Support Officer for the Director of Ministry and the Director of Mission Learning & Development
Due to the expanding work of the Ministry Team and the new Mission Learning and Development Team, we need to increase our administrative capacity. The Support Officer for the Director of Ministry and the Director of Mission Learning and Development will provide a range of administrative duties to support the two Directors and their teams.
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.
It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our “Transforming Church - Shaping the Future” vision.
The Support Officer for the Director of Ministry and the Director of Mission Learning and Development will:
- Provide administrative support including:
o Diary management
o Booking meetings
o Providing hospitality and housekeeping for meetings
o Making travel arrangements where required
- Organise events (in conjunction with Training & Development Support Team as appropriate)
- Produce materials as required for meetings and training events
- Handle e-mail and phone queries on behalf of the Directors
- Work with the Support Officers in other teams in our 1 Colmore Row Offices to maintain a welcoming and efficient office environment for staff and visitors
- Any other reasonable duties as requested
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for someone with:
- Administrative experience
- Ability to prioritise
- Excellent accuracy/attention to details
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Mailchimp and Outlook
- Planning & organising skills and the ability to handle the requirements of different people simultaneously
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to deal with a wide range of people
- A flexible approach; willing to learn and develop
- The ability to work on their own or as part of a team
- An understanding of, and an appreciation for, the Christian ethos and values
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when required (Time Off In Lieu will be given)
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