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Development Officer - Communications

Purpose of the Role

The Ely Diocesan Board of Finance (EDBF) is seeking a communications specialist to join our committed team.  As Development Officer - Communications, the role will touch on several aspects of the communications and marketing mix, but the primary focus will be on supporting the Mission and Ministry team with the effective communication of the guidance, tools and good news items that will inspire and support our parishes in their engagement with their local communities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the clear and effective communication of these messages, delivered through the various channels available, including social media, the diocesan website and direct email.

You will be part of the Mission and Ministry Team, reporting to the Deputy Director of Mission and Ministry. This position will also link remotely into the Head of Communications, who will provide the strategic communications oversight and support required for this position, as well as any specific communications support required. The Head of Communications will have overall responsibility of the communication needs of the wider EDBF, but will support the Development Officer – Communications so the role holder has the tools and skills needed to fulfil the requirements of the position.

Main Responsibilities

  • Developed with the Deputy Director of Mission and Ministry and the Head of Communications, this role holder will work to a structured annual communications plan delivering messaging in support of the departmental objections.
  • You will work closely with colleagues in Mission and Ministry (M&M) and where appropriate other diocesan departments to gather and coordinate newsworthy items that will help support, inspire and empower parishes, benefices and deaneries in their work.
  • Alongside Mission and Ministry colleagues, you will liaise with the various Bishop’s Officer and Specialist Adviser colleagues to coordinate the communication of guidance, support and news in their areas of work.
  • You will be the primary point of contact for the maintenance of the Education, Mission and Ministry sections of the diocesan website.
  • You will be responsible for adding relevant and timely ‘good news’ items to the Diocesan website. This will come from the identification and development of these items from our local parishes.
  • You will be responsible for compiling the weekly Ministry e-Newsletter.
  • You will be responsible for leading on the M&M communication workstream on the Diocesan social media channels, including any subsidiary pages and groups.
  • The Head of Communications will retain overall oversight and control of the social media platforms and you will work together to schedule the messaging on these channels in a coordinated way.
  • You will work with the Head of Communications to identify and coordinate the access to these social channels for other colleagues where specialist engagement purposes require.
  • You will help support any ‘good news’ Press queries that arise, working alongside the Head of Communications. During high priority press and crisis communications matters you will work under the guidance of the Head of Communications as circumstance demands.
  • You may be asked to attend Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod meetings throughout the year to support any on-site IT and presentation needs, as required.
  • The Head of Communications will continue to provide the overall communications lead for the EDBF. However, the position of Development Officer - Communications is, and will be, critical to the successful realisation of the day-to-day messaging and delivery of the M&M department’s communication plan.

Technical Skills

  • Essential: The successful candidate would need to be flexible and adaptable to the use of the tools and equipment provided by the business.
  • Essential: Updating websites and content management systems.
  • Essential: Day-to-day use and potential of the key social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Essential: Great story-telling skills, able to identify, develop and communicate good news items in an efficient and timely way.
  • Essential: Strong general IT skills, including the main Microsoft and Google applications and tools (including Microsoft Teams and Zoom).
  • Highly Desirable: The business uses tools including Mailchimp and Canva, the successful candidate would be required to use these platforms and so prior experience in their use would be an advantage, although on-the-job training will be provided.
  • Highly Desirable: Experience of filming and video editing.
  • Highly Desirable: Experience in basic image editing.
  • Highly Desirable: Solid IT literacy (i.e. robust general understanding of the set-up and use of electronic equipment such as projectors, speakers and audio-visual equipment).

Personal Qualities

  • Great people skills to effectively support and deliver a broad communications offering.
  • Ability to influence and inspire colleagues to adopt good practice.
  • Adaptability and sensitivity to the varied needs of a volunteer-based charitable organisation.
  • Helpful, proactive and constructive attitude to work.
  • Excellent project focus and time management to deliver on the specific objectives and requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate should be sympathetic to the aims and ethos of the Church of England.

Terms and Conditions

  • Salary: £28,000 (dependent on experience).
  • Working hours: full-time (35 hours per week), within a standard 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. [NB there may be some evening work when attending Diocesan Synods and Council].
  • Pension: Membership of The Church Workers Pension Fund (non-contributory)
  • Contract: Permanent (subject to the successful completion of a 3-month probation period)
  • Employer: Ely Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Location: A mix of office-based and home-working.

Application Process

  • Deadline for Application: Friday 17 February 2023
  • Interviews (to be held in Ely): Friday 24 February 2023
  • Application form: download here
  • To apply, please send a completed Application Form and covering letter (no more than one side of A4 detailing your suitability for this role) by email to


Page last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2023 11:04 AM
First published on: 24th January 2023
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