Senior Case and Policy Advisor
The Pastoral Team carries out the Commissioners’ statutory responsibilities for pastoral re-organisation, parsonages and glebe matters, and loans for clergy housing. There is close co-operation with the Closed Churches Division and liaison with the Legal Office, HR and Ministry Divisions (over clergy Terms of Service) and Property Investments (re clergy housing loans).
As Senior Case and Policy Advisor, you will assist with the delivery of the Commissioners’ statutory functions relating to parish re-organisation, parsonages and glebe.
In this varied role, you will work closely with Pastoral Committee members, National Church Institution staff particularly in the Closed Churches Division and Legal Office and also with HR/Ministry Division and Property Investments, Diocesan Staff, Archdeacons, Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee Secretaries and Diocesan Registrars.
You will be given day release and financial assistance to undertake and satisfactorily complete a post-graduate degree in ecclesiastical law.
Interviews will be held on the 31st January 2018.
- Preparing and approving draft schemes and orders and parsonage and glebe matters for which responsibility is delegated by the Pastoral Team Manger. (As a Senior Case Advisor approving the making of Schemes and Orders and parsonage and glebe matters not reserved to the Mission and Pastoral Committee in the absence of the Pastoral Team Manager)
- Publishing draft pastoral schemes and orders and advising diocesan staff, archdeacons parishioners and members of the public on work relating to pastoral re-organisation, clergy housing and glebe matters, ensuring accuracy and compliance with statutory procedures.
- Supporting the work of the Pastoral Committee in accordance with statutory procedures for dealing with representation cases, preparing papers for the Committee’s consideration and preparing decision letters giving reasons for Committee decisions.
- Assisting in the preparation and updating of publicly available statutory guidance and other guidance material on the Division’s areas of work (eg Mission and Pastoral Measure Code of Practice and the Parsonages Green Guide), and providing training and advice to dioceses in these and associated matters.
- Assisting in the management of the Commissioners’ Value Linked Loans for clergy housing by monitoring the programme of quinquennial inspections and negotiating with dioceses and the Property Investment Department in order to balance both pastoral and investment considerations.
- Contributing to the development of policy for core work and related areas, working with the departmental policy team and other departments within the National Church Institutions.
- Other duties as may be required in order to fulfil the aims and objectives of the department.
The Ideal Candidate
- Ability to interpret complex legislation and draft legal documents in clear and plain English.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to provide training.
- IT competence in Microsoft Office (in particular, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint).
- Understanding of ecclesiastical legislation.
- Degree level qualification or equivalent
- Willingness to undertake and satisfactorily complete a post-graduate degree in ecclesiastical law. (Day release and financial assistance to secure this will be offered to the post-holder).
- Flexible approach to problem solving within legislative constraints.
- Ability to absorb and manage detail.
- Ability to explain legal technicalities to a non-specialist audience.
- Willing to travel to meetings anywhere in England including some overnight stays.
- Ability to research background to policy issues and present proposals for change.
- Knowledge of pastoral re-organisation procedures.
- Experience of applying Church legislation including that relating to property.
- Knowledge of general property legislation.
- Understanding of the history and legal status of Church of England.
- Knowledge of a wide range of ecclesiastical and secular legislation and public administrative procedures, along with ability to understand how the different pieces of legislation and procedures interact
- Ability to act on own initiative.
- Willingness to develop skills.
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
Excellence, Respect, Integrity
We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith.
Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible* 35-hour working week for work-life balance and a minimum 25 days holiday plus 3 defined organisational days leave and an attractive defined pension scheme.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people, regardless of their background.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.