Church Buildings Caseworker

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London
Employee
£38,331 - £41,216 (pro rata)

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 Cathedral and Church Buildings Division – ChurchCare –celebrates and supports the maintenance and sustainable development of the Church of England’s 42 cathedrals and 16,000 church buildings. Through advice, campaigning and fundraising, it provides strategic support to those responsible for church buildings at a local level.

This is an excellent opportunity to join us as Church Buildings Caseworker working across the Division on a secondment/fixed term basis expected to last for 6 months.

You will manage casework referred for advice to the Church Buildings Council as part of the team to encourage the sustainable development and use of church buildings. With responsibility for site visits, production of reports summarising the history and significance of church buildings, and either assessing the impact of proposed changes or the scope for changes to aid sustainabiltiy.

We would like to hear from you if you have the ability, motivation and commitment to give to this post on a part time basis working 21 hours per week on a fixed term contract/secondment which is expected to last for 6 months.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact david.knight@churchofengland.org

Interviews will be held remotely on the 13th July 2021, 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

Provide consistent, practical and timely advice:

  • Prepare reports on the archaeological, art historical, ecological and architectural value of churches and assess the impact of proposed changes on the significance on the building, taking into account the role of the church as a centre of worship and mission.
  • Provide advice on how a building could be developed to improve its sustainability including through wider use alongside worship.
  • For buildings being considered for closure to provide advice on suitable new uses should closure be pursued.
  • Provide written advice, following the advice of the Council where appropriate, in response to proposals for church buildings.
  • Make recommendations and suggestions, following the advice of the Council where appropriate, about wider use of the building in addition to worship.
  • To attend meetings of the Church Buildings Council and, if required, the Statutory Advisory Committee (these meetings always fall on a Thursday).

Promote the development of church buildings

  • To encourage the sustainable use and development of church buildings.
  • To recognise and encourage the role of church buildings as a public place and a centre for community activity.

Support policy and campaigning initiatives

  • To identify issues of general concern and participate in ongoing initiatives such as improving the strategic development of church buildings.
  • To take notice of existing policy of the Council in forming advice and to identify opportunities for development of the Council’s policies, especially in relation to church buildings.

Assist the director:

  • Undertake such duties as the Head of Division considers appropriate.

The Requirements

Essential

Education

  • Degree level or equivalent
  • A professional qualification ideally in the history of art and architecture archaeology, or the conservation of historic buildings, in heritage management, or in some other directly relevant subject.

Skills/Aptitudes

  • Proven experience in casework on church or other historic buildings to inform the Council and provide useful advice to parishes.
  • An ability to think clearly about administrative procedures and how to implement them in a straightforward way, without losing sight of the values which the procedures are there to serve.
  • An ability to write and speak clearly and to the point to persuade a wide range of audiences, including writing for the web and the use of social media.
  • A good working knowledge of the use of information technology in the office environment.

Knowledge/Experience

  • Sympathetic understanding of the purposes of church buildings as centres of Christian worship and mission.
  • Knowledge/experience of the use of church buildings and understanding of their architectural and archaeological development.
  • Knowledge/experience of the broad fields of conservation or heritage management in England including planning legislation and the operation of the systems.
  • Knowledge and interest in the environmental sustainability of church buildings and climate change issues.
  • Knowledge and interest in extended use of church buildings.

Personal Attributes

  • A good team member, able to communicate and work creatively with colleagues.
  • A client forward approach to all who seek our advice from Bishops and Government Ministers to parish church representatives.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing requirements.
  • A self starter who has initiated new ventures (in any field of activity).

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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