Funding Support Officer (Stewardship Officer)

This job has now expired
York Place
Fixed Term Full Time
£28074 - £31071

During 2018, the Diocese launched its Strategy Framework, which brings to life the Diocesan Vision of ‘Confident Christians, Growing Churches, and Transforming Communities’.

The strategy includes stretching objectives to ensure that by 2022 we have a balanced budget. In order to achieve this we need to ensure parishes recognise and understand the importance of Parish Share, and have the required support to maintain or increase their contributions as requested. Our target is to increase the total amount of Parish Share received by £2m by 2022 (compared to 2017).

The Stewardship Officer will support the Lead Stewardship Officer to develop and implement systems and processes to improve levels of giving across the Diocese. She/he will work with teams in episcopal areas, deaneries and parishes to release the resources necessary to fund mission locally through the teaching and practice of Christian giving in its fullest sense

Working with colleagues, s/he will:

  • Over the next five years, support the Lead Stewardship Officer to work towards a £2m (15%) increase in the Parish Share element of the diocesan budget.
  • Roll out the Parish Giving Scheme (‘PGS’) across the Diocese of Leeds, with the aim of supporting at least 30% of parishes (140) to adopt PGS within two years.
  • Support the Lead Stewardship Officer to oversee the delivery of training to at least 150 parishes within two years and 300 parishes within five years.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working with the Lead Stewardship Officer, drive the introduction of the PGS across the Diocese of Leeds to enable parishes to organise and support regular giving. This is likely to include:
    • Liaising with and learning from other dioceses that have already adopted PGS;
    • Developing a pilot and roll-out plan;
    • Working with pilot parishes to introduce PGS and learn from their experience;
    • Developing systems and processes to enable the efficient and timely roll out of the PGS across the Diocese; and
    • Undertaking periodic reviews and taking appropriate action to ensure the approach taken is effective.
  • Advise and train parishes and parish officers in the effective management of all aspects of stewardship and financial sustainability.
  • Help to define and deliver a toolkit of resources both online and hard copy to support parishes to become more financially sustainable.
  • Assist in workshops and training at deanery and episcopal area level to equip parishes to:
    • Deliver effective stewardship campaigns;
    • Develop key messages to encourage greater generosity; and
    • Better understand giving, funding, governance and budgeting, in order to better manage and maximise their resources.
  • Promote the Digital Learning Platform as a space for collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas.
  • Advise on financial management and budgeting as well as providing advice on planned giving schemes and helping with tax efficient methods of giving.
  • Signpost clergy and parishes to funding sources for specific projects, including working closely with colleagues across other departments to ensure that the advice is up-to-date and relevant.
  • Attend PCC/parish meetings where necessary to support the Diocesan Strategy (2019-2024).
  • Liaise with colleagues in national and regional networks, including the National Stewardship Network, the Northern Regional Network and National Interest Groups.

Experience and Training

The candidate should:

  • Have experience of successfully delivering projects.
  • Have experience of developing project plans, monitoring progress against these and taking appropriate action to adapt where necessary.
  • Have the ability to write engaging and persuasive communication materials.
  • Have experience of planning and designing training sessions aimed at a variety of different audiences (desirable).
  • Have experience of working with financial data to prepare clear and concise information.
  • Have relevant experience in a Christian Stewardship and/or Fundraising role (desirable).

Skills, Knowledge and Aptitude

The candidate should:

  • Have a good grasp of the concepts of Christian giving.
  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Have the ability to work with others to develop new ideas.
  • Have an ability to manage a varied workload with competing demands and prioritise appropriately.
  • Have an understanding of fundraising including Gift Aid and tax efficient planned giving as well as raising funds from trusts and foundations (desirable).
  • Have an understanding of the challenges facing local churches (desirable).
  • Have a working knowledge of the Church of England, its structures and the different church traditions (desirable).
  • Have a good level of IT literacy including MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

Personal Attributes

The candidate should:

  • Be a person of integrity.
  • Have an openness to learning and change.
  • Be self-motivated, with the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Have an understanding of confidentiality issues and the use of discretion.
  • Have the ability to empathise and challenge behaviours or perceptions appropriately.

Disposition and Attitude

The candidate should:

  • Have an understanding of the Church and commitment to the Christian faith.

Special Requirements

The candidate should:

  • Be prepared and willing to work outside office hours as necessary.
  • Have the ability to travel across the Diocese.

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 462 parishes and 656 church buildings.