Strategic Programme Manager

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£47,568- £50,205

The Strategic Programme Manager will be responsible for supporting the Bishop’s Senior Staff with the delivery of the strategic programme. The role will ensure that strategic projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget. The Programme Manager will provide oversight of the strategic programme from inception of ideas through implementation to delivery of projects, ensuring change outcomes are well-defined, appropriately prioritised, and delivered to plan. The role will include the sourcing of external investment funding.

For more information regarding the Church of England Strategic Development Funding (SDF) please click the following link:

For more information about our Diocesan Strategy, please click on the following link:

And please see below for examples of how SDF bids have been successful in the Diocese of Leeds so far:

Role closes - Thursday 23rd April 2020

Interviews - W/C 18th or 25th May (conducted on Zoom or another video conferencing service)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the recruitment process for this role will take a number of weeks. We thank all applicants for their patience and flexibility.

Primary Purpose of Post

The Strategic Programme Manager will be responsible for supporting the Bishop’s Senior Staff with the delivery of the strategic programme.  The role will ensure that strategic projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget.  The Programme Manager will   provide oversight of the strategic programme from inception of ideas through implementation to delivery of projects, ensuring outcomes are well-defined, appropriately prioritised, and delivered to plan. The role will include the sourcing of external investment funding, preparing applications and producing reports for funders.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

Define and prioritise initiatives:

  • Ensure that strategic initiatives are clearly aligned with the diocesan strategy
  • Ensure strategic proposals have clarity and viability
  • Work with bishops and archdeacons to flesh-out proposals, including detailed outcomes and the process by which those outcomes will be achieved
  • Regularly test the viability of development proposals
  • Work with external funding providers including the SDU to submit funding proposals
  • Ensure the best use of central resources to support the development programme


Initiate the programme:

  • Facilitate the launch of externally-funded strategic projects, ensuring they are appropriately planned, resourced, measured and managed.
  • Establish appropriate programme governance, including risk management, change management, regular reporting, and budget management
  • Work with the diocesan and local communications teams to ensure consistent and effective messaging
  • Establish project review and support processes to ensure teams are equipped to deliver successfully.
  • Ensure intervention processes are developed to pause, or if necessary, terminate projects that have demonstrated they will not deliver   
  • Capture and publish lessons learned, and support research studies


Manage programme:

  • Assist with day to day operational aspects of the project
  • Track progress against a detailed project plan and project deliverables, outcomes and measures (lead and lag)
  • Manage any changes in project scope, schedule and costs, escalating to programme board as required
  • Support parish clergy and operations managers to manage day to day operational aspects of the project in liaison with other diocesan colleagues.
  • Address project issues and risks, escalating to Programme Board accordingly
  • Report project status to Programme Board on a regular basis
  • Produce an annual report for the Strategic Investment Board


This job description provides a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list.  The post holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties and responsibilities appropriate and commensurate to the post.


For full details, please see the attached job description.

Skills, knowledge and aptitudes

The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • Educated to degree level (in any subject) or equivalent (desirable)
  • Qualifications in programme and project management (desirable)


Qualifications, Training and Experience

The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • Experience of successful project delivery at-scale (multi-year, multi £million programmes)


Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work effectively, strategically and collaboratively with strong characters
  • Attentive to detail, ensuring that deadlines are achieved and budgets managed effectively.
  • Ability to critically appraise initiatives
  • Confident communicator orally and in writing
  • In the context of the bigger picture, have the ability to attend to detail.
  • Have the ability to support others
  • Be able to make decisions and have the ability to solve problems effectively.
  • Have a tenacious approach to delivery, quality of output and organisation.
  • Ability to deliver training (desirable)


Disposition and Attitude

The candidate should:

  • Be in sympathy with the aims and values of the Church of England (desirable)


Special Requirements

  • Knowledge of Church of England structures                        
  • Knowledge of safeguarding best practice              
  • A commitment to church growth
  • Be able to travel throughout the Diocese and attend meetings when required in evenings and at weekends (desirable)


For full details, please see the attached person specification.


The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of BradfordRipon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 462 parishes and 656 church buildings and 242 schools.

