Mission and Ministry Officer - Social Justice and Creation Care

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£22,500 - £24,750 depending on experience

An exciting opportunity to join the Mission and Ministry team within the Diocese of Exeter as the Social Justice and Creation Care Officer.

This post covers a potentially enormous range of important issues. The successful candidate will be:

  • passionate about the issues of creation care and social justice
  • realistic about what can be achieved in 4 days a week
  • willing to say no to good projects in order to focus on key projects
  • willing to cope with the frustration of not being able to change everything
  • a winsome advocate for the third, fourth and fifth Marks of Mission
  • a positive ‘can do’ agent of change
  • willing to work with the grain of the Church of England in Devon, but also to bring challenge

The Officer works as part of a supportive Mission and Ministry team sharing some administrative support with other officers.

The General Synod has voted to affirm the principle that the diocese should work towards the target of achieving net carbon zero by 2030. Some dioceses have followed suit without costing what needs to be done. The financial cost in Devon is potentially enormous given the nature of our buildings. Moreover, in some circumstances the diocese owns property (vicarages etc.), but in other cases we can only act as an ‘influencer’ in relation to PCCs who are responsible for their own buildings. We are currently conducting a ‘high level’ costing for achieving the General Synod target and our Diocesan Synod will also need to take a view about how much resource it will commit to this project. Making significant progress would necessarily involve employing an additional member of staff. The successful candidate will have a role in overseeing this area of work, alongside wider areas of social justice.

It is clear that the resource for this work is modest in relation to need. Whoever is appointed will need to focus initially on three areas for development, probably: carbon zero, mental health and running a course on Creation Care as part of our suite of Grow courses for lay people. Alongside this, half a day a week should be given to maintaining existing work.

The SJCC Officer role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Networking and relationship building
  • Policy development and advice
  • Voluntary organisation and community groups
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Working with vulnerable adults
  • Multi agency team working

The main duties and responsibilities of the Social Justice Creation Care Officer will include:

  • Liaise between local churches and other bodies.
  • Work alongside ecumenical partners in Devon.
  • Encourage the Diocese to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a low carbon organisation. Ensure coherent policy and action to move towards net carbon zero by 2030
  • Engage with EcoChurch Southwest as one of the Exeter Diocesan participants.
  • Inspire activities around land-use, food, energy, finance, travel, procurement, Creationtide, lifestyle and green campaigning.
  • Co-ordinate and manage team of volunteers across as range of social justice issues e.g., Fairtrade.
  • Manage and support volunteers engaged in a range of social justice issues.

Please see the attached job description for further responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the they hold the following specifications:

  • Theological understanding of social justice as part of Christian mission
  • Extensive experience of working as a key member of a team, demonstrating good interpersonal skills and a collaborative style of working with a range of personnel, agencies or clients.
  • Experience of working with and motivating and supporting volunteers.
  • Experience of line management and budget management.
  • Nuanced political wisdom.
  • Realism that, though much can be achieved, much will be left undone
  • Ability to focus on priorities amid many competing claims for attention
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Understand how the belief systems which shape the life of the Church may affect safeguarding work in Church of England.

Please see the attached job description for further required specifications.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

To arrange an informal discussion about the post please email recruitment@exeter.anglican.org or by phone 07952 596277

Please Note:

Closing Date: 23 July 2021

Shortlisting Date: 28 July 2021

Interview Date: 30 July 2021