Voluntary Income in The Church of England is over £800M a year, and funds most of the church's mission and ministry. The Church of England has adopted a National Giving Strategy for 2020-2025 that will invest in different ways to encourage giving within its churches.
Parishes need support to ensure they are enabling giving and encouraging generosity, and dioceses need support to ensure the parishes fund their ministry.
As Regional Giving Advisor, you will support the recruitment of Diocesan Giving Advisors in the Midlands / East and develop the knowledge and adoption of good practice in parishes and dioceses. You will support dioceses who access the Giving Advisor Fund, assisting them throughout the recruitment process, and providing training and non-managerial supervision for new Giving Advisors. You will also develop regional initiatives, and take a national lead on specific areas of giving and produce training and guidance in these areas.
To be successful, you will need experience of encouraging giving in a paid capacity and of influencing through communications with sensitivity and discretion. Experience of working within the Church sector, either in a paid or voluntary capacity would be an advantage.
Due to the specialist nature of this role within the Giving team, training will be provided to successful candidates to enable them to carry out their role confidently.
This role will cover Midlands and East.
We are a dispersed team and have a very flexible approach when it comes to working locations. In light of Covid-19, all team members are currently based at home. As a National Team we work throughout the dioceses and predominantly use online platforms to meet and train colleagues and parishes. However the role will require focused work with the Midlands and East Region, therefore a willingness for travel within this region as well as for some travel throughout England and work occasional weekends may be required from 2021 onwards.
Interviews are expected to be held w/c 10th August 2020 remotely using Zoom.
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 scheme.
Supporting Giving Advisors
Supporting dioceses through assisting in the recruitment, training and non-managerial supervision of giving advisors.
- Assisting dioceses in the recruitment process for Giving Advisors, offering guidance and support on job descriptions, person specifications, recruitment advertising, shortlisting and interview process and sitting on the interview panel if asked.
- Auditing the training needs of all Giving Advisors in the region, and creating and delivering a training programme with colleagues from the national team and others.
- Providing non-managerial supervision and specialist advice and guidance for Giving Advisors, through regular meetings and ad-hoc support, where Giving Advisors are supported and given space and time to explore their challenges and the most effective way of addressing those challenges.
- Co-ordinate regional meetings of the Giving Advisors, agreeing dates, venues, agendas and desired outcomes.
National Lead for specific areas of expertise
Researching, training and developing guidance and advice on specific areas of expertise (such as giving and young people, giving in fresh expressions, giving in a rural context, giving in an urban context, giving in a small / large church, giving in different traditions etc).
- Working with the line manager to identify the area of expertise that guidance will be produced for.
- Researching existing writing on the agreed area of expertise.
- Identifying models of good practice within dioceses.
- Agreeing collaboration with one or more dioceses in the creation of advice and guidance.
- Producing good practice guidance in various formats by working closely with the Marketing Manager.
- Organising and hosting events to develop understanding and practice in this area of expertise.
- Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the adoption of good practice across The Church of England.
- Answering queries and offering advice and guidance to parishes throughout The Church of England on this area of expertise.
Developing good practice in the region