Church Support Officer
Home based: Lincolnshire
Full Time (35 hours/week), 1 year contract
Are you inspired by church architecture? Are you fascinated by the history of churches and want them to remain part of our heritage and a vital part of community life? Are you experienced in managing heritage projects and supporting historic buildings to be well used and sustainable?
As the independent, UK-wide charity supporting churches, chapels and meeting houses of all Christian denominations, the National Churches Trust supports and promotes church buildings of historic, architectural and community value. Our aims are to help maintain the UK’s heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities; and to promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Church Support Officer to join our Church Support team. The post-holder will lead on the delivery of the Great Interpretations project, a Heritage Lottery funded pilot to encourage churches to use digital engagement and improved interpretation to transform the way people learn about and access 36 churches that form the core of the Horncastle Churches Festival in Lincolnshire. You will work with volunteers to tell the stories of the wonderfully rich built and social heritage of the churches, chapels and meeting houses of Lincolnshire. The project will widen and improve knowledge of the heritage through improved interpretation of the buildings and their stories and increased promotion of their heritage, recording key treasures and features and developing the skills and ability of volunteers to make historic churches more sustainable. You will manage the delivery of training sessions that will be developed for custodians to better understand and promote their buildings, including training on: church tourism, interpretation, publicity, photography, film making and more.
The Great Expectations project will be your priority for three days a week. You will also spend time applying the learning developed in Lincolnshire to wider Trust tourism initiatives, and help to develop the ExploreChurches website and work on the Trust’s church tourism work generally.
You will have excellent organisational and planning skills, be able to manage a varied workload working from home, and be an effective team player.
If you are interested in finding out more and would like an information pack, please email our Church Tourism Manager, Sarah Crossland on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Trust’s work can be found on our website www.nationalchurchestrust.org
To apply, send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com.
Closing date: noon Tuesday 13 March 2018.
Interview dates: Interviews will be held on Friday 23 March 2018. Interviews are likely to be held at the offices of the Diocese of Lincoln, Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PU.
Volunteer with the National Churches Trust
Would you like to help us to help churches across the United Kingdom?
As a small organisation volunteers are an important and valuable part of our team, and in return for their time and efforts we offer an opportunity to develop skills and interests, meet new people and make a real difference to our work. If you would like to help us in any way that you can, please contact us on 020 7222 0605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be pleased to hear from you.