Communications Assistant

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The Diocese of Lincoln is looking to recruit a Communications Assistant to serve in the diocesan Communications Office. Serving alongside the Communications Officer, this full-time post offers an exciting opportunity to serve the diocese, its parishes and people in producing engaging material for a large audience using print and online media. As the diocese moves forward with its strategy of establishing Learning Communities, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn, develop and share within the role, utilising current and emerging communications tools to prepare and deliver diocesan communications and help our large number of parishes to share their local stories.

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Interview date: Monday, 10th September 2018. Interviews will be held at Edward King House.

What we offer

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

The diocesan offices are overlooked by the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and they are close to Lincoln Castle, home of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest, plus many shops, eateries and further places of local history and interest.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Coftea’)

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist with the running of the Communications Office, responding to enquiries and working with internal and external colleagues and contacts, such as senior staff, clergy, parish officers and the media.
  • To plan, write, edit and upload material for diocesan media, such as the website, the fortnightly electronic newsletter, and Crosslincs magazine (published six times a year).
  • To deliver, oversee and further develop diocesan social media activity.
  • To assist our parishes in making the most of their social media and listings, and to help more parishes to explore this area.
  • To produce photography and film that serves as a showcase of the life of the diocese.
  • To assist with the writing, editing, proofreading and delivery of diocesan publications.
  • To attend meetings as required, and network and liaise with colleagues from other dioceses as part of the Church’s national communications network.

The ideal candidate for this role must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A relevant degree-level qualification or equivalent professional experience.
  • An eye for detail and a flair for sourcing and producing engaging material (text/film/photography).
  • An ability to work across the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • An understanding of the workings of online, print and broadcast media.
  • A high level of organisational skills and IT skills.
  • An ability to work independently, as part of a team and to deadlines.
  • An understanding of confidentiality.
  • A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for travel around the diocese.

About Us

The Diocese of Lincoln is the Church of England in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The diocese covers 2,673 square miles and has a population of 943,000. There are around 31,000 people on the Church Electoral Rolls. There are more than 220 clergy and lay workers serving 240 benefices with 514 parishes and 630 church buildings.

The diocesan central office is at Edward King House in Lincoln. There is a staff team at Edward King House that works to support the life and ministry of the diocese.