Projects Officer - Policy

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£30,909 p.a. rising to £33,452 p.a. after probation

Who are we and what do we do?

The Church of England is the largest single provider of education in England with one million students attending 4,700 Church of England schools. We now seek to build capacity across the Education Office so that “developing leaders, shaping policy, and creating capacity” form an integrated strategy for our national work in education.

The Church of England Education Office’s mission is to advance at a national level the breadth of education work by equipping a new generation of young people to shape society and contribute meaningfully to today’s increasingly complex and globalised world.

Why work for us?

You will be joining a truly wonderful team which works dynamically and collaboratively to develop a movement for education which offers a vision of human flourishing and embraces intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, moral and social development.

What can you expect in this role?

In this role you will work with internal and external partners to shape policy for the Church of England’s role in education. You will work closely with colleagues (varying in level) to deliver key aspects of our strategic plan.

This work is a vital part of the mission of the Church of England and sits at the heart of the objectives of the Archbishops’ Council.

Who are you likely to be?

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to draft policy reports, briefings and consultation responses suitable for a range of audiences.

You will have strong organisational and planning skills and the ability to assess, prioritise and manage a varied workload, strong research and analytical skills. You will have a high level of IT literacy including a good grasp of Excel and its capabilities.

You may already have an understanding of some relevant technical areas such as governance, the school estate and school admissions but will certainly have a strong understanding of education sector policy and be sympathetic to the Church of England’s aims in education. You will be someone who can quickly develop a thorough grasp of the technical areas required to carry out this role.

You will have exceptional interpersonal skills and will be a confident and clear communicator.

Interviews will be held on w/c 2nd March 2020.

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.

What will you be doing (Your main duties and responsibilities)?

  1. Contributing to the research and development of specific projects (which might include areas such as environmental issues for schools, combating disadvantage and working with other faiths) from point of inception through to delivery, publication and evaluation, to support the work of the Policy team.
  2. Collation, analysis and presentation of data.
  3. Advice and support to Diocesan networks in expert subject areas including governance, the school estate and school admissions.
  4. Engagement with government departments including attendance at advisory groups as directed by the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Policy).
  5. Facilitating an ongoing dialogue across the Church of England’s education network by managing consultations and electronic bulletins.
  6. Identifying and helping to maximise relationships and opportunities with the internal and external stakeholders with whom the Church of England Education Office needs to engage.
  7. Engagement with key stakeholders, both internally and externally, to communicate a clear vision and deliverable objectives for the further development and modernisation of the Education Office’s work.

The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in your job description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.



  • Self-starter comfortable with working without close supervision and using their initiative
  • Strong time management, and the ability to work under pressure and be proactive in planning and executing tasks
  • Ability to deal with a wide range of external contacts / stakeholders (internal and external) in a professional manner which presents a professional and confident image
  • Sensitivity and good judgement in handling complex or confidential matters in a secure and diplomatic way.
  • Discretion and good interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and in writing
  • Ability to draft accurate and well-crafted briefings, reports, correspondence and consultation responses
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to collate, analyse and present data
  • Attention to detail


  • Empathy with the mission of the Church of England
  • Degree or equivalent.


  • Knowledge and awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing the Church in education
  • Knowledge of some of the key technical areas relating to schools such as governance, estates, admissions

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

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.