HEAD OF GOVERNANCE SERVICES AND OUTREACH
BACKGROUND: The Central Secretariat is responsible for servicing the main governance bodies of the National Church, including General Synod, the House of Bishops and the Archbishops' Council as well as a number of key related Boards and Committees. As part of its longer-term governance objectives, the Archbishops' Council stated that it wishes by 2020 to refine institutional governance processes and structures for the national Church to deliver high-quality, cost-effective decisions and policy-making for the Church's needs and mission in the 21st century. JOB SUMMARY: The post has three main objectives. Firstly, to provide the Director of Central Secretariat and Secretary General with on-going support for the handling, agendas, content and outputs of key governance meetings. Secondly, to develop a stakeholder engagement programme for the internal policy audiences who constitute the Central Secretariat's main stakeholders. Thirdly, the post will play a key part in the work throughout the wider organisation to modernise and improve the effectiveness of its governance operations. ROLE RESPONSIBILITY Central Secretariat policy support: Policy Support for governance meetings:Policy support to assist the Secretary General and Director of Central Secretariat with preparation for the Archbishops' Council, House of Bishops and General Synod and related meetings including the General Synod Business Committee. This includes planning the content of meetings, discussions that need to be held and decisions that need to be taken and then practical support such as drafting agendas, Chairs' briefs and papers for meetings including papers for General Synod. Additionally working with and overseeing those providing routine administrative support for Synod and other governance meetings serviced by the post-holder. Improving governance structures and processes within Central Secretariat: Working with the Director of Central Secretariat to improve the operations and effectiveness of the various governance bodies serviced by Central Secretariat, in particular taking a lead role (reporting to the Director) with servicing the on-going work of the General Synod Business Committee on 'Changing the Culture of General Synod' Synod Elections Officer: Being the main contact in the National Church Institutions on elections to governance bodies, overseeing the conduct of elections to General Synod and related boards and committees, delegating to administrators as required, but ensuring good process. Working with the Legal Office on servicing the recommendations of the Elections Review Group in preparation for the 2020 Synod elections. Internal stakeholder communications: Stakeholder engagement planning:Working with the Chief Executives of the NCI's and senior staff to help devise and implement a better approach to coordinating engagement with the Church's core internal stakeholders, including acting as the main day-to-day contact within the National Church Institutions for members of the Archbishops' Council. Contact point for CenSec stakeholders: Acting as the main point of contact with dioceses, in particular Diocesan Secretaries via the Diocesan Secretaries' Outreach Group (DSLG) and Archdeacons via the Archdeacons' Network, managing consultation processes on policy issues with the dioceses and disseminating information, education and advice on the workings of the General Synod and Archbishops' Council to key internal stakeholders Improving systems and technology:Working with the Director of Central Secretariat and Communications colleagues to ensure the best use of systems and technology in governance activities and communications. This includes working with the Communications Department on the design, content and operation of the parts of the new Church of England website aimed at internal policy audiences. Stakeholder Engagement:Working with colleagues across the NCI's to improve the stakeholder experience of the Church's governance activities and structures and improving the communication of their outputs Modernising governance: Improvement and change:Staffing working groups and other initiatives led by the Secretary General, Director and other senior staff in the NCI's to help improve institutional governance structures and processes for the national Church As Elections Officer, reviewing elections processes and practices and working with colleagues to widen the diversity of those engaged in governance activities throughout the Church. THE IDEAL CANDIDATE Essential: Skills/Aptitudes: Able to demonstrate strategic thinking and ability to work across disciplines and departments to deliver on a shared objective Good oral and written communication skills, including drafting skills Experience of servicing boards, committees or similar membership or trustee groups Experience of having contributed to significant organisational decisions and changes and strategic initiatives Evidence of having contributed at a senior level to the delivery of major change programmes Experience of having contributed to stakeholder engagement programmes An ability to communicate key concepts and messages clearly and in an engaging and influential way Good team player, modelling strong senior leadership behaviour and motivating colleagues Ability to build strong working relationships across departments and with external organisations and individuals as required Adaptable and comfortable with change Desirable : Project Management skills Qualification from the Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) Evidence of training and/or background in charity governance OVERVIEW Reporting to the Director of Central Secretariat with responsibility for servicing the main governance bodies of the National Church including General Synod, the House of Bishops and the Archbishop's Council, this is a unique opportunity to refine institutional governance processes and structures and deliver high quality, cost effective decisions and policy making for the Church's needs and mission. Providing on-going support for key governance meetings, you will develop a stakeholder engagement programme for internal policy audiences and play a key role throughout the wider organization, modernizing and improving the effectiveness of governance operations. A strategic thinker with a track record of delivering major change and stakeholder engagement programmes, you will have contributed to significant organizational decisions and initiatives, ensuring the best use of systems and technology in governance activities and communications. Ideally from a project management and/or charity governance background, you will have experience of servicing boards, committees or similar groups and of building strong relationships across departments and externally, communicating key concepts in an engaging and influential manner. To arrange an informal conversation about this role, please email Jacqui Philips ABOUT US Who we are and our values We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church locally and throughout England. We work together in our teams, with those who serve in Parishes, Dioceses, Schools and other ministries and with our partners at a national and international level. We have developed our NCI 'people' values which are below, and we work with these regardless of whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith; Excellence: we take pride in doing a good job Respect: we treat everyone with dignity Integrity: we are trustworthy Our training, policies, procedures and practices are all intended to support behaviours in line with our values and we expect all staff to uphold these. Diversity We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that: values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.