Archbishops' Commissions Project Coordinator and Researcher

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Lambeth Palace, London
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£31,857 p.a. rising to £34,255 p.a. after probation

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In March 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury published Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope. Building on key chapters in the Book, Archbishops’ Commissions have been established to look at how the Church responds to issues of national and civic concern and explore how it can generate fresh thinking and action.

This new post sits within the public affairs team that supports the Archbishop’s work in the public sphere, across a wide and fascinating range of topics, from his role in Church and state relations, to his witness on issues of social justice. The work is set in the context of the three priority areas of Archbishop Justin’s ministry, the three Quinquennium goals of the Church of England, and the five marks of mission of the Anglican Communion. Policy and research on these areas are carried out by Mission and Public Affairs (MPA) department at Church House, so a crucial aspect of the role is coordination with colleagues in MPA.

This is a significant opportunity for personal development as you will give full support to the Chair of the Commissions and to the Senior Policy Adviser on Commissions.

This will include administrative oversight, substantive research on key issues, and the opportunity to be involved in the development and outworking of the Commissions.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for Archbishop Justin. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and disabled people.

A comprehensive and supportive induction programme will be put in place to ensure that you have all the information, access and contacts that you need to learn quickly and excel in this role.

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

The post is offered on a fixed-term contract expected to last for 2 years.

Interviews are expected to be held on the16th April 2021remotely, 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

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and information gathering in support of the Commission.
  • Organising meetings of the Commission, including: booking meeting venues, liaising with members, producing and circulating agendas and supporting papers, taking minutes, dealing with members’ expenses.
  • Monitoring public affairs work relating to the Commissions (parliamentary, policy-making, civil society).
  • Organising study visits and other ways to ensure that the Commission’s work is grounded in the experiences of people directly affected by the issues the Commission is seeking to address.
  • Keeping in touch with other parallel initiatives relating to the Commission within the NCIs and externally.
  • Collecting and disseminating case studies about what dioceses, churches, and church-linked projects are doing on issues related to the work of the Commissions.
  • Helping to develop resources and mechanisms to communicate key messages about the Commissions, both to a church audience and to the media/ general public e.g. assist with website content, short videos, newsletters, church resources, etc.

Other

  • The team at Lambeth Palace works closely and collaboratively, providing assistance across portfolio areas at times when extra capacity is needed. As such, an important part of this role will be to support other team areas as required and as capacity allows.
  • Maintaining an effective records management system for the work of the Senior Policy Adviser on Commissions, following the appropriate policies for this area.
  • Proactively reviewing the administration of the Senior Policy Adviser on Commissions portfolio and bring forward systems and processes to enable increased efficiency and effectiveness.
  • All staff working at Lambeth Palace share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture with regard to children and vulnerable adults, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • An area of social policy expertise, specifically health and social care, family policy, children's welfare and human rights.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex matters succinctly and accurately.
  • Intellectual ability to work on a wide-ranging portfolio with understanding, keeping a close eye on many competing concerns.
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to assimilate, understand and retain information at speed, from written and oral sources.
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently, prioritising multiple tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with discretion and diplomacy.
  • Ability to manage own time and work independently using initiative.
  • Advanced general IT capability/attitude including the Microsoft Office Package.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience working in a public policy, public affairs or campaigning environment.
  • Demonstrable achievement in delivering public policy projects.
  • Experience of drafting policy briefs, background papers and occasional speeches.
  • Knowledge of and interest in issues and trends in domestic and international politics.

Education:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience, ideally in a relevant subject (e.g. politics, social policy, theology, religious studies).

Personal Attributes:

  • Well-organised and clear thinking; able to respond swiftly to a challenge.
  • Able to work without direct supervision to high standards and to be a collaborative team member.
  • Ability to work with people at all levels.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Sensitive and diplomatic.
  • Having personal sympathy with the ministry of the Archbishop and his priorities, and an understanding that the purpose of working for the Archbishop in this role is to serve the Kingdom of God.

Circumstances:

  • Whilst the NCIs are committed to wellbeing and work/life balance, a willingness and availability to work outside normal office hours including weekends is required, on occasion, as well as travel within England and overseas.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the life and structures of the Church of England.
  • Experience of working in or with Westminster/Whitehall.

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