The Church of England Diocese of London comprises of 400+ parishes north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway.
The Finance team enables the missional objectives of the London Diocesan Fund (LDF), parishes, archdeacons and bishops through delivery of effective financial reporting and efficient processing of financial transactions. We contribute to the work of the parishes by providing support, advice and training to parishes on a wide range of financial issues, both in technical areas such as bookkeeping and gift aid, but also support generous giving and stewardship.
There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.
The successful applicant will work within a team of Finance Advisers, with responsibility for supporting parishes in the Stepney Episcopal Area, one of the five administrative areas of the Diocese of London. The role also provides administrative support for key projects to the team of Finance Advisers.
The Finance Advisers provide financial & stewardship support for parishes. The role has principal responsibility for providing appropriate training, support, resources and advice to the clergy, PCCs and parish officers to enable the parishes to develop their respective ministries. This support includes basic accounting and bookkeeping, budgeting and planning; Christian giving stewardship programmes and general matters.
The main responsibilities include:
communicating the Common Fund challenge to the Areas, Deaneries and Parishes and monitoring receipt of offers and contributions.
being the first port of call for parishes with any church-related finance questions, e.g. Gift Aid. Stewardship, hall rental
planning, organising and delivering training for treasurers, stewardship recorders, PCC officers
assisting the Archdeacon(s) and Area Council(s) to manage and monitor Area Pastoral funds available as grants and loans to support parish work and building repairs.
assisting the Area Bishops to monitor costs of clergy deployment.
to provide timely and appropriate financial advice, training, support and resources
Please refer to the attached Job Description for the full details on the main responsibilities.
Experience, knowledge, training and qualifications
Have an understanding of the institution, ethos and mission of the Church of England, including an appreciation of the roles of key office holders (eg ordained clergy, Archdeacons, Area Deans, Area Bishops, Diocesan Bishop, Lay ministers)
Have a sensitivity to, and an understanding of, the role of the clergy in London
Effective manager of working relationships
Experience of administration of church organisations
Some financial experience (NB: accounting qualifications are not a requirement)
Aptitudes and abilities
Service focused – seeking to serve
Strong interpersonal skills – a “people” person and team player
Excellent presenter – confident and clear communicator
Numerate and financially astute – comfortable working with financial data
Computer literate – experience of Microsoft Office essential
Dedicated, driven and committed – takes a pride in their job
Pro-active and innovative – wants to do things better
Plans own work effectively
Problem solver and enquirer – keen to question and resolve
Flexible and enthusiastic – adaptive
Attention to detail – accurate and efficient
Deadline focused – gets the job done on time
Quality – not satisfied with “second best”
Takes ownership – will do what it takes to achieve a task
Ability to work confidentially and is sympathetic to the aims of the Church of England
Relishes a challenge
High personal integrity
Self-motivated with the ability to work under own initiative and manage own workload.
An ability to communicate in a friendly and professional manner with others both face-to-face, via telephone and in writing
Flexible in your approach
The Church of England in London is growing, vibrant and at the heart of communities throughout the capital. At the London Diocesan Fund we seek to do everything we can to support this mission and growth, using our resources to help our parishes and chaplains to serve over 4 million people.
We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:
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.