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Assistant Schools Officer (Organisation and Estates)

The Diocese of Canterbury
Canterbury, Kent (On-site)
£29,767 pa plus excellent benefits
Full-time
Contract (3 year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension)
Job description

Assistant Schools Officer (Organisation and Estates)
Canterbury, Kent
£29,767 pa plus excellent benefits
35 hours per week
3 year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension

The Assistant Schools Officer (Organisation and Estates) is a crucial role at the Diocese, as you will act as the first point of contact from church schools, site trustees, our consultants and other professional advisers regarding school estates and buildings, site ownership and educational endowments.

Reporting to the Schools Officer and working within the Children, Young People and Education department, you will support the Board’s statutory responsibilities in promoting education across the Diocese; particularly in advising school leaders and governors in relation to school organisation and the use or development of land and buildings.

As Assistant Schools Officer, you will provide support by monitoring projects relating to school estates (building developments, maintenance and repairs) and make proactive enquiries and interventions to sustain progress against recorded timescales.

You will also take responsibility for managing the schools’ Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) grant held by the Diocese; guiding schools in interpreting definitions regarding suitable DFC projects, liaising with schools regarding available funding and helping schools to prioritise projects/the application of funds effectively for estate management.

A crucial part of our strategy is to assess the environmental impact of the Diocese’s church schools, planning for and supporting schools to advance decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects. As Assistant Schools Officer you will regularly update and signpost church schools to banks of practical materials and resources for decarbonisation campaigns, toolkits and projects, building case studies of best practice.

With relevant professional experience in an education, administrative, property or project support context, you should be capable of supporting projects and have the ability to apply understanding to tasks. Able to summarise complex information clearly, you should be able to explain the progress of projects to those with no specialist understanding.

Forward thinking, adaptable and responsive to a varied work programme, you should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and have evidence of recent study, training or development and a willingness to learn new knowledge and technical skills.

It is essential for you to be supportive of the vision of the CYPE team and to be sympathetic to the contribution of Church of England schools to Christian mission.

An understanding and awareness of Church of England structures and knowledge of the current educational landscape within the context of church schools, along with experience of budget management or monitoring financial reports would be desirable.

The ability to travel and a willingness to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings and events is essential.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Check.

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context. 

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.

Closing date: 24 June 2024.

Posted on: 06 June 2024
Closing date: 24 June 2024 at 23:30
Tags: Admin, Christian, Policy/Research, Project Management, Operations