The Church of England Diocese in Europe is made up of over 300 congregations in over 140 chaplaincies (parishes) in more than 40 territories across Europe and beyond from Madeira in the West to Moscow and Ankara in the East and from Casablanca in the South to the Arctic Circle. It is one of the growing Dioceses in the Church of England ministering to UK migrants and English speakers from across the globe.
This role will play an important part in improving the financial position in the 140 chaplaincies of the Diocese that covers the largest geographical area of any in the Church of England. It represents a chance to take a strategic approach to the practical processes that will improve incomes across the Diocese as well as helping to encourage a culture of generosity across the Diocese. We are looking for a self-starter who can devise and implement a structured programme of work over an extended period. We are open to a range of possible employment models.
Objectives of the Role
The purpose of the role will be to build the ability of chaplaincies across the diocese to increase their capacity to raise funds from within the church community and beyond. The principal tasks will be to understand the current position regarding giving and context of the diocese in all its various circumstances then plan a prioritised set of activities.
The Adviser will build a network of local experts or leaders in the archdeaconries so they can assist with some of the most localised issues.
1. Practical Build an understanding relevant to each region of how the mechanics of giving can be improved practically via methods of contactless, online, and regular giving as well as taking advantage of Gift Aid available from the UK.
2. Financial Work with local experts to understand and share knowledge on the tax and other financial regulations as they may have an impact on giving.
3. Communications Assist clergy and lay leaders in developing messaging regarding finances for their congregations and other stakeholders.
1. One size does not fit all and in some cases a country may only have one chaplaincy.
2. The culture of giving on some congregations is less embedded even than in England given the international nature of the congregations.
3. Huge variety in local laws and tax regimes across the diocese.
4. The Postholder will need to be adept at working remotely from the stakeholders as travel will not be the solution to making good relationships.
1. Devise a strategic plan to implement improvements to fundraising and giving strategies across the diocese
2. Convene a group of leading treasurers to work together and then help implement the plan in their areas
3. Research best practice relevant across the diocese
4. Liaison with the Bishop’s senior staff and in particular the archdeacons
5. Present information to Archdeaconry and Diocesan gatherings of lay and clergy leaders and build good relationships with key stakeholders
6. Make best use of extensive resources available in England and adapt these to a European context
7. Measure progress and report it in a clear way that encourages further efforts
8. Other duties as may arise particularly in support of generous giving and fundraising across the Diocese and in support of Common Fund requests from chaplaincies
9. Later in the term of the appointment more broadly to assess external fundraising potential and strategy for chaplaincies and the Diocese as a whole.
Skills and Experience Essential
1. Previous experience encouraging giving and fundraising activity in small organisations.
2. Some experience of working in an international context.
3. High degree of digital literacy with reference to both communications and financial activity.
4. Well-honed communication skills both written and verbal with experience of using these with volunteers and professionals.
5. Ability to rapidly establish credibility with multiple audiences and stakeholders.
6. Able to devise a strategic plan of activity, communicate it and implement it over time.
7. Financial understanding to absorb and communicate regulations and financial practices to others.
8. Understanding of fundraising in a church context.
1. Particular motivation to work in a faith-based environment.
2. Experience of making applications for grants.
2. High levels of organisation.
3. A natural communicator able to adapt your style to different circumstances and audiences
4. Used to building a team working with volunteer treasurers across Europe but also able to work alone.
5. Languages are not required
We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job applicants, stakeholders, and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination.
The post is offered as 0.6FTE so 21 hours a week either across the week or on three days. Some flexibility may be expected. The post holder should be able to work both at home but will be expected to work in the Westminster office of the Diocese in Europe. Travel may be required for several days a year but most of the work will be based in the UK. Travel costs to Europe will be funded by the Diocese. A consultancy or direct employee package will be considered for the right candidate.
The notes below outline some of the parameters of this.
Job Title: Fundraising Adviser Standard Working
Hours: 3 Days 21 hours per week (Flexible) – Consultancy arrangement will also be considered
Remuneration: c 40k FTE negotiable depending on contractual arrangement
Location: The Diocesan Office in Westminster and at home by agreement with the Chief Operating Officer.
Responsible to: The Chief Operating Officer
This role is supported by: The National Giving Strategy team and Regional Adviser
Key Relationships: The COO, The Head of Finance, the Director of Communications, the Diocesan Bishop and his Senior Staff including the Archdeacons, Area Deans, Chaplaincy Treasurers, Licenced Clergy.
DBS Check required? Yes
To Apply Please forward a CV along with a letter of application outlining the specific experience you have that would enable you to meet the challenges of this role along with your motivation to do so. This should not be more than 2 sides of A4 typed.
For further information : please contact the Chief Operating Officer: Andrew.Caspari@Churchofengland.org