Development Lead


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Development Lead
The Conference of the Religious (CoR) is a membership organisation for Catholic religious orders throughout England and Wales. Currently based in Ealing, but moving to Central London later this year, CoR promotes and represents the work, views and aims of those in Catholic religious life. The organisation is seeking to ensure that its views and work on matters that affect society today are shared both with its membership and the public at large, and that opportunities to do so are maximized.
To achieve these aims we are seeking a Development Lead who will understand the aims and objectives of those in religious life and will work to raise the profile and relevance of the work of CoR and its members. The post holder will lead on the development of networks with the press and broadcast media, and will maximise the use of the website and appropriate social media. We seek an exceptional individual with high level verbal and written skills to maximise both internal and external communications. They will have the ability to establish strong networks and attend events where they will promote CoR and its views, whilst ensuring communication feedback to the membership

  • The post is fulltime (37.5 hours per week) – some flexibility may be considered.
  • Salary £35-40,000
  • This post is open to those both within and outside religious life.
  •  Informal enquiries can be directed to the General Secretary CoR 07957811350
  • Please apply with cv and covering statement to
  • Closing date is Monday 26th February 2018.
  • Interviews will be held on 14th March 2018
Location: 3, Montpelier Avenue, Ealing London W5 2XP
Responsible to: The General Secretary
Accountable to: The Executive of CoR
Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 per annum
Hours: Full time (flexible)
Role Summary:
To seek out and to inform the public of the initiatives and developments that are being undertaken by Religious Congregations which have an interest and a benefit to society as a whole.
To develop and increase the public profile of CoR by building relationships and networks to ensure that CoR has a significant visible presence and a strong voice within the media.
To use social media, develop the website and to establish regular communication with those inside and outside of Religious life to inform and engage them in discussion and debate on new initiatives and to express views on current issues that interest and challenge society.
To act on behalf of and deputise for the General Secretary as required across a range of functions and responsibilities to ensure continuity of service.
Duties and responsibilities:
To work with the General Secretary and Trustees to agree key priority areas of focus for the work of CoR, informed by the current interests of the membership and current issues.
To draft action plans on behalf of the General Secretary in line with the agreed objectives of the strategic Plan.
To ensure that sufficient information is gathered and regularly disseminated to all CoR members and to seek to create ways in which they can engage with debate and discussion.
To express information in ways that are acceptable and understood not only by those in Religious life but also in language which is current and digestible to members of the public at large.
To develop a library of contacts and providers of professional services that can be accessed and recommended to and by Religious Communities.
To initiate and support innovative change to ensure the organisation develops in line with the strategic plan and the wishes of the membership.
To build personal relationships