National Ecumenical Officer

This job has now expired
Hybrid - remote working and London with national and international travel
Employee
£54,469 - £58,569 (after probation)

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.

The National Ecumenical Officer is a senior post and the person appointed will work with the Council for Christian Unity to direct and manage the Church of England’s ecumenical relationships at home and abroad and will work through the Office of the Archbishops to support the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in their ecumenical engagements.

As National Ecumenical Officer, you will promote, sustain and develop the Church of England’s ecumenical relations, with a focus on enabling cooperation between churches in mission and evangelism. This involves working on cross-cutting issues with a bearing on ecumenical relations with other churches.

As someone considering this role, you will have extensive experience of ecumenical dialogue, whether locally, nationally or internationally, and a vision for ecumenism which holds unity and diversity together creatively. You will be driven by a theological vision for the work and have the pragmatism to know what is achievable and at what cost. You will be skilled in working with a range of senior stakeholders, with the wisdom to advise them authoritatively on ecumenical matters.

With responsibility for at least one colleague within the Ecumenical sub-team of Faith and Public Life, subject to review, you will be a team player, able to work creatively to draw others into the work and to contribute effectively to joint projects. You will be able to take, and share responsibility and drive agendas forward as a member of a hard-working and highly motivated team.

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.

We 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.

Interviews are expected to take place 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 Responsibilities

  • Advising the Archbishops and other bishops with ecumenical responsibilities, on the ecumenical aspects of their ministries and mission.
  • Contributing as a senior officer in the F&PL staff team to the strategic direction of the team’s activities, taking forward and helping to shape the Church of England’s priorities for ecumenism.
  • Representing the CCU and the Church of England as required on ecumenical bodies and at significant events, and providing staff support for these where appropriate.
  • Giving authoritative theological support to the work of CCU, collaborating with the staff of FAOC, and bringing theological insights to bear on the work of the F&PL team.
  • Maintaining and developing a strong network of contacts with staff counterparts, leaders and ecumenical representatives from other churches and church agencies.
  • Working with colleagues in the NCIs, member bodies and Ecumenical Instruments to promote effective partnership with other churches in mission and evangelism, and advising on the theological and practical issues that arise from this.
  • Preparing briefing papers and reports for senior staff, bishops, archbishops and member bodies in the area of ecumenical relations.
  • Participating regularly in meetings of the CCU itself, and promoting good working relationships with staff across the NCIs with overlapping interests.
  • Managing and directing the work of the Ecumenical sub-team within Faith and Public Life.

Other responsibilities

  • Acting as a point of contact, information and support for Diocesan Ecumenical Officers.
  • Participating regularly in meetings of the Faith and Public Life team and relevant sub groups.

Essential

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Enthused by the Church of England’s commitment to pursuing the full visible unity of the one church of Jesus Christ;
  • Demonstrating a deep engagement with ecclesiology in all its forms;
  • Willingness to engage equally with the historic communions of East and West, with the churches deriving from the Reformation, and with Pentecostal, new and independent churches;
  • Good knowledge of the major theological and doctrinal issues addressed in ecumenical agreements and joint statements (‘Faith and Order’) and of significant areas of co-operation in mission, evangelism and social and public affairs (‘Life and Works’);
  • Intellectual curiosity and ambition.

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Ability to master a brief, write concisely and clearly, and provide research and briefing notes for a variety of stakeholders;
  • Able to translate vision and ‘big picture’ thinking into strategy and deliverable outcomes;
  • Able to work quickly – to turn round agendas, minutes and other documents to time;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively in a team and to form and sustain a wide range of working relationships
  • Attention to detail – including planning for meetings and conferences, practical arrangements, travel etc
  • Competence in IT skills, including Microsoft Word and Outlook.

Education:

  • Educated to a level that confers credibility among, and enables confident engagement with, senior church leaders, academic theologians and senior ecumenical staff of other churches.

Personal Attributes:

  • Confident; willing to propose courses of action and be creative; equally willing to take direction and to understand when something cannot be done or is not appropriate;
  • Willing to work flexibly,
  • Willingness to travel both within the UK and overseas;
  • A self-starter who is also a collaborative team player and team leader;
  • The ability to learn from others and enable them to learn from each other;
  • Because of the representative role of this post and the nature of the relationships it involves, there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the person appointed be a Communicant member of the Church of England.

Circumstances:

  • Willingness and ability to travel within the UK and abroad, including overnight trips.

Desirable

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of ecumenical cooperation in mission and evangelism;
  • Understanding of contemporary missiology;
  • Writing for professional publication;
  • A track record of theological engagement and publication.

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Skills in using IT for communication, including e.g. web design, desk-top publishing and social media;
  • Ability to communicate in another major European language;
  • Education and training skills.

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.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves.