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School Buildings Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.


We are looking for a hard-working and committed individual who can join our education team and take responsibility for the administrative and financial procedures related to the maintenance and improvements of church schools and academies in the diocese.   

You will be expected to provide support and advice to the Diocesan Board of Education and to the trustees, governors and head teachers of schools.  You will lead on communicating with the Department for Education, ESFA, Local Authority and other relevant bodies in matters related to school buildings.

The role will include visits to schools.

Excellent interpersonal skills, an eye for detail and experience of working with financial spreadsheets are essential. You must also be fully supportive of the role of the Church of England in Education.

For more information or an informal conversation about the role, please contact             Claire Meese, Diocesan Director of Education, dde@southwell.anglican.org or phone 01636 817235)

Interview date: 5 March 2018

Post Introduction

Main Purpose of Role:

to manage the diocesan administrative procedures related to the maintenance  and improvement of school buildings and premises in Church of England schools and academies to enable the Diocesan Board of Education to meet its statutory obligations related to school buildings and other related property.

Main Responsibility

Principal Responsibilities:

  • to provide support, advice and training to trustees, governors and head teachers in matters related to school buildings, property and land
  • to liaise with the DfE/ESFA, local authorities and other relevant bodies on all technical and financial matters related to buildings and maintenance
  • to support the Diocese’s role in capital building projects including detailed work on provision, improvement, and repair of school buildings, particularly the financial control of this work and project oversight.

The Ideal Candidate

Relevant Qualifications and Experience required:


Experience of working with financial spreadsheets

Excellent administrative skills including experience of project management

Good negotiating/people skills

Ability to assimilate up to date knowledge of the statutory requirements related to school buildings


Experience of working in schools business or finance

Experience in planning and delivering high quality building projects

Up to date knowledge of statutory legislation related to capital building projects and how these relate to church schools

About Us

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest  – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work



Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper


Bishop Paul Williams’ Easter message – filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham


A prayer
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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