funders, licensing partner, and MHF) with that of BAM and the young people it seeks to support.
You will bring a solution-focused approach to overcoming barriers to effective, collaborative working.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

You will have strong organisational, project management, and relationship building skills.
You will have a proven track record for managing complex projects across multiple delivery sites and alongside a range of delivery partners.
You will have excellent experience of supporting and managing project staff.
You will have knowledge of mental health, both the protective factors that create good mental health and of the barriers and risk factors that create or exacerbate poor mental health.

The Occupational Requirements for this role states that all applicants must identify as male. Applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly welcome to apply.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years' service

3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum
Employee Assistance Programme
Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
Flexible working
Season Ticket Loan
Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you'd like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form) via the company website. Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. Applications will close at 5pm on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 and we are unable to accept late applications. Interviews will take place on the afternoon of 23 May 2022. Some candidates may also be asked to provide their availability on 27 May 2022 and/or 3 June 2022 for an additional, final round of interviews. You will be asked to deliver a short presentation on the day of the final interview.

We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. Diversity and inclusion is a strategic priority for us as an employer and mental health charity, and we are proud to be signatories of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and the Disability Confident Committed Scheme. Applications from under-represented sections of the community are actively encouraged, especially for this role.

If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us via the company website. We make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process and during employment. Candidates with disabilities who meet all the essential person specification criteria will be offered an interview.

We are currently operating mostly digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing). We have moved to a hybrid working model of a minimum of 2 days per week in the office and the rest working from home for full time staff, pro rata for part time staff.

We look forward to hearing from you!
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