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.
In March 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury published Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope. Building on key chapters in the book, these two Archbishops’ Commissions were established in 2021 to look at how the Church responds to issues of national and civic concern and explore how it can generate fresh thinking and action.
This new post sits within the Commissions team that supports both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in their work in the public square on these priority areas. Currently, these are the Reimagining Care Commission and the Families and Households Commission.
The work is set in the context of the priority areas of the Archbishops’ ministries, the three Quinquennium goals of the Church of England, and the five marks of mission in the Anglican Communion. Policy and research on these areas are carried out by the Mission and Public Affairs team (MPA) in Church House, so a crucial part of this role is coordination with colleagues in MPA.
As Commissions' Project Officer, you will provide administrative support to the Families and Households Commission and the Reimagining Care Commission, delivering a high quality and efficient service and experience.
Key duties will include:
Providing project administrative support to new and on-going development initiatives including but not restricted to the Families and Households Commission and the Reimagining Care Commission.
Assisting the Commissions with logistical support in planning their activities. Attending, in person and on-line to manage the logistics during meetings and events, liaising with Commission participants through group communications as well as one-to-one advice.
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.
A comprehensive and supportive induction programme will be put in place to ensure that you have all the information, access and contacts you require to learn quickly and excel in this role.
This post is offered on a fixed term/secondment basis for 1 year.
We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.
Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 16th February 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.
To manage and streamline the administration and logistical requirements for all meetings and other events for the Commissions, and elements of the team’s other work as required.
To undertake research into and scope venues, hotels and other aspects to assist with event design.
To draft and develop succinct and cohesive communications to liaise with and support Commission participants, their stakeholder groups, and the venues being used.
To use the Microsoft Office suite of software to produce and create project timelines, other planning documents, minutes/agendas for weekly meetings, communications and presentations.
To monitor and update the budget for the Commissions and to use regular budget monitoring meetings to ensure the accurate tracking of costs and the early identification of possible issues.
To process expenses incurred by Commission members and arrange for the processing of invoices relating to the Commission’s activities.
To keep the people related data and all Commission information on our shared drive up-to-date and fully compliant with all GDPR and related requirements.
To develop high quality documents, briefings, and slides to support the Commissions’ work.
Develop and manage relationships with stakeholder groups, including dioceses and parishes, as required, and to map the Commissions’ engagement with organisations in their sectors.
To provide some diary management to team members and the Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Commissions (booking internal and external meetings with Zoom / Microsoft Teams / rooms, administration support).
To comply with all office procedures and guidelines, including those concerning the use of IT, confidentiality and the protection/security of data.
To contribute to the achievement of any collective (team/office/organisational) objectives and undertake such other duties and tasks as may reasonably be required.
The postholder will be required to undertake travel, have overnight stays in venues across the country and on occasion work outside of normal office hours to support the planning and delivery of events.
Liaise with communications colleagues to disseminate appropriately the activities and findings of the Commissions.
In coordination with the Records Officer, maintaining an effective and secure records management system for the work of the Commissions, following the appropriate policies for this area.
Proactively reviewing the administration of the Commissions portfolio and bring forward systems and processes to enable increased efficiency and effectiveness.
The team at Lambeth Palace works closely and collaboratively, providing assistance across portfolio areas at times when extra capacity is needed. As such, an important part of this role will be to join the wider ‘pool’ of administrative support helping out other team areas as required and as capacity allows.
All employees working at Lambeth Palace share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture with regard to children and vulnerable adults, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.
Good at and enjoys planning and organising with a strong attention to detail.
Works well to deadlines.
A positive, proactive attitude to all tasks approached.
Excellent communicator in writing and verbally.
Strong IT skills – in particular Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
Ability to work comfortably with competing priorities - to reprioritise work when required, use problem solving skills to deal with issues if they arise.
A team player, able to work well both within a team and individually.
Is comfortable communicating with senior colleagues and stakeholders.
Flexibility to work across various department activities.
Comfortable handling and analysing confidential and often complex data.
Planning and organising activities and/or events which support project work using software from the Microsoft Office suite – administrative duties as well as contributing ideas to improve the efficiency of processes/work.
Presentation creation using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel for updating budget information.
Dealing with customers/stakeholders.
Working with highly confidential documents (using and storing).
GCSE Maths and English or equivalent.
‘A’ Levels or Equivalent.
Using Zoom and the functionality of the software to support the delivery of on-line events and modules.
Using MS Project and SurveyMonkey (or other on-line questionnaire/survey software).
An interest in the subjects of social care, family life (to include wellbeing of children and young people, couple relationships, and conflict resolution) and public policy more broadly.
An interest in own personal Learning and Development.
An empathy with the mission of the Church of England and Christian values.
Whilst the NCIs are committed to wellbeing and work/life balance, a willingness and availability to work outside normal office hours including weekends is required, on occasion, as well as travel within England and overseas.
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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