The Diocese has undergone a significant period of change since its formation in 2014.  One of the underlying aims of the change process is to ensure long-term sustainability and financial stability.  Our applications for strategic development funding (SDF) are part of the process of increasing long term sustainably with its particular focus on increasing spiritual and numerical growth, based on the diocesan vision for competent clergy - confident Christians – growing churches – transforming communities. Since 2014, the diocesan priorities have been:

  • embedding the structures of the new diocese
  • a focus on numerical and spiritual growth
  • developing clergy and lay leadership
  • strategically identifying locations for future ministry (establishing a baseline from which to build)
  • embedding the diocesan vision and strategy across the episcopal areas


The Diocesan Strategy was approved in March 2019 and includes stretching objectives and associated initiatives for each of the goals. These include church planting and resource church initiatives part-funded by the Church Commissioners. The Strategy is being implemented at every level of the diocese. Grassroots implementation of ministry and mission objectives is resourced by Episcopal Area Teams; steering groups, such as Strategic Programme Boards for projects funded by the Church Commissioners; and the diocesan Ministry and Mission Team, which encompasses lay training, clergy development, vocations, church growth, social engagement and children and young people’s work. Further information is available here  -

We have applied for and received two rounds of SDF, supporting, in the Leeds Episcopal Area, the development of five resource churches and, at present, three church plants, with several more planned, and in the Bradford Episcopal Area, a city centre resource church and five further resourcing churches.

The Strategic Programme Manager will support our current programmes of work ensuring appropriate programme governance, including risk management, regular reporting, and budget management.   He or she will work with parish clergy who are leading these resource churches in order to ensure that they have the necessary resource and support to plant more worshipping communities.  The Strategic Programme Manager will also assist senior leaders to facilitate church planting in other episcopal areas and ensure that models of ministry are developed and implemented that are financially sustainable and missionally appropriate in order to deliver our vision of growing, revitalising and planting churches across the whole diocese.

Current Programme

Strategic Development in the Leeds Episcopal Area

(i)         We have established 5 Resource Churches (St George’s Leeds, Ireland Wood, Riverside, Roundhay, Holbeck).

(ii)        We intend to create 9 church plants. This work began in 2018.

(iii)       We continue to commission 9 leadership teams to establish and lead the plants (to include a curate and 5/6 lay leaders per plant).

(iv)       We are intentionally developing young leaders, including, but not exclusively, through the expansion of St George’s Intern Programme.

(v)        We intend to replicate the resource church model in other episcopal areas and identify other resource church opportunities in the Leeds area. This has already begun in the Bradford Episcopal Area.


By 2021 we anticipate:

(i)         That church attendance in Leeds will increase by 675, evidenced by: St George’s, Leeds increasing their numbers by 300; Ireland Wood, Riverside and Roundhay will increase by 300 (each by 100) and Holbeck by 75.

(ii)        Linking with communities and schools, resource churches and their plants will become centres of resource for work with children and youth. Employment of children/youth workers will enable a focus on young people, including the establishment of weekly after-school clubs for children, toddler groups for younger children and parents, with the intention of increasing numbers of young people..

(iii)       Resource churches and their new plants will aim to replant every 3 years as their respective Planting Curates complete their training and move on.

(iv)       The St George’s, Leeds intern programme has been expanded through funding a Director and a residential training component.  St George’s now works with an average of around 20 interns per year, from across the Diocese.


Strategic Development in the Bradford Episcopal Area

City Centre Resource Church

In September 2019 Fountains Church Bradford, was established.  Currently worshipping in rented premises, the congregation has grown quickly.  November 2019 saw the purchase of the new building, a space that was formally 4 nightclubs overlooking City Square between the Alhambra Theatre and the Media Museum. It requires a significant amount of work and the plan is that the first phase of the building will be completed by late summer 2020.  The Strategic Programme Manager will support this project and the whole scheme through the period of funding.


Resourcing Churches

There are five churches in the Bradford Episcopal Area, that have existing strength in leadership, mission and finances, which are acting as Resourcing Churches.

Holy Trinity Idle (currently helping to revitalise the neighbouring parish of Greengates, where there is also significant new build);

St John’s Great Horton (currently revitalising the parish of St Wilfrid’s Lidget Green, including plans for the disused church of St Columba);

Keighley (where St Mark’s Utley has been revitalising St Andrew’s Church [the Shared Church] and there will be the challenge of revitalising the neighbouring parish of Ingrow when the current incumbent leaves);

St John’s Clayton (possibly revitalising the outer part of south and / or west Bradford);

St John’s Bowling (possibly revitalising the inner part of south Bradford)

The Strategic Programme Manager will be required to support these parish clergy and those based in the city centre resource church to deliver this vision and the outcomes relating to this strategic work.  He or she must ensure that key risks are identified and mitigated; assist the clergy to evaluate and measure growth; engage with stakeholders and at all times maintain strategic alignment with the diocesan strategy.