Programme Office Manager

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Hybrid - remote working and London
£39,289 - £42,246 per year

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 Vision and Strategy team has been established to support the whole Church in its embrace of, and engagement with the national Vision and Strategy for the Church for the 2020s which has three strategic priorities: missionary disciples, younger and more diverse, and mixed ecology.

The team is also the lead owner of the strategy within the NCIs, and therefore responsible for ensuring that the work of other teams within the NCIs is aligned to the strategy and helps to ensure its delivery across the Church.

As Programme Office Manager, you will play a vital role leading the Programme Management Office of the Emerging Church of England programme.

Working closely with the Programme Director, you will ensure the smooth running of a major national change programme, staff a senior group of Bishops and Trustees, and lead dedicated programme sub-projects. You will also line manage the Executive Programme Administrator, guiding their work and encouraging their development.

This role is essential to the success of major changes going on within the Church and your efficient, proactive workstyle and excellent communication and organisational skills will be key to your success both within the team and individually.

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.

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 would like to hear from you if you have the ability, motivation and commitment to give to this opportunity, together with the essential requirements below.

This post is offered on a secondment/fixed term contract expected to last for 15 months.

An early application is encouraged, as interviews will be arranged flexibly and applications will be reviewed as submitted.

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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

  • Lead the Programme Management Office for the Emerging Church of England programme and for Vision and Strategy.
  • Co-ordinate business planning for the Vision and Strategy team including supporting directors in producing a business plan and monitoring progress against this.
  • Lead and deliver specific projects within the programme as allocated and shape Vision and Strategy projects in early stage in alignment with the NCI project processes.
  • Support the Directors in overseeing the AC project portfolio.
  • Manage the key new way of work in cross-team projects including developing and monitoring the portfolio of projects underway, their terms of reference, outcomes and team members involved.
  • Organise the Emerging Church steering group meetings and any other programme boards as required, including agendas, minutes, papers and logistical arrangements.
  • Own the team, project and programme risk register. Ensure these are updated and work with the Co-Directors to ensure risks are regularly reviewed and mitigations acted on.
  • Work with the Communications team on the operational plan for Vision and Strategy and Emerging Church of England communications.
  • Liaise with Central Secretariat teams regarding Vision and Strategy and Emerging Church of England items on General Synod, House of Bishops, Archbishops’ Council and Church Commissioners agendas, ensuring production of timely papers in required formats.
  • First point of contact and drafting for all General Synod and Parliamentary questions.
  • Ensure Church of England website and digital platforms have up to date content on the Emerging Church programme and Vision and Strategy requesting, editing and publishing new content as needed.
  • Provide support to the Co-directors for Vision and Strategy by conducting research, drafting papers, presentations, responses and communications and leading or supporting events as required.
  • Act as support and a point of connection for Emerging Church of England workstream leads including contracted or seconded staff as needed, resourcing as directed by the Co-Directors.

The Requirements



  • Project management skills including understanding of the project lifecycle and experience of developing and implementing projects.
  • Good knowledge of governance within the Church of England and programme governance.
  • Planning skills.
  • Writing skills, including summarising material from a range of sources and drafting clear papers and responses.
  • Time management skills, including ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal with people at all levels, get on with people easily, create and work within teams.
  • IT skills, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


  • Knowledge of the Church of England including its governance and structures.
  • Understanding of Vision and Strategy and the Emerging Church of England work including its context, aims and impact.
  • Experience of organising governance meetings, including minuting.

Personal Attributes:

  • Discretion in dealing with confidential matters and sensitive issues.
  • Professional, well organised and creative when appropriate.
  • Self-motivated and well organised, able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to maintain focus to complete tasks under pressure.
  • High sense of responsibility, consistently completing work of a high standard.



  • Excellent IT skills, including presentations, spreadsheets, formal papers and basic design.
  • An understanding of budget management.


  • Degree level education in a relevant discipline and/or project management qualification, or equivalent.

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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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.