Regional Giving Advisor

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London
Permanent
£44500 p.a.

Voluntary Income in The Church of England is over £800M a year, and funds most of the church’s mission and ministry. The Church of England has adopted a National Giving Strategy for 2020-2025 that will invest in different ways to encourage giving within its churches.

Parishes need support to ensure they are enabling giving and encouraging generosity, and dioceses need support to ensure the parishes fund their ministry.

As Regional Giving Advisor, you will support the recruitment of Diocesan Giving Advisors in the Midlands / East and develop the knowledge and adoption of good practice in parishes and dioceses. You will support dioceses who access the Giving Advisor Fund, assisting them throughout the recruitment process, and providing training and non-managerial supervision for new Giving Advisors. You will also develop regional initiatives, and take a national lead on specific areas of giving and produce training and guidance in these areas.

To be successful, you will need experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity and of influencing through communications with sensitivity and discretion. Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity would be an advantage.

Due to the specialist nature of this role within the Giving team, training will be provided to successful candidates to enable them to carry out their role confidently.

This role will cover Midlands and East.

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 role will require focused work with the Midlands and East Region, therefore a willingness for travel within this region as well as for some travel throughout England and work occasional weekends may be required from 2021 onwards.

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

Supporting Giving Advisors

Supporting dioceses through assisting in the recruitment, training and non-managerial supervision of giving advisors.

This includes:

  • Assisting dioceses in the recruitment process for Giving Advisors, offering guidance and support on job descriptions, person specifications, recruitment advertising, shortlisting and interview process and sitting on the interview panel if asked.
  • Auditing the training needs of all Giving Advisors in the region, and creating and delivering a training programme with colleagues from the national team and others.
  • Providing non-managerial supervision and specialist advice and guidance for Giving Advisors, through regular meetings and ad-hoc support, where Giving Advisors are supported and given space and time to explore their challenges and the most effective way of addressing those challenges.
  • Co-ordinate regional meetings of the Giving Advisors, agreeing dates, venues, agendas and desired outcomes.

National Lead for specific areas of expertise

Researching, training and developing guidance and advice on specific areas of expertise (such as giving and young people, giving in fresh expressions, giving in a rural context, giving in an urban context, giving in a small / large church, giving in different traditions etc).

This includes:

  • Working with the line manager to identify the area of expertise that guidance will be produced for.
  • Researching existing writing on the agreed area of expertise.
  • Identifying models of good practice within dioceses.
  • Agreeing collaboration with one or more dioceses in the creation of advice and guidance.
  • Producing good practice guidance in various formats by working closely with the Marketing Manager.
  • Organising and hosting events to develop understanding and practice in this area of expertise.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the adoption of good practice across The Church of England.
  • Answering queries and offering advice and guidance to parishes throughout The Church of England on this area of expertise.

Developing good practice in the region

Training clergy and laity on good practice, coordinating regional initiatives.

This includes:

  • Working closely with the Generous Giving Training Manager and diocesan giving advisors to create training programmes for each diocese which reflect the needs and context of each diocese.
  • Assisting in the delivery of training within dioceses for clergy and laity.
  • Assisting the Generous Giving Training Manager in the development of new initiatives and pilots of training programmes.
  • Researching the distinctive needs and opportunities within the region for encouraging giving and generosity, and developing region-wide campaigns and initiatives to address this.
  • Supporting national initiatives, such as the proposed National Giving Campaign, to ensure it is widely adopted within the region.
  • Working with the Digital Giving Manager to resource and support dioceses in delivering deanery training on digital giving as part of the funding of contactless equipment (Priority 2 in the National Giving Strategy).

The Requirements

Experience

This is an unusual role, and success will require a wide combination of skills. The combination of experiences is not prescribed, but may include:

(Essential)

  • Experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity
  • Experience of influencing through communications

(Desirable)

  • Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, ideally in relation to giving or church finances

Competencies required

  • Proven educator, able to evidence learning through training given in the past
  • Good inter-personal skills, as this work requires a high degree of sensitivity and discretion
  • An ethical approach, with practice that is entirely consistent with the Christian faith and abides by all relevant legislation (including the Code of Fundraising practice)
  • Effective written and oral communication, especially in presenting to large groups
  • Good leadership, influencing and coaching skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and ensuring deadlines are met
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strong analytical and data management skills
  • Very strong self-motivator and initiator as the job requires an ability to work unsupervised
  • Strong administrative skills, including knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office effectively
  • Good at working within a diverse and dispersed team
  • The ability to think strategically, as this role will assist in delivering the new National Giving Strategy and the post holder will need to engage with dioceses to ensure giving is a strategic priority for them

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Professional Qualification is desirable. Membership of the Institute of Fundraising will be provided for the successful candidate

Circumstances

Success in the role demands good understanding of devolved nature of the Church of England, and the ability to work effectively across it. The post-holder will be expected to develop material and presentations which is consistent with Christian principles and theology, and as such, should be in sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church.

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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.