Programme Manager – Learning and Development

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

The Archbishops’ Advisers for Appointments and Development (AAAD) provide leadership development for senior Bishops and Deans and also supports senior appointments within the Church and works closely with Dioceses to identify and support those with the potential for senior office/wider responsibility. It also provides leadership development, including coordinating the support to the Ministerial Development Review (MDR) process.

The leadership development agenda continues to evolve and each year there are a wide range of interesting priorities.

An immediate priority is the refresh of the Ministerial Development Review (MDR) for Diocesan Bishops. This process includes regular guided discussions and feedback framed around an office holder’s ministry. MDR examines the past and current accountabilities and shapes future accountabilities. Based on the review a plan for personal ministerial growth and development is agreed.

During 2019 the update of the MDR process for Diocesan Bishops has taken place and a pilot of a refreshed approach is due to commence from early 2020. Part of the pilot will require identification and implementation of a web based digital solution to support the process.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Programme Manager with experience of HR and web/digital-based processes, to manage the pilot of the refreshed Ministerial Development Review process, the evaluation of learning and enhancing our learning and development offer through better digital solutions.

Over time, the range of programmes and projects will continue to evolve and therefore bring new opportunities to contribute to the agenda.

To be successful you will need significant programme and project management experience ideally in an HR environment, and the ability to develop and work with structured processes. With an interest in web based and digital systems, you will have strong written communication skills and the ability to convey complexity in an easily understood way.

You will be comfortable working in an environment where high levels of confidentiality will be required and you will enjoy working proactively and flexibly, with occasional travel and work outside of normal office hours.

Interviews will be held on the 5th December 2019

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Project management of the MDR pilot: Taking a project management approach to the MDR pilot process, you will ensure clear plans are in place to meet the timescales and that the various stages happen on time. This will include supporting participants (Diocesan Bishops) through each stage. Each element of the pilot process will be evaluated by the role-holder and adjustments made to the process, documentation and communication in advance of the next round of the pilot.
  • Research, design and implement a web / digital solution for MDR: The role holder will take the lead on sourcing and, if required, designing and implementing a web /digital solution to support the MDR process, including access and storing of documents.
  • Evaluation of learning and development: The implementation of the evaluation framework for all leadership development programmes will be led by the role holder, planning out the methods for data gathering, analysis and reporting, as well as the communication of the approach to participants and stakeholders.
  • Research, design and implement a web / digital solution for our leadership development programmes. The role holder will lead the thinking and implementation on how technology can be used to improve our learning and development processes, user experience, and, depending on the outcome of research, access to learning content. Depending on the approach chosen, develop guidance and tools which underpin the processes to ensure they reflect good practice and process improvements.
  • Projects: Over time the role-holder will manage and contribute to further projects which relate to the learning and development of senior clergy, e.g. conducting best practice research and designing activities to support the programmes.

The Requirements


  • Substantial experience of programme and project management, including implementation of processes within an HR context and in organisations with complex structures.
  • Experience of researching, identifying, developing and implementing web based systems or digital HR processes, such as performance management, Learning Management Systems and Learning Content.
  • Experience of selecting and managing vendors and partner suppliers
  • Familiarity with evaluation and measurement systems, particularly relating to learning and development
  • Solid understanding of GDPR and Data Protection


  • A confident self-starter who enjoys working with structured processes;
  • Detail focused and comfortable in an environment which requires a high degree of accuracy;
  • Excellent relationship builder who can quickly create rapport with and win the confidence of senior stakeholders;
  • Strong written communication skills and able to convey complexity in an easy to understand way;
  • Interest in web based and digital systems;
  • A proactive and inquiring mindset;
  • Comfortable handling confidential and often complex data


  • Degree level or equivalent


  • Comfortable working in an environment where high levels of confidentiality (both internally and externally) will be required alongside sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Flexible to travel and work outside normal office hours on occasions.


  • An understanding of the structure of the Church of England;
  • CIPD membership

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.