Mental Health Ireland: Development Officer

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Mental Health Ireland

Position Title: Development Officer

Reports to : Development and Training Manager

Location : Cavan / Monaghan

Term: Permanent Post (subject to ongoing funding)

Mental Health Ireland (MHI) is a national voluntary organisation with a network of Mental Health Associations (MHAs) active throughout the country. Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health through education, training and awareness raising and to support persons who experience mental health difficulties, their families and significant others through the activities of Mental Health Associations’ and national advocacy.


Working as part of the national team, the Development Officer will work a four day week in Counties Cavan / Monaghan, supporting the operation and development of MHAs, the training and development of volunteers and the delivery of Mental Health Promotion education and training activities in the area. The Development Officer will represent MHI in CHO 1 in collaboration with the HSE and other related stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector working to improve the mental health of the population. The Development Officer will report to the National Development and Training Manager and work closely with our national team in areas including projects, campaigns and communication. The role demands flexible working hours and the candidate must have experience and capacity for lone working.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a relevant mental health and related community/voluntary sector.

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • Proven experience in a mental health and mental health promotion field;
  • A third level qualification in a health and/or social care field
  • Experience of volunteering and working with volunteers
  • An understanding and knowledge of recovery principles
  • A track record of working in a team-working environment
  • Proven experience delivering training and group facilitation
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mental Health Ireland
  • Knowledge of the health and social policy context in which Mental Health Ireland operates
  • Knowledge of how mental health services are delivered by the HSE and other providers
  • The ability to represent MHI across a diverse range of audiences and to build effective relationships with MHAs, HSE, service user groups, community/ voluntary organisations, cross sectoral stakeholders and the media
  • Evidence of exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to access information accurately, quickly and strategically
  • Excellent organisational and ICT skills (Information Communication Technology)
  • A high level of motivation, experience and capacity for lone working and working on one’s own initiative

The following experience is a distinct advantage:

  • Experience of working in the mental health and voluntary sectors
  • Delivering health promotion education and training

The successful candidate is required to have their own car and a clean driving licence.


1. Support the Development of Mental Health Associations (MHAs)

The Development Officer will:

  • Support Mental Health Associations (MHAs) and enhance the work of MHAs in Counties Cavan and Monaghan, reflecting the mission statement of MHI and working to the policy of the Board.
  • Be a resource to the MHAs with the emphasis on facilitating local volunteer involvement in the delivery of agreed work and objectives.
  • Attend meetings of MHAs – listen, advise, motivate, support, encourage and emphasise the valuable contributions volunteers can make in areas such as:
    • Mental Health Promotion
    • Enhancing community connection
    • Supporting Peer led and Recovery initiatives
    • Fund-raising
  • Encourage MHAs to organise and promote mental health promotion events –
    i.e. information days, seminars and national campaigns.
  • Assist and encourage MHAs to enhance their profile within local communities by fostering community involvement with the possibility of attracting new members.
  • Train and develop volunteer skills based on the agreed national standards of MHI and ensure all volunteers have Garda vetting.
  • Engage MHAs in national awareness, mental health promotion and advocacy campaigns.

2. Deliver Mental Health Promotion in local communities

The Development Officer will:

  • Deliver agreed education and training programmes, promoting positive mental health across all Life Stages (children and families; adolescents; adults; older people) and Settings (community; schools; workplaces; sports organisations; primary care) approach.
  • Deliver on recognised training initiatives including Mind Your Mental Health (MYMH), ASIST, SafeTalk, Stress Control and other programmes as agreed.
  • Engage in education activities as part of whole school approach, use of local radio and local press, encouraging a network of local expertise.
  • Support Peer led and Recovery initiatives locally.
  • Respond to requests for information, guidance and assistance from members of the public and signpost people to appropriate services and service pathways.
  • Facilitate feedback from local communities to MHI nationally and HSE locally as required.

3. Support the development of improved mental health services at local, regional and national levels

The Development Officer will:

  • Work with statutory partners on shared projects of mutual benefit to MHAs and service providers within the area.
  • In partnership with HSE personnel and local service providers, be actively involved in mental health policy planning for the area.
  • Facilitate bi-directional communication between the MHAs and MHI working closely with the national team.
  • Work in partnership with other voluntary sector organisations to co-ordinate activities, to minimise duplication of effort and to work in an effective and efficient manner.

4. Organisation

The Development Officer will:

  • Promote the objectives, policies and practices of MHI.
  • Contribute to the promotion of equality of opportunity, anti-discriminatory practice, diversity, individual rights and choice in all aspects of the work.
  • Conduct other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the Head of Training and Professional Practice which may take place outside your area.
  • Participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with the Head of Training and Professional Standards.
  • Undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Head of Training and Professional Practice.
  • Be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of the CEO and Health & Safety Officer.
  • Work in partnership with HSE to develop and agree an Operational Plan, in line with local needs and MHI’s national Service Arrangement
  • Submit timely, accurate and structured reports as required or directed for performance management purposes.

Conditions of employment:

The Development Officer will be based in Cavan / Monaghan and will be required periodically to attend national meetings outside their own area. The position is based on a 4 day week (29.6 hours), exclusive of lunch hours, with flexible working hours including regular evening work and occasional week-end working. The salary for this post is analogous with Grade VI, HSE.

Please forward a completed application form together with a brief Résumé/Curriculum Vitae with to by 5 p.m on  Friday 27th July, 2018


Cavan / Monaghan

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