Project Manager

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London Bridge
Fixed Term Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with demonstrable project management experience to play a key role in implementing Southwark Vision.  “A Fruitful Future: Strategic growth and cultural change in the large, diverse Diocese of Southwark” is a key initiative which is part of the wider ‘Southwark Vision 2017-2025’.

Specific, geographically distinct projects have been identified in places across the Diocese of Southwark where there is a clear opportunity for growth and some funding to support these projects has been obtained from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Funding.  This role will be key in the successful implementation of our strategy in each of these places.

The Project Manager will be a member of the Diocesan Secretariat specifically working on these new projects as well as on the wider statistical and data support associated with the Diocesan growth objectives.

  • Key components of the role are to support:
    • the implementation of the SDF funded project through the specific interventions in places identified for this funding;
    • the wider replication of learning from these initial interventions across the Diocese
    • the communication to the wider church of these learnings.
  • through:
    • the detailed project management of all stages of these projects under the guidance of the Director of Strategic & Operational Projects  
    • the coordination and monitoring of all strategic and operational aspects of the project
    • statistical analysis and management of the Diocesan data to support and inform strategic decisions made by the Diocesan leadership including the Diocesan Secretary and Archdeacons.

Key responsibilities:

The Project Manager is responsible for day to day management of the project from initial set up through to successful delivery, working closely with the Director of Strategic & Operational Projects.  This will involve the implementation, co-ordination and tracking of the project plans for the projects that comprise this SDF funded initiative.

Project Management/ Co-ordination

  • Day to day management of the project, proactively monitoring overall progress and ensuring that individual projects and the overall programme delivers to the appropriate quality, time and budget.
  • Proactively identify any risks and issues that arise, at an individual project and Diocesan level, initiating corrective action in consultation with the Director of Strategic & Operational projects and members of the Core Project Team.
  • Report progress of the project at regular intervals to the Director of Strategic & Operational projects, the Core Project Team and the Project Board, including tracking the delivery of outputs and outcomes, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Drafting of reports, with high level of numerical analysis, for circulation at a Diocesan level and for the National Church.
  • Broader statistical analysis and interpretation of Diocesan data as required by this project and other Diocesan initiatives, including ideas for innovative data collection and reporting.

Change Management & Communications

  • Implement and develop the communication and engagement plan, mindful of Southwark Vision.
  • Regularly assess the influences, interests and attitudes of the key stakeholders to ensure the the communication and engagement plan is well aligned to the cultural changes in the Diocese.
  • Track how well changes are being delivered and monitor the capacity of the organisation to cope with the level of change being introduced.
  • Ensure your work is fully aligned to the Dicoesn Staff Values and Staff Purpose.

Resource Management

  • Monitor the project budget, monitoring expenditure and costs against the outcomes to be realised as the projects progresses.
  • Relevant experience project management including co-ordinating programmes and projects in a complex environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to tailor words and pictures to different audiences and present credibly to churches and leadership teams
  • Substantial, proven, experience of handling data, preparing accurate reports using data and addressing data issues including resilience
  • Evidence of change management skills and the ability to promote good practice, deal with conflict and address any barriers or resistance to change and a proven ability to support organisational change
  • Experience and demonstrable ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders from different disciplines and with differing viewpoints
  • Awareness and understanding of techniques for planning, monitoring and measuring programmes and projects, including risk management
  • An understanding of the structure, breadth and dynamics of the Church of England
  • An understanding of diversity and cross-cultural dynamics

The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.

As a Diocese, we celebrate churches, worshipping communities and fresh expressions of Church, across the full spectrum of traditions, that speak well of each other and support each other as together we seek to deliver a our key objectives.  This diversity and range of contexts within our Diocese means there needs to be more than one approach to missional growth – and this role will be a key feature of our journey towards delivering this growth.

In 2016, the Diocese was awarded a major grant to develop fresh expressions of Church throughout the Diocese and to grow the Church in new development areas, in particular the Nine Elms development on the South Bank in the Vauxhall /Battersea area.

In 2019 the Diocese was awarded a second major grant this time for six specific projects in places identified across the Diocese where there is a clear opportunity for growth and where lessons learned can be replicated to good effect across the Diocese and the wider church.