Vacancies – Diocesan House

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  • values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

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Administrator and Events Co-ordinator

Full Time 35 hours per week

Salary circa £18k per annum


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed person to provide administrative support to the Children and Young People’s (ChYP’s) Ministry Adviser.  You will undertake project-related tasks and manage the organisation of team conferences, training, events and communications – making an important contribution to the team in meeting the strategic aims for ministry with children and young people within the diocese.

If you are well organised with excellent communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team please view the full job description and application form below.

Closing date: 15 March 2019

Interview date: 29 March 2019

Director of Communities and Partnerships

Introduction to Communities and Partnerships
In 2010, Canterbury Diocese created five frameworks, one of which was Communities and Partnerships.  This Framework was formed to address issues within the social justice issues portfolio. In addition, and uniquely to any other diocese, the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the then English Heritage Support Officer were incorporated as part of the new incarnation. This has been a fruitful inclusion as often the starting place when engaging with parishes is what the future missional opportunities for church buildings (churches, parish halls, schools) could be.The Framework’s portfolioWithin the initial Framework portfolio were some areas of work carried over from “Church in Society” which included the rural issues, environment, fair trade, disability, visitor ministry, HIV Aids, Ecumenical, Kent Workplace Chaplaincy, and Critical Incidents Chaplaincy. The portfolio has grown and been influenced  by a number of factors since 2013 which is the introduction and growth of food banks, the introduction of the Church’s work with Credit Unions and subsequent Community Hubs, the development of an environment strategy for the diocese, and the work on refugees.   Also, the growth of new projects such as the Green Pilgrimage partnership, Kent God’s Acre, and the wider Church partnerships that the Diocese has developed.
Post IntroductionThis post is open to lay and ordainedAims and Objectives:

  • To lead and develop the work of Communities and Partnerships Framework, its specialists and constituent groups
  • Promote the social justice and rural agenda within the Diocese, its parishes and communities as integral part of Christian mission and ministry
  • To formulate and foster partnerships with faith and secular organisations including local authorities, national and international organisations who have a common agenda with us
  • To engage with creative and imaginative social action and share of good practice across the Diocese
  • To ensure the Bishop and Senior staff are kept abreast of emerging issues and opportunities
  • The keep abreast of the ecumenical dimension of this agenda for example through the Kent Faith Leaders and Kent Workplace Mission
Main ResponsibilitiesMain Duties:

  • To develop and deliver strategically the work of the Framework by addressing the social justice and rural needs and projects in the Diocese with parishes and their constituent communities in line with the Diocesan Strategy
  • To develop and review the annual Framework programme and identify delivery of projects, and to set achievable targets
  • To assess needs within the social action and rural agenda and how these can be addressed, usually in liaison with other partnership organisation who may have interest and experience to share
  • To be discern and be responsive to an evolving agenda, address impact of government policy where appropriate and its effects on local communities and their activities
  • Through the Framework programme to identify skills and staffing to ensure work is completed. To keep this under review in liaison with the Framework Advisory Council and Project Officer Boards/Reference groups
  • Line management of the Framework officers
  • Ensure representation on Boards, Project Boards/reference groups
  • To set and manage the annual Framework budget (£250,000) and project budgets (c. £200,000) with Diocesan Director of Finance, and Framework Chairs
  • Regularly review budget, income and staffing levels.  Many projects are delivered in financial partnerships which come and go.  There will be a need to monitor and explore funding for posts
  • Through record keeping and reporting the Director liaises with external bodies on delivery of projects, and ensures their sustainability and where appropriate their longevity
  • To work with Diocesan, statutory, secular, regional and national bodies on the implementation of activities to address national policies or directives.
  • To liaise and contribute to local, regional and national debate through evidence of work undertaken within the Diocese, statistical information and case studies
  • To present to the Episcopal Steam Team of the Diocese as requested on social justice and rural issues
The Ideal Candidate

  • Theological training and study
  • Post graduate qualification/s
  • Proven ability to deliver effective project outcomes
  • High level of social skills.
  • Managing and oversight of members of staff
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of working with parishes, deaneries, those from other sectors from both voluntary and statutory organisations
  • A working knowledge of the Church of England and its mission
  • An openness to work with ecumenical partners, and those of other faiths.
  • To be able to forge and develop projects
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage and prioritise a variety of competing demands
  • Designing and delivering resource events on specific and emerging themes (eg justice forums, consultations, conferences)
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, flexible attitude
  • Financial knowledge of accounts and budgeting
  • Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop professional and credible relationships in all aspects of the position that result in stable, consistent, reliable internal and external information flow
  • Ability to work within a restricted budget
  • Ability to work to deadlines, project planning and adjustments if targets are not met
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyse and problem solve
  • Use of social media
  • Travel within the diocese
  • Weekend and evening working
  • Driving licence or other means of transport is needed
  • Subject to Enhanced DBS check

Closing date: 1 April 2019

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