Recovery College Coordinator
RESTORE
  • Salary £20,658 - £23,396 per annum,pro rata
  • Location Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Category Advice, Information , Teaching
  • Sectors Mental Health
  • Job Reference : ORC COORDINATOR

Job Description

Recovery College Coordinator |Restore

Department: Recovery College

Reports to:  Head of Recovery College

Employment termFull Time/Perm to start at 35 hours a week with the view to increase to 37 hours a week.

Salary: £20,658 - £23,396 per annum,pro rata

Position based inOxford,Oxfordshire, UK

Benefits 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays), Employee Assistance Programme (detailed below) four weeks unpaid sabbatical after five years’ service

About Restore and The Recovery College
 

Restore is a respected and established mental health charity, set in the heart of a vibrant and diverse county, providing a range of recovery, coaching and training services for adults recovering from mental health issues. Restore is part of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, a partnership that formally brings together six local mental health organisations: Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust, Connections Floating Support, Elmore Community Services, Oxfordshire MIND, Response and Restore. The partnership is committed to better integrating services across the county in order to make it easier for people to get the best mental health support possible.

The Oxfordshire Recovery College was established by these 6 partners, with Restore leading on its delivery, almost 3 years ago and has been growing and thriving ever since. The college provides recovery-focused courses for a student base of people with mental health problems; their friends, family and carers; and staff and volunteers working in the mental health sector. Covering all of Oxfordshire, we take an educational approach to recovery, and believe that where people are provided with tools, knowledge and skills, that they can live a full and meaningful life. All of our courses are co-produced and co-delivered, drawing on both professional expertise and lived experience in equal measure.

Why work for us?

As an employee of Restore, you can expect a range of fantastic benefits and opportunities to both support you and enable you to develop both personally and professionaly. These include:

  • An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which can provide short term counselling, and up to six sessions of relevant physical therapy.
  • An individual training budget which, in agreement with your line manager, you can allocate to relevant training and development opportunities, from both within the partnership, and externally.
  • A pension scheme that provides 2% matched to your own contributions.
  • A travel loan to buy any bus or train season tickets in advance
  • An eye care scheme which contributes funds towards spectacles for DSE use
  • Access to our Cycle to Work Scheme which enables you to save up to 47% off the retail price of bikes and accessories.
  • 33 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), and the option to take an unpaid sabbatical after 5 years of service with us.

About the role

Restore is working in partnership with Oxford Health, Response, Oxfordshire Mind, Connections Floating Support and Elmore Team to establish and deliver a Recovery College for people using the service, carers, staff and volunteers from these organisations.

The Recovery College Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the key processes that enable the College to run efficiently. They’re the lead person for student recruitment and support, and play a pivotal role in pulling together various workstreams to ensure the smooth running of the College.

More specifically, the job entails:

  • To support the Head of Recovery College in the development and running of the Recovery College
  • To hold responsibility for student recruitment, support and wellbeing, and coordination of initial assessment and Individual Learning Plans
  • To lead on college promotion, in particular to hold responsibility for the design, production and distribution of course prospectuses and other promotional materials
  • To coordinate college communications, including maintaining the website and the college’s social media presence, assisted by the Administrator
  • To communicate and consult with students, potential students and other stakeholders on the development of the service
  • To support the collation of feedback and evaluation processes implementing changes where necessary ensuring decisions are made in a co-productive manner
  • To plan a timetable for all college courses
  • To implement and maintain effective systems for the storage and management of data and use for evaluation and monitoring purposes of a monthly basis
  • With the support of the Administrator, to ensure procedures are in place to ensure an inclusive and efficient enrolment process for new students
  • To oversee initial 1:1 assessment meetings with new students to discuss goals, barriers and Individual Learning Plans, and to coordinate the Student Welfare Tutors to support in this area
  • To ensure the efficient day-to-day administration of the College, including maintaining Individual Learning Plans, collation of feedback and evaluation systems, and the use of the MRN database
  • To identify resources for the running of the college including appropriate course venues county-wide
  • To assist in maintaining the Recovery College Hub, and supervise the booking of venues and preparation of teaching resources for the delivery of courses in other settings, alongside the Administrator
  • To prepare and engage in the organisation and running of Recovery College events

Person Specification


An understanding of the sector, a commitment to recovery practices and empathy with people with mental health problems is vital. Restore needs people who have the ability to cope with limited resources, seize opportunities and think creatively. Awareness of the stigma and other issues surrounding mental illness is important, as is the ability to remain impartial, as this role may involve working in potentially sensitive areas.

Essential Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to deal with students in a friendly and supportive manner both face to face and over the telephone
  • Excellent time management skills with an ability to manage a range of objectives and priorities
  • An understanding of the principles of recovery from mental illness and the barriers that people with mental health problems may face when attempting to or accessing education
  • Excellent listening skills and communication skills (both written and verbal) with clear evidence of ability
  • Proficiency in use of IT, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience of using databases
  • Ability to work with students in a recovery focused manner enabling them to identify their desired goals
  • Ability to represent the College and the Partnership at external events
  • Self-confident and ability to work on own initiative, but with the ability to seek assistance and support when necessary
  • Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Willingness to undertake professional qualifications if required

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of delivering training in educational settings
  • Experience in marketing or promotion
  • Experience or understanding of mental health issues

This job description may change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Chief Executive and Trustees

Other Information:

  • Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • This post will be on a 2 months notice period.
  • Willing to undertake evening and weekend work when required
  • Willing to undertake regular travel within the county and occasionally elsewhere in the UK
  • There is a probation period of six months for new employees, during which time your employment will be monitored. Your employment will be subject to you completing your probationary period to the satisfaction of RESTORE.