Lead Stewardship Officer

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£35000 to £39000

The Diocese is seeking to appoint a Lead Stewardship Officer, who will play a vital role in leading the work of the Resourcing Parishes team.

The team is focused on embedding a culture of generosity across the diocese in response to the generosity and grace of God. You will need to be passionate about resourcing the mission and ministry in the Diocese of Leeds, keen to engage with people from all walks of life, creative and have a willingness to learn. You will focus on supporting the financial health of our parish churches through the encouragement of planned giving, utilising the Parish Giving Scheme and the further roll out of contactless giving, grant and fundraising support.

Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer the key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the Resourcing Parishes team in delivering a strategy to enhance the financial strength of parishes through effective stewardship and income generation.
  • Lead the promotion of good Christian stewardship across the Diocese, developing materials for clergy and parishes to embed key messages.
  • Support, advice and train parish officers in a range of topics, including the adoption and use of modern technologies.
  • Oversee the delivery of the Parish Share communications to parishes
  • Ensure the design, development and implementation of a toolkit of resources both online and hard copy to support parishes to become more financially sustainable.
  • Oversee the work of parish financial service colleagues to ensure high quality support is provided to a range of Church of England organisations in the Diocese.
  • Management and supervision of the team (4 people)

A competitive package includes a competitive salary, flexi-time scheme, reimbursement of car and travelling expenses, an 8% non-contributory pension with an additional 5% matched contributions, hybrid working (50%), and 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays and four customary days a year (between Christmas and New Year).

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Geoff Park, Chief Financial Officer on 0113 3530 298 / email: geoff.park@leeds.anglican.org

The closing date for the vacancy is 12 midnight Sunday 4 September 2022

Interviews will take place on 15 September 2022

See attached Job Description

See attached Person Specification

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings.

The Diocese of Leeds covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. This is one of the largest dioceses in England and its creation in 2014 was unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, housing a population of around 2,642,400. The Diocese has around 600 church buildings in 450 parishes and 240 Church of England schools and academies.

The following information is furnished to assist staff joining the Diocese to understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. However, it must be noted that whilst every endeavour has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, this document does not permit every item to be specified in detail. It must also be noted that this job description may be reviewed from time to time, in conjunction with the post holder.

Our Values

The Diocesan values, Loving, Living, Learning, are vital to the way we encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We aim to:

  • Love God, the world and one another.
  • Live in the world as it is, but, drawn by a vision of something better, we want to help individuals and communities flourish,
  • Learn when we get things wrong, by listening and growing together.

The Diocese of Leeds is proud to be a Living Wage Employer.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance (The Board) is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and the workplace and in avoiding unlawful discrimination. Accordingly, the Board will ensure that recruitment and selection, training and development, and promotion procedures result in no job applicant or employee receiving less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, class or caste, religious belief or lack of religious belief (unless this is an occupational requirement), disability, trade union membership or non-membership, gender or sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents or being a part-time or fixed-term worker. The Board’s objective is to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated solely on the basis of their relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities.

Clergy Applications

For clergy applying to this role, your Area/Suffragan Bishop must be informed of your applications at the earliest opportunity. Furthermore, you must seek a Diocesan Bishop’s Licence in order to be eligible for a new role, and please be aware that granting a licence is subject to a CCSL from your Area/Suffragan Bishop.

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