Theological Adviser (Interim)

Posted 15 days agoExpires in 6 days
London
Fixed Term Part Time
£64,856 - £69,738 (pro rata)

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The Council for Christian Unity (CCU) team serves the Council for Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission. It also provides support for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the House of Bishops and other areas of national church life on ecumenical relations and theological work.

You will act as Interim Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops and support the work of the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC), whose role is ‘to act as a theological and ecclesiological resource for the Church of England.’ You will also ensure that high level theological advice and resource is available for a number of on-going National Church projects and initiatives during this transitional period.

With a broad and deep knowledge of Anglican theology and ecclesiology, you will have the ability to think and write clearly, analytically, strategically and creatively on complex issues and the flexibility, to deal with a wide range of different requirements and timescales for different stakeholders.

The Council for Christian Unity (CCU) team are based at Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ. Currently employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This role is part time working 21 hours per week, with your exact working arrangements to be as agreed and is offered on a 6 month fixed term contract.

Interviews will be held w/c Monday 9 November 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

The Faith and Order Commission

  • To act as Secretary of the Faith and Order Commission and its Episcopal Reference Group, ensuring its meetings are properly prepared, its priorities are aligned with those of the Church of England and its activities are progressed.
  • To support and contribute to project groups of the Commission as required, including drafting and editing theological texts in the name of the Commission.
  • To assist the Chair and other members when business comes from the Commission to the House of Bishops or the General Synod and to provide support for theological work delegated to the Commission by the House of Bishops and other Church groupings, keeping a close eye on Covid related and Emerging Church needs.

The House of Bishops

  • To support the House and College of Bishops on theological issues, answering queries, providing briefing papers and other documents and servicing and contributing to groups and projects of the House as required.

General

  • To assist with theological support for national Church policy initiatives as required eg theological support for the Emerging Church workstreams and the Living in Love and Faith resources launch and engagement process, harnessing the resources of the Faith and Order Commission as appropriate.
  • Assist the CCU in calibrating the future priorities of the Church of England’s ecumenical activity and how those are best delivered.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Proven ability to think and write clearly, analytically, strategically and creatively on complex issues.
  • Ability to write to the standard required for professional publication in theology.
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills and oral presentational ability as evidenced through previous representational and negotiating experience.
  • Demonstrable ability to be part of and contribute to a wider team and work collegially.
  • Flexibility to deal with a wide range of different requirements on different timescales, for different stakeholders.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Broad and deep knowledge of Anglican theology and ecclesiology which will normally be evidenced by a post-graduate degree or equivalent in theology or an area related to theology.
  • Familiarity with developments of thought in doctrine, pastoral theology and ethics.

Personal Attributes:

  • A communicant member of the Church of England or of another member Church of the Anglican Communion – This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the holder be a communicant Anglican under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 as the post holder will represent the Church of England at senior level to ecumenical partners.
  • A strong commitment to professional neutrality, and willingness to provide behind-the-scenes theological and policy inputs to member groups expressing a range of views.
  • Willingness to work across Church departments and institutions to provide theological and policy support.

Circumstances:

  • In normal circumstances, the job is based in Central London and requires regular and frequent physical presence at Church House, though with the willingness to be away from home overnight sometimes, including some weekends. However, during the current emergency the expectation is that employees will mostly work from home and “attendance” at Church House and other meetings is generally via online attendance, as with most Church meetings at present.

Desirable

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Involvement in theological education and training.
  • Writing and/or editing theological publications.
  • Some understanding of national church governance and structures.

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