School Buildings Officer

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York Place, Leeds
£32357 - £36740

The diocese has 656 church buildings, Housing Stock of approximately 500 properties as well as glebe, farming and mineral interests. Within the Diocese there are 241 Church of England schools.

The School Buildings Officer will work to ensure Diocesan interests are represented and managed during the maintenance, improvement and development of church school buildings, and that capital funding is allocated appropriately.

  • To oversee the portfolio of schools and educational buildings in terms of compliance, maintenance and building issues.
  • To offer advice and guidance to schools and academies on buildings maintenance, premises development, asset management, capital expenditure and funding applications.
  • To provide professional advice and assistance and deliver the services in the areas listed within our service level agreement.
  • Where necessary, support schools to prepare capital budgets and ensure the systems of control are properly maintained and reviewed.
  • To review and prioritise ‘locally co-ordinated voluntary aided programme’ (LCVAP) bids and be responsible for their submission to relevant Local Authorities (LA), and to ensure the compilation and submission of the annual return.
  • Oversee schools use of Devolved Formula Capital and provide reports where necessary.
  • Support the academy conversion process by liaising with the relevant parties to ensure property matters are identified and resolved.
  • Work with colleagues to prepare the agenda, reports, minutes and papers for the Board of Education property sub-group and attend such meeting as required.
  • Liaise with external consultants, contractors and other bodies to work in partnership with the Diocesan Education Department.
  • To work in partnership with Local Authority and professional colleagues as appropriate in relation to premises and buildings.
  • Any other duties as befit the role and required by the Diocesan Director of Education or as delegated to him/her by the Diocesan Secretary.

This job description provides a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list. The post holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties and responsibilities appropriate and commensurate to the post.

Skills, Knowledge and Aptitude

The School Buildings Officer should be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • accurate report writing;
  • organising their time and working to deadlines;
  • a high level of attention to detail and an enquiring mind;
  • excellent team working but with the ability to work independently when required;
  • good IT skills, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Qualifications, Training and Experience

The School Buildings Officer should:

  • hold a HNC/HND qualification in a relevant field or educated to degree standard or be qualified by experience
  • have experience of or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of:
    • premises management (desirable)
    • financial management, including developing and monitoring budgets
    • monitor projects from inception to completion
    • instructing and monitoring consultants (e.g. architects, solicitors and surveyors).
    • implementation and application of relevant health and safety, planning and building regulation legislation (desirable)
    • working as a member of a team
    • the workings of schools, academies or other educational contexts (desirable)
  • have familiarity with LA and DfE structures (desirable)
  • have knowledge of education funding streams / mechanisms, including LCVAP, DFC and SCA (desirable)

Personal Attributes

The School Buildings Officer should:

  • be analytically minded, with strong problem-solving skills;
  • have a tenacious approach to delivery, quality of output and organisation;
  • have good interpersonal skills;
  • have an understanding of confidentiality issues and the use of discretion.

Disposition and Attitude

The School Buildings Officer should:

  • show their adaptability and flexibility in juggling a range of different tasks;
  • excellent organisational skills;
  • have an understanding of the structures of the Anglican Church (desirable);
  • have empathy for the faith and mission of the Church of England.

Special Requirements

The School Buildings Officer should:

  • Be able to travel throughout the Diocese and attend meetings when required in evenings and at weekends.

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings.