Reporter

Posted 28 days agoExpires in 19 days
Hybrid working with flexibility
Employee
£32,787 rising to £35,255 per year (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.

This post gives an excellent opportunity to be involved in setting up an new initiative in a small, friendly, busy office, in unusual and pleasant surroundings. The staff members at Lambeth Palace work as a small and close-knit team and support each other at busy periods with flexibility and good humour.

The Centre for Cultural Witness (CCW) is an exciting new venture, based at Lambeth, yet working in partnership with university theology faculties, other denominations and partners, to share and re-tell the culture-shaping power of the Christian gospel in public.

As Reporter for the CCW you will research and write up stories for the Centre’s website on Global Christianity, including its growth, social impact and persecution of Christians. You will also assist in the editing process for other contributions to the website.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract initially for 3 years (subject to review and further funding).

Interviews are expected be held at Lambeth Palace on Thursday 15th September 2022.

Please see the document attached below for additional information about the Centre for Cultural Witness.

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.

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.

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 Role

  • To research stories about the global church, both online and in person.
  • To write up regular stories and articles for the Centre’s website.
  • To identify stories of the impact Christian faith has made upon individuals and communities around the world.
  • To become knowledgeable about the scale and reality of Christian persecution around the world.
  • To develop relationships with key figures in the global church – e.g. bishops and other leaders.
  • To produce video material (with assistance) where appropriate for such stories.
  • To liaise with colleagues in the Anglican Communion Office to spot stories from the Communion that need to be told.
  • To travel where necessary to research such stories.
  • To assist with the editing of other contributions to the website, under the direction of the Senior Editor.
  • To contribute to other aspects of the Centre’s work (Learning & Research) as required.
  • To research and tell stories of the reality of Christian persecution around the world.
  • To fulfil other duties as required by the Senior Editor and Director.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Excellent writing skills and oral communication.
  • Skills in editing and awareness of good written style and effective written communication.
  • Boldness, persistence, yet politeness to acquire information.
  • Wisdom and discernment in spotting a good story of the impact of Christian faith on individuals and communities around the world.
  • Good judgment of which material to publicise and what to keep confidential.
  • Experience of MS Word, Outlook, Excel and the internet, as well as a networked computer system.
  • High level of dedication and initiative.
  • A high level of discretion and ability to hold confidentiality.
  • Ability to be self-directed and to organise work effectively.
  • Sense of responsibility that the work issued is of a consistently high standard with fast response times.
  • Ability to assimilate information and process/produce documents and papers.
  • Highly discreet and diplomatic.
  • Exceptional judgement in understanding and dealing with urgent and complex matters across a wide range of issues.
  • Exceptionally well organised and methodical, with the ability to cope with conflicting priorities.
  • A self-starter, able to use initiative and good judgement.
  • Proven ability to work calmly under pressure.
  • Able to adapt plans quickly in response to change.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as a member of a team.
  • Interest in and commitment to the Church’s task of lively witness in contemporary culture.
  • Highly resilient with the ability to work effectively within the demands of a busy office.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Interest in and some knowledge of the global church.
  • Experience of dealing with a wide range of people in the course of work, including at senior level.
  • A knowledge and interest in the work of the Archbishops’ ministry, the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion generally.
  • Awareness of and interest in national and international politics and societal issues.

Education:

  • Education to at least ‘A’ level standard, or equivalent.

Desirable

  • A background in journalism.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Sympathetic to the values and beliefs of the Christian faith.
  • Knowledge of the structures of the Church of England.

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