Parish Communications and Support Officer

Job Description

Our purpose is to create a diverse community living and sharing God’s story in Kirkby. We think this means being the kind of church community that welcomes and accepts people as they are, and is fully open to the community we’re in, sharing the love of God with our neighbours through everything that we do. Post-pandemic, we have a golden opportunity to develop these values by transforming the way that we communicate with the community of Kirkby.

Each year, we engage with around 150 families through the life events (Christenings, Weddings and Funerals) that we host in our churches, and our buildings are used by a variety of community groups for their own events. We want to find new ways to engage and support these people, as well as increasing the number of life events and groups using the buildings.

We’re looking for someone who shares these ‘kingdom’ values, and understands that great communication underpins good mission and ministry. If you’re interested in joining us on this journey, this is what we think the first year will be about:

  • Taking over our current systems for recording the life events that happen in our churches, and using them to improve what we offer to the families that we work with. We’d love to be able to invite them to more events that could interest them, or even just let them know that we’re praying for them.
  • Reviewing our ‘inward marketing’ systems – that is, making sure we’re making the most of our web and social media presence, and developing a plan for better engagement with our community online and offline.
  • Overhaul our current systems for working with our tenants in our church buildings, streamlining the administration of the groups and individuals who hire the spaces, and ensuring prompt payment.
  • Taking over and developing the best possible internal communications, including our weekly newsletter, both email and paper.

We think this would suit someone who understands Anglican parishes, and has good communication, problem-solving and administration skills. Because of the officer’s role in communicating the Christian faith, we believe that there is a genuine occupational requirement for the person appointed to be a practising Christian.

Title, terms and accountability

Job Title: Parish Communications and Support Officer

Location: Home-based initially. Office space may be available.

Hours: 10 hours per week

Salary: £7,500

Start date: ASAP, depending on notice periods

Closing date: Tuesday 23rd January

Interview: Wednesday 31st January

You will be part of our staff team, which currently consists of a Team Rector and two Team Vicars, and meets most weeks for prayer, support and planning. Line management will be with the Team Rector, including induction and regular supervision. As the legal body, Kirkby Parochial Church Council will be the employer, and it is expected that the day to day responsibility for ensuring that the staff member is selected, employed and managed well is delegated by the PCC to a small ‘Staff Action Group’ (as recommended by John Truscott[1]). Progress will be reported quarterly to the PCC.

For a conversation about the role, please contact Rev. Jeremy Fagan via email here, or on 07967302127.

Applications via email should include a CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and why you have applied.

About Huyton Deanery

Huyton Deanery is the group of Church of England parishes that serve the centre and north of the borough of Knowsley, with some overlap with neighbouring boroughs including Liverpool. We are twelve Anglican churches, and one Anglican Methodist Local Ecumenical Project. 

Person Specification

 EssentialDesirable
Experience  
Proven experience in a relevant communications rolex 
Relevant qualification  x
Knowledge and Skills
Excellent communication skills, written and oralx 
A knowledge of/good eye for designx 
IT literate and able to use MS Office and learn other software packages.x 
Experience with relevant contact management software systems. x
Able to work proactively and to deadlinesx 
Flexible for some evening and weekend workingx 
Able to work within a team, and alone as requiredx 
Good interpersonal skillsx 
Able to use Facebook and other social media platformsx 
Experience of using a multi-user website x
Attitudes and Values
Fully supportive of the work and mission of Huyton Deanery, Liverpool Diocese and the Church of Englandx 
Practising Christianx 

[1] http://www.john-truscott.co.uk/Resources/training-notes-index/Appoint-a-Staff-Action-Group

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