Programme Development Manager

Posted 18 days agoExpires in 5 days
£46,771 - £50,292 (after probation)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Clewer Initiative (TCI) enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. Learn More >

TCI believes that the solutions to modern slavery already exist within the community and that the Church of England, which is present in all communities and is at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

Following the success of TCI national work, an approach was made to ‘scale up’ our work internationally. An agreement was made with the World Council of Churches in March 2020 to begin working together. A similar strategy will be used to develop this work, with our ultimate aim being action, developed in partnership with national churches, being delivered at a local level.

As the work grows we are looking for an experienced Programme Development Manager, who will be able to support the Director in both the development and delivery of the programme of work determined by the TCI Project Board, some of which will require working directly with church communities.

This new role is designed to provide support to the TCI Director in delivering the programme of work which supports our strategic plan. This will include being responsible for the development of new projects, providing specialist support for existing projects and working with the Director and Communications Manager to develop systems which enable transparent reporting to the Project Board. Some direct development work within the parish and diocesan context will also be expected.

The post is offered on a fixed-term contract expected to last for 3 years.

You will be based at Church House, Westminster, London although currently, employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Interviews will be held 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

  • Working with the Director and other stakeholders on the design, development and implementation of new projects, both locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Assisting the Director with the planning, implementation and delivery of operational activity which supports the programme of work.
  • Acting as a specialist resource to TCI national and international projects, the wider networks and also individual parishes.
  • Taking responsibility for monitoring the Clewer Journey and emerging projects, including the development of operational plans when requested, and tracking the outcomes of the projects.
  • Working closely with the Communications Manager to identify where the impact of Communications can be enhanced by project development work.
  • Maintaining the Clewer Journey Tracking Spreadsheets and ensure that reflection on, and evaluation of The Clewer Journey work is regularly carried out.
  • Providing capacity building assistance to dioceses engaged in all stages of the Clewer Journey including preparation of fundraising bids, volunteer processes, volunteer training and other strategic tasks as requested by the Director.
  • To support the Director will all aspects of the work of The Clewer Initiative.

The Requirements


  • Experience of project development work ideally in parishes and other church contexts.
  • Significant experience in a project manager role including:
  • Experience managing end-to-end projects (full project life cycle) that include substantive business change and transformation elements (i.e. not only technical activities).
  • Experience of managing multiple projects in parallel.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Project or another equivalent Project Management Information System.
  • Good knowledge of Excel (e.g. pivot tables, diagrams, formulas).
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record of proactively delivering successful results.
  • Ability to build relationships, trust and credibility with a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
  • Dedication to customer service.
  • Ability to be rational, objective and unbiased when making decisions and taking action.


  • Ability to lead, encourage and motivate others.
  • Able to manage a demanding workload, prioritising and delegating tasks and responsibilities as appropriate.

Personal Attributes:

  • Professional manner with the confidence and ability to work with senior leaders and other stakeholders in a variety of circumstances.
  • Sensitivity to the range of theological positions within the Church of England and across Christian denominations and groups.
  • Commitment to working with other denominations and faiths.
  • Able to maintain a strong position whilst being open to change.


  • The post will be based in Church House, Westminster National and international travel will be required. The national travel will also involve nights away from home on a regular basis. Currently, employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.


  • Understanding of the structures of the Church of England and sympathy with its work and aims.
  • Strong grasp of key developments and current issues in modern slavery and the ability to relate these to the church and especially to the Church of England.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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