Development Officer

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London
Employee
£38,331 - £41,216 per year

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The Clewer Initiative (TCI) enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. Learn More >

TCI believes that the solutions to modern slavery already exist within the community and that the Church of England, which is present in all communities and is at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

This is an opportunity to engage the dioceses and parishes of the Church of England in the fight against modern slavery.

We are looking for a new team member who can bring their experience of community development work and who can use this, to set up and maintain diocesan projects which challenge modern slavery.

You will work with volunteers to mobilise parishes to tackle modern slavery. Your work will also contribute to the resourcing of the National team, as you collaborate with them on the overall strategy.

Your knowledge of safeguarding procedures will be essential together with your wider understanding of the role of statutory safeguarding in the area of vulnerability. Experience of identifying and then working with potential victims of exploitation and modern slavery would also be desirable.

This post requires regular national travel (2 days per week), no more than 15 Saturdays per year and out of hours meetings. You will also attend London based team meetings and work at least one day a fortnight from Church House, Westminster.

This post is offered on a fixed-term contract/secondment expected to last for 2 years. Part time applications will be considered.

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

Interviews will be held remotely w/c 26th July 2021, using Zoom.

For an informal conversation please contact caroline.virgo@churchofengland.org

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

  • To support parishes and dioceses in the development of modern slavery work, using the ‘Clewer Journey’ methodology (building relationships, awareness raising, identification of potential victims of modern slavery and exploitation, developing victim support projects and helping local parish communities to build resilience).
  • To advise on and encourage best practise in safe recruitment of parish volunteers and in safeguarding as it pertains to both volunteers and victims of modern slavery.
  • To assist the dioceses with multi agency partnership work (where appropriate through the modern slavery partnership) and in particular to advise on opportunities for appropriate projects.
  • To work with the TCI team to embed national campaigns in dioceses and parishes.
  • To assist with development of the TCI network.
  • To attend core team meetings in Church House.
  • As occasion may arise to assist with more specialised projects.
  • As this is a developing project your responsibilities may change.

The Requirements

Essential

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of community development work.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable groups at parish/community level.
  • Experience of project development work in parishes and other church contexts.
  • An understanding of the role of safeguarding in parish work.
  • Understanding of the structures of the Church of England and sympathy with its work and aims.
  • Strong grasp of key developments and current issues in modern slavery and the ability to relate these to the church and especially to the Church of England.
  • Experience working for the Church of England, another denominational church, or for a Christian or other charity.

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Ability to lead, encourage and motivate others.
  • Able to manage a demanding workload, prioritising and delegating tasks and responsibilities as appropriate.

Personal Attributes:

  • Professional demeanour with the confidence and ability to work across the whole spectrum of the Church of England as well as with other stakeholders in a variety of circumstances relating to exploitation and modern slavery.
  • Sensitivity to the range of theological positions within the Church of England and across Christian denominations and groups.
  • Commitment to working with other denominations and faiths.
  • Able to maintain a strong position whilst being open to change.
  • Able to work closely with others in partnership to develop good outcomes.
  • Strong organisational and consultancy skills.
  • The ability to work in a complex environment.

Circumstances:

  • The post will be require weekly attendance at Church House, Westminster and national travel will be required. This may require nights away from home.
  • A DBS check will be required.

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