This is a new role in the Church of England’s Digital team and has been created to build on the success of training that has taken place with 700+ churches in just under seven months.
This role has responsibility for accelerating digital training with local churches, equipping them to make the best use of social media and websites to bring people to faith, grow people’s faith and share the good work of churches.
The Church Digital Champion will also promote digital innovation at a national and diocesan level.
The successful candidate will build confidence with Church of England churches across the country to use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, A Church Near You (our national church finder) and local websites to reach new people in communities and build relationships.
The Church Digital Champion will run a national training programme to upskill churches to use these digital platforms. The role will also support diocesan (the Church’s regional offices) colleagues. This role will involve regular travel – primarily in England.
In the first instance, this is a fixed term two-year role.
A flexible/remote working pattern will be considered, subject to operational requirements.
Interviews will take place on the 2nd November 2018.
Responsible for delivering a national training programme and ensuring the content remains engaging and relevant.
Manage and lead projects to develop training materials for both in person delivery, live webinars and blogs.
Run diocesan training and support sessions for regional colleagues.
Work with the Digital Communications Manager on the Digital Team’s wider work.
Responsible for monitoring online trends and engaging the Church in them to further enhance its mission.
Work with the Video and Graphic Producer and Digital Communications Manager to create resources to equip dioceses (regional offices) and local churches across the country to participate in national campaigns and mark events.
Responsible for spotting wider digital opportunities and writing materials, as appropriate.
Assist with Communications department responsibilities to support General Synod (the Church of England’s parliament) in London and York, and at other major Church of England events.
Assist in creating engaging content to support the Church of England website and other digital resources, ensuring they remain a gateway for people to discover more about the Christian faith.
Evaluate and track the success of the training to show how this work is furthering the mission and strategy of the Church of England.
Staff Management and Supervision
You may be required to manage external agencies, contractors and freelancers. There will be no direct line management responsibilities.
Experience of using social media professionally.
A good understanding of working in a digital environment.
Strong project management and organisation skills.
Experience in delivering projects on time and in budget.
Experience of planning small events and travel.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to work in a small core team, and as part of a wider team during certain events.
Ability to work under pressure during busy periods.
Excellent IT skills with Microsoft Office and other industry standard applications.
An awareness and understanding of the Christian faith.
A passion for digital and helping local churches to use this.
Comfortable and confident promoting the Church of England.
Build consensus and positive relationships within and across teams.
A desire to bring more people to faith in Jesus Christ and deepen people’s faith.
Flexible approach to office life (particularly over the structure of the working day).
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Able to travel across the country to produce content from different dioceses, churches and other Church of England organisations very regularly – sometimes weekly.
Experience of paid social media advertising and tools such as Hootsuite.
Experience working with agencies.
Taking projects from concept through to delivery.
Do visit the Church of England’s website to find out more about what the Digital team has achieved in its first two years:
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