Archdeacons’ National Development Officer

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Church House, Westminster, London
Fixed Term Part Time
£36,781 rising to £40,250 (pro rata) after probation

Founded in the early 1990s, the Archdeacons' Forum offers support, training and development for archdeacons in the Church of England and the Church in Wales, including the deans of the Channel Islands and the archdeacons of HM Forces. We also keep in touch with Church of Scotland Presbytery Clerks on matters of common concern.

The Forum is chaired by Stephen Taylor, Archdeacon of Maidstone and there is an Executive which consists of representatives from each of the archdeacons' regional meetings and special constituencies.

A national archdeacons' conference is held every two years, and a new archdeacons' conference every nine months. We also offer other training events and support as necessary.

This is a unique opportunity to work in support of the Archdeacons’ Forum.

You will take responsibility for both monitoring the training and development that is currently available and liaising with others in the National Church Institutions, to ensure that archdeacons are offered and receive the learning and support that they require.

In relation to the archdeacons of the Church in Wales, you will work collaboratively with the appropriate person in the Church in Wales to ensure that the provision is complementary and appropriate for the Welsh context and represents the collective view of archdeacons in the national churches.

This appointment is offered on a fixed term contract which is expected to last for 3 years.

The salary of £36,781p.a. - £40.250p.a. will be prorated for 14 hours per week.

The hours of work will be worked flexibly to ensure availability when needed and may be worked from home, and regularly at Church House in London (one day a week on average).

Interviews will be held week commencing 8 April 2019.

In return 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.

Introduction :

As the executive officer, the Archdeacons’ National Development Officer (ANDO) works in support of the Archdeacons’ Forum, the objectives of which are:

  • To enable mutual and national church support for archdeacons in their service of the Church;
  • To facilitate, procure and provide training for archdeacons from early induction and in their ongoing role in all matters relating to their office;
  • To assist in the development of the role of archdeacons;
  • To resource good networking between archdeacons, particularly through regional groupings;

The Role :

Continuing Ministerial Development for Archdeacons

  • Identifying training, education, learning and development needs in consultation with archdeacons, bishops and CMD advisers;
  • Enabling the delivery and review of a national development plan for archdeacons (using outsourced providers, internal trainers and other interventions such as coaching, cell groups and mentoring);
  • Developing evaluation tools to ensure high-quality learning and development;
  • Working to ensure that national training in the Church of England and the Church in Wales in relation to senior appointments takes account of archdeacons;
  • Signposting to, and working with, other training providers;
  • Providing a template for the MDR of archdeacons which will support their ministry in general and specifically assist the identification of personal development and training needs. Monitoring and improving this material;
  • Enabling the biennial National Archdeacons’ Conference, which provides a key focus for archdeacons to network, and ensuring that the conference deals with the matters agreed by the Forum Executive;
  • Monitoring the changing nature of the archdeacon’s role across the Church and ensuring that training is suited to the developing role within a Church which increasingly values strategic leadership.

Induction of New Archdeacons

  • Contacting the diocesan bishop when an archdeaconry falls vacant, keeping them aware of the significance of the archdeacon’s role and offering them current relevant material;
  • Supporting archdeacons-designate as soon as their appointment is announced, providing them with appropriate resources, and meeting them about three months into post;
  • Inviting newly-appointed archdeacons to the New Archdeacons Conference and working with others to deliver that conference in an effective and relevant way;
  • Encouraging a high quality/bespoke induction programme to be put in place by the bishops, diocesan secretaries and other key players within the dioceses, and advising on its content;
  • Ensuring appropriate safeguarding training is undertaken;
  • Offering the provision of a fellow-archdeacon as a mentor, and membership of an archdeacons’ cell group;
  • Encouraging reflection on the spirituality of the role of archdeacon;
  • Reviewing the induction process, developing it to meet changing needs, and encouraging the mutual exchange of best practice.

Representation and Advocacy

  • Representing and supporting archdeacons in ensuring that their voice is adequately heard in the formulation and implementation of policy in the Church of England and the Church in Wales.

Networking and Communications

  • Compiling and distributing a regular mailing (Archdeacons’ News) with updates on relevant developments and training opportunities;
  • Maintaining contact with and liaison among regional archdeacons’ groups.

Administration and Finance

  • Servicing and attending meetings of the Archdeacons’ Forum Executive, and undertaking new areas of work as directed by the Executive;
  • Drafting the budget for archdeacons’ training, learning and development;
  • Managing the Archdeacons’ Forum Administrator;

The requirements for the role :

  • An understanding of the work and ministry of archdeacons;
  • An understanding of the structures and culture of the Church of England and the Church in Wales;
  • Education to at least degree level or equivalent;
  • Demonstrable experience of best practice in adult education and training;
  • Self-motivated and highly organised, with strong administrative skills;
  • ‘Person-focused’ mind-set with good pastoral skills;
  • Capacity to relate to a wide range and level of the key players involved with archdeacons, and ability to network creatively;
  • Ability to communicate carefully, confidently, effectively and accurately in writing, on the telephone and in face-to-face situations;
  • Ability to support archdeacons in developing their spiritual life and resilience for their role;
  • Evidence of being someone who attends to their own spiritual development and would be willing to undertake such training as might be required in the post;
  • Adequate knowledge of relevant Microsoft IT programs.

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