This is a key role in the Vision and Strategy Diocesan Support team working pro-actively with bishops and senior diocesan leadership teams to support and shape their strategy development and resource allocation, in line with the priorities of the national Vision and Strategy for the Church of England.
The successful candidate will be experienced in strategic planning and programme management within a large/complex organisation. They will have excellent relationship management skills, together with the ability to advise on the development and delivery of major change projects and programmes.
The Vision and Strategy team has been established to support the whole Church in its embrace of, and engagement with the national Vision and Strategy for the Church for the 2020s which has three strategic priorities: missionary disciples, younger and more diverse, and mixed ecology.
The team is also the lead owner of the strategy within the NCIs, and therefore responsible for ensuring that the work of other teams within the NCIs is aligned to the strategy and helps ensure its delivery across the Church. The Vision and Strategy team consults on, and manages the distribution of around £60 million per annum of national funding and helps the delivery of projects funded by previous grants.
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. This is a priority for the Archbishops. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.
We will review applications for this post regularly therefore, please make sure that you complete and submit your application at an early stage.
First stage interviews will be held on Friday 3 February 2023 with second stage interviews on Thursday 9 February 2023.
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 actual work of the post-holder will vary over time in line with annual team objectives, but their duties and responsibilities will fall within the following broad headings:
Provide strategic consultancy to help, support, advise and partner with Dioceses, to deliver the bold outcomes and strategic actions of the Vision and Strategy, supporting their change management plans in a variety of contextual ways.
Pro-actively engage and build relationships with senior diocesan leadership teams to support the development of their work with the Vision and Strategy. This will include resource allocation plans and associated funding applications in line with the priorities of the national Vision and Strategy.
Co-ordinate national Church’s strategic support of senior diocesan leadership teams in alignment with the Vision and Strategy. This will include acting as a single point of contact for a portfolio of dioceses to ensure strategic alignment of all national initiatives, in alignment with the Vision and Strategy.
Support and advise diocesan leadership teams in the design, review and implementation of their strategic funded programmes, including missional and structural design, moving from planning to implementation, introducing appropriate programme governance, attending programme boards and advising on delivery.
Working with the Funding and Insights team to provide assurance to the Strategic Investment Board on the effectiveness of the national funding distributed to dioceses including supporting an agreed programme of monitoring and evaluation.
Pro-actively engage and build relationships with diocesan leaders to help them deliver the bold outcomes and strategic actions. Help and enable the development of resources and training to further the Vision and Strategy work working closely with the Head of Funding and Learning and their team.
Development of appropriate resources, including strategy development tools and playbooks, project and programme best practice tools and digital resources, to help dioceses, churches and networks to deliver the bold outcomes and strategic actions.
Working closely with colleagues across the Vision and Strategy Team and wider NCI Teams for the furtherance of the Vision and Strategy, in particular working closely with the Funding and Learning team to share insight and learning in terms of what is working well in mission, growth and programme delivery. Collaborate with other national Church teams to provide best support to diocesan teams.
Significant experience of working as an advisor with a variety of senior stakeholders in an internal or external consultancy role within or outside the church context.
Excellent relationship management and communication skills (including experience of working with senior colleagues).
Experience in the development of strategy in a large and complex organisation or as a consultant.
Aligning strategy alongside people planning and financial planning.
The knowledge and ability to support the delivery of complex transformation programmes.
Ability to think strategically, and to see both the wider picture and attend to detail – including an ability to get to the root cause of issues.
Knowledge of programme and project management approaches from inception through to delivery.
Experience of monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects, programmes and other initiatives.
High intellectual capacity with strong analytical abilities, able to assimilate and analyse quantitative and qualitative information quickly, confident in using data and insight, identifying issues and priorities.
The ability to present work attractively, persuasively and accurately, orally and in writing.
An understanding of how to support the mission and ministry of the Church effectively and a passion for encouraging the growth of the Church.
An understanding of the structures and workings of the Church of England and an ability to work effectively within them.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
High intellectual capacity with strong analytical abilities, able to assimilate and analyse information quickly, identifying issues and priorities.
Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure when required.
Highly pro-active, demonstrating resourcefulness and energy with a commitment to making a difference.
Ability to apply understanding, judgement, tact and discretion.
Ability to lead by example, demonstrating enthusiastic commitment to the priorities of the Church of England.
Education to degree level or equivalent or relevant professional qualification.
Willingness and ability to undertake local and diocesan visits (including residential events) and work outside office hours (including evening and occasional weekend working).
In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.
We welcome everyone and we accept and value people for who they are and what they contribute, treating others in the way we would wish to be treated ourselves. We actively listen to and include others, encouraging and enabling everyone’s voice to be heard in discussions and decisions. When we disagree, we aim to disagree well with respect and kindness.
We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.