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The Strategy and Development Unit plays a key role in helping the Church of England to arrest its decline and to renew and reform its mission. It advises on and manages the distribution of around £60 million per annum of national funding to support the Church’s growth and provides consultancy support to bishops and senior leadership teams in the Church’s dioceses on their growth strategies. The Unit comprises 13 staff and has three teams: consultancy; funding; and learning and data analysis.
The national funding currently includes the Strategic Development Funding, which provides major (£1m+) grants to support diocesan growth projects; the Strategic Transformation Funding, which invests in diocesan-wide transformation programmes to develop and align dioceses’ resources to strengthen their mission and financial health; and the Lowest Income Communities formula funding which supports mission in the poorest communities. Additionally, a smaller grant funding stream – the Innovation Funding – will be launched later in 2021 to support projects which will generate learning about Church growth. Other funding streams may be created in future years.
The Unit seeks to share learning between senior diocesan teams through monitoring and evaluating the grant programmes and serves key Church of England bodies such as the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council, and the Strategic Investment Board which oversees the distribution of national funds to dioceses.
As Head of Funding, you will be responsible for the strategic management and governance of the national Church funding streams, leading a Funding team comprising two employees. You will also work with consultancy colleagues as they support dioceses in developing applications for funding and in delivering the grant-funded projects.
You will communicate the overall impact of the funding programmes to trustees and to the wider Church and work with colleagues to ensure the effective evaluation of the programmes and to identity and disseminate key learning.
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We are currently reviewing our working arrangements post-lockdown but we envisage that the post-holder will work 2/3 days a week in the office at Church House, Westminster, and work remotely on the other days of the week.
Interviews will be held remotely on Monday 7th June 2021, using Zoom.
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 actual work of the post-holder will vary over time in line with the Unit’s evolving objectives, but their duties and responsibilities will fall within the following broad headings:
Lead the management and support the governance of the national Church funding streams to develop dioceses’ mission and financial strength:
Communicate the impact of the funding programmes
Contribute to the Unit’s work to ensure that the funding programmes are effectively evaluated and that key learning from the programmes is identified and shared with trustees, diocesan leaders and practitioners.
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