St Paul’s Institute was established by the Chapter of St Paul’s in order to recapture the Cathedral’s ancient role as a centre of public discussion and debate.
Today the Institute stimulates broad-based public engagement on the relationship between human dignity and the common good (especially, but by no means exclusively, as these are understood within the Christian tradition) and economic and financial activity, seeking to help identify ways in which the latter can realise the former.
In view of how far market frameworks and values have come to impact public and private life, this gives the Institute a broad remit to address matters of human flourishing and social justice – one the Cathedral Chapter is keen for it to explore fully. We are interested in the ways economic and financial developments touch the lives of people.
St Paul’s Institute works in concert with a range of others including politicians, policymakers, universities, think-tanks, NGOs, and financial institutions. Because of the Institute’s unique position, it is able to facilitate dialogues that are unlikely to take place in other contexts. It has local, national and international reach. It has a very significant role to play in the wider ministry of the Cathedral, and potentially in supporting the work of the Bishop of London and her team as she engages in the public square.
The Director will lead the Institute in the next phase of its development and in particular:
- Work with the Canon Pastor to put in place and to embed the Institute’s expanded strategic vision, whilst remaining true to the Institute’s original reason for being.
- Further deepen the Institute’s and the wider Cathedral’s engagement with policy formation and thought leaders in finance, business, the voluntary sector, the media and academia.
- Help the Institute to articulate a position consonant with the ethos of St Paul’s Cathedral and its mission which enables the contribution of the Christian faith in speaking to the values of the financial sector and others in the public square.
- Consolidate and continue to develop the Institute’s network of experts, commentators and supporters who are able to help drive its work forward, drawing on good practice in other leading organisations.
- Where there is agreed overlap with the remit of the Institute, work in co-operation with the Canon Pastor, as new areas of the Cathedral’s life in relation to interfaith, diversity and social justice engagement are developed; to assist in embedding these and, where appropriate, working in partnership on joint initiatives.
- Plan and implement the practical steps needed to deliver on the vision including reviewing the vacant researcher post and successfully recruiting to the team.
This post presents an opportunity for someone:
- who wishes to take a thought-leadership role in the vision, strategy and organising of influential public debate on the relationship between finance, economics and social wellbeing.
- is prepared to take practical steps as part of a team to realise the vision.
To provide leadership and vision as Director of St Paul’s Institute, its work and mission, as a department of St Paul’s Cathedral. Accountable to the Chapter of the Cathedral through the Canon Pastor, the Director of St Paul’s Institute will:
- In consultation with the Canon Pastor, set the overall strategy and direct the forward planning of the Institute’s programme of events, publications and campaigning, together with the leadership team.
- Maintain and strengthen the long-term and sustainable organisational structure of the Institute, integrating it fully with the goals of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Cathedral’s vision statement.
- Raise the Institute’s profile and influence in key areas.
- Participate as speaker and chair at Institute, Cathedral and external events.
- Evaluate, consolidate and develop the relationships of the Institute with its key supporters, advisors and long-term external partners.
- Strengthen relationships with relevant organisations, identifying and fostering a general ethos of collaboration towards specific goals and defined partnership working on agreed activities and events.
- Produce articles for the Institute website and other external publications/organisations on a regular basis.
- Lead a team composed of a Contextual Researcher and Events Planner offering line management which would include ensuring development and training opportunities, regular supervision, support, feedback and appraisals.
- Work with the Director of Global Partnerships and their team to ensure a sustainable funding base for the Institute
- Fulfil the duties of a St Paul’s Head of Department contributing to the leadership and management of the Cathedral as a whole.
- Participate as advised and directed in the life of the Cathedral.
- Any other appropriate duties that the line manager, senior management or Chapter may request from time-to-time.
Knowledge and Experience
- Directorial and/or senior management experience.
- Experience in or extensive knowledge of, the financial and business sectors (public or private).
- Broad general knowledge of current social issues and the ability to articulate a clear understanding of the current and future landscape of social institutions and political / economic trends.
- Formal theological education is desirable but not critical. However an ability to think through issues from a theological perspective and theological curiosity are crucial.
- Proven and consistent track record of practical delivery and imaginatively using resources and knowledge to complete time-critical and high pressure projects successfully.
Ideally the successful applicant would have an appreciation of what is needed in the successful operation of think tanks, faith-based and or charity-focused organisations.
Demonstrable Skills and Abilities
- Proven capacity for thought-leadership.
- Able to work with constituencies of all types, internal and external to the Cathedral.
- Capacity to influence and to inspire commitment and enthusiasm towards achieving mutually agreed results.
- Excellent personal presentation, willing and confident to undertake public speaking and broadcast media appearances (training can be provided).
- Clear strategic thinking and ability to project manage.
- Can evaluate and assess the effectiveness of existing programmes, to make persuasive recommendations for future approaches and facilitate their delivery.
- Proven ability to write succinct, highly fluent, professional documents, including presentations, correspondence and briefings, with strong verbal, ICT and written communications skills, in order to communicate diplomatically and effectively.
- Team building and management skills. Able to affirm, develop, support and inspire, delegating and giving direction well.
The ideal candidate will be
- able to understand, communicate and be committed to what the Christian faith brings to work on ethics, social justice and interfaith relations.
- educated to degree level in economics, politics, philosophy, social science, theology or a related subject and be able to demonstrate sustained reflection in these subjects.
- someone with the integrity, credibility and gravitas to represent the Institute and the Cathedral in the media and in the public square.
- able to draw on excellent contacts in the sectors with which the Institute wishes to engage, most particularly within the business and economic sectors and will be capable of developing them swiftly and effectively in other sectors, with an ability to pass seamlessly between them.
- someone who is both visionary and can demonstrate their track record in undertaking the hard work and practical actions needed to bring vision into reality.
- self-motivated, with the ability to work in a demanding, collaborative and complex professional environment where quick changes are possible within one’s immediate scope of influence but where plans for wider activities have to be worked out in conjunction with a range of other colleagues and departments.
- highly relational in working with and managing others. In keeping with this they will be committed to promoting a culture of open and effective communication within the Cathedral and with external partners, and to enabling constructive relationships.
- serious about fostering an environment which nurtures equality and cherishes diversity, whose own personal values mesh with those of the Cathedral, and who can constructively challenge us as a Cathedral to live out our values more authentically.
- unfazed by having a primary focus on the Institute and its life whilst also holding the responsibility of a senior manager within the Cathedral; being energised by and seeing the potential in this.
- someone who will bring lots of creativity, flair, ambition and dynamism to this unique role.
- St Paul’s Cathedral seeks to enable people in all their diversity to encounter the transforming presence of God in Jesus Christ.
- As a community of worshippers, staff and volunteers we work with care and imagination to be a centre for welcome, worship and learning which inspires successive generations to engage with the richness of the Christian faith and its heritage.
- We aim to do this with confidence, compassion and creativity, promoting dignity and justice for everyone.
- We work with the Bishop and Diocese of London and the wider church, as a spiritual focus for London, the nation and the world.
- Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control;
- To uphold integrity, honesty and openness in what we do;
- To aim for the highest possible standards in everything we do, acknowledging that we cannot do everything;
- To make our operations as just and as sustainable as we can;
- To foster and encourage diversity, being inclusive and challenging to ourselves as well as others.