Development and Network Officer

Posted 16 days agoExpires in 4 days
Hybrid - remote working and London
£46,771 - £50,292 (after probation)

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The Clewer Initiative (TCI) enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. Learn More >

TCI believes that the solutions to modern slavery already exist within the community and that the Church of England, which is present in all communities and is at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

As the work grows we are looking for an outstanding Development and Network Officer. This is a national role, and an opportunity to engage the dioceses and parishes of the Church of England in the fight against modern slavery.

As Development and Network Officer, you will develop and manage projects in partnership with dioceses and church communities, on a local and national scale.

You will grow and strategically manage TCI’s network of partners and act as a specialist resource with expert knowledge of development work.

A highly motivated and entrepreneurial self-starter, you will have experience of working within church communities at parish, diocesan, regional and national level. Your confidence with senior leaders will run alongside your ability to engage with those at parish level.

This post is offered on a fixed-term contract expected to last for 3 years.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.

The National Church Institutions are taking a flexible approach to work, with many teams opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Details about working arrangements for this post will be discussed further at interview.

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Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th November​ 2021.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Supporting dioceses and parishes in the development, implementation, and management of modern slavery work, using the ‘Clewer Journey’ methodology (building relationships, awareness raising, identification of potential victims of modern slavery and exploitation, developing action in parishes).
  • Supporting on the development of TCI’s national projects and managing certain national projects (e.g. TCI’s Breaking County Lines training program).
  • Identifying elements of TCI’s activities which could be supported by development work.
  • Making links between development work and other areas of TCI’s activities, including liaising with the communications team to organise supporting communications.
  • Assisting the dioceses with multi agency partnership work (where appropriate through the modern slavery partnership) and in particular advising on opportunities for linking with and amplifying work carried out by members of the partnership.
  • Acting as a specialist resource to TCI national and international projects, dioceses, the wider networks, and also individual parishes.
  • Working with the TCI team to develop action from TCI’s national campaigns in dioceses and parishes.
  • Assisting with the development of the TCI network with a focus on growing and managing strategic relationships with key partners.
  • Assisting with developing and maintaining statutory and non-statutory partnerships.

The Requirements



  • Able to lead, encourage, and motivate others towards a shared goal.
  • Able to manage a demanding workload, prioritising tasks and responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to communicate complex ideas in a straightforward way.
  • Ability to maintain a strong position whilst being open to input and challenge.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a large and competing workload.
  • Confident and proficient user of IT, including videoconferencing tools like Zoom.


  • Significant experience of working with vulnerable groups at parish/community level.
  • Significant experience of project development work in parishes and other church contexts.
  • Experience of managing development work at a local and national level.
  • Experience of project delivery in the context of social action work.
  • Experience working for the Church of England, another denominational church, or for a Christian or other charity.
  • Experience of discerning, identifying, and pursuing appropriate opportunities for development work within the context of strategic aims and priorities.
  • An understanding of the role of safeguarding in parish work and experience of safeguarding work in a parish or diocesan context.
  • An understanding of the structures of the Church of England and sympathy with its work and aims.
  • An interest in modern slavery, exploitation, and human trafficking, and the ability to understand the contribution the Church of England can make in challenging this.

Personal Attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial, self-starting mindset.
  • Open and collaborative teamworking style.
  • Finisher/completer attitude and approach.
  • Efficient and cerebral approach to tasks.


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.


  • Willing to undertake regular travel both within the UK and internationally.

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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