Reconciliation is one of the three stated priorities of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The Reconciliation team serves the Archbishop in providing stimuli, information, support and advice to take forward the priority of Reconciliation in his ministry, in collaboration with the whole team at Lambeth Palace. The team is responsible for developing significant thinking and strategy, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with a wide range of individuals, organisations and networks with involvement in Reconciliation throughout England, on behalf of the Archbishop.
The vision for the Reconciliation Ministry is to equip the Anglican Communion and wider Church to be a peace-building body worldwide, to resource people on the ground in their reconciliation work, and to build a movement of reconciling leaders.
This new role will be formally employed by the Reconciling Leaders Network (funded by the Lambeth Partners), and seconded to Lambeth Palace.
In this new post, you will be employed by the Reconciling Leaders Network (RLN), a new initiative within Archbishop Justin’s priority of Reconciliation and seconded to Lambeth Palace.
We are looking for an enterprising, collaborative and highly organised individual to join a fast-paced and adaptable team at Lambeth Palace.
In this key role, you will work alongside and support the RLN director, in mobilising a global movement of peacemakers and reconcilers.
If you are passionate about serving this ministry and can work effectively in a dynamic environment, this role is an exciting opportunity.
We will consider remote working requests (subject to operational requirements). It is anticipated that you will need to be in Lambeth 3 days per week.
Interviews will be held on the 24th October 2018
The Role :
Representation and relational work
Supporting the delivery of projects and initiatives for the RLN Director in service of the Archbishop, and the Advisor, including meetings, seminars, conferences, overseas visits and receptions.
Building relationships with individuals and organisations involved in Reconciliation on behalf of the Archbishop and the Advisor, using discretion, skill and knowledge of the relational context and networks.
Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Reconciliation team at Coventry Cathedral and those working in areas which have direct relevance to the priority of Reconciliation.
Participating in, and hosting where appropriate, internal and external meetings on behalf of the Reconciliation team.
Drafting and sending communications on behalf of the Reconciliation team.
Supporting the RLN Director and Advisor in planning and delivering elements of the communication strategy for the priority, especially relating to the Reconciling Leaders Network.
Providing briefings for the RLN Director, Advisor, colleagues and external partners.
Undertaking research for the Archbishop, the Advisor and the RLN Director on particular subjects and initiating research where necessary.
Ensuring the day to day coordination of the work of the Reconciliation team.
Carrying out general administrative and other duties as required.
Please tell us how you meet the requirements for the role :
Well developed interpersonal skills, enabling communication with a wide variety of people at different levels so that individuals are treated with courtesy and an appropriate level of firmness, as and when required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Strong collaborative skills and ability to work successfully across different teams at Lambeth Palace, Coventry Cathedral, Church House and Anglican Communion Office.
Capacity to assimilate and assess complex information in detail whilst retaining a good overview.
Sense of responsibility that ensures output of a consistently high standard with fast response.
Ability to prioritise tasks and plans.
Calm and methodical, with the ability to cope with conflicting priorities.
Able to adapt plans quickly in response to change.
A self-starter, able to use initiative and good judgement.
Ability to draft and prepare correspondence, briefs and other material as required.
Ability and willingness to undertake occasional travel.
Ability to work as a member of a team.
Advanced IT capability/aptitude (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Proven Experience in administrative support for a senior manager.
Knowledge and understanding of the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, other Christian denominations and other faiths.
Knowledge of issues and trends in world politics and international affairs.
Experience of organising and delivering projects, programmes and initiatives to the highest standard.
Experience of drafting complex pieces of work and of collating information.
Degree level or equivalent experience.
Clear understanding of and sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church of England and a good grasp of its structure and culture.
Skills and gifts to think creatively and be stimulated by challenges/new projects.
Flexibility and willingness to work unsocial hours.
Ability to work relationally and with total discretion.
Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
Experience of working with a range of faith based, public and community organisations and networks.
First-hand experience and knowledge of working cross culturally.
Previous work within a faith-based organisation.
Reconciliation is a call to restore relationships in every sphere of life. The Reconciling Leaders Network (RLN) is about building a worldwide movement of Christians who are inspired and equipped to live out this call.
We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:
values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual;
reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve;
fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.
We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job applicants, customers and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination. We want to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We expect all of our employees to be treated and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form which may affect the dignity of the individual.