Vocations Co-ordinator

Posted 20 days agoExpires in 1 day
Liverpool Cathedral, Cathedral Gate, Liverpool’
£22,977 - £24,676

Full time, 35 hours; flexible working with significant evening and weekend commitments

Closing date Friday 29th October 2021

Interviews will be held in person on Tuesday 9th November 2021 (by Zoom should circumstances dictate)

Free parking at the base office at St James’ House in Liverpool

Employee Assistance Program in place

Non-contributory pension scheme (AVCs may be made)

There is an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

The purpose of this new role is to work with colleagues in Vocations and the wider Lifelong Learning Team to provide opportunities for Christians to explore their vocation, develop ministry skills and live out whole life discipleship under our Diocesan Rule of Life. The post holder will have responsibility for managing key diocesan events and initiatives to promote and encourage vocations, with a particular focus on encouraging lay people in their vocation and ministry. As well as events and process management, the role involves a significant element of vocational conversation with individuals and in hosting, facilitating and occasional presenting in both plenary and small group contexts.

Key working relationships

The post holder will work closely with, the Director of Vocations (DoV), the Deputy Director of Ordinands (Deputy DDO) and other colleagues in the Lifelong Learning Team and with Central Services colleagues team providing administrative support for the vocations work. The post holder will be familiar and stay up to date with national church thinking and best practice around vocational issues and engage as appropriate with regional and national networks.

The post holder will have lead responsibility for the following areas of work:

LifeCall vocations programme

Working with colleagues to co-ordinate, publicise, deliver and evaluate our regular programme of vocations fairs under the LifeCall brand:

  • co-ordinating a creative and innovative annual LifeCall programme, ensuring integration with wider diocesan events, programmes and strategy;
  • organising venues, speakers, seminars, stallholders, vocations team, etc;
  • overseeing administration for LifeCall events, including Eventbrite and publicity, some social media promotion and liaising with our Communications Team;
  • acting as focal point for on-the-day co-ordination and following up contacts after events.

Lay minister discernment processes

To work with colleagues on reviewing and implementing discernment processes for Reader and Local Missional Leader (LML) ministries. This will include vocational conversations with people exploring their calling and sitting on discernment panels as well as co-ordination with the Cultivate programme for LMLs and with the Learning Manager for Reader Ministry.

Directions course

To be responsible for the planning, facilitation and oversight of the Directions programme including:

  • planning the delivery of Directions courses: publicity, venues, keynote speakers, communication with participants, arranging group leaders etc;
  • on the day up-front hosting and facilitation of Directions sessions, occasional worship leading and biblical content delivery, facilitating a small group and availability for pastoral care and support to participants as needed;
  • Collation & evaluation of feedback, including monitoring of responses from specific work done during the course and appropriate data collection to guide the delivery of Directions across the diocese;
  • Revision and adaptation of course content to reflect feedback and diocesan priorities.

Vocations publicity, website and social media

To work with colleagues to promote and raise awareness of all aspects of vocational work in the diocese of Liverpool, including:

  • reviewing and developing the range of online and print publicity
  • refreshing and updating the LifeCall web presence
  • refreshing online and hard copy materials
  • overseeing and developing vocations work on social media in liaison with our Communications team

Resourcing discipleship and lay ministry

To work with colleagues to plan, administer and oversee delivery of a range of learning opportunities linked to the national Everyday Faith initiative, our Bishop’s Rule of Life and the Releasing Ministry initiative:

  • arranging, publicising, booking speakers and hosting lay training courses, for example: introductions to preaching and leading worship, pastoral care, ‘starting theology’ and funeral ministry in partnership with the Good Funeral Company;
  • organising networks for ongoing support and resourcing via a peer learning community.

Other tasks may include

  • To work with colleagues in Lifelong Learning to develop, oversee and monitor a network of vocational coaches for open-ended coaching conversations on their calling.
  • Playing a part in maturing our diocesan (CEMES) scheme inviting young people, including those from overseas, to explore their vocation and service within the Church of England.
  • Making occasional presentations, as requested, to parishes and deanery synods to promote vocations and on behalf of specific diocesan initiatives and processes.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the role and level of responsibility that may from time to time be required.

Essential requirements

  • A person with a deep Christian faith and experience of congregational life.
  • An understanding of vocation and calling within a Christian context.
  • Some experience of public speaking within a Church context.
  • Some experience of structured Christian learning.
  • An understanding of, and sympathy with, the Church of England.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • A team player who is respectful of colleagues and the wider needs of the organisation.
  • Ability to build rapport and relationships with a wide range of people, with patience, sensitivity and tact.
  • Flexible approach with an ability to balance the demands of the role.
  • Ability to handle personal and sensitive information in the strictest of confidence.
  • Working experience in organising events and meetings.
  • Proven administration skills and operational knowledge of MS Office software.
  • Excellent organisation skills with an ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to handle a range of diverse tasks and prioritise according to demands
  • Ability to use initiative to work in a proactive manner.
  • Current driving licence with access to own transport.
  • Able to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel within the Diocese of Liverpool and further afield when required.

Desirable requirements

  • Some experience of theological education, formal or informal.
  • Experience of affirming and equipping people in their calling and ministry.
  • Some experience of delivering training and/or preaching within a Church context.
  • Working with volunteers, particularly in a Christian context.
  • Experience of Church of England structures and discernment processes.
  • Some experience in developing resources for vocation and/or Christian learning.
  • Experience of hosting and/ or facilitating meetings.
  • Experience developing others’ skills and self-confidence.
  • Familiarity with and use of social media and other relevant technologies.

The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to asking God for a Bigger Church to make a bigger difference in our world. To achieve this rich, challenging vision we focus on four key themes: introducing people to Jesus, deepening discipleship, developing Christian leaders and working for justice.