The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ.
The Diocese of Southwark is committed to enabling all five marks of mission. Under the overall leadership and guidance of the Director of Mission and Evangelism, the Head of JPIC is a key leadership role taking forward three of the marks of mission in particular:
To respond to human need by loving service
To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
We are looking for someone with a passion for, and substantial, evidenced experience of interest and participation in Christian social justice issues, to:
• Lead and develop the team of staff and volunteers who focus on specific areas of social and environmental justice policy
• Support parishes and deaneries to respond to and engage with the three marks of mission, and grow and developing their ministries through their Mission Action Plans
• Engage with and developing further the church’ partnerships with other organisations, civic, governmental, and the voluntary sector
Your ability to build positive relationships with a wide range of people and develop networks with other bodies will be important in serving the communities we wish to reach, and championing Christ-centred, outward facing mission activity.
Leading and developing the team of staff and volunteers who focus on specific areas of social and environmental justice policy , ensuring coherence and a collaborative style of working with colleagues across the diocese, lay and ordained, and with other dioceses particularly in the Greater London areas. .
Supporting parishes and deaneries in growing and developing their ministries through the application the three marks of mission outlined above, so supporting their Mission Action Plans as part of the holistic mission activity of the Mission and Evangelism department which covers all five marks of mission.
Developing and enabling parishes and deaneries to respond to and engage with these three marks of mission , mindful of Southwark Vision and the priorities established by Bishop Christopher and our Area Bishops who each carry significant leadership for different areas of social and environmental justice.
Engaging with and developing further the church’ partnerships with other organisations, civic, governmental, voluntary sector, to reach communities we seek to serve.
Developing briefing papers on government policies and emerging issues of justice, providing key information and data to Bishops and other senior leaders across the diocese, archdeacons and other senior staff.
Identifying and carrying out research, and in a range of public policy issues.
Enhancing diversity and inclusion (particularly in relation to BAME)
The areas of public policy covered by the post will include a wide range of subjects including Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and regeneration, Health and Well-Being, Inequality, Economic Development, Environmental Justice Urban and rural Development, Penal affairs and Serious Youth Violence. The priorities of the role will change as the political, social and economic environment does, as different issues gain a higher prominence.
Educated to at first degree level or equivalent .
Experience of building effect networks and strategic partnerships
Demonstrable evidence of ability to work inclusively, with diversity, including a wide churchmanship
Passion for, and substantial, evidenced experience of interest /participation in Christian social justice issues
Experience of contribution to developing programmes of policy research, in support of the overall strategic aims and objectives of an organisation.
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills including ability to work with colleagues at very senior levels within the Church of England
Experience of leading and influencing volunteers ideally in a parish
A self starter and effective leader, but also able to take the direction of others, aware of the diocesan staff values underpinning our work.
Able to build positive relationships with range of colleagues able to work with colleagues with a range of skills and expertise
Able to present complex issues in a simple and straightforward manner.
Good time management skills, and able to manage time effectively, and balance long and short-term priorities
Strong project management skills – able to work effectively on a range of projects and manage one’s own workload to tight deadlines
Able to learn quickly, and to be resourceful in gaining and analysing information
Flexible approach – able to respond flexibly to new developments and to adjust priorities accordingly.
Able to work across boundaries and overcome barriers, with an open and tolerant approach.
Postgraduate qualification, in a relevant academic discipline subject requiring strong research or analytic skills.
Knowledge of the structures of the Church of England
We encourage applications from all backgrounds, and in particular BAME candidates.
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London, which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.
The Diocese covers fifteen Local Planning Authorities (in part or wholly).
The Diocese of Southwark serves a growing population of 2.8 million people across south London and East Surrey, an area of rich variety and diversity, through its network of 292 parishes, 358 churches, 190 of which are listed places of worship. There are 106 church schools across the Diocese, 15 of which are secondary schools.