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Programme Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Diocese of Hereford has a clear strategy to grow the Church in Hereford and make it sustainable for the future. This has led to an increasing number of projects designed to achieve this. We are now seeking a programme manager to oversee this work.
The candidate will be an experienced programme manager with an ability to influence people in an exciting but complex environment, to deliver lasting culture change, manage budgets and achieve project outcomes.

The role is based in Hereford but covers projects that span the Diocese, which includes south Shropshire and parts of other counties.

Salary: £42,000 plus pension.
Closing Date: Friday 17th November (midnight)

The selection process will include exercises and an interview and is scheduled for Thursday 14th December 2017

Post Introduction

The Programme Manager will be responsible for helping the Diocese to design and deliver strategic projects that successfully enable the achievement of the outcomes set in the Diocesan Strategy (or Mission Action Plan).

Role Responsibility

  • Plan and design current and future Church Commissioner (or externally) funded programmes confirming the outputs and outcomes to be delivered, alongside the appropriate lead and lag measures.
  • Define any programme governance framework, including the approach to effective planning, monitoring and delivery of the programme’s outcomes.
  • Day to day management of programmes in the early days of projects, proactively monitoring overall progress and ensuring that individual projects and the overall programme deliver to the appropriate quality, time and budget.
  • Implement any strategic / diocesan wide actions arising from Deanery Mission Action Plans
  • Work with the Bishop’s Staff Team to ensure the implementation of actions arising from the Diocesan Strategy.
  • Oversee action planning implementation / completion following other strategic work, e.g. Peer Review, Safeguarding Audit, the HR & People Strategy.
  • Support the lead officers to ensure the successful implementation of restructuring fund projects i.e. Church Building Strategy and Parish Giving.
  • To talent spot project-management and change-management skills within the diocese and to nurture, train and evolve these to ensure diocesan sustainability on change-management skills into the future (after the three year tenure).

The Ideal Candidate


  • A desire to serve the church in the Diocese of Hereford and passionate about enabling spiritual/numerical growth.
  • Understanding of the organisational structure, breadth and dynamics of the Church of England or the capacity to learn quickly.
  • A person who shares our value and, whilst not necessarily an Anglican, is a practising Christian.
  • Experience of enabling organisational change through programme management and embedding these changes firmly in an organisation.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills, with the ability to bring order to complex and ambiguous situations and find innovative ways of solving or pre-empting problems.
  • Proven ability to lead large scale engagement programmes featuring a diverse range of stakeholders from different disciplines and with differing viewpoints.
  • Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programmes and projects, including risk and issue management.
  • Change management skills and the ability to promote good practice, deal with conflict and address any barriers or resistance to change.
  • Ability to think strategically and act pragmatically; able to produce plans and deliver results without losing sight of the strategic context.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to tailor words and pictures to different audiences and present credibly to senior leadership teams.
  • High achievement drive and outstanding finishing skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and develop role and responsibility levels accordingly.
  • Excellent communication skills, high IT literacy and proven influencing skills
  • Some evidence of creative thinking

About Us

Over the last year as a diocese, through our diocesan autumn Follow! 2015 conversations, through further conversations and listening in spring 2016, and through praying together across the diocese at Pentecost 2016, we’ve been asking: 

“What do we hear God calling us to be and to do  at this time, in the places we are set, as followers of Jesus today —each disciple, church, parish, benefice, deanery, and as a diocese as a whole?” 

 In small groups and bigger gatherings hundreds of people in the diocese shared dreams and longings, hopes and fears, in answer to that big question. 
We heard:
“I long for my children and grandchildren to grow up knowing God’s love for them”

“I long for our church to be full of people of all ages and backgrounds”

“I long for us to be one body sharing and working together across the diocese, making a difference wherever we are in lives and communities”  
Since the 2016 national referendum we’ve also heard from local people and from our Church of England Archbishops the call to help strengthen understanding, trust, inclusion, appreciation of diversity, in local communities and across our nation. 
As we look towards the 2020s, we see that shaping significantly our mission and ministry as a national church and as a Church of England diocese: serving and inspiring all people and communities in Christ’s name, for the well-being of all.

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