Network Church Engagement Manager- North West England

Role outline and purpose

The Network Church Engagement Managers will support food banks to strengthen and shape their relationship with churches and Christian organisations as part of the Together for Change strategy. They will inspire and enthuse food banks about the role the Church can play in ending the need for food banks, and equip them to effectively mobilise church networks in their area.

These roles will provide food banks with high-quality insight, guidance and sophisticated understanding bolster their engagement with Christian communities. They will act as an advocate for food banks amongst local and regional church networks and denominations in service of our collective vision to end the need for food banks in the UK. They will play a central role in championing, in the food bank network, our commitment to the inclusion of people of all faiths and none as vital partners in delivering our mission. Responsibilities

•Supporting food banks to develop and bring their church engagement strategy to life through designing and implementing activities that support food banks to engage, mobilise and partner with Christian communities around the Together for Change strategic areas of Changing Minds, Changing Policy and Changing Communities

•Support food banks to work with their local Christian community to engage with the Together for Change strategy and work to end the need for food banks in whatever way is most relevant in the local context.

•Work with the Network Leads and Area Managers to identify and build strong relationships with key partners within the church and Christian communities at regional and local level amongst diverse church traditions and networks.

•Work with Church Engagement colleagues across Trussell Trust departments to develop, promote and adapt UK-wide communications, marketing and fundraising campaigns, extending reach within the assigned region.

•Lead training and offer support to Operational colleagues in the region on engaging church stakeholders, championing the Trussell Trust’s foundational Christian values of Compassion, Justice, Community and Dignity; and working with interfaith and non-religious partners.

Person Specification

Technical skills and minimum knowledge:

  • Knowledge and experience successfully delivering initiatives designed for a Christian / church context, working across a range of networks and denominations to deliver plans together
  • Experience shaping engagement activities (e.g. workshops, training and public speaking) in informal and informal settings.
  • Understanding and experience of interfaith partnerships in service of social justice
  • Ability to articulate a range of potential Christian viewpoints in theological, operational and strategic discussions, and able to identify any areas of relational or reputational risk arising from decisions
  • Ability to express religious issues in accessible and open language, and to help improve faith literacy amongst people unfamiliar with religious concepts
  • Track record of championing equity, diversity and inclusion

Behaviours and competencies:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the values of the Trussell Trust
  • Role models inclusive behaviour and values
  • Effectively leads teams and programmes of work ensuring they align with the Trussell Trust vision and strategy.
  • Able to solve complex problems; with a self-motivated and solutions-focused outlook
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including clear and concise written and oral communication.
  • Manages relationships with colleagues and partners with warmth, professionalism and sensitivity

Key Stakeholders

  • The Trussell Trust staff team
  • Churches and Christian organisations and networks across all denominations, Faith and Belief networks and organisations
  • The Trussell Trust Safeguarding and Data Protection teams
  • Foodbank Networks across the UK

Our Values

The Trussell Trust is a charity that works to end the need for food banks. It is founded on and shaped by Christian principles.

Our values of dignity, justice, compassion and community, are central to all that we do and therefore supports our aim to be an organisation where the diversity of all employees is valued.  We welcome people of all faiths and none and those that are committed to these values.

We recognise that we have under-represented groups within our workforce. As part of our commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity we are actively encouraging applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions and those with a lived experience of poverty as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce. We are committed ensuring the safety and protection of our employees from all forms of harm.

How to apply

Please submit your application no later than 9am on 22nd July 2022. We reserve the right to close early or extend this date depending on the number of applicants.  

Interviews will be held on 4th August 2022.  

Please note, incomplete or speculative applications will not be considered. If you have any difficulties completing your application using the online portal email [email protected] and we will do what we can to help you. The Trussell Trust is committed to achieve greater diversity and welcomes applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability. 

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