Educational Lead

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Wisbech
Fixed Term Full Time
£31.000

The Educational Lead is a significant Diocesan appointment. The Educational Lead will be responsible for commissioning, facilitating or leading a wide range of learning and training opportunities, and for growing the Wisbech Learning Community (WLC) as a significant agent in community and church development in the north of the Diocese.

The Wisbech Learning Community is a new initiative from the Diocese of Ely to create opportunities for learning and training in the north of the diocese. The context is one of rural areas and small to medium sized market towns, with significant deprivation, historically characterised by low educational attainment and low expectations. WLC seeks to create positive experiences of engaging with learning, through community courses, learning for discipleship, and training for ministry.

With an emphasis on accessible learning, the Educational Lead will be responsible for commissioning, facilitating or leading a wide range of learning and training opportunities, and for growing the WLC as a significant agent in community and church development in the north of the Diocese of Ely.

  • To be a figurehead and champion for the Wisbech Learning Community across the Diocese and in surrounding areas
  • Design, commissioning and some delivery of opportunities for learning at all levels in church and community across the Fens within and beyond the Diocese of Ely
  • To continue to develop with others the strategic direction of the WLC as a major element in equipping the whole of God’s people in the Fens and surrounding areas
  • Continuing to explore potential for collaboration with neighbouring dioceses and partner denominations.
  • With the Ministry Department of the Diocese, developing contextually-relevant forms of training for accredited and licensed lay ministry, with the intention to add local ordination training in the near future
  • Work in close partnership with Diocesan staff, TEIs, local church leaders, and other agencies in design, commissioning and delivery of programmes
  • To be the Eastern Regional Ministry Course centre leader in Wisbech for the local delivery of modules
  • Enable self-confidence, so that people are ready to move into training. Deliver education and raise self-esteem, as well as practical training as needed

Essential

  • Sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Church of England
  • Commitment to the development of the whole people of God as disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Understanding of and some experience of providing accessible ways into learning
  • Understanding of and some experience of the needs of people with a range of academic and lifestyle backgrounds, and the challenges they encounter in engaging with learning
  • Theology or a related subject studied to at least level 4
  • Understanding of the Church of England and its missionary interface with contemporary society
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a proven track record of strong team working
  • Experience of designing and creating programmes of adult education
  • Ability to deliver training in a range of modes and contexts
  • Facilitation skills
  • Ability to be flexible and to continue to develop planning in the light of changing needs as the learning community evolves
  • Confidence with ICT and willingness to learn
  • Strong organisational skills, and the ability to manage a complex workload
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend working

Desirable

  • MEd, adult learning PGCE
  • Degree in theology or related subject
  • Awareness of Common Awards and outside accreditation models
  • Experience of working with a range of partners and stakeholders
  • Experience with ICT, particularly Microsoft Office

The Diocese of Ely’s Changing Market Towns project is making a significant investment over five years into a range of new posts for youth, children’s and community workers across the fenland towns. Each will have a brief to engage with the community and to encourage the development of Fresh Expressions of Church. The sustainability of the project will depend upon the growth of a wide range of new volunteer ministry to support and develop Christian life and social action in the longer term. It is envisaged that the Wisbech Learning Community will play a central role in training and enabling a large and growing number of people to share in developing the mission of the Diocese across these small and medium-sized towns and the rural areas which surround them.

The Diocese of Ely’s plans are far-reaching and ambitious and an expression of our faith in the power of God – are you ready to be part of this exciting future?