Deputy Diocesan Secretary: Restructuring

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Up to £42,000 (FTE) plus generous non-contributory pension

Do you have the change and programme management skills to help transform the Church?

The Church of England across Worcestershire and Dudley is forging a new path and planning radical change. We are looking for an extraordinary person to support our major restructuring programme and other projects.

As Deputy Diocesan Secretary: Restructuring your job has many strands. Working with other senior leaders, you will help:

  • Change how we organise ourselves and our buildings to help churches be healthy and sustainable
  • Enable those in ministry to have roles that allow them to flourish
  • Transform how we share the costs of ministry between our churches.

Your skill will lie in coordinating these strands, setting the pace and tone, guiding the performance and bringing our vision into being – helping our churches to effectively serve their communities.

Planning: You will:

  • Define our approach to effective planning & monitoring
  • Create excellent and meaningful analysis, reports & datasets to inform decisions.
  • Work with the Diocesan Restructuring Group on effective deployment of people & church buildings for our ministry and mission.

Delivery: Your day to day job will be to monitor progress along the plan and react, proactively reporting progress and ensuring delivery on outcomes set. You will:

  • Monitor the capacity of the organisation.
  • Provide day-to-day monitoring of the transition to a new shape & pattern of parish ministry
  • Report progress to senior stakeholders at regular intervals
  • Ensure that key strategic risks facing the programme are documented, managed and mitigated.
  • Oversee the application of our Lowest Income Communities (LinC) grant

Change management & communications: You will:

  • Talk to people and listen well, documenting and analysing what they say.
  • Proactively engage with parishes and other stakeholders on a day-to-day basis
  • Help us look after people throughout transition, guided by our Kingdom People values of love, compassion, justice and freedom.
  • Ensure leaders, clergy and parishes are supported through the change process

Strategic Projects (from the end of 2020). You will:

  • Work with the Strategic Programmes Group (SPG) to ensure that their projects are aligned with the wider diocesan strategy and direction of travel.
  • Act as secretary to the SPG, drawing together agenda & papers in conjunction with the Chair.
  • Work with staff, office holders & volunteers across programme delivery
  • Establish and track programme outcomes including lead and lag measures.
  • Establish detailed plans including the preparation of funding bids to the National Church & other sources
  • Undertake sound research, consultation & create key performance measurements.
  • Ensure any new applications for funding are not in conflict with the overall direction of travel.
  • Liaise with the Finance team to ensure the programme budgets, income and expenditure are integrated into the WDBF’s budgeting and accountancy systems

To meet the challenge, you will need to demonstrate how you have mastered strategic project delivery. Your background ideally will include experience of enabling organisational development and change across a complex organisation. We are looking for a resilient person who is a natural networker, with strong influencing skills and an ability to see and relate to the bigger picture whilst handling the detail brilliantly – you will be confident in managing risk and you will need to like deadlines!

The need for restructuring is complex. We face declining and aging church congregations and have lovely church buildings that are costly to maintain. However, our passion for seeing the church thrive is undimmed. This role is key to enabling our progress. You will be joining a team of highly committed people, who are passionate about change and the love of God, but who need some extra skills and capacity to draw out the best in us as we work together

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