Lead Local Community Officer, West Region

£28,236 gross per annum
36 hours (net) per week with evening and weekend working
Home based within Gloucestershire or Oxfordshire

We’re looking for a Lead Local Community Officer to inspire communities to support our historic buildings.

The Churches Conservation Trust works with communities to look after 357 historic churches, over two million visitors annually and hundreds of events both private and public. These ancient, listed sites are among the most beautiful locations in England. 

As Lead Local Community Officer you will manage a small team of Local Community Officers whilst also having your own portfolio of 19 churches across Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Together you will support and empower communities to care for their historic places of worship. 

The West region stretches down from the West Midlands to Hampshire and the tip of Cornwall so a willingness to travel across the region and nationally is important to support the team and the wider organisation.

As a practitioner-manager you will be a highly organised, people orientated individual with significant experience of managing teams to deliver targets. You’ll also have experience of working with volunteers, community fundraising and generating income. 

You’ll be visiting sites regularly, motivating your team, encouraging new supporters, holding local meetings and raising funds to meet each building’s unique needs. Sharing progress through a growing church plan for each church in your area, you’ll ensure these buildings thrive as beautifully maintained visitor attractions, as venues for events and as central parts of village, town or city life.

You’ll be supported by our team of experts, including fundraising, conservation, learning and by our large network of church supporters, so you do not need a background in historic building conservation or churches. 

To apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please select 'Apply Now' to begin your application. You will be redirected to our online recruitment portal. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and a short supporting statement (max 2 sides A4) outlining how you fulfil the person specification for this post.

Please note direct applications via email cannot be accepted for this role; only applications submitted through our recruitment portal will be considered.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 21 November 2022.

Please note there is a two-stage interview process.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a familiarisation visit on Thursday 1 December 2022 in Somerset.  This will be followed by an invitation to formal panel interviews on Monday 5 December 2022 in Bristol. Please note that the interview dates have been specifically chosen according to the availability of the panel. 

We are a Disability Confident Committed Employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview. 
f you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email [email protected].

Lead Local Community Officer, West Job Description.pdf


Vicky Allen