The National Stewardship and Resources Officer provides national leadership for promoting Stewardship across the Church of England, with responsibilities that include formulating and agreeing policy and strategy, and developing and delivering effective programmes and resources to parishes and dioceses.
To grow income across the whole Church of England in particular through the areas of Giving, Legacies, Grants and other Fundraising, & Trading income. To encourage other innovative and commercial ways to increase income; And to enable churches to save money through wise stewardship of expenditure including making use of national purchasing arrangements.
Scope of Role:
- Policy/Strategy Development
- Initiative Development
- Government Interface
- Network Management
- Build Capacity
We see the main responsibilities of this role as;
- Identify, document, and promote the implementation of, policy and practice that enables real-terms growth in income. In particular, support dioceses as they consider strategic options and models for their approach to stewardship.
- Advise the Archbishops’ Council, its Finance Committee, and the Dioceses on theology and practice in stewardship, generosity, giving and fundraising opportunities.
- Represent the Church of England in developing a wider consensus on good practice in areas of stewardship, fundraising and similar matters with other UK churches, stewardship and other external generosity focused charities, the Institute of Fundraising and other organisations.
- Develop, agree & promote adoption of national initiatives that improve the effectiveness of diocesan and parish stewardship practice.
- Lead Diocesan stewardship colleagues and external experts in developing, documenting and resourcing good practice – enabling parishes and dioceses to reapply proven success.
- Initiate and champion national solutions where these make sense. For example in legacy fundraising, a national website, suite of leaflets, information pack and national information telephone line have been implemented.
- In the area of procurement, the Parish Buying service currently offers both national contracts and procurement guidance, and operates in conjunction with a third-party company. The position holder will review the current model in order to recommend opportunities to develop and enhance the approach.
Government / Regulator Interface
- Seek to influence Government and key regulators (Charity Commission and HMRC) in the areas of giving, Gift Aid and other parish related finance issues, so that in as far as is possible, legislation and policy support the Church’s work in this area.
- Work with the wider Third Sector in garnering support for the Church’s proposals and position, and thus broaden the coalition supporting such proposals to government.
- Produce guidance notes and supporting materials for dioceses and parishes on implementing the relevant legislation and requirements.
Teaching and Training
- Develop the capability of clergy to preach effectively on generosity, money and stewardship within the context of discipleship by delivering training events. Train parish officers in effective stewardship theology and practice.
- Respond to invitations to speak on stewardship within a wide variety of situations. It is desirable, but not essential, for the post-holder to be able to preach at larger church and cathedral services.
- Lead network of Diocesan Stewardship Advisers, Diocesan Chief Execs/ Secretaries in developing and implementing good practice for giving and fundraising. This will include advising on role, priorities and appointment of Diocesan Advisers.
- Provide Continuing Professional Development opportunities for Diocesan Advisers to ensure skills and capabilities of the network are increasing. Provide CME training for clergy.
- Serve as Secretary to the National Stewardship Committee, with its wider brief for resources and fundraising. Exercise an executive role in representing the committee and implementing its policies.
- Lead the marketing of Parish Buying services across the wider church as a key opportunity to ensure good stewardship of resources.
- In collaboration, review the existing Parishes Buying model which was originally targeted to deliver £10 million annual savings to parishes within 4 years.
The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined here are further explained in the attached job description
The ideal candidate
Experience of leadership at a senior level with experience of leading and managing strategic change. Experience should incorporate many of the following:
- Leading and managing change
- Communications, marketing or PR
- Development and implementation of strategy across complex organisations.
- Significant fundraising responsibility
- Highly effective written and oral communication, especially in presenting to large groups.
- Very strong leadership and influencing skills
- Creativity and innovation
- Strong I.T. skills
- Very strong self-motivator and initiator as the job requires much stand-alone working.
Professional Qualification: Membership of Institute of Fundraising, CIM (Marketing), CIPR (Public Relations), or similar desirable although not essential.
- We would welcome applicants from any Christian background. This post carries an occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practicing Christian (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010). An active faith together with a personal commitment to the principles of Christian Stewardship are essential for the effective performance of key aspects of the role, along with establishing credibility with stakeholders.
- The role will require considerable travel throughout England and may require work during evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays.
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