Programme Support Officer - People & Places

Posted 11 days agoExpires in 1 month
Birmingham
Fixed Term Full Time
£24975 - £24975
4 Applications

Since 2009 Transforming Church has informed our strategy for mission, with our widely established seven areas of transformation and ten transforming church goals (http://www.cofebirmingham.com/transforming-church/). Our Growing Younger initiative which flowed out from this has been reaching and impacting many new children and families over the last couple of years. Following a broad review of our vision, in 2017 we started a new phase of Transforming Church, called ‘Shaping the Future’ to extend and underpin the work we are already doing with new resources. It focusses on building capacity, sustaining momentum, increasing growth, and embedding our commitment to mission and transformation within the culture of our church at a deeper level, releasing the gifts of many more people, lay and ordained.

As this vision continues, our attention has turned to the long-term viability and sustainability of our parishes and their mission and ministry. Work is underway on a broad review of:

  • the current stipendiary deployment plan (based on population and congregation)
  • parish common fund contributions
  • parish finances from parish finance returns data and
  • an emerging buildings strategy

This is being called PEOPLE & PLACES (P&P).

This is an exciting new role for someone with a passion for administration to support a major strategic change programme. The role will report to the Programme Manager and will involve working closely with them and other members of the core team within the Church of England – Birmingham who are working to deliver People & Places .

  • General administration for the Programme Lead, Programme Manager and core team working on this programme including:
    • producing documents and presentations
    • being the first point of contact for queries
    • Arranging meetings and diary co-ordination with venues and attendees
  • Facilitating communication between the members of the programme team and also with other stakeholders
  • Undertaking research projects as directed by the programme team
  • Collating information and statistics for monitoring progress against individual project plans
  • Maintaining databases and programme plans through liaison with the wider team and those responsible for individual projects
  • Produce reports and statistics as required
  • Drafting and producing reports and external communication materials and publicity
  • Attention to detail and understand the importance of accuracy
  • Good experience in using Microsoft Office, experience of using software for programme / project management would be an advantage
  • Excellent planning & organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to handle queries from a wide range of people at different levels using a variety of mediums
  • Experience in handling sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • The ability to work independently as well as contributing to the success of the team
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt as priorities change within the overall programme
  • Experience of a change programme and/or project management would be an advantage
  • An understanding of and sympathy with our Christian ethos and values
  • Knowledge of the parish structures and governance systems of the Church of England would be advantageous

The interviews for this post will take place on Friday 18th January 2019

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England, Birmingham, covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Right at the heart of what we do there are over 180 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church traditions with different contexts (rural, suburban, market town, outer estate and inner urban) and a breadth of ethnicity. Increasingly our city is described as ‘super-diverse.’