Regional Giving Advisor

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Hybrid: mixture of London, home working or diocesan office. The role is based in the South East/South West.
Employee
£44500 - £47500 per year, depending on location

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

Voluntary Income in The Church of England is over £800M a year, and funds 75% of the cost of parish ministry. The Church of England National Giving Strategy 2020-2024 is investing over £7.5M in enabling giving and encouraging generosity within its churches.

As Regional Giving Advisor, you will work in the National Giving Team to support the network of Diocesan Giving Advisors in the South. You will share your knowledge and insight to help churches enable giving and grow generosity, and support the adoption of good practice in churches and dioceses.

This post is a secondment/maternity cover expected to last 18 months. For an informal conversation about the role, please email the Deputy National Giving Advisor helen.simpkiss@churchofengland.org.

Key priorities for the post-holder:

  • Supporting the network of Diocesan Giving Advisors across 15 dioceses including recruitment, induction and training of new staff, and non-managerial supervision and mentoring of existing Giving Advisors.
  • Supporting the National Digital Giving Manager to deliver the national rollout of contactless equipment to our churches in the South region dioceses.
  • Administering the Giving Advisor Fund in the South including liaising with senior diocesan staff to monitor the strategic impact of postholders, financial administration of grants, and supporting with recruitment.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the adoption of good practice across the Church of England as part of the ongoing evaluation of the National Giving Strategy, including the impact of the Giving Advisor Fund.
  • Working with the North and Midlands & East Regional Giving Advisors to deliver a training programme to all Giving Advisors on all areas of giving practice and growing a generous culture.
  • Facilitating applications to the Generosity Materials Fund.
  • Working with the National Giving Ministry Advisor to promote and embed clergy training on giving and generosity throughout the region from IME0 to CMD level.

At the NCIs many of our staff work flexibly in a number of different ways including where they are based. We are happy to talk at interview about options that might be possible with this role.

Interviews will be held on the 10th March 2022.

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 Giving Advisors

Supporting dioceses through assisting in the recruitment, training and non-managerial supervision of giving advisors.

This includes:

  • Assisting dioceses in the recruitment process for Giving Advisors, offering guidance and support on job descriptions, person specifications, recruitment advertising, shortlisting and interview process and sitting on the interview panel if asked.
  • Administering the Giving Advisor Fund in the South including liaising with senior diocesan staff to monitor the strategic impact of postholders, financial administration of grants, and supporting with recruitment.
  • Auditing the training needs of all Giving Advisors in the region, and creating and delivering a training programme with colleagues from the national team and others.
  • Providing non-managerial supervision and specialist advice and guidance for Giving Advisors, through regular meetings and ad-hoc support, where Giving Advisors are supported and given space and time to explore their challenges and the most effective way of addressing those challenges.
  • Co-ordinating regional meetings of the Giving Advisors, agreeing dates, venues, agendas and desired outcomes.

Developing good practice in the region

Training clergy and laity on good practice and coordinating regional initiatives.

This includes:

  • Supporting the National Digital Giving Manager to deliver the national rollout of contactless equipment to our churches in the South region dioceses.
  • Assisting the National Giving Ministry Advisor in the development of new clergy training initiatives and pilots of training programmes.
  • Assisting in the delivery of training within dioceses for clergy and laity.
  • Supporting national initiatives, such as Generosity Week, to ensure they are widely adopted within the region.
  • Producing good practice guidance in various formats by working closely with the Marketing Manager to develop applications to the Generosity Materials Fund.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the adoption of good practice across The Church of England.
  • Answering queries and offering advice and guidance to parishes throughout The Church of England on a range of areas of giving, e.g. gift aid, legacies, digital giving.

Key competencies for the post-holder:

To be successful, you will need experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity and of influencing through communications with sensitivity and discretion. You will need to be a very strong self-motivator and initiator as the job requires an ability to work unsupervised across a wide geographical area on a diverse range of projects. Experience managing projects would also be useful. You will be an excellent leader with strong inter-personal skills and experience of influencing, coaching and mentoring.

Due to the specialist nature of the roles within the Giving team, training will be provided to successful candidates to enable them to carry out their role confidently.

The Requirements

Qualification and Experience

Essential:

  • Experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity.
  • Experience of influencing through communications.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, ideally in relation to giving, fundraising, or church finances.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Professional Qualification in a relevant area.

Skills and Abilities

Essential:

  • Proven educator, able to evidence learning through training given in the past.
  • Effective written and oral communication, especially in presenting to large groups.
  • Good leadership, influencing and coaching skills.
  • Good inter-personal skills, as this work requires a high degree of sensitivity and discretion.
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Strong analytical and data management skills.
  • Very strong self-motivator and initiator as the job requires an ability to work unsupervised.
  • Strong administrative skills, including knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office effectively.
  • An ethical approach, with practice that is entirely consistent with the Christian faith and abides by all relevant legislation (including the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Desirable:

  • Good at working within a diverse and dispersed team.
  • An ability to think strategically as this role will assist in delivering the National Giving Strategy, and the post holder will need to engage with dioceses to ensure that giving is a strategic priority for them.

Knowledge and Understanding

Essential:

Success in the role demands good understanding of devolved nature of the Church of England, and the ability to work effectively across it. The post-holder will be expected to develop material and presentations which is consistent with Christian principles and theology, and as such, should be in sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church.

Circumstances

The role may require some travel throughout England and Wales, and may also require occasional work on weekends.

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