Senior Strategy Consultant
The Strategy and Development Unit has a unique role in providing consultancy support to bishops and senior leadership teams in the Church’s dioceses on their growth strategies, and in advising on and managing the distribution of around £50 million per annum of national funding. This includes the Strategic Development Funding, a major grant-making programme to support diocesan growth projects. The Unit is playing a key supportive role in helping the Church of England renew and reform its mission and arrest its decline.
The Unit seeks to share learning between senior diocesan team through monitoring and evaluating the grant programme and through managing other activities such as a peer review process and Strategic Learning Communities.
The Unit serves key Church of England bodies such as the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council, and the Strategic Investment Board which oversees the distribution of national funds to dioceses.
This new role will strengthen the Unit’s ability to help dioceses with the delivery of their Strategic Development Funding programmes, providing consultancy support to bishops and their leadership teams; leading the monitoring and evaluation of the overall Strategic Development Funding programme; identifying and sharing learning points across the Church; and advising dioceses on the development of their strategic programmes. It will also include contributing to other strategic learning processes such as diocesan peer review.
Interviews are expected to be held on the 7th February 2018
Much of the Unit’s work is project-based. The actual work of the post-holder will vary over time in line with evolving objectives, but their duties and responsibilities will fall within the following broad headings:
1.Lead the Unit’s work supporting dioceses in the delivery of their Strategic Development Funding programme including effective monitoring and evaluation
- Advise bishops and senior diocesan staff on the delivery of their diocese’s Strategic Development Funding programmes (involving grants typically in excess of £1 million); helping keep them on track.
- Advising where necessary on remediation (which may include programme closure).
- Advising bishops and senior diocesan staff on programme and project management more generally.
- With the Head of Funding, plan and lead the delivery of the monitoring and evaluation work relating to the Strategic Development Funding programme.
- Advising bishops and senior diocesan staff on the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes.
- With colleagues, build up a cohort of people able to assist dioceses in their monitoring and evaluation of strategic programmes.
- Prepare papers and reports for Church of England governance groups.
2.Identify valuable insights and share these effectively with senior diocesan teams
- From the Strategic Development Funding programme and other sources identify what is working well in dioceses in terms of mission, growth and programme management.
- Prepare information insights which are targeted, succinct and actionable by dioceses in delivering their existing programmes and in developing new programmes.
- Work with colleagues to communicate these learning points to bishops and senior diocesan staff across the Church using multiple communication channels.
- Support the peer review programme by acting as the Unit representative at some review meetings and preparing these review reports.
- Work with colleagues to advise bishops and senior diocesan staff on the development and delivery of their strategies and their strategic programmes and projects.
The Ideal Candidate
- Significant experience of operating in a consultancy environment with multiple clients.
- Knowledge of methods for monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects, programmes & initiatives
- Experience of leading and developing individuals
- An ability to think strategically, and to see both the wider picture and attend to detail – including an ability to get to the root cause of issues.
- Excellent relationship management and communication skills in a complex environment (including experience of working with senior colleagues).
- The capacity to learn and analyse: the ability to review large quantities of information objectively and efficiently, and then to draw out key learning points relevant to senior staff in dioceses and to colleagues
- The ability to present work attractively, persuasively and accurately, both spoken and in writing
- An understanding of how to support the mission and ministry of the Church effectively and a passion for encouraging the growth of the Church.
- An understanding of the structures and workings of the Church of England and an ability to work effectively within them.
- Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
- High intellectual capacity with strong analytical abilities, able to assimilate and analyse information quickly, identifying issues and priorities.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure when required.
- Highly pro-active, demonstrating resourcefulness and energy
- An ability to work flexibly and constructively in a team environment
- Ability to apply understanding, judgement and discretion.
- Commitment to making a difference.
- Able to lead by example, demonstrating enthusiastic commitment to the priorities of the Church of England.
- Willingness and ability to undertake frequent diocesan visits (including residential events) and work outside office hours (including evening and occasional weekend working).
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.