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Head of HR (Maternity Cover)

Oxfordshire Mind
OX2, Oxford (Hybrid)
£50,500 - £54,351 per annum (FTE)
Part-time (28 Hours per week)
Contract (Up to 12-month maternity cover (anticipated start date of 1st August 2024) )
Job description

Head of HR (Maternity Cover)
28 hours per week (flexible working opportunities available)
Salary: £50,500 - £54,351 per annum (FTE)
Contract: Up to 12-month maternity cover (anticipated start date of 1st August 2024)
Base: Osney Mead, Oxford & work from home with occasional travel across Oxon & Wokingham, Reading, West Berks

People are the very heart and soul of Oxfordshire Mind. The purpose of the HR function is to ensure that the right people are recruited, developed and able to thrive to deliver our vision of ensuring everyone experiencing a mental health issue gets both support and respect.

The Head of HR works closely with the Senior Management Team, Trustees and all staff and provides operational leadership of Oxfordshire Mind’s HR services to enable our Vision and Purpose and deliver our strategic objectives through our people whilst upholding the values of the organisation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a passionate team and play a central role in this Oxfordshire and Berkshire West based charity. This role offers the chance for a proactive individual who is passionate about people, to confidently navigate us through the forthcoming 12 months of change and support our internal team.

About the role

Reporting to the CEO and managing a talented team of 2 HR Business Partners and 1 HR & Recruitment Administrator you will:

  • Develop and implement HR strategies, processes and services aligned with our overall strategy and vision
  • Develop Staff Wellbeing strategy and oversee the Staff Wellbeing Action Group
  • Lead the HR function and team and be a pro-active member of the Senior Management Team
  • Ensure high quality delivery of HR responsibilities including policies and processes, HRIS, resourcing, reward, employee services, management development, employee relations and learning
  • Be the appointed competent person to advise on Health & Safety across the organisation, this includes ongoing monitoring via KPI’s and internal audits and leading the Health & Safety committee meetings
  • Support and continue to develop the Employee Forum, including being a point of contact for the Union
  • Embed a co-productive approach with partners, managers and leaders to achieve strategy and targets
  • Monitor and provide insight and guidance on the effectiveness of people management practices and processes via a range of KPIs
  • Support change initiatives and programmes
  • Be an influential and visible figure in the business driving improvements forward in relation to people and culture
  • Budget management and oversight
  • Ensure HR compliance and risk management for employee relations issues and ensuring the organisation remains up to date with relevant legislation

About you

Applicants should respond explicitly to each of the points listed in the Essential Selection Criteria below. The shortlisting panel make their decisions based on this information and no assumptions about your skills or experience will be made.

Essential criteria

  • Previous experience across most HR disciplines such as recruitment and retention, wellbeing, learning and development, and HR administration as well as navigating complex HR issues
  • Strong team manager who inspires and motivates hybrid and remote team members, promoting a positive and productive work environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and persuasively
  • Strong relationship building skills at a senior level internally and externally and able to nurture partnerships and collaborative relationships with a range of organisations and stakeholders
  • Ability to lead change projects from initiation to completion, ensuring timely and successful implementation
  • Proficient in identifying and mitigating risks associated with change initiatives
  • Experience of using office productivity software such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams) or equivalent and HRIS
  • Takes a values-based approach to HR, aligning practices and decisions with the core values and culture of the organisation
  • Has an understanding or passion for mental health and what we do

Desirable criteria

  • Strong experience in all HR disciplines including Reward management, organisational design and talent management
  • Significant leadership experience gained at senior level in a complex environment including working with unions either formally or informally
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and integrity, working with clarity and honesty
  • Experience of working in the charity/mental health sector or with a board of trustees
  • Ability to think strategically, develop a clear vision for the organisation, and influence key stakeholders. Proven track record in making sound strategic decisions considering long-term impact
  • Passionate about the organisational vision, inspiring and motivating teams towards ambitious goals. Visionary and resilient during periods of change

Closing date: 10am on 13th May 2024
Shortlisting date: w/c 13th May 2024
First Stage Interview date: w/c 20th May 2024
Second Stage Interview date: w/c 3rd June 2024
Interview location: Oxfordshire Mind, Osney Mead, 2 Kings Meadow, Oxford, OX2 0DP


If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Oxfordshire Mind is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  We therefore require a Disclosure and Barring Service check, for all our roles. The level of which will vary depending on the nature of the role.

No agencies please.

Posted on: 18 April 2024
Closed date: 13 May 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: 165361_MD
Tags: Human Resources, Advocacy, Business Development, Care Management, Operations, Governance