Charity registered in Scotland SC010387

Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities, supporting around 1600 adults and young people every week and employing 400 staff across Scotland. Founded in 1985, we work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to support people with mental health problems. We provide a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery and we campaign to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy.

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £80,000 – £90,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd April 2021

Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities. We support around 1800 adults and young people every week and employ 450 staff across Scotland. Founded in 1985, we work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’, and to support people with mental ill health to live fulfilling lives. We provide a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery, and we campaign to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy.

Due to retirement, we are searching for a new Chief Executive to lead on our vision and develop the charity. We are looking for an authentic leader who acts with integrity and resilience, focusing on achieving Penumbra’s objectives in challenging times.

Penumbra’s Mission is to deliver exceptional mental health and wellbeing support and activities, guided by people’s own lived experience, their recovery journeys and their hopes and aspirations. In the coming period the Chief Executive will be expected to deliver on the four strategic priorities which are to ensure:

  • Our services are more accessible and reach more individuals, challenging obstructions in the system with focus on distress/crisis support where we see unmet need.
  • Penumbra is a great place to work, where people achieve their full potential. Including creating clear career pathways for existing staff and taking steps to increase diversity in our recruitment
  • Peer support is critical to the success of our compassionate and person-centred support. We will cement our place as the leading peer support organisation in Scotland by embedding lived experience in our services.
  • We use our evidence-base and learning to ensure the lived experience of our supported people is at the heart of developments in mental health. We will actively engage with the Scottish Government to influence their response to Adult Social Care review, with the goal of advocating for end users and growing the role of the third sector.

The successful candidate will be an innovative leader with experience at a senior level, managing diverse teams and developing strategies. You will champion our core values and maintain and enhance Penumbra’s reputation and wider influence. You should possess strong stakeholder management skills and have an understanding of finance. We are open to individuals from a range of different backgrounds.


Recovery Worker (Female)

  • Full time
  • £18,207 – £18,850
  • Glasgow Services
  • Closing 25th April 2021

Due to the current staffing configuration of our Carntyne service, we require a Female Recovery Worker to meet the support needs within the team.

Recovery Workers work in small collaborative teams to provide people with recovery focused support to enhance their mental wellbeing. In line with Penumbra’s values, Recovery Workers assist people who use the service to work towards their individual outcomes and identified goals, as detailed in their personal plan.

Special Conditions: Local travel

Hours include: Evenings, Weekends, Sleepovers (Supplement paid per sleepover worked). Female worker required


Recovery Practitioner (Peer) - Peers 4 HOPE

  • Full time
  • £19,814 – £20,881
  • North Ayrshire
  • Closing 29th April 2021

To assist people who use the service to establish and maintain a meaningful and fulfilling life in the community. Playing a central role in the planning and provision of quality, recovery focused support.


  • Establish an effective relationship with people who use the service in accordance with Penumbra’s policies and procedures.
  • Develop outcome-based personal recovery plans for each service user, which promotes self –management and social inclusion.
  • Co-ordinate delivery of recovery focused support.
  • Deliver community-based well-being workshops that promote positive mental health.
  • Provide practical support and supervision to Recovery Workers and/or Peer Workers as required.
  • Develop effective relationships with other groups and agencies in your area and take opportunities to promote mental health awareness in the wider community.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the relevant systems of documentation.
  • Provide accurate information and reports as required.
  • Provide formal input to Care Management reviews as required.
  • Be flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of the service users and the organisation, within the agreed criteria.
  • Work effectively with other members of the team, and liaise effectively with families, agencies, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in training activities and meetings as required.
  • Uphold Penumbra’s Code of Practice.

This Job Description is not exhaustive; the post-holder may be required to perform other duties, deemed appropriate to this grade, as and when required.

During the Covid-Pandemic this post is working from home. Staff will return to community support based on government guidance.

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This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Head of People

  • Full time
  • £40,451 – £44,386
  • Edinburgh - occasional travel throughout Scotland
  • Closing 2nd April 2021

This post within Penumbra leads the effective delivery of our people strategy across the organisation, providing support to the Senior Management team and all Penumbra staff on all people related issues, including human resources and learning and development. The post-holder will lead a comprehensive HR support service by providing advice and support to all managers and staff and will ensure the effective delivery of our learning and development functions and programme.


  • To be a member of the Senior Management Team contributing regular People reports and updates on specific projects
  • Maintain an up to date People Policy framework that supports our managers and staff to comply with relevant legislation and best practice.
  • Lead and manage the Learning & Development function.
  • Advise managers and staff in the application of HR policies and procedures.
  • Manage all stages of the recruitment and selection process.
  • Ensure all HR administration is complete and up to date.
  • Maintain and update the HR IT system.
  • Produce accurate information for the monthly payroll.
  • Ensure compliance with statutory body requirements.
  • Ensure staff are appropriately registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
  • Ensure staff are meeting the qualifications requirements of the appropriate SSSC registers.
  • Provide advice and support for the effective management of employee relations casework: including disciplinary, grievance, performance management and absence.
  • Provide advice and support during redundancy and TUPE processes.
  • Provide advice and support for the successful management of organisational change.
  • Ensure HR matters are handled fairly and consistently in line with legislation and organisational policy.
  • Coach and develop line managers to increase their effectiveness in managing individuals and team performance.
  • Develop and facilitate management skills training courses.
  • Work closely with HR colleagues to monitor, review, update and launch policies in line with current legislation and best practice.
  • Identify, develop and implement HR projects and initiatives.
  • Produce and analyse HR Management Information and HR Board Reports.
  • Work to continuously to improve the HR and L&D services delivered and enhance organisational performance.
  • Ensure all HR systems and processes comply with GDPR.