Learning Pathways Support Officer - Maternity Cover

Posted 8 days agoExpires in 20 days


As part of our People and Places framework, we are radically re-imagining what missional leadership (ordained and lay) looks like across our diocese. We are transitioning to a greater degree of oversight leadership at local level as we seek to set team-working, collaboration, equipping others, fostering the gifts of the whole people of God, accountability and mutual support at the heart of our approach to mission-oriented ministry. We have also committed ourselves to fostering deeper discipleship leading to “more and more confident Christians”, equipped to live out and witness to their faith daily.

New modular Learning Pathways supports all of this. Our pathways form clergy, Readers, and other lay ministers for the work to which God has called them. They also support the leadership development of clergy for oversight roles and the development of new skills and approaches to meet the challenges of leadership in mission and ministry in a changing culture. Leadership Learning Pathways equally support lay disciples and leaders exploring and discovering opportunities to serve and lead in new ways. Some of these may go on to take up new authorised ministries in the church and some will be called to live out their Christian discipleship and witness in their everyday lives – the calling of all baptised Christians as articulated in the influential report “Setting God’s People Free” and supported by the implementation work led nationally by Nick Shepherd.

The concept of learning pathways is therefore taking a radical step away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to formation for discipleship and leadership, focussing on bespoke support, mentoring and modular learning pathways. This supports the leadership and discipleship culture change we are seeking through learning, deepening faith, raising skills, confidence, ability and commitment.

The role of Learning Pathways Support Officer has been key to the creation and implementation of this new framework for modular learning. We are now looking for the right person to take up the role and provide maternity cover through 2022.


  • Work closely with the Mentoring and Coaching Support Officer to continue the creative development and management of our Pathways communication strategy in line with the overall Communication strategy for CofE Birmingham.
  • Working with the Project Manager, continue the development of the Pathways Learning Platform (Moodle).
  • Provide a full administrative support service for Learning Pathways users (learners, content providers, trainers, Pathways project manager and others).
  • Liaise with our L&D Events Support Team as appropriate. This will include helping learners to access and fully utilise the system and providing reports and statistics to trainers and others as required.
  • Under the leadership of the Learning Pathways Project Manager, collaborate with content creators to populate the Learning Pathways with modular learning opportunities.
  • Provide information to the Project Manager and others to help in the monitoring and evaluating the Leadership Pathways as part of the overall evaluation of the People & Places strategic framework.
  • Support the vision for a new way of learning - influencing and encouraging others to engage with Learning Pathways.


The successful candidate will need to have:

  • Experience of systems administration, ideally in a learning context.
  • Experience of Moodle platform development and administration.
  • Able to pick up the elements of the role very quickly to ensure smooth continuation of the role.
  • Good experience in using Microsoft Office.
  • Experience of successfully working in a project team.
  • Excellent influencing skills.
  • Communications, design and creative skills would be an asset.
  • Attention to detail and understand the importance of accuracy.
  • Excellent planning & organisational skills.
  • The ability to handle queries from a wide range of people, especially able to help and support those who may be new to on-line/modular learning.
  • The ability to work independently as well as contributing to the success of the team.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt as priorities change within the project.
  • Enthusiasm for culture change.
  • Collaborative working style.
  • An understanding of and sympathy with our Christian ethos and values
  • Commitment to our values of:
    • Collaborative
    • Supportive
    • Generous
    • Inspirational
    • Committed to a common purpose

Terms and Conditions

This is a part-time post: 28 hours per week for a fixed term of 10 months from November 2021 to September 2022.

Salary: £19,056.05

Pension: Membership of the Church Workers Pension scheme with 12% employer contributions

Holidays: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays (pro-rata) plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary Days

The post holder will report to the Pathways Manager

The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance).

We particularly invite interest from disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented in our staff team and those from diverse Christian traditions

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 8th October 2021

Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 19th October 2021