The Church of England exists to offer a spiritual home for all people in England and is embedded in our national life at local levels through its parish structure, in our education system and in many other ways. We know people from UKME backgrounds do not always feel supported to flourish or welcome within the Church, and the Archbishops’ Council is therefore creating a Racial Justice Unit to work alongside the newly created Commission on Racial Justice (RJC) to drive a process of change at all levels of the Church of England. The Archbishops’ Task Force on Racial Justice (From Lament to Action) recommended that the Racial Justice Unit (RJU) is set up for an initial period of five years. Subject to review, this period may be extended or made permanent.
The role of the Deputy Director of Racial Justice will have substantial areas of direct responsibility and also support the Committee for Ethnic Minority Anglican Concerns. The RJU will have a remit to work across all the National Church Institutions and the Deputy Director will be a senior change leader working closely with the Director and other senior colleagues in the Archbishops’ Council and across the NCIs.
This is an exciting and new role within a newly formed unit and offers an opportunity to work with the Director to create, implement and embed real and lasting change within the organisation.
You will bring a passion for social justice and a strong belief that all should feel valued and included. You will have strong advocacy skills, a sharp critical analysis of the political and social context and have extensive experience of working for UKME inclusion. Your experience of programme management and ‘getting things done’ will be integral to the success of the RJU and you’ll be confident in working closely with powerful individuals as well as colleagues throughout the Church. You will have experience of tackling systemic racism and will understand how change can be driven in complex institutions.
You will be a team player, able to work creatively to draw others into the work and to contribute creatively to joint projects. You will be able to take, and share, responsibility and drive agendas forward as a member of a hard-working and highly motivated team without neglecting your own support structures and work/life balance.
In terms of the Church of England, you will have an understanding of the role of the church and of the Christian faith in society and you will have a sympathy for the Church of England’s mission to the world, and its commitment to oppose racism in all its forms.
To arrange an informal conversation about the role please contact Leann Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date will be on the 4th of December 2022.
Interviews will be held on the week of 12th December2022.
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 would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and disabled people.
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