Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham diocese, founded in 1905, is one of 41 dioceses in England. It covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes across 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. In these churches are clergy and churchgoers representing a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.
At the start of 2019, the diocese was offered a substantial grant by the Church Commissioners to support a new phase of its major mission initiative, known as Transforming Church. In this next phase of Transforming Church, the diocese aims to build on the vital work done so that the good news of Jesus Christ can take root at a deeper level and that the gifts of more people, both ordained and lay, can be released.
In order to release these gifts in our parishes, we need to remove potential barriers to mission. Thriving parishes have amongst other features, good quality and timely financial information for decision making purposes. We want this for all our parishes, so they can feel unencumbered by the fear of finance and release scarce resources to engage in intentional mission for growing churches at the heart of each community.
This is a part-time post to help with the delivery of the Parish Book-keeping service, which was introduced for parishes at the start of 2020, as part of the Parish Services and Outsourcing team.
The key purpose of the Finance Officer Parish Bookkeeping role is to support Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) in discharging their financial management responsibilities:
The role-holder must have a strong blend of professional and administrative qualities, particularly the ability to work constructively and communicate clearly with a wide range of stakeholders, including clergy, churchwardens and other volunteers (who rarely have significant financial experience).
The post-holder will be part of the established Parish Services & Outsourcing team within the Diocesan Finance team. They will report to the Finance Manager - Parish Services & Outsourcing
Working with the Finance Manager - Parish Services & Outsourcing, the post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of an accounting service to our participating parishes:
TERMS and CONDITIONS
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.
Deadline for Applications: 18th April 2021
Interviews: 5th May 2021