Production Manager - Communications Department

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Fixed Term Part Time

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches and communities represent a wide scope of Church tradition, breadth of ethnicity, age and background. It is a time of new potential in the Church of England Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our ‘Transforming Church - Shaping the Future’ vision, supported by our nationally commended People & Places framework.

The Church of England Birmingham Communications policy is one of positive messaging, to support the call for ‘church to change’ and grasp opportunities for continued mission and presence in our communities. The Communications Team ensure messaging is consistent, timely and does not 'overload', by mitigating many individual communications being sent from numerous sources, instead initiating and supporting collaboration across the CofEB Teams and Projects. The Communications Team work in a myriad of creative media to deliver spiritual, pastoral, and practical support to the parishes and their communities, though modelling best practice, creative communications.

The Communications team includes a dedicated Graphic Designer and a dedicated Film maker/Animator and the Production Manager, as part of People & Places. Together the whole Communications Team models a place to experiment and produce tactical, visual resources that communicate the pioneering thought emerging through Church of England Birminghams activities and partnerships. 

You will work closely with the Director of Communications ensuring a highly functional knowledge of Communication Strategy and Key editorial policy. You will also act as Editor for a variety of media produced including graphics, film and creative writing, supporting the Director of Communications in delivering quality communications and maintaining the CofEB voice and ‘brand’. You will provide production management and leadership for the Communications Team creative projects and regular outputs and ‘anchors’.

  • Manage the production process for all Communications Team commitments.
  • Liaise with the Director of Communications regards deadlines, progress and developments 
  • Provide leadership for members of the Communications Team, as they are assigned to each commitment.
  • Acting as an Editor for a variety of media, including graphics, film, animation and written word.
  •  Quality control, Proof reading and copywriting / journalism in varied media as required
  • Maintain a working knowledge of zeitgeist and themes locally, national and globally, as directed by the Director of Communications and in line with CofE Birmingham interests
  • Working closely with the Director of Communications to maintain a working knowledge of CofEB projects and initiatives, messaging and tone, in support of all Comms outputs
  • Create the online CofEB Praying Together with the Communications Support Officer, Graphic Designer and Film maker, leading and implementing the process
  • With the Director of Communications, help maintain fresh resourcing from internal and external sources for CofEB digital platforms and social media
  • With the Director of Communications, manage the CofE Birmingham website, implementing maintenance and editorial policy
  • Lead all Press liaison, emergency, and PR implementation in the absence of, or as required by, Director of Communications


Manage the Communications Team in the Director of Communications absence

The successful candidate will need to have:

  • Digital Editing Skills an advantage
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to take direction and swiftly interpret it into action for a varied team

•     Experience of managing a creative team and outputs in a fast paced and changing environment

•     Ability to conceive, conceptualise and realise ideas

•     Understanding varied audiences

•     Excellent planning, organisation, and negotiating skills

•     Exemplary attention to detail and as appropriate, brand guidelines

•     Ability to motivate and offer appropriate leadership to co-workers and colleagues.

•     Excellent editorial judgement

•     People and time management

•     Collaboration and adaptability

  • Strong instinct for relationship building
  • A willingness to see the Gospel promoted through the work of the Church of England Birmingham



  • Salary: £19,200 (equivalent to £32,000 full time)
  • Hours of work: This is a part-time role of 21 hours per week. This is a fixed term role subject to funding. Funding has initially been secured for 4 years
  • Pension 12% employer contributions into the Church Workers Pension Fund
  • Holidays: 5 weeks per year plus pro-rated Bank holidays plus 3 Discretionary Diocesan days.  
  • Employer: Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance

Deadline for applications: 23rd November 2020

Interviews to be held: 2nd/3rd December 2020

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women