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Evangelism and Witness Priority Coordinator

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

Overview

We Include. You Belong.

Our Belonging and Inclusion Strategy aims for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

Evangelism and Witness is one of the three stated priorities of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The team serves the Archbishop in providing stimuli, information, support and advice to take forward the priority of evangelism and witness in his ministry, in collaboration with the whole team at Lambeth Palace and those working in a similar area in Church House. 

The team is responsible for developing significant thinking and strategy, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with a wide range of individuals, organisations and networks with involvement in evangelism and witness throughout England, on behalf of the Archbishop.

Post Introduction

As Evangelism and Witness Priority Coordinator, the primary purpose of your role will be enabling the working of the Evangelism and Witness team particularly by providing administrative support and coordination for the Evangelism and Witness Priority.

You will serve the Archbishop’s ministry alongside the rest of the team in enabling and furthering his ministry of evangelism and witness. You will also work closely with the Vision and Strategy team, establishing good communication and an awareness of any relevant work undertaken for the National Church. 

You will nurture relationships, provide information, collate research and prepare advice for the Office of the Archbishop, whilst engaging in outreach and representation to external partners on the Archbishop’s behalf.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract expected to last for 1 year subject to review and possible extension. You will be based at Lambeth Palace due to the nature of the role however working arrangements will be discussed further at interview.

To arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact chris.russell@lambethpalace.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 8 January 2024 (midnight).

Interviews will be held w/c 22 January 2024.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and other under-represented groups.

We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

Role Responsibility

The Role

Representation and relational work

  • Working with and assisting the Adviser and the wider Lambeth Palace team in the delivery of the Evangelism and Witness strategy.
  • Providing organisational and administrative support for the Archbishop’s Adviser in correspondence and diary matters, in meetings, seminars, receptions and other events that fall within the priority’s remit.
  • Hosting and representing the Evangelism and Witness team in internal and external meetings, speaking, relating and advocating.
  • Imagining, conceiving and organising events on behalf of the Archbishop.
  • Establishing positive and supportive relationships with individuals and organisations and relating positively to and liaising with individuals and organisations involved in evangelism and witness on behalf of the Archbishop and the Adviser, using discretion, skill and knowledge of the relational context and networks.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Vision and Strategy team at  Church House.  

Communications

  • Where appropriate and agreed to speak and advocate for the priority of evangelism and witness.
  • Managing communications for the Adviser, including drafting and consulting about responses with the Adviser and other colleagues, and following up, as required.
  • Supporting the Adviser in planning and delivering the communication strategy for the priority.

Research

  • Providing briefings for the Archbishop, Adviser, colleagues and external partners on events and meetings that fall within the Evangelism and Witness priority.
  • Undertaking research for the Archbishop and the Adviser on particular subjects and initiating research where necessary.

Team coordination

  • Ensuring the day-to-day coordination and office management of the work of the Evangelism and Witness team, including the diary, invitations and requests, and maintaining records.
  • Monitoring expenses and travel arrangements - ensuring compliance with the relevant NCI procedures.
  • Constantly reviewing office and team administrative procedures, making recommendations and bringing forward new systems to improve efficiency.
  • Carrying out general administrative and other duties, as required.

The Ideal Candidate

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, enabling communication with a wide variety of people at all levels so that individuals are treated with courtesy and an appropriate level of firmness, as and when required.
  • Presentation and communication skills to groups of people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work successfully across different teams, at Lambeth Palace and Church House.
  • Capacity to assimilate and assess complex information in detail whilst retaining a good overview.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and plans.
  • Ability to manage own time and work independently, using initiative.
  • Advanced IT capability/aptitude (Outlook, Word, Excel, DTP and PowerPoint).
  • Ability and willingness to undertake occasional travel in the UK.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of the networks and organisations involved in evangelism and witness, of trends, practice and historic and recent approaches and thought in evangelism and witness.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Church of England, and other Christian denominations.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in culture and society and how the priority interfaces with them.
  • Experience of organising and delivering projects, programmes and initiatives to the highest standard.
  • Experience of drafting complex pieces of work, of collating information and research briefs on evangelism and witness and taking minutes.

Education:

  • An engaged and committed mind with a commitment to explore the riches of the gospel. The willingness and ability to process, reflect and creatively engage with the breadth of theological issues involved in Evangelism and Witness.

Personal Attributes:

  • Clear understanding of and sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church of England and a good grasp of its structure and culture.
  • Highly motivated, with personal commitment to evangelism and witness. 
  • Skills and gifts to think creatively and be stimulated by challenges/new projects.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work unsocial hours, as required.
  • Ability to deliver results quickly, with accuracy and to deadlines.
  • Ability to work relationally and with total discretion.
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.

Desirable

Knowledge/Experience:

  • First-hand experience and knowledge of working in evangelism and witness.
  • Previous office management experience.

About Us

In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.  

Find out more about working for the National Church Institutions at Careers | The Church of England

NCI values

  • We strive for excellence 
  • We collaborate 
  • We act with integrity 
  • We show compassion 
  • We respect others 

We believe our commitment to belonging and inclusion fuels our progress and drives us forward.  The NCIs are a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We welcome applications from people of all faiths and of no faith. We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people who share our values.  Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. 

If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to hr.recruitment@churchofengland.org

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.  

  • We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families. 


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