Generous Giving and Fundraising Advisor

Posted 21 days agoExpires in 9 days
Canterbury
Employee
£32000 - £32000

The Generous Giving and Fundraising Manager is a key role at the Diocese, as you will lead our giving and generosity strategy to encourage individuals and parishes to respond generously in order to resource the mission and ministry of our parishes and Diocese.

Generous Giving and Fundraising Advisor
Canterbury and on site working
£32,000 pa plus excellent benefits
35 hours per week

The Generous Giving and Fundraising Manager is a key role at the Diocese, as you will lead our giving and generosity strategy to encourage individuals and parishes to respond generously in order to resource the mission and ministry of our parishes and Diocese.

Reporting to the Financial Controller and working with the Finance team, you will work with deaneries, parishes and their leadership teams to explore local challenges and opportunities and help them develop effective and creative giving practices to resource their mission and ministry.

Subject to Diocesan Synod approval, you will oversee the communication and roll out of the National Parish Giving Scheme in collaboration with the finance team, local churches, the Diocese of Rochester and other national partner organisations.

You will also creatively and engagingly promote new methods of giving, for example the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), online and contactless giving, as well as encouraging good practice in key areas such as legacies.

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience in a fundraising capacity, you should have an understanding of and a commitment to the promotion of the principles and practice of Christian generosity and giving, and a willingness to develop further. You should also have an understanding of the teaching which underpins the Christian principles of giving.

With a track record in leading, planning and advising upon giving/fundraising programmes in the not-for-profit sector, you will have a demonstratable understanding of finances, budgeting and budget management along with the ability to read and interpret a set of parish accounts.

A natural communicator, you should also have the ability to form excellent working relationships and be able to relate confidently and appropriately to a wide range of people.

You will be expected to work during evenings and some weekends (including some Sundays) but would be encouraged to take time off in lieu, and would be required to travel across the Diocese for meetings, so the ability to travel to remote locations and work flexibly is a necessity.

  1. Work with deaneries, parishes and their leadership teams to explore local challenges and opportunities. In doing so, affirm and share good and innovative practice and help them develop effective and creative giving practices to resource their mission and ministry particularly in relation to their finance.
  2. Grow excellent working relationships with clergy and lay people throughout the differing church traditions in the Diocese to support the Bishop on the promotion of generous giving of time, talents and money.
  3. Promote new methods of giving e.g., the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), online giving, contactless giving as well as encouraging good practice in key areas such as legacies.
  4. Be able to communicate clearly the principles of Christian giving to a variety of different audiences and keep up to date with the National Church resources.
  5. Oversee the roll out of the National Parish Giving Scheme in collaboration with the finance team, local churches, the Diocese of Rochester and national partner organisations.
  6. Assemble statistical evidence of local giving to inform engagement with parishes working with the Diocesan Secretary, Archdeacons and Deanery Mission & Ministry committees.
  7. Respond to invitations from parishes or deaneries and helping in the planning of, advising upon and direction of giving programmes. This may include speaking on Christian giving and generosity, both in worship and other gatherings onsite and online.
  8. Develop resources and training events to support generous giving and good stewardship practice.
  9. Offer advice and training in writing bids for external funding.
  10. Signpost parish officers to resources, will and legacies, accounting and budgeting and funding sources for specific projects, including working closely with colleagues across other departments
  11. Produce regular management reports monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of encouraging giving campaigns and make recommendations on how future campaigns can improve.
  12. Create and maintain effective relationships outside the Diocese including representing the Diocese at regional and national conferences on Christian stewardship and related subjects

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience in a fundraising capacity, you should have an understanding of and a commitment to the promotion of the principles and practice of Christian generosity and giving, and a willingness to develop further. You should also have an understanding of the teaching which underpins the Christian principles of giving.

With a track record in leading, planning and advising upon giving/fundraising programmes in the not-for-profit sector, you will have a demonstratable understanding of finances, budgeting and budget management along with the ability to read and interpret a set of parish accounts.

A natural communicator, you should also have the ability to form excellent working relationships and be able to relate confidently and appropriately to a wide range of people.

You will be expected to work during evenings and some weekends (including some Sundays) but would be encouraged to take time off in lieu, and would be required to travel across the Diocese for meetings, so the ability to travel to remote locations and work flexibly is a necessity.

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives