Production Manager - Communications Department

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Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England - Birmingham, founded in 1905, is one of the 41 dioceses of the Church of England. It covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 worshipping communities with an average weekly attendance of 17,000. In these churches are clergy and church-goers representing a wide scope of tradition, ethnicity, age and background. It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England - Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our ‘Transforming Church’ vision, supported by our ambitious People & Places framework.

Key responsibilities:

  • Managing and implementing the production of People & Places communications material in line with Communications plans agreed by the Director of Communications and strategy developed with the Production Management Office
  • Ensuring all People & Places communications encapsulate the CofEB Transforming Church Vision and the CofEB Communications Strategy
  • Focus People & Places communication ideas and media to use primarily the current CofEB communication platforms
  • With the Director of Communications, planning and organising production schedules for strategic communications resources for all People & Place stakeholders and audiences.
  • Work collaboratively with the Pathways Manager to produce media requiring the skills of the graphic designer and Filmmaker
  • Translating and leading on working up concepts, ideas and feedback into a range of resources articles and Pathways media for all People & Places stakeholder/audience types, in collaboration with the Film maker/ Animator and Graphic Designer.
  • Assessing project and resource requirements.
  • Overseeing the production processes of the Graphic Designer and Filmmaker , and ensuring a 50/50 split between People & Place communications and Pathways media .
  • Responsible for quality control and editorial standards.
  • In close relationship with the Director of Communication, understand and define the needs and motivations of varied People & Places and Pathways stakeholders and audiences.
  • Line management of Film maker and Graphic Designer.
  • Work in close relationship with the Director of Communications and the Communications Support Officer to ensure a symbiotic relationship between articles and social media campaigns and the CofEB internal communication platforms.
  • Work in close relationship with the Director of Communications and the Pathways Manager to ensure a symbiotic relationship between learning offers and the CofEB internal communications
  • Forge strong professional working relationships with all CofEB Communications Team colleagues, other DBF teams and the Bishops Office
  • Demonstrate an understanding and keen interest in promoting culture change through Communications practice and strategy.

Person spec/requirements

  • Project management skills and excellent organisational ability to prioritise well and keep to concurrent short- and long-term deadlines
  • Experience of managing a creative team and outputs
  • Ability to conceptualise and realise ideas
  • Attention to detail and over-arching strategic objectives
  • Editorial judgement and Creative thinking
  • Excellent team and time management
  • Collaboration and adaptability
  • An instinctive team player who can work independently with a strong connection to Communications Strategy and CofEB Vision
  • Good written English skills
  • A practiced understanding of visual language and communicating ideas, messages and information through image alone, understanding the needs of varied audiences
  • Proficient in Microsoft office package and use of zoom, and Microsoft teams and a willingness to learn Airtable.
  • Understanding of the Church of England, national and clergy structures and the Anglican faith
  • Willingness to continually learn about the CofEB and it varied Contexts.
  • Strong commitment to promoting intergenerational, demographical, cultural, and registered disability Representation in all of CofEB Communications
  • Understanding of Christian teaching and a willingness to promote the Gospel and CofEB ministry and mission.
  • A willingness to travel in a highly timely manner around the parishes of the diocese.

The Church of England Birmingham is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where all can be themselves and bring their unique identity to their ministry and/or work.

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and other services to our staff teams.

We welcome applications from any individuals who feel that they meet the person specification for any post, in particular from those who are currently under-represented in or staff teams such as those from Global Majority Heritage or UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds, those with visible or invisible disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQI+.

Terms & Conditions

Salary: Salary £19,800 (based on full-time salary of £33,000)

Hours: This is part time role of 21 hours over 3 days for a fixed term ending 31st December 2024 (subject to funding).

Holiday: 25 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays (pro-rata) plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary days.

Pension: Membership of the Church Worker’s Pension Scheme with 12% employer contribution

Responsible To: Director of Communications

Closing date for applications: 16th February 2023

Interviews to be held on: 3rd March 2023