Sunday, 22 January 2017

Development Manager for 'St Peter's: A Unique Forest Church'

‘St Peter’s: A Unique Forest Church’ Project

Development Manager

 Job Description

Job Title:                             Development Manager
Reporting to:                     Vicar
Responsible for:               Activity Plan Consultant
Location:                             Office-based at Peterhouse (Church & Community Centre) but role requires significant involvement in the local community
Hours:                                   30 hours per week – hours flexible, mostly Monday to Friday with some weekend work
Salary:                                  FTE £30,000 per annum
Contract Type:                  18 month fixed term contract

NB. This post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Whilst this is a fixed-term contract there may be scope for extension beyond the development phase if successful at with our second round application

Summary of Post
St Peter-in-the-Forest is entering an exciting phase in the life of the church. We are improving and expanding our Grade II Listed church building to secure its long-term future, see increased community engagement and greater use, and generate increased revenue streams.

A heritage project will run alongside the new build, restoration and reordering of the church building.
We have been successful with our first stage Heritage Grants application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards this project and are now recruiting a Development Manager to play a key role in the development of this project. The Development Manager will lead this project through the HLF development phase, working with the project team and wider stakeholders. This will be a highly influential and outward-facing role, enabling us to realise our vision for St Peter’s.

Key Responsibilities

1.       HLF Project Management
a.       To be the main point of contact for the project and with HLF
b.       To manage day-to-day operational aspects of the development phase
c.       To be responsible for ensuring all HLF-approved purposes are achieved during the development phase
d.       To work with the Project Team to develop plans within HLF deadlines, budgets, and requirements for our stage two submission 
e.       To create and maintain the project plan, risk logs, and budgets
f.        To work closely with project consultants:
i.      Architect to ensure the capital plans are developed in line with initial project proposals
ii.     Activity Plan Consultant to ensure that the Activity Plan is delivered in line with project developments and HLF requirements
iii.    Spires Heritage to ensure funding for the project is secured on time and in line with project developments
g.       Recruit and manage volunteers as required to support with development phase activities

2.       Project Reporting
a.       To chair Project Team meetings and provide monthly project reports
b.       To ensure quarterly HLF progress reports are completed on time and within the agreed schedule
c.       To produce an evaluation report on completion of the development phase activities
d.       To update HLF of any changes or amendments to the project in a timely manner
e.       To attend PCC meetings and report on project progress (as required)
f.        To attend the HLF Development Phase Review and ensure all required documents are prepared in time, to the standard required, and circulated to HLF prior to the review

3.       Financial Management
a.       To work closely with the Project Team to ensure clear financial and budgeting systems and controls for the project are in place
b.       To ensure accurate records of project expenditure are in place and payment requests to HLF are completed in line with agreed schedules

4.       Promotion and Outreach
a.       To act as an ambassador for the “St Peter’s: A Unique Forest Church” project, and for St Peter-in-the-Forest
b.       To gather information and intelligence about the local community, and ascertain needs
c.       To use a wide range of media to promote the project with the local press, stakeholders, local community and church congregation
d.       To raise awareness of the church and the “St Peter’s: A Unique Forest Church” project
e.       To work with the Activity Plan Consultant on community consultation to develop the heritage activity programme summarised in the first stage application
f.        To identify and establish relationships with Vestry House Museum, William Morris Gallery, and other heritage organisations and partners to support with delivery phase activities
g.       To identify and build relationships with community partners
h.       To develop links with organisations who might be users of the new community spaces created with this project

5.       General
a.       This is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required from time to time that are commensurate with the responsibilities of the post. Some flexibility in working hours is required e.g. in relation to attendance at evening meetings for which time off in lieu will be given.

There may be possibility of an additional role within our existing project - the Peterhouse Church and Community Centre - for suitable candidates.  This would add a further few hours per week to the work-profile, and may be of interest for someone looking to work full-time hours.  If you would be interested to explore such a possibility, do please indicate this within your application for the Development Manager position, and opportunities will be made for an exploration of possibilities.
There may, additionally, be the possibility of providing residential accommodation within the Peterhouse Centre, for the right candidate.  Again, please indicate within your main application if this is a possibility you would wish to explore.

Additional Information

The post holder will be based at St Peter-in-the-Forest Church or the Peterhouse Centre, as needed by key development tasks. They will occupy office space within the Centre, although a significant proportion of their time will be spent out in the community.

As this post may involve working with children and young people (through liaising with schools and youth projects), a full DBS check will be required before employment can commence.

The post holder’s normal hours will be Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required in which case time off in lieu will be given. There will be a holiday allowance of 20 days per annum, pro-rata.

Person Specification
The table below shows qualities and skills which we judge to be important for the postholder to have. These are shown as Essential (E) or Desirable (D).

Personal Attributes

Conscientious, hardworking, thorough                                                                                                 E
Pro-active, positive, energetic and flexible                                                                                          E
Able to think strategically and consequentially, and to implement strategies                       E
Innovative problem solver                                                                                                                         E
Empathetic, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels                                        E


Competent IT skills in Office software and social media tools                                                      E
Excellent communication and presentation skills                                                                             E
Strong leadership skills                                                                                                                                E
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships                             E
Excellent time management skills with the ability to work on your own initiative               E
Strong financial management skills                                                                                                        E
Creative and resourceful                                                                                                                            E
Skills to enable you to lead on major and minor changes to our church building                 E
Qualified to degree level of equivalent professional project management qualification   D
Strong leadership skills including the ability to motivate and engage staff                             D
A good understanding of the Christian culture and/or the wider charity sector                   D


Proven ability to manage projects effectively, on time and in budget                                      E
Proven experience working on Heritage Lottery Fund projects                                                   E
Experience leading teams                                                                                                                          E
Experience leading on building projects                                                                                               D
Experience in raising funds from external grants and lottery sources                                       D
Experience in working with people from a wide range of backgrounds                                    D
Experience of living and working in a multicultural community                                                  D


Willingness to work flexible and anti-social hours where required                                            E
Understanding of the parish and its context                                                                                       E
Sympathetic and willing to work within our Christian ethos                                                         E             

Application form and further details on request from Sarah Odell:

Deadline for applications            Friday 10th February 2017 at 5pm

          Interviews                        Week beginning 13th February 2017

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