INTERIM COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

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Church House Rotherham
Fixed Term Full Time

The Diocese of Sheffield is called to grow a diverse network of Christ-like, lively and sustainable Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.

The Diocese of Sheffield is at the forefront of transformational change in the Church of England. This Communication Officer role will be a valuable part of a supportive and collaborative team on a significant change journey to deliver our Renewed Released Rejuvenated strategy and realise our vision.

  • Provide communications expertise, advice, planning and delivery to our change project teams such as Lights for Christ and Resourcing Churches
  • Providing communications expertise as part of planning teams for major events such as, Pentecost Beacon, Diocesan Conference, Roadshows, consecrations, installations, retirements
  • Edit short videos for distribution through different mediums
  • Take the lead on preparing news items for distribution on the best social media platforms for the target audience
  • Sourcing and scheduling the social media and email content for the 2025 Prayer Community or similar virtual prayer community initiatives
  • Scheduling any other social media content such as stories, conference, events and social action projects through the week as directed by the Communications Manager
  • Ensure the diocesan website is kept up to date with appropriate content, updating pages and sections as directed by the Communications Manager and in collaboration with other Church House colleagues
  • Providing resources to enable colleagues to deal with media enquiries, e.g. script for reception
  • Assist in the gathering of good news stories and help to disseminate these across Diocesan digital channels in conjunction with the Communications Unit
  • Collation, analysis and reporting of key communications statistics, stakeholder feedback and interpret data and present this clearly in reports
  • Use specialist design software (Adobe Creative Suite) to produce communication materials such as; leaflets, flyers, posters and some digital graphics. For large projects and key campaigns act as client for an external design agency.
  • Provide support to the Communications Manager as required
  • The postholder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.
  • Assist the Communications Manager in the control of telecommunications, reprographics, printing and other means of communication within Church House and from there to the diocese.

Qualifications/Training

Essential:

  • Numerate and able to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral forms.
  • Higher Level qualification in communications or related field, e.g. marketing, media, PR

Desirable:

  • Qualifications in communication techniques or IT methods and software

Knowledge

Essential:

  • Significant experience of working in an collaborative environment
  • Sympathetic to the mission of the Church of England and be willing to learn the complexities of the Church of England
  • Excellent understanding of how to use social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Excellent technological knowledge, and competent in the use of standard IT products, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and operating systems and database software

Desirable:

  • An understanding of the ethos and mission of the Church of England and of its structures
  • Understanding of HTML

Experience

Essential:

  • Able to maintain accurate records
  • Experience working with others in an integrated organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of regularly advising project teams and key stakeholders, including senior colleagues

Desirable:

  • Experience of website editing
  • Experience of using automated email systems for marketing purposes