Head of Financial Communications

Posted 26 days agoExpires in 22 hours
Hybrid - remote working and London
Employee
£88,000 per annum

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 is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Head of Financial Communications to lead on proactively communicating the work of the Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board to Church stakeholders, external stakeholders and the press.

You will work as part of the wider Church of England National Communications team, and lead on communicating any financial, or related, issues that arise, including Church Commissioners’ work beyond the endowment. You will sit on the Church Commissioners Management Group, which includes other senior members of the Commissioners’ leadership team.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies for the Church Communications and Pensions Board, leading a team of two who support the delivery of these objectives. You will also support where necessary and requested, other aspects of the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board work or that of the broader Church.

Working at a strategic level with senior staff, you will oversee the delivery of key messages and strategies across all appropriate media, including print, broadcast, online and social. You will provide strategic and operational advice to senior colleagues leading the communications work, supporting the brand proposition of the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board among its stakeholders.

Closing date will be the 30th of November 2022.

Interviews will be held on the week of 5th December 2022.

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 also invite interest from those with excellent experience in a number of areas that may not meet every criteria.

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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement proactive communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, across the full breadth of the Church Commissioners and Penson Board’s activities.
  • Lead on news releases, issues management document creation and reactive stakeholder engagement.
  • Advise the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board on reputation management.
  • Work with senior representatives within the Church to develop a coordinated approach to raising awareness of the benefits of the Church Commissioners and Pension Board’s work.
  • Work closely with the Church Commissioners’ Chief Executive, Chief Investment Officer, Director for Planning & Engagement, Head of Responsible Investment and other Church Commissioners Management Group’s lead team members; and the Pensions Board’s Chief Executive, Chief Responsible Investment Officer and Director of Strategy and Engagement to help them deliver their internal and external communications objectives.
  • Advise on and support communications for the Ethical Investment Advisory Group, including communicating EIAG’s investment advice, potential reputational issues and ensuring its web page is up to date.
  • Attend and advise the Church Commissioners’ board and committee meetings and Pensions Board meetings as necessary. Be a member of the CMG, which includes other senior members of the Commissioners’ leadership team.
  • Lead and manage the Church Commissioners’ and Pensions Board’s web presence, annual reporting, including Stewardship Reports, and social media activities.
  • Work closely with the wider communications team to promote and coordinate the Church of England’s strategic communications.
  • Work with central Digital Communications team to promote ethical investment work, where appropriate within the wider context of faith and the Gospel.

Staff management and supervision:

  • Manage and supervise the Senior Media Officer (finance) and Pensions Board media officer (tbc) in the delivery of agreed communications plans.
  • Support and mentor the finance media team to ensure a high level of accuracy and professionalism. Help them learn about the organisation we work with to ensure they are upgrading their skills and knowledge.
  • Enable team members to manage enquiries from trade, international, national and regional media.
  • Arrange and manage interviews and other media events, working closely with the digital team on podcasts, recordings and photo shoots, as required.

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Asset management.
  • Responsible investment / ESG investment.
  • Real estate investments, including commercial, rural and housing.
  • Affordable housing and housing associations.
  • Church administrative functions: bishoprics and cathedrals, church closures, parish restructuring, Church governance.
  • Pensions investment strategy, passive investment asset allocation, regulation.
  • Retirement housing administration and resident issues.
  • Work with press team colleagues to communicate the Church’s Net Zero work, including the Church’s 2030 target for its operations, and the National Investing Bodies’ 2050 net zero target for their investment portfolios.

Person Specification

Attributes:

  • Knowledgeable and interested in investments, especially responsible investment and ESG investment strategies.
  • Knows about or is interested in learning about other aspects of the Church Commissioners’ and Pensions Board’s work, including church buildings, cathedrals, retirement housing and other Church administrative functions managed by the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board.
  • Interested in developing an appreciation of Church media and stakeholders, in addition to financial media, to reach all important stakeholders across the Church and financial communities.
  • Ability to build consensus, build and maintain positive relationships within and across teams.
  • Collaborative and ability to work with the most senior as well as junior colleagues.
  • Fast learner, ability to prioritise and manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Build strong working relationships with external audiences.
  • Strategic thinker while also being hands on and a ‘do-er’.

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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 hr.recruitment@churchofengland.org.

  • As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
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