Church Buildings Support Officer

Posted 12 days agoExpires in 17 days

Due to retirement of the current Church Buildings support officer, after 10 years service, we are seeking to employee a replacement:-

To support the long term sustainable future of church buildings used as places of worship, ministry and mission and centres of culture, art and history.

To support and encourage individual congregations in their care of their buildings to ensure they are in a good state of repair, working with volunteers from the wider community.

To understand the buildings in the context of other local groups and their needs.

To produce an action plan integrating the care of church buildings, (in consultation with Bishops Council, the DAC, the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee and our partners) into the overarching Diocesan Strategy and identifying those buildings which are a priority for support.

Working with communities and congregations on the care and repair of priority buildings, particularly those on the Heritage at Risk Register and assisting Historic England in the collection of information on listed churches in the diocese for the annual review of their Heritage at Risk register.

Advising congregations on the project management of repair projects and how to engage the support of the wider community.

To help parishes develop better understanding of their buildings e.g. through Statements of Significance and Need.

To support the care and repair of church buildings by contributing to the faculty process, to attending the Diocesan Advisory Committee and assisting as liaison between DAC and Parochial Church Council.

To support PCC’s with identifying sources of funding and applying for grants.

Gathering data, interpreting and presenting information on church buildings within the Diocese to inform and assist their conservation.

Working with the Community Partnership & Funding Officer on a wide range of projects, to include identifying appropriate community uses for buildings and to work with the Community Partnership & Funding Officer to advise parishes on the project management of major repair projects.

Delivering and co-producing with the Community Partnership & Funding Officer resources, guidance and training to congregations in all aspects of managing a historic place of worship, focussing especially on the importance of regular maintenance.

Contributing to the appropriate social media platforms, including the Resource newsletter, Diocesan ebulletins, providing copy, articles and information, and to speak on issues relating to church buildings to the media, including television and radio when required.

Producing quarterly reports for the CBSO Steering Group and annual report for the DAC and Historic England.

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