Our vision is a more just and sustainable world – a world in which economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability are core principles.
Established in 1989, ECCR is a registered charity, and we work to empower churches, faith groups, organisations and individuals to bring about positive change through the financial choices they make and by campaigning for a fairer tax system. We want to see more people using their voices, and the finances over which they have stewardship, to hold both policy makers and companies accountable, to choose more ethical products, and to promote economic justice and environmental sustainability.
We work through the Churches, the historic denominations and ecumenical structures, and the newer churches and networks. We partner with other organisations within and outside the Church which share our aims and values.
Our two main strands are
- Education and Awareness-raising within the Churches
- Advocacy and Campaigning within and on behalf of the Churches
We currently do this primarily through two programmes:
- Money Makes Change
- Church Action for Tax Justice
Money Makes Change (MMC) was launched in January 2020 and is a programme and set of resources to help Christians explore and make ethical choices around money. We want to open up conversations around how we spend, save, and invest, and inspire action to create a fairer world through our finances. While individually we may have little, we still have the power to make positive things happen with our money when we act together, choose an ethical bank and invest pension and savings in companies working to better our planet. It grew out of our work in “Ethical Money churches” and “Your Faith, Your Finance”.
Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) was launched 18 months ago. The purpose is to raise awareness in churches of the importance of tax justice, to campaign for a fairer, greener tax system and to encourage Christians and faith organisations to promote tax justice through their work. We focus on campaigning, advocacy and education and want to see a tax system that serves the common good, seeks an end to tax dodging and seeks the implementation of tax policies which address poverty and inequality. CATJ is one strand of our plans for advocacy and campaigning and is a partnership model we wish to replicate on other issues
The need for an Executive Director
Our Executive Director is moving on to an exciting new position so we need a new Executive Director after a transformational period of growth at ECCR. During this time, strong foundations and an excellent staff team of three supporting the ED have been put in place, with two flourishing programmes creating real impact. We are now looking for a new Executive Director to continue this trajectory, to expand our work and continue taking our message to the wider UK Church, particularly in the context of the climate emergency and a challenging time for churches. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, the UK had one of the highest levels of income inequality in Europe, with the top 10% of households owning 45% of the country’s wealth. The Coronavirus crisis has exacerbated these inequalities, driving social and political damage that harms everyone. People have also turned inwards but the wider global problems of the gaps between rich and poor and of exploitation degrading the environment have also been exacerbated. Churches and Christians have a crucial role to play in helping to address these inequalities including through the use of their finances.
Working within a small, but passionate team, there is a huge opportunity to help Christians think about how the just use of money can further God’s Kingdom and help shape a fairer, more sustainable world. We also work closely with the Church Investors Group.
The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter, a disciplined and strategic thinker, a creative problem solver and a strong performance orientated leader of the team, able to develop effective partnerships with others within and outside the Church to inspire just action bringing gospel hope, and practical help.
The role is home based, but some travel throughout the UK may be required. We are very conscious of the opportunities being opened up on-line and want to develop those. We are initially recruiting for a two-year contract, hoping to be able to extend this by securing longer-term funding. The role is full time, but we would consider other flexible arrangements for the right candidate. We value diversity and welcome applications from applicants from all backgrounds.
Executive Director Role Requirements
- Partner with the Board, to help shape and deliver ECCR’s strategy and objectives. Responsible for the operational processes to turn the vision into reality.
- Lead, support and empower the ECCR staff team in the delivery of their work.
- Identify and lead on strategic relationships with stakeholders, including funders, in order to achieve our objectives.
- Design, implement, and lead on transformational strategic initiatives and projects.
- Be an external face of the organisation, championing and speaking on behalf of ECCR, seeking opportunities to raise the profile, and demonstrate the impact of the organisation, positioning ECCR as a leading voice on issues of faith and finance.
- Strengthen the alliance of stakeholders and energise Christians, churches, social enterprises and others to become involved in the work of ECCR as part of a wider network for change
- Develop and maintain relationships with key partners, whilst also building ties with prospective partners to meet ECCR’s ambitious plans to expand its impact, and continue its history of advocacy and campaigning with quality research.
- Maintain a strong governance framework, meeting external, legal and regulatory requirements and guidance (including the Charity Governance Code)
- Lead on the delivery of a financial strategy, ensuring ECCR’s financial viability through effective financial management and processes, including developing effective processes to maximise income generation and diversify its sources
While no one person may embody everything we may wish to see, the ideal candidate would have the following experience, personal characteristics and skills:
- Managerial experience at board or management level of a charity, and the understanding of the governance requirements this brings
- Developing and implementing fund-raising strategy and making and reporting on funding applications from a track record of fund-raising.
- Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Communicating with a range of audiences
- Engaging with questions of corporate responsibility, Christian ethics and/or ethical investment
- Managing issue-based campaigning or advocacy
- An active Christian faith, and a personal commitment to ECCR’s underlying Christian values and ethos, which is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for this post under the Equality Act 2010.
- Passion for social, environmental and economic justice and a desire to see church members engage in it as an expression of faith
- Self-motivated with problem solving ability and critical thinking skills
- Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
- A strong “can-do” attitude, combining practical, hands-on skills with a strategic mindset
- Exceptional organisational skills, including attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
- A willingness to both lead and listen
- High levels of personal and professional integrity, reflected in respect for others and work ethic
Knowledge and Skills:
- A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant area (e.g. business, theology, economics)
- Understanding of (does not have to be expertise!):
- economic theories and systems, and how businesses work
- the theological and Biblical bases for ECCR’s work
- the stakeholders engaging in ethical finance and corporate responsibility
- the financial, governance and legal requirements for charities, and their implementation
- the church audience in the UK and new ways of working given the changing church context within the UK and Ireland
- IT and finance skills, including an understanding of funders, financial accountability and the preparation of budgets and accounts.
If you feel that you meet the role requirements, please apply by submitting a CV and a cover letter saying how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. Applications close on the 4th of January 2021 at 9am.
Interviews will take place by Zoom w/c 18th January and will be required to make a presentation about ECCR;s future strategy to the panel. Some candidates may be invited for a second round interview the following week.
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