The Diocese of London comprises of 402 parishes within some 450 church buildings located north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway. The Diocese conducts its financial affairs through different corporate bodies. The main body is the London Diocesan Fund (LDF).
The Diocesan Synod, in step with National Synod, passed a motion in 2020 to commit to becoming a Net Zero Carbon Diocese by 2030 (NZC2030). This is a commitment that the Bishop of London, Episcopal Bishops & Senior leaders all see as a priority in terms of our mission and ministry of the Diocese, and as an outworking of the Fifth Mark of Mission. Our NZC2030 goal runs through departments within the LDF and incorporates partner organisations (e.g., London Diocesan Board of Schools, St Mellitus Training College and St Pauls’ Cathedral).
We now seek a new role short term, to engage with parishes, to scope out what further support might be needed to help them take steps towards our Net Zero Carbon goal, and to use this to inform some capacity fundraising bids we wish to make to achieve this goal.
This role facilitates the work of the Net Carbon Zero Plan Co-ordinator with the writing of the diocesan strategy and the preparation of a major grant bid to the Commissioners to realise a Net Carbon Zero Feasibility Study for Parish churches and buildings. The role will support and facilitate major partnerships both within the aligned Anglican bodies (cathedral, board of schools, and other dioceses with the GLA), as well as local authorities and others. Duties may include delivery of public engagement activities within parishes for congregations as well as the broader community.
The officer will be encouraged to feed into process and broader strategy and will support with procurement of consultancy services to deliver this pre-project work phase. Strategic work will include identifying suitable pilot projects, helping to set a prioritised strategy, and be part of facilitating change. To support and directly disseminate findings of project work at key milestones.
The officer will be a champion for this cause but see this work within the round of other priorities. They are expected to work in an open manner, as a facilitator and enable, comfort with sharing knowledge and encouraging others to engage with this critical work.
Feed into National Church Net Zero Carbon Capacity Bid, and other fundraising bids. Offer advice on resources and capacity required to support our parishes and partners in their NZC journey.
This role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains.
Apply for a Basic disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service for this role.
Ensure all Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and procedures are adhered to within this work.
Due to the varied nature of the work, including some evening working, the hours can be worked flexibly, in negotiation with the line manager.
Travel will be required (and reasonably reimbursed) due to the geographical location of parishes.
Degree or equivalent
The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.