An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR practitioner to join the people team at The Church of England – Birmingham. Based in Birmingham City Centre, we support the parishes and worshipping communities of the diocese as well as providing the central HR function of the employer, the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).
As an experienced HR practitioner, you will be responsible for ensuring that all transactional HR functions run smoothly, acting as the first point of call for expert support to managers and colleagues within the DBF and for churches/related organisations on people related queries. You will be responsible for the timely and accurate, delivery and improvement of all recruitment and HR processes for DBF staff with an employee base of circa. 90 employees.
You will work closely with the Head of HR supporting their strategic capacity, assisting in reviewing and developing HR policies and procedures and supporting transactional HR and specific projects for the DBF; and provide guidance and support to parishes who employ or are considering employing lay staff - to release clergy and other leaders to focus on delivering their mission, ministry and pastoral calling. You will also work alongside the HR Support Officer who supports the appointment processes for those in ministerial posts as well as the related transactions for ministerial office-holders, the discernment process for those going through the selection process for the ordained ministry as well as assisting with day-to-day HR processes for the DBF.
Parish HR Support
Be the main point of contact for all parish HR queries
Provide and update templates of contracts, policies, procedures and other HR documents for parishes to adapt and adopt along with relevant guidance for such use
Proactively provide parishes with guidance on all aspects of HR through contacting church leaders and offering training and guidance on employing staff
Reactively support parishes when people issues arise
Collaborate with bookkeeper / property roles as part of our parish support service.
Be a key point of contact for HR queries relating to DBF employees
Manage the HR employee lifecycle for DBF employees
Arrange recruitment activity from advertising posts, through to interview, offer and induction, including administrative and practical arrangements
Provide line managers with advice and guidance on all aspects of HR
Ensure that all employees have the necessary resources to undertake their roles effectively
Ensure the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of employees, working with other departments as necessary.
Work with the Head of HR in formulating and implementing people strategy
Collaborate with the HR Support Officer in their delivery of support to the Bishop and Archdeacons with office-holder appointments and the DDO in overseeing the discernment process for those with a calling to the ordained ministry.
Please respond to these requirements in your application
Experience of working in an HR generalist role with good working knowledge of employment legislation, its application in the workplace and guiding managers through process.
A good depth of knowledge and practical experience of leading on performance management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, harmonisation of T&Cs, redundancy, TUPE and ascertaining employment status.
Resilience and being comfortable with challenging the status quo
Great communications skills (written and oral) and a confident presenter
Able to quickly build good working relationships and establish trust
An eye for detail and great solution-finding skills
A “can-do” attitude
Proven track record of delivering excellent customer service
Flexible and adaptable – able to manage many different projects simultaneously
An awarded CIPD HR or equivalent qualification and relevant membership with a commitment to ongoing CPD
The ability to travel across the diocese
An understanding of, and an appreciation for the Christian ethos and values
An understanding of church life and parish structures would be desirable.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Full-time 35 hours per week for a fixed-term of 4 years (subject to funding), we are willing to have conversations around flexible working
Pension 12% employer contribution into the Church Workers Pension Fund
Holidays 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays, plus 3 discretionary days
The employer is the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance (BDBF)
Reports to the Head of HR
Deadline for Applications: 24th February 2020 Interviews: 6th March 2020 at our offices in Central Birmingham.
For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Ben Franks, Head of HR, on HR@cofebirmingham.com
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.