National Environmental Policy Officer

Posted 24 days agoExpires in 13 days
Westminster, London
Permanent
£36781-£40250 (pro rata) rising after probation
1 Applications

The Church of England is committed to significant reduction in its own carbon footprint and to raising awareness of the current climate, and environmental, emergency as a national issue and as a theological imperative for Christians.

This is a new post designed to augment and enhance the capacity of the church’s existing environment team which currently comprises a part time post in the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Dept (focused especially on the Church’s portfolio of buildings) and the Environmental Consultant in the Mission and Public Affairs Dept, who leads a number of campaigns and other environmental initiatives.

The person appointed will join Mission and Public Affairs (MPA), working closely with both of the above, to form the church’s National Environment team. The team also liaises with others in the National Church Institutions, notably the National Investment Bodies working on the Transition Pathways Initiative.

The Environmental Programme for the National Church is overseen by the Environment Working Group, set up in response to a vote in General Synod, which is chaired by the Bishop of Salisbury who is one of three lead bishops on environmental issues.

This is a new and high profile opportunity to join the Mission and Public Affairs department as National Environmental Policy Officer.

Working closely with colleagues and stakeholders, you will develop and deliver programmes to enhance the Church of England’s impact in reducing its carbon footprint, raising awareness and promoting action for change, in response to the climate emergency.

You will also have specific responsibility for policy issues, including liaison with, and responding to, government and other national developments.

With first-hand experience of working on environmental issues, you will be committed to making a positive and measurable impact on the church’s environmental record by raising the profile of environmental issues and presenting a compelling vision for the future, by engaging, communicating and influencing.

This post is part time working 21 hours per week.

Interviews will be held on the 13th November 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.

The Role :

Networking, resourcing and communications

  • Being the main point of contact for correspondence on environmental issues from within and beyond the church.
  • Supporting the work of the Environmental Working Group, including secretariat duties, to support delivery of the Three Year Plan agreed by them
  • Support the Open & Sustainable Churches Officer in their work with Diocesan Environmental Officers through regular communication, providing support for an annual national conference, encouraging them to share good practice with one another and responding to specific training/resource needs.
  • Developing funding partnerships in order to deliver imaginative projects in support of the EWG agendas.
  • Raising the profile of Environmental issues within the Church of England – its staff, clergy, diocesan leadership and congregations

Strategic

Working as one of the environmental team within Church House (including the MPA Environment Consultant and the CCB Open & Sustainable Churches Officer) the post holder’s role will involve:

  • Developing existing projects as well as developing new ones which enact the environmental strategies of the EWG,
  • Supporting environmental debates in the General Synod, including drafting reports.
  • Developing/maintaining relationships with key environmental organisations and seeking opportunities for collaboration.
  • Responding on behalf of the Church of England to consultations from (e.g.) the government on environmental matters,
  • Supporting the work of colleagues in MPA, CCB, and other teams within the Church of England where relevant.

The Requirements:

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, enabling communication and the development of relationships with a wide variety of people at different levels
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong collaborative skills and an ability to work successfully with different groups of people
  • Capacity to assimilate and assess complex information in detail whilst retaining a good overview
  • Ability to manage own time and work independently using initiative
  • Ability and willingness to undertake regular travel in England
  • Good IT capability/aptitude (Word, Excel DTP, PowerPoint)

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the structures and character of the Church of England
  • First-hand experience of working on environmental issues
  • Experience of seeking culture change/mainstreaming an issue within an organisation

Education:

  • Excellent intellectual grasp of relevant issues – evidenced by holding a good degree, or equivalent level qualification or experience in a relevant field.

Personal Attributes:

  • Empathy with the mission and ethos of the Church of England, and with its structure and culture
  • Highly motivated, with a strong commitment to making a positive and measurable impact on the church’s environmental record and the ability to present a compelling vision of the place of this within Christian narratives
  • Flexibility and willingness to work unsocial hours
  • Ability to deliver results quickly, with accuracy and to deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team

Desirable

  • Ability to creatively edit and manage websites and social media platforms
  • Sufficient theological awareness to express environmental concerns in terms that relate to religious (especially Christian) belief.
  • Proven ability to communicate with and to people from across the breadth of the Church of England

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.

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.