Home-based in Northern Ireland, with occasional travel to the NCT offices in Westminster, London
0.8 post, 28 hours per week, up to three year contract
Are you inspired by church architecture? Are you fascinated by the history of churches and want them to remain part of our heritage and a vital part of community life? Are you experienced in assessing funding applications and supporting historic buildings to be well maintained and sustainable? And are you passionate about all these things within a Northern Ireland context?
As the independent, UK-wide charity supporting churches, chapels and meeting houses of all Christian denominations, the National Churches Trust supports and promotes church buildings of historic, architectural and community value by inspiring support, preserving heritage and promoting sustainability. We aim to help maintain the UK’s heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities; to promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.
Grant funding is at the heart of our work. The Trust allocates in the region of £1.4m across its grants programmes annually. We also run initiatives to promote church tourism – ExploreChurches, and maintenance – MaintenanceBooker.
Having recently been successful with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Churches Trust will lead a new project ‘Treasure Ireland’ that aims to support an improvement in the maintenance and sustainability of historic places of worship in Northern Ireland. At its core will be a grants programme for proactive repairs and maintenance. It will also provide training and mentoring support, video guides and training on writing funding bids, maintenance, interpretation and tourism. It also aims to increase visitors to churches in Northern Ireland.
We are therefore looking for a new Church Support Officer to join our Church Support team to help deliver this exciting new initiative. The role is varied and the post-holder will manage the day to day work of the project and support churches to engage with it. Responsibilities will include overseeing a small grants programme, running training events and sector meetings, raising the profile of maintenance, supporting church tourism and expanding contractor availability. The project builds on existing partnerships and projects that the Church Support Team has already begun in Northern Ireland.
You will have excellent organisational and planning skills, be able to manage a varied workload and be an effective team player based from home in Northern Ireland but able to travel to London from time to time.
If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our website via the apply button.
Closing date: Noon on 24 June 2020
Interview date: 6 or 7 July 2020 (Belfast or online)
The National Churches Trust is an equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment. No information provided by the applicant will be used for the purpose of limiting or excluding any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by law.