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Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator

Part-Time – 4 days a week. Hours can be spread over 4 or 5 days if preferred

Permanent position

Salary: 25,000 FTE, actual salary for 4 days per week: £20,000 

Location: Home-based, anywhere in England. Some travel will be required as part of the job to meet with colleagues. 

Start date: August 1st, or as soon as possible

Application deadline: 10am on July 16th 2024

Interviews: To be scheduled w/c 22nd July 2024


Minds Ahead is an innovative Social Enterprise reshaping school mental health, by equipping schools with the knowledge, skills and networks to make sustainable improvements. Here’s our track record since inception, in 2017:

  • Co-founded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools the UK’s first university Centre for Mental Health in Schools
  • Research and designed a national mental health in schools’ quality award, now used by over 2500 schools to evaluate and improve their practice
  • Designed and delivered the world’s first Master’s in School Leadership of Mental Health, now in its sixth year
  • Designed and delivered innovative mental health training programmes to over 5000 school colleagues, in the UK and internationally
  • Working with our partners, Leeds Beckett University, we are the national quality assurance lead for all DfE-funded Senior Mental health Leadership programmes
  • Researched, designed and run a series of school mental health Qualifications, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Chaired and spoke at multiple national mental health in-school conferences
  • Won several awards from Social Enterprise UK, UnLTD and SE100


We relentlessly focus on the needs and realities of schools. We know that schools and colleges, their governors, leadership, teachers and other colleagues are doing great work which improves the mental health of the next generation. We also know that schools need quality support, resources and training to improve, learn from each other and develop this new approach. It is our mission to provide these. 


Purpose of the role: As an integral part of the professional development team, the professional development and recruitment coordinator will play a key role in securing income for our programmes by managing the sales pipeline. They will also support the effective and efficient delivery of the range of programmes Minds Ahead offers. They will ensure effective collaboration with colleagues at Leeds Beckett University.

The Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator will:  

  • work collaboratively with the professional development team to:

○ design and implement new opportunities for student engagement (through professional development) with the Professional Development Lead and/or Professional Development Specialist.

○ ensure all professional development activities are recorded and kept up to date in team calendars for all programmes, supporting the delivery team where needed (both permanent and contracted colleagues) to ensure this information is readily available and accurate

○ contribute to the marketing and selling of all Minds Ahead programmes so that income targets are met

○ contribute to and manage the curating of programme literature, blogs, case studies and other material that supports the positioning of Minds Ahead within the field of school mental health

  • work in partnership with colleagues at the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools to:

○ curate and maintain an effective relationship with key colleagues at the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools at Leeds Beckett, supporting the development of the partnership between Minds Ahead and the University, 

○ act as the first port of call for programmes and services connected to the Carnegie Centre, working to resolve challenges that emerge and reporting to the Carnegie Centre lead and professional development lead as required

○ manage the ongoing maintenance of content on the online delivery platform for the Centre’s programmes.

○ jointly agree on appropriate income targets for the programmes and a delivery plan with the professional development and Centre lead and actively monitor progress towards these, solving emerging problems and providing regular updates as required

  • work in partnership with colleagues at Leeds Beckett University to:

○ curate and maintain an effective relationship with key colleagues at Leeds Beckett University to ensure quality assurance processes are in place for all programmes

○ ensure that effective tracking is in place so that assigned activities are tracked in calendars and budgets


  • support the achievement of income targets:

○ work collaboratively with the professional development lead and specialist to oversee the recruitment and retention of students to all programmes

○ in collaboration with the professional development specialist, create and implement a recruitment strategy that contributes to achieving income targets by attracting people to our programmes

○ actively monitoring the progress of the sales pipeline, taking actions where necessary, flagging risks and suggesting improvements as appropriate so that sales targets are secured.

  • support the business by:

○ ensuring that financial data is up to date so that accurate and timely invoicing and payments can be made

○ creating and submitting invoices, following up on late payments and reporting on these as necessary, requesting purchase orders and recording income from programmes.

○ supporting the implementation of health and safety policies across the business through the coordination of agreed health and safety audits and effective communication with colleagues and managers about health and safety procedures

○ supporting the development of effective business processes and supporting colleagues to implement and maintain systems and processes.


We want the right person. If that is you, we want to discuss how we can work together. 


We are a flexible employer, committed to good mental health, diversity, service excellence, family and challenging the status quo. If the fit is right, we can make it work. 


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