Secretary to the Independent Review of SDF and LInC Funding

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£46,771 p.a. rising to £50,292 p.a. after probation

The Church of England is seeking to appoint a panel to review Strategic Development Funding (SDF) and Lowest Income Communities (LInC) Funding. These funding streams play a key role in helping the Church of England to arrest its decline and to renew and reform its mission and total over £50 million per annum. This role will support the panel as it carries out its work.

The Strategic Development Funding provides major (£1m+) grants to support significant improvements to dioceses’ mission and growth. Projects funded to date have included new city centre churches reaching younger generations, children and youth work in a variety of parish contexts, building sustainable and outward-facing Christian communities in the most deprived areas.

The Lowest Income Communities Funding is an allocation to dioceses to strengthen mission and ministry in their poorest areas. Grants between £300,000 and £3 million per annum are provided to dioceses to distribute to their poorest communities to pay for their churches, clergy, and outreach.

The first objective of the review is to answer the question what have SDF and LInC achieved in the Church from their inception in 2017 until 2020? The second objective of the review is to answer the question how can national funding be best used in the future in order to enable dioceses to deliver growth in numbers, depth, and social transformation

The Secretary to the Review of SDF and LInC Funding will be responsible for ensuring the review panel runs effectively. They will be the project manager for the review and will provide policy and process support for the meetings of the panel, gather, collate and analyse evidence, and organise meetings with stakeholders.

The main responsibilities for this role are:

To project manage the Review of SDF and LInC Funding, including supporting the meetings of the panel.

  • To ensure that the review runs smoothly through managing the process, including ensuring the timeline and deliverables are completed.
  • To follow the direction of the panel in realising their requirements for evidence collection and stakeholder engagement.
  • Service four meetings of the panel including preparation of an agenda, minutes, and papers.
  • To contribute to drafting, design and dissemination where required for the final report of the Review.

To collate evidence and provide policy support to the review

  • Synthesising analysis and evidence from the information collected about SDF and LInC funding
  • Present this to the Review according to their specifications, and in a way that enables them to draw their own conclusions
  • Work with the SDU and dioceses to understand, access and contextualise this evidence

To organise focus groups, project visits, and interviews

  • Service the review’s consultation with stakeholders by designing and organising these different types of engagement with a wide range of people, in line with the Review’s specifications and practicalities of travel and meetings
  • Understand the different stakeholders of the Church of England, and how best they can be engaged with, especially during a time of significant change.

The ideal candidate must have:



  • Experience of supporting a governance process over a short timescale
  • Experience of project management
  • Strong organisational skills including management of multiple ongoing tasks
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills (including experience of working with trustees and senior colleagues).
  • Experience of working at a within a governance framework, including preparing and presenting Board/Committee papers to trustees.
  • An understanding of the structures and workings of the Church of England and an ability to work effectively within them.

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong analytical abilities, able to assimilate and analyse information quickly, identifying issues and priorities.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure when required.
  • Highly pro-active and resilient, demonstrating resourcefulness and energy with a commitment to making a difference.
  • Able to anticipate and understand others’ needs, and to take the initiative to solve them
  • Approachable, friendly and professional

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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