Salary: £38,000 to £42,000 per annum
36 hours per week, based in Leicester or home-based

Home-Start UK is the national charity at the centre of the Home-Start federated network of local charities providing home and community based support for families and children. Over the past four decades Home-Start has supported over a million children and has become one of the leading family support charities across the UK.

We work with 28,000 parents every year, over 40% of whom are struggling with mental health difficulties. Home-Start UK is now seeking a Head of Policy and Development to share local expertise and drive regional and national change for families experiencing or at risk of experiencing a mental health condition.

This senior post will have responsibility for policy in England with an advisory role for the National Directors in devolved nations. We are therefore seeking an individual with a track record in policy influence and impact at a national level and a commitment to ensure that policy is grounded in research, practice and the lived experience of families.

You will need to have strong critical thinking ability, partnership building skills, project management skills, experience of working in a mental health or related field and be committed to improving the mental health of families and children.

Proactive and well organised, you will be a superb communicator with excellent presenting skills, including the ability to represent the charity in the media and at a wide range of stakeholder events.

This post can be based at our Home-Start UK office in Leicester or home-based (with at least one day per week at the Leicester office).

This is an exciting time to be joining Home-Start and the Head of Policy and Development’s role will be vital to the success of this new initiative. If this sounds like your type of challenge we would be delighted to hear from you.

Further information can be found by clicking on the documents below and if you are interested in applying for this position please submit your CV, together with a supporting statement, to [email protected] or by post to the HR Department, Home-Start UK, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX.

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No agencies please.

Closing date for applications: 6 May 2019.

Interviews will be held at the Home-Start UK office in Leicester on 23 May 2019.

Home-Start is committed to Equality of Opportunity and Diversity. We wish to encourage applications from all parts of the community irrespective of gender, race, colour, age, sexual orientation or disability. Appointments will be based on merit, following an open and clear selection process.

As part of any recruitment process, Home-Start UK collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to Home-Start UK during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, we may not be able to process your application properly or at all. For further information please refer to the Home-Start UK Job Applicant Privacy Notice here

Home-Start UK, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Company No. 5382181. Charity No. in England and Wales 1108837 and in Scotland SC039172. Registered Office: The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX.