Parish Buying Marketing Officer

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Fixed Term Part Time
£31,857 p.a. rising to £34,255 p.a. (pro rata) after probation

Since 2011, the National Church (Dioceses and NCIs together) have developed the Parish Buying service, offering a range of national procurement contracts to parishes, dioceses and other Church entities. Working with an external provider, we save parishes over £1.4M million a year. Currently only around 55% of Church of England parishes are registered with the Parish Buying service but the newsletter subscription of over 18,000 is one of the largest in The Church of England.

Marketing forms an essential part of the giving strategy, both to clergy and laity within the Church of England. There is a compelling and urgent need to improve and expand our online advice and guidance, and provide opportunities for online training.

We need to create digital resources that are inspiring and grounded in practical application, that cover the range of ways that we can encourage giving to the church and for people to live more generous lives.

As Parish Buying Marketing Officeryou will support the Marketing Manager in developing and delivering a marketing strategy to promote the Parish Buying Service with a range of activities including circulating monthly email newsletters, communicating with key stakeholder groups and maintaining the Parish Buying website.

To be successful, you will need a combination of marketing and administrative skills and experience of influencing through communications, project management and analysis and data management.

We are a dispersed team and have a very flexible approach when it comes to working locations. In light of Covid-19, all team members are currently based at home. As a National Team we work throughout the dioceses and predominantly use online platforms to meet and train colleagues and parishes. However the willingness for some travel throughout England and Wales and work occasional weekends may be required from 2021 onwards.

You will be working 17.5 hours per week and your salary will be prorated for the hours worked. This is a fixed term contact expected to last for 12 months.

Interviews are expected to be held w/c10th August 2020 remotely using Zoom.

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 :

Support the Marketing Manager in developing and delivering a marketing strategy to promote the Parish Buying Service with activities including:

  • Circulating monthly email newsletters
  • Communicating with key stakeholder groups about new suppliers and contracts, such as diocesan giving advisors and communication officers
  • Maintaining the Parish Buying website, working with a developer where necessary to build new content when suppliers are added
  • Working with Parish Buying suppliers to communicate about their products and services
  • Liaising with the NCI’s digital communications team so that Parish Buying is promoted effectively through their channels
  • Supporting the team’s presence at diocesan and other events, and running occasional workshops to train and inform parishes (some travel is required)
  • Working with the Parish Buying customer service team to ensure the best user journey possible for Parish Buying members
  • Social media marketing (Facebook and Twitter particularly)

The Requirements :


Success in this role will require a combination of marketing and administrative skills. The combination of experiences is not prescribed, but is likely to include some of the following:

  • Experience of influencing through communications in the area of marketing, training, or sales
  • Administrative or project management experience
  • Experience of working within the church and an understanding of the culture at both parish and diocesan level is desirable


  • Excellent persuasive written and oral communication
  • Strong understanding and ability in the use of Social Media
  • Strong analytical and data management skills – proficient in use of Excel with large data sets e.g. mailing lists
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Good inter-personal skills so you can work effectively as part of a team, and gain the support of key individuals in other NCI departments and dioceses
  • Very strong self-motivator and initiator as you will be part of a dispersed team


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • A qualification in marketing, business, communications or training is desirable


The post-holder will be expected to communicate with parishes routinely, and to develop materials that appeal across all sections of the church. As such, the postholder should be in sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church. It is desirable that the post-holder will have an understanding of the structure and culture of the Church of England on appointment.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome 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.