Regional Giving Advisor

Posted 5 days agoExpires in 8 days
Hybrid: mixture of London, home working or diocesan office.
Employee
£44500 - £47500 per year (pro rata) 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 most of the church’s mission and ministry. The Church of England has adopted a National Giving Strategy for 2020-2025 that will invest in different ways to encourage giving within its churches.

Parishes need support to ensure they are enabling giving and encouraging generosity, and dioceses need support to ensure the parishes fund their ministry.

As Regional Giving Advisor, you will support the network of Diocesan Giving Advisors in the South and develop the knowledge and adoption of good practice in parishes and dioceses.

Applications are invited for this fixed-term post which is expected to last for 9 months. We are willing to consider applications for the full-time post or expressions of interest from people interested in leading on one or several of the priority project areas identified below. The role is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and we are open to a discussion about what would work best for suitable candidates.

At the NCIs many of our colleagues 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.

For an informal conversation please contact helen.simpkiss@churchofengland.org

Interviews will be held on the 13th December 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.

Key priorities:

  • 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 staff.
  • Administering the Giving Advisor Fund in the South including drawing down grants to dioceses, monitoring the impact of postholders etc.
  • Working with the Digital Giving Manager to resource and support the rollout of the digital giving as part of the funding of contactless equipment by co-ordinating, planning and overseeing the project in the South region dioceses (Priority 2 in the National Giving Strategy).
  • 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 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.

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.
  • 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-ordinate 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, coordinating regional initiatives.

This includes:

  • Working with the Digital Giving Manager to resource and support dioceses in delivering deanery training on digital giving as part of the funding of contactless equipment (Priority 2 in the National Giving Strategy).
  • Assisting the National Giving Ministry Advisor in the development of new 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.
  • Identifying models of good practice within dioceses.
  • Agreeing collaboration with one or more dioceses in the creation of advice and guidance.
  • 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.

Key competencies

  • 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.
  • Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity would be an advantage.
  • 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 willingness to travel throughout England and Wales and work occasional weekends will be required.

The Requirements

Experience

  • Experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity is essential.
  • Experience of influencing through communications.
  • Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, ideally in relation to giving or church finances.

Competencies required

  • Proven educator, able to evidence learning through training given in the past.
  • Good inter-personal skills, as this work requires a high degree of sensitivity and discretion.
  • 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).
  • Effective written and oral communication, especially in presenting to large groups.
  • Good leadership, influencing and coaching skills.
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • 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.
  • Good at working within a diverse and dispersed team.
  • An ability to think strategically.
  • An ability to think strategically as this role will assist in delivering the new National Giving strategy, and the post holder will need to engage with dioceses to ensure that giving is a strategic priority for them.

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Professional Qualification is desirable. Membership of the Institute of Fundraising will be required for the successful candidate.

Circumstances

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 are consistent with Christian principles and theology, and as such, should be in sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church.

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

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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