Project Administrator - St Laurence`s, Chorley

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We are looking for a skilled and experienced administrator to come and join St Laurence’s Church on a part-time basis to support our ministry. The purpose of the role is to provide effective administrative support in order to drive forward projects and new initiatives to ensure the church’s growth, development and future viability. We are currently exploring the many different ways in which we can make our building more flexible for worship and for community use, whilst also addressing the significant challenges of maintaining an historic building for these purposes.

This post is key in enabling growth in the ministry and mission in Chorley Deanery, in line with the Diocesan Vision, Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

As a faith-based organisation and place of Christian worship, our beliefs are foundational to everything we do. The post-holder will be expected to be sympathetic to these beliefs and work actively to support our ministry and vision.

This position requires a degree of professionalism, resilience and the ability to work in an ever-changing environment, where multi-tasking is essential. Equally the post-holder will need confidence and proven organisational, financial, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as being proficient in Microsoft applications such as word and excel.

The Project Administrator would be employed by the PCC and would work under the direction of the Rector, working closely with a large number of volunteers.

  1. Taking the lead on administration for the Church Redevelopment Project.
  2. Assist with the tendering process, maintaining the project schedule and financial monitoring.
  3. Bid writing, submitting applications for new grants and monitoring of grants awarded.
  4. Assist in the production and collection of chronological evidence as required by the awarding bodies.
  5. Marketing and publicity, working with the Church Comms Group.
  6. Responsibility, with others, for contributing towards a safe, secure healthy working environment.
  7. Promote and foster St Laurence`s reputation and standing within the community.
  8. Undertake any other duties which may be reasonably required.

Sympathy with the aims, mission and values of the Church of England

  • experience of working in similar role
  • experience of church ministry/mission
  • experience of premises management
  • general accounting
  • excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • written and oral
  • strong project management skills and experience
  • strong attention to detail
  • general office and clerical skills
  • confident IT skills (excel, Office Suite, sharepoint)
  • strong planning skills with ability to work independently
  • excellent organisational skills
  • ability to work flexibly

St. Laurence’s is the ancient parish of Chorley, dating back to the 1300s, it is a primarily residential and the church provides focal points for various community activities. The PCC is currently embarking on a Mission Action Plan to enable us to have a clearer sense of our vision, values and priorities as well as raising our profile in the local community. We provide a regular meal for the homeless and lonely (even on Christmas Day) and many of our members are actively involved in charitable causes.

We are a growing and vibrant church community with a diverse range of activities taking place outside regular service times. Our Electoral Roll is presently 228 and we have on average 170 people regularly attending weekend worship, and around 30 on weekdays.

In addition to our Church Building we have a Refectory, a large Parish Office, Upper Room and Gift Shop. We also run the ‘pay what you can afford’ Taste café and an art gallery from within the main church building.

We have a very close working relationship with our Church Primary School. In addition to parochial duties, the Rector is Area Dean and Chaplain to the Mayor of Chorley and has occasional civic duties.

Location and Hours

The role will be based in St. Laurence’s Church, Chorley, PR7 1EB.

The working hours will be 15 per week.

Some flexibility of hours may be required for the post-holder to attend occasional evening or weekend meetings (or specific overtime may be agreed in advance).

Diversity - The Parish believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

The Parish is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

Next Steps:

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Deadline for applications: Monday 5th December

Interview date: Wednesday 14th December

The detailed terms and conditions will be contained in the post-holders Contract of Employment. This role is subject to external funding and is offered as a fixed term for 18 months.

The gross annual salary will be £11,700 (£15 ph) paid monthly in arrears by direct transfer. Remuneration will be reviewed annually.

There will be a six-month probationary period with a three-month review point. An appraisal will take place to confirm completion of the probationary period and appraisals will take place annually thereafter. During the probationary period one week's notice of termination of employment will be required on either side; thereafter one month's notice on either side will be required.

Annual paid holiday entitlement is 28 days (pro-rata), this includes bank holidays. Leave should be arranged in advance with the Rector/Area Dean.

The Rector will review regularly with the post-holder duties and responsibilities and discuss development, and opportunities for training. Any overtime needs to be agreed in advance with the Rector or Churchwardens and will be paid at the hourly rate.