Oxford, Oxfordshire
£22,012 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About the role

The Tutor Coordinator plays a key part within our core team, working alongside the Head of Recovery College, College Coordinator, and Administrator, to support the smooth running of the College. Central to this role is working closely with our pool of paid and volunteer tutors to support them in the co-production and co-delivery of a broad range of recovery-focused courses. There are real opportunities to shape this flagship project in response to the community, and to utilise your knowledge and skills to influence the future development of the College.


More specifically, the job entails:


  • To hold responsibility for the recruitment, training and support of paid and volunteer college tutors, with support from the Head of College
  • To oversee and drive the development of new courses; to support and provide guidance to tutors in order to supervise the co-production and co-facilitation of courses and workshops, bearing in mind needs within the local community
  • To offer regular group supervision to tutors, and facilitate tutor meetings and team building
  • To contribute to team initiatives to engage and involve stakeholders (service users, carers, volunteers, and professionals) in the Recovery College through meetings, events and communications
  • To maintain professional relationships with tutors and students, respecting their views, autonomy and culture
  • To work closely with the Recovery College Coordinator, provide any information or support required, including for course timetabling, prospectus, booking of tutors and venues
  • To work closely with the college Quality Assurance Panel in undertaking the course approval process
  • As part of the Recovery College Team, share responsibility for the storage, management and use of data relating to the Recovery College
  • Carry out any administrative duties that are required to ensure the smooth and effective running of the Recovery College, including but not limited to processing tutor expenses and time sheets
  • To ensure the college adheres to the core principles of adult learning in all courses, and maintains a peer support approach
  • To promote the ethos of recovery, co-production and co-delivery for all courses, presentations and workshops
  • To model the principles and practices of the Recovery College in all aspects of the work and throughout the partnership
  • To work flexibly, including some evenings and weekends, covering colleagues’ absence, and occasionally standing in for tutors on course delivery.

Person Specification

We’re looking for someone who is skilled and experienced in managing volunteers and/or staff. An ability to think creatively and work within limited resources is a real asset, particularly in providing team support and in training design and delivery. An understanding of the mental health sector, paired with a real belief in and commitment to recovery is important, as we’re dedicated to providing empathic and strengths-based support to a student group that faces much adversity. Our ideal candidate will relish the opportunity to work in a unique and evolving project where their work can make a real impact.

Essential Requirements

  • Experience of supervising or managing staff or volunteers
  • Experience of designing and delivering or facilitating training in an educational or recovery based setting
  • An understanding of the principles of recovery from mental illness and the barriers that people with mental health problems may face when attempting to access education
  • Experience of public speaking and delivering presentations
  • Excellent listening skills and communication skills (both written and verbal) with clear evidence of ability
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others and translate learning into effective and committed practice
  • Excellent time management skills with an ability to manage competing priorities and demands
  • Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Willingness to undertake professional qualifications if required
  • Proficient in the use of IT including Microsoft Office

Desirable Requirements

  • Hold a recognised education or training qualification
  • Professional mental health qualification or experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Experience of representing an organisation to a range of external audiences
  • Knowledge of Peer Support and co-production in mental health and ability to apply this throughout your work
  • Experience or understanding of mental health issues

Other Information


  • Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • This post will be on a 4 weeks 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.

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 Board of Trustees.


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. 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 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 being the lead partner) in 2015 and has been growing and thriving ever since. We offer a range of courses and workshops about mental health and wellbeing for adults across Oxfordshire. Our courses range in theme from understanding diagnoses, such as depression or psychosis, to using creative writing or art in recovery. Our courses are attended by service users, their family, friends or carers, and mental health professionals, with everyone learning together. We believe that an educational approach to recovery from mental health issues gives  our students  hope, a sense of control and the opportunity to better manage their own mental health. All of our courses are co-produced and co-delivered, drawing on both professional expertise and lived experience in equal measure.

Our co-produced mission statement is: Through learning together, we support each other to grow in hope and confidence and develop skills to better manage our own mental health.

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 professionally. 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 great pension scheme that provides 3% 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.


More about Restore Limited
Restore Limited

Mental illness affects one in four of us in our lifetime, but people can and do recover.

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Refreshed on: 24 March 2020
Closed date: 15 April 2020
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