Senior Financial Strategist and Programme Manager

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£44,298 rising to £49,113 after probation

Resourcing growth in ministry is a major strand of the Renewal and Reform programme throughout the Church of England. Working through the National Ministry Team, Ministry Council seeks to promote the framework for ministry outlined by the House of Bishops and Archbishops Council. Two new projects are in development. The post holder will be responsible primarily for the Strategic Ministry Fund which provides grants from funds made available by the Church Commissioners for additional curacies to meet the aspiration to increase the number of those being trained for ordained ministry by 50%. Alongside this, a major review of theological education and Resourcing Ministerial Education will examine the current funding mechanism for funding the training of ordinands and the role of TEIs in partnership with Ministry Council and the dioceses.

The Senior Financial Strategist will make a major contribution to the Strategic Ministry Fund project, providing financial modelling to ensure a fair spread of resources across dioceses according to need and resourcing the Strategic Ministry Board in making grant decisions. The post holder will support to the RME review by providing some financial analysis and modelling. They will consult and inform dioceses throughout the process, ensuring that systems are well understood and fit for purpose.

The main responsibilities are;

  • Sharing in the strategic leadership of Ministry Division as a member of the Senior Management Team
  • Leading on and coordinating the delivery of the Strategic Ministry Fund in the Division and ensuring as the programme manager that key objectives are achieved in a timely fashion
  • Working with other colleagues to develop an application and assessment framework for curacies funded under the Strategic Ministry Fund
  • Supporting the Resourcing Ministerial Education review with financial data and modelling
  • Liaising with key stakeholders in Dioceses and TEIs to communicate and deliver both Strategic Ministry Fund arrangements and any new RME funding arrangements
  • Overseeing the work of Projects and Research Officer including responsibility for HR and PDR
  • Reporting to the Director who will share the wider representational and strategic aspects of financial planning
  • With the Director, reporting to the Finance Panel
  • With the Director, working with the Finance Panel and the Ministry Council to ensure good communication with the College of Bishops
  • Carrying out any other duties as required.

The ideal candidate for this role should have;


  • A business or financial qualification at degree level of above.
  • Ability to manage complex change processes including influencing a variety of stakeholders
  • A thorough understanding of business development skills and the ability to implement these skills.
  • Able to demonstrate the impact of decision making on stakeholders
  • Ability to think and plan strategically through complex projects with multiple stakeholders and funding streams
  • Energy and drive to work under time pressures and within deadlines
  • Able to work collaboratively within a complex organisational structure
  • Excellent communication skills including oral and written skills.
  • Good IT skills particularly in data management and presentation
  • Experienced and excellent manager of people and committed to their development.
  • In sympathy with the work and ethos of the Church of England.
  • Can travel within England and attend meetings away from London.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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