The Project Manager/Analyst will be responsible for providing analysis and information to the Shaping the Future Programme stakeholders and the project leaders for each of the individual projects within the overall programme. This will include budget tracking, project monitoring, project evaluation and performing data analysis relevant to any of the projects.
Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England, Birmingham, covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.
For the past eight years, Transforming Church has informed our strategy for mission, with our seven areas of transformation and ten transforming church goals widely established (see http://www.cofebirmingham.com/transforming-church/). Our Growing Younger initiative which flowed out from this has been reaching and impacting many new children and families over the last couple of years. Following a broad review of our vision, we are now initiating a new phase of Transforming Church which will extend and underpin the work we are already doing with new resources. The Church Commissioners have awarded the Church of England Birmingham £2.5m strategic development funding towards this next phase of Transforming Church. It will focus on building capacity, sustaining momentum, increasing growth, and embedding our commitment to mission and transformation within the culture of our church at a deeper level, releasing the gifts of many more lay and ordained.
The four major areas receiving new resourcing include:
- Children, Youth and Families
- New Christian Communities
- Leadership and Discipleship
- Mission and Evangelism in diverse cultures.
Each of these areas has a series of sub-projects to deliver the overall programme.
We are looking for an experienced Project Manager/Analyst to support the Programme by providing analysis and reports to stakeholders and project leaders.
- Refine the initial project plans and produce more detailed timelines and milestones for each of the sub-projects.
- Communicate the plans (in the appropriate level of detail) to stakeholders and those responsible for project delivery. Continue to communicate throughout the course of the projects to ensure a cohesive approach is maintained
- Develop and implement processes to monitor and report on the progress of the projects and overall programme.
- Monitor budgets and resource allocation for the overall programme and individual projects. Prepare regular “actual versus budget variance” analysis and reports.
- Track project deliverables and produce regular reports for stakeholders.
- Take ownership of the evaluation process for the new projects and for the existing Growing Younger initiative.
- Working with the Project Leaders, incorporate changes to the project plans to ensure project goals (deliverables and timings) are achieved
- Provide project management guidance and support to those leading the implementation of the projects within the overall programme.
- Provide reports and analysis for other projects as required.
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:
- Proven track record of success in the analysis and reporting of complex projects.
- Excellent organisation skills with the ability to prioritise and juggle different tasks.
- Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
- Skilled communicator – able to take complex information and present appropriately to a wide range of different audiences who have differing levels of financial acumen
- Expert knowledge of project analysis and the associated tools and systems.
- Knowledge and experience of project evaluation processes
- Expert analytical and problem solving skills.
- Excellent financial understanding and experience of managing project budgets (familiarity with charity fund accounting would be helpful).
- An understanding of and appreciation for Christian Mission – and able to balance the flexible needs of mission with the rigour of project analysis.
- Assertive but approachable.
Right at the heart of what we do there are 188 Church of England churches and worship centres with an average Sunday attendance of 14,000 from a population of 1.5 million. In these churches are clergy and church-goers representing a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.
Around 165 paid priests, together with additional self-supporting ministers, offer spiritual and pastoral care in the parishes, together with retired clergy, readers, local ministry teams & other non-ordained ministers.
The ninth Bishop of Birmingham, The Rt Revd David Urquhart, was welcomed to Birmingham in November 2006. He leads the Church of England across the Diocese and has formed a team of senior staff. The Bishop shares his Episcopal oversight with the Suffragan Bishop of Aston.
In the heart of the city, Birmingham Cathedral, dedicated to St Philip, is led by the Dean, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle. It has been a place of Christian worship since 1715 and was designed by the English Baroque architect, Thomas Archer.
The Diocese is divided into two pastoral administrative areas led by the Archdeacon of Aston (The Ven Simon Heathfield) and the Archdeacon of Birmingham (The Ven Hayward Osborne). Each of these areas contains a number of Deaneries, or groups of parishes.
This role is one of many we are recruiting for as part of our vision for mission and ministry. To learn more about this role or others please click here