Willesden Area Finance Adviser
The Church of England Diocese of London comprises of 400+ parishes north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway. The Finance team enables the missional objectives of the London Diocesan Fund (LDF), parishes, archdeacons and bishops through delivery of effective financial reporting and efficient processing of financial transactions. We contribute to the work of the parishes by providing support, advice and training to parishes on a wide range of financial issues, both in technical areas such as bookkeeping and gift aid, but also support generous giving and stewardship. There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.
The successful applicant will work within a team of Finance Advisers, with responsibility for supporting parishes in the Willesden Episcopal Area, one of the five administrative areas of the Diocese of London. The role also provides administrative support for key projects to the team of Finance Advisers. The Finance Advisers provide financial & stewardship support for parishes. The role has principal responsibility for providing appropriate training, support, resources and advice to the clergy, PCCs and parish officers to enable the parishes to develop their respective ministries. This includes support and advice for basic accounting and bookkeeping, budgeting and planning; Christian giving stewardship programmes and general matters.
The role has two primary purposes:
1) The job holder will have principal responsibility for providing proactive finance and other appropriate training, support, resources and advice to the clergy, PCCs and parish officers to enable the parishes to develop their respective ministries. This support (including training) includes basic accounting and bookkeeping, budgeting and planning; Christian giving/stewardship programmes and general financial matters. The job holder works within a team of three other similar roles, which have responsibility for different geographical areas of the Diocese of London. As an intermediary between the parishes, the Areas and Diocesan House, the post holder must ensure there is effective all-ways communication. This is particularly important in relation to Common Fund (i.e. the Parish Share system operated by the Diocese of London) and requires working closely with the Area Bishop(s), Archdeacon(s) and Area Deans while building and maintaining good relationships with parish officers, incumbents, other parish post holders and outside agencies.
2) The post holder will act as project coordinator for the team of finance advisers, providing administrative support for key projects. The post holder will ensure that team projects are properly organised, scheduled, maintained and documented. The post holder will be a key driver in ensuring projects are delivered on track but will also be working collaboratively with the team of Finance Advisers. The post holder will ensure that proactive communication and reporting between the finance adviser team and other stakeholders is in place. The post holder will need to be able to work collaboratively with the other area finance advisers, but also be able to selfmotivate and create momentum. The role will have primary responsibility for creating first drafts of particular reports and other documents as necessary, which will be worked on further in concert with the rest of the team. The current highest priority project is focused on a Stewardship/Generous Giving, seeking to equip parishes within the diocese to run high quality stewardship campaigns.
Principal Duties and Accountabilities of the role will include:
Parish Finance Adviser
- Communicating the Common Fund challenge to the Areas, Deaneries and Parishes (including organising and presenting at the annual Common Fund presentations), and then monitoring receipt of offers and contributions.
- Being the first port of call for parishes with any church-related finance questions, e.g. Gift Aid. Stewardship - helping churches to be efficient in order to optimise the funds available for their mission and ministry.
- Planning, organising and delivering training for treasurers, stewardship recorders, PCC officers (i.e. hundreds of volunteers) and clergy so as to build capacity and promote good governance and stewardship. Supporting parishes with stewardship may include requests to teach or preach on the subject of Christian stewardship.
- Assisting the Archdeacon(s) and Area Council(s) to manage and monitor Area Pastoral funds available as grants and loans to support parish work and building repairs. • facilitating and checking applications and subsequent awards of Area grants, Area loans and Diocesan loans.
- Assisting the Area Bishops to monitor costs of clergy deployment.
- Attending meetings of Area Staff and Area Council(s), and when necessary Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Finance Committee and Diocesan Synod.
- Keeping up-to-date on all relevant matters and attending appropriate training.
- Actively participating in the National and Regional Stewardship networks. In overall terms it is the responsibility of the job holder to provide (on a proactive basis, whenever possible) timely and appropriate financial advice, training, support and resources.
These areas include:
- Parish accounting including book-keeping, budgeting, accounting and appropriate software.
- Christian giving and stewardship programmes.
- Gift Aid, Parish Giving Scheme, legacies and other income raising strategies.
- General advice and sign posting including governance, legal compliance and the Charities Act; internal financial controls, Charity Commission registration and later compliance, payroll, employment, taxation and information technology.
- Coordinate, schedule and book appropriate meetings for the Finance Advisers (and other stakeholders) for ongoing projects.
- Responsibility for drafting and updating project initiation documents and schedules.
- Proactive reporting to Finance Adviser team regarding progress, expectations and deadlines.
- Responsibility for producing first drafts of necessary reports and schedules, and subsequently agreeing changes with the Finance Advisers team.
- Responsibility for coordinating reporting to other stakeholders as necessary. The post-holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.
The Ideal Candidate
There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.
Experience, knowledge, training and qualifications Essential:
- Have an understanding of the institution, ethos and mission of the Church of England, including an appreciation of the roles of key office holders (e.g. ordained clergy, Archdeacons, Area Deans, Area Bishops, Diocesan Bishop, Lay ministers).
- Have a sensitivity to, and an understanding of, the role of the clergy in London.
- Effective manager of working relationships Desirable • Experience of administration of church organisations.
- Some financial experience (NB: accounting qualifications are not a requirement) Aptitudes and abilities Essential.
- Service focused – seeking to serve.
- Strong interpersonal skills – a “people” person and team player.
- Excellent presenter – confident and clear communicator.
- Numerate and financially astute – comfortable working with financial data.
- Computer literate – experience of Microsoft Office essential.
- Dedicated, driven and committed – takes a pride in their job.
- Pro-active and innovative – wants to do things better.
- Plans own work effectively.
- Problem solver and enquirer – keen to question and resolve.
- Flexible and enthusiastic – adaptive.
- Attention to detail – accurate and efficient • Deadline focused – gets the job done on time.
- Quality – not satisfied with “second best”.
- Takes ownership – will do what it takes to achieve a task Personal attributes Essential.
- Ability to work confidentially and is sympathetic to the aims of the Church of England.
- Relishes a challenge.
- High personal integrity.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work under own initiative and manage own workload.
- An ability to communicate in a friendly and professional manner with others both face-to-face, via telephone and in writing.
- Flexible in your approach.
The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.