Project Manager: Growing the Rural Church

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Fixed Term Full Time
£40,000 - 44,000 depending on experience, plus pension scheme

This is a hugely exciting opportunity for an individual with considerable experience in project management and community engagement to join a successful flagship project which is making a significant and lasting positive impact in the life of rural communities in Devon.

The Diocese of Exeter’s strategic plan for growth includes a major initiative, the Growing the Rural Church Project (GtRC). GtRC involves creative engagement with rural churches and their communities in order to promote church growth and sustainability. The Project team engages with many rural communities across Devon, increasing community involvement in the life of the church, thereby enhancing mission and resulting in long-term innovative and sustainable solutions for rural churches.

GtRC commenced in early 2017 and is currently funded until 2023. £1M of funding has been obtained from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund, with a further £0.8M of funding being committed by the Diocese. This is an innovative and exciting project and the learning is being shared with other dioceses and the National Church.

The role is responsible for the management of the project including the management and co-ordination of the Project Team which has 2-3 officers with specialisms in community development, communications, fund-raising and volunteer support.

The Project Manager is responsible for the financial oversight of the project and works in close collaboration with the Diocesan Mission and Ministry Team, Property Team, Communications Team and the Diocesan Registrar. The role reports to the Church Buildings Strategy Committee.

Please see the job description for full details.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level and will have demonstrable intellectual ability. They will have experience of successful project management and associated stakeholder and community engagement.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 60 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission and Ministry, Church and Society, Communications, Property and Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling and Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact us

by email by phone: 01392 294940

or by post: The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Closing date for applications: 17th June 2019

Shortlisted candidates notified: w/c 25th June 2019

Interviews: 4th July 2019

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