Bishop of Norwich Press and Communications Officer

Diocese of Norwich

This role is 20 hours per week, primarily Monday to Thursday, with some evening and weekend work (which is generally known well in advance). The salary is pro rata £30,512 FTE based on a 35 hour week.

The Role – Main Duties and Responsibilities

To be the main source of contact between print and broadcast media and the bishop in both reactive and proactive ways to convey the bishop’s priorities and aspects of his ministry.

  • To be the main source of contact between print and broadcast media and the bishop in both reactive and proactive ways to convey the bishop’s priorities and aspects of his ministry.
  • To be the point of contact for the Diocesan Communications Team when they require input from the bishop, especially for internal comms content.
  • To prepare, oversee and deliver an annual communications plan for the bishop which covers his national and international roles, especially his role as lead bishop for the Environment, his Lords Spiritual work and convening role within the Anglican Communion around biodiversity. This includes liaising regularly with the Church of England’s national communications team and Parliamentary Unit, and the communications team at the Anglican Communion Office.
  • To work collaboratively with the Diocesan Board of Finance’s Communications Manager, who is part of the Parish Support Team, to develop a shared high-level diocesan annual communications plan, coordinating on behalf of the bishop and the two suffragan bishops.
  • To draft press releases, articles, statements and quotes where appropriate.
  • To follow the bishop’s social media presence, sharing on diocesan platforms as part of a wider digital strategy, and advising about the development of other platforms.
  • To produce a bi-monthly round up of the bishop’s activities for eNews.
  • To develop and produce a regular diocesan prayer resource, working with local clergy and lay leaders, the chaplain, a designer and the Parish Support Team’s communications team.
  • To support the branding and marketing of events at Bishop’s House, including offering support to charities with the open garden days, and support the design and content of any publications from the bishop’s office.
  • To be contactable out of hours in the event of an emergency (experience has shown that this has been rarely needed).
  • To work closely with the other staff at Bishop’s House, contributing to the sense of being a team and taking part in their life together.

Skills/Aptitudes

  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Skilled to create short videos and sound recording using an Iphone or similar, and editing software such as Adobe (training can be given).
  • Skilled to take reasonable quality photographs.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management.
  • Research skills, with the ability to gather information quickly and accurately, and to produce content in forms suitable for questions, short speeches and articles.
  • The ability to work well as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to deliver outcomes to deadlines and occasionally to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrable diplomatic skills.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and social media.

Knowledge / Experience

  • A willingness to learn the structures of the Church of England.
  • Proven ability in drafting and editing briefing papers, press releases, bulletins or other accessible modes of communication.
  • Proven ability in presenting complex information in manageable and informative ways.

Closing date: 9:00 am Monday 26 February 2024

Interviews: Wednesday 13 March 2024

 

To apply for this job please visit www.dioceseofnorwich.org.