Racial Justice Officer

Posted 12 days agoExpires in 3 days
Diocesan Office is Chelmsford
Employee
£30,000 to £35,000 per annum pro rata, subject to experience and qualifications / £15,000 to £17,500 actual part time salary

The Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford is seeking to recruit a Racial Justice Officer. This is an important new role following recommendations from our Racial Justice Task and Finish Group. The Racial Justice Officer will play a leading role in shaping the Diocese’s approach to ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equity. You will need to build effective working relationships with multiple stakeholders, including the Racial Justice Advisory Panel, Senior Clergy and Diocesan Staff to ensure the most appropriate policies are developed and implemented for combating racism within the Diocese. The Racial Justice Officer will have primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about racism within the Diocese, including the handling of cases.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Working with others within the Diocese to create an environment that is positive towards ethnic diversity.
  • Play a lead role in developing and establishing the Diocese’s approach to ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Manage cases of poor practice and abuse reported throughout the Diocese – including a system to record cases and monitor outcomes (similar to the systems managed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Unit).
  • Manage referrals to the Racial Justice Advisory Panel.
  • Be the central point of contact for internal and external individuals and agencies on racism, ethnic diversity and inclusion.
  • Represent the Diocese at external meetings related to racism, ethnic diversity and inclusion.
  • Assist with the dissemination of relevant policy, procedures and resources throughout the Diocese.
  • Provide confidential advice and support to Departmental Heads and Senior Clergy in the Diocese on issues related to racism, ethnic diversity and inclusion.
  • Advise on the Diocese’s training needs and the development of its training strategy; provide training where appropriate.
  • To contribute to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of Diocesan employees, office holders, members of PCC and the wider community on racism, ethnic diversity and inclusion.
  • Work with the Racial Justice Advisory Panel in maintaining and reviewing the Diocese’s implementation plan for racial justice.
  • Foster strong and appropriate links externally, specifically links with relevant community groups, other charities, and organisations to capture and share learning and best practices.
  • Remain up to date with legislation and case law and undertake research when relevant, so that advice given is in accordance with latest legislation and case law.
  • Draft relevant reports on findings and statistics to contribute to the Racial Justice Advisory Panel development of strategic plans.
  • Ensure good standards on ethnic diversity and inclusion are met and maintained.

Essential:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience of communicating and promoting racial equality and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Enabling organisational change and embedding these changes firmly in an organisation, either on a small or large scale.
  • A desire to serve the church in the Diocese of Chelmsford and passionate about enabling cultural change.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communicator with highly developed oral, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong influencing skills, with the ability to bring order to complex situations and find innovative ways of solving or pre-empting problems.
  • Practical attitude with a strong record of organisational skills and self-motivation in the workplace.
  • Ability to think strategically and act pragmatically; able to produce plans and deliver results without losing sight of the strategic context
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative and diplomatic, with experience of building effective and successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good IT skills, particularly MS Office and ideally Microsoft Teams.
  • Willing and able to travel across the diocese for business purposes.

Desirable:

  • Understanding of the organisational structure, breadth and dynamics of the Church of England.
  • Experience of successfully dealing with grievance and disciplinary issues from a management or supporting point of view.
  • Clean driving licence, access to a private car with business insurance for travel on business purposes

The Diocese of Chelmsford is the Church of England across Essex and East London. The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) is the company, and registered charity, that manages the financial affairs of the diocese as well as managing a property, education and safeguarding portfolio. We have nearly 600 churches, which are served by around 500 clergy, compromising of 350 stipendiary clergy and 150 self-supporting clergy. There are around 90 staff in the CDBF (including our Retreat House, area offices and employed clergy);

Chelmsford Diocese seeks be a leading example in the way it conducts itself in the systematic treatment of all people. This is part of the diocesan response to world-wide events and acknowledging the challenges our sisters and brothers of UK Minority Ethnic / Global Majority Heritage (UKME/GMH) backgrounds have faced historically and still face currently on a daily basis. As we seek to become a Transforming Presence in every community it is our hope and prayer that this newly developed role takes an instrumental place in bringing about cultural, structural and strategic shifts to combat racism in the Diocese of Chelmsford and our communities at large.