Director for Planning and Engagement

Posted 13 days agoExpires in 1 day
Flexible (NCI offices ~2 days per week, some UK travel).
Band 0 c. £90,000 per year (pro rata for part-time).

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 Church Commissioners works to support the Church of England’s ministry, particularly in areas of need and opportunity. We do this through the responsible and ethical management of a diverse investment portfolio which enables us to maintain and grow our funding support for the Church. We help to ensure that funding is intentionally used for mission and growth as well as providing broader support to different parts of the Church to enhance the use of their resources to advance their mission.

As Director for Planning and Engagement, you will support the Board and Chief Executive of the Church Commissioners through leadership of the strategic and business planning process and delivery of strategic projects and assignments.

You will design and deliver proactive and comprehensive stakeholder engagement and ensure effective corporate governance and compliance processes in the Church Commissioners, including leadership of the Church Commissioners’ secretariat team and its budget.

Normal hours of work will be 35 per week however an appointment on a part-time basis (not less than 0.8 FTE) would be considered.

This post is offered on an open-ended contract, however applications will also be considered from candidates considering the role as a secondment of circa 24 months.

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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 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

  • Support the Board and Chief Executive with the development, articulation and delivery of the Church Commissioners’ strategic business plan to enable it to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England, consulting widely in doing so. Assist in developing and delivering plans and projects to give life to the business plan.
  • Manage complex or sensitive strategic projects and issues, thinking through the consequences of those projects, decisions and communications, including considering reputation management.
    • Support the national church Governance review project from a Church Commissioners’ perspective.
    • Facilitate implementation of change plans, working closely with CMG (and other NCI) executive team colleagues.
  • Advise on and support stakeholder engagement: Develop and implement engagement and communications strategies for key church stakeholders (e.g. bishops, dioceses, churches, cathedrals, General Synod) and for major projects and programmes of work, liaising with the Communications team and others as required.
  • Champion the views of these stakeholders within the Church Commissioners, helping to ensure that business plans and projects reflect the perspectives and needs of the wider church that the Church Commissioners exist to support.
  • Ensure the effective operation of corporate governance and compliance structures and processes, including Board, Committees, health & safety and financial compliance. Support recruitment and succession planning for trustee bodies. Lead, support and develop the Secretariat team and oversee the governance/secretariat budget.
  • Act as a close adviser and sounding board for the Chief Executive, ensuring the provision of accurate and timely advice, briefings and presentations.
  • Keep up to date with current events, trends and concerns which might affect the work of the Church Commissioners, National Church Institutions and the wider Church.
  • Support the wider National Church family as a senior leader, contributing to the development of the NCIs and working across church bodies. Draw connections between operational activities in different teams, and with other NCI activities where appropriate.
  • Undertake any other activities as may reasonably be required by the Chief Executive.

The Requirements

The ideal candidate will have many, but not necessarily all, of the below skills and attributes, and will have an interest in learning and developing others.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and senior stakeholders and to represent the Church Commissioners and Chief Executive with internal and external partners.
  • Strategic thinker & planner: able to grasp the big picture, take a long term as well as short term view, and draw connections across subjects and organisational boundaries.
  • Effective influencer: able to create acceptance and support for ideas, able to inspire and deliver change without having line management control and in a culture which can be wary of change.
  • Project management skills: able to lead and deliver projects and continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communicator: able to understand the needs of different audiences and adapt communications to suit; able to listen to and engage with trustees, staff and stakeholders; excellent presentational and report-writing skills.
  • Evidence of a high level of administrative and organisational ability, including organising and supporting high-level governance bodies.
  • Understands organisational priorities, wider Church environment and institutional constraints, and how to translate these into deliverable and sustainable strategies.
  • Inspiring and encouraging team leader. Evidence of planning own work and that of others effectively.
  • Ability to identify and adapt to changing priorities and work under pressure to achieve deadlines. Proven problem solving and analytical skills. Ability to master and develop new concepts quickly.
  • Excellent IT skills including understanding of the full Microsoft Office suite.


  • Working with Boards and staff teams to develop and implement strategic plans and projects, including monitoring of progress to delivery.
  • Experience of successfully delivering strategic projects.
  • Experience of forming and delivering appropriate messaging / communications for stakeholder engagement.
  • Identifying stakeholder needs and designing plans and processes to address these.
  • Experience of working successfully with senior governance bodies, trustees or non-executive boards, supporting them to ensure smooth and effective decision making and compliance/assurance processes.
  • A broad understanding of the work of the Church of England (and the National Church Institutions), its structures, values and ethos.
  • Policy work including research, drafting and presentation.
  • Experience of working in the public or not for profit sectors or providing services to those sectors.

Personal Attributes:

  • Naturally collaborative, enjoys working with others.
  • Friendly, approachable and professional.
  • Self-motivated and well organised.
  • Proactive and positive attitude.
  • Willing and able to undertake projects and work programmes personally without the support of a large team of direct reports.
  • Models the NCI values and challenges inappropriate behaviours effectively.
  • Role model for effective change management and successful in encouraging others to implement change well.
  • Real commitment to stakeholder engagement and excellent customer service.
  • Comfortable and effective in working in a context where there is limited supervision, competing priorities, multiple stakeholders and sometimes tight deadlines.
  • Self-aware, with a high level of emotional intelligence; committed to personal development and seeking feedback on performance.
  • In sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Church of England and the Church Commissioners.


  • Degree level, or able to demonstrate experience and skills to an equivalent level.

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.