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We're looking for an entrepreneurial individual capable of growing and developing a high impact programme for social enterprises in the voluntary mental health sector to realise and increase their potential.

Association of Mental Health Providers is the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales, representing the full spectrum and diversity of third sector service providers, with a significant reach of over 5 million people affected by a mental health condition.

Over the next few years, we are working with Access on an Enterprise Development Programme to provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones. More information on the programme can be found here.

Job Title - Social Enterprise Development Manager

Hours - 35 hours per week

Location - Flexible, with regular travel across England and some out of hours and overnight stays as necessary to fulfil the role

Leave - 25 days annual leave and 8 public holidays

Salary - £34,950 per annum

Responsible to - Chief Executive Officer

This post will be funded until March 2022.

Job Purpose

To bring knowledge, skills and expertise to engage, promote and support the voluntary mental health sector in the use of enterprise business models, and to strengthen financial sustainability and increase their impact within the community.

Main Duties

  • Contribute to the achievement of The Association’s overall organisational objectives and targets, and build positive relationships with Access and other partners
  • Identify the range of potentially successful and replicable business models that are working within the mental health VCSE sector
  • Work closely with Access and its learning partner to identify opportunities for replication
  • Foster growth within small and medium-sized organisations / social enterprises, increase trading activity, innovation and business development
  • Support, encourage, and enable organisations working in the VCSE mental health sector to explore and create investable business models
  • Support organisations in the process of grant application including bid-writing, attendance at panel interviews, post-application support as deemed necessary
  • Raise awareness and increase understanding of the work of social enterprise within the wider mental health sector and the added value it brings to local communities
  • Engage effectively with partners and other external organisations
  • Facilitate peer networking and foster a culture of mutual support and co-operation amongst social enterprises and arrange networking events
  • Identify training needs and co-ordinate a training/learning programme and events, including workshops and webinars
  • Represent The Association at meetings and networks relevant to the social enterprise sector
  • Provide reports and updates on activities, deliver presentations as a way of disseminating findings

Person Specification


  • Knowledge and experience of the voluntary and community sector and understanding of effective service delivery that achieves social impact
  • A good understanding of the challenges and opportunities for community organisations (e.g. community enterprise, community asset development, community contracting, localism etc.)
  • Knowledge and understanding of how enterprise business models can be used by voluntary and community sector organisations to build resilience and increase social impact
  • Building positive working relationships with people at different levels within organisations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • Facilitation of trainings, workshops, peer learning, and connecting people around shared challenges
  • Strong financial literacy – for supporting bid-writing, assessing and developing budgets, business plans, etc.
  • Ability to self-start and motivate and to work independently or as part of a team as appropriate

Other Duties

The job description is a broad picture of the post at the time of preparation. It should not be seen as an exhaustive list of all possible duties and will be subject to review from time to time. The post holder may be required to undertake such other duties as may be required.

How to apply:

Please submit a CV and Cover Letter outlining your experience (no longer than two sides of A4) to Dania by middayWednesday 20 November.

Interviews will take place on Monday 25 November, at our office in Baker Street, London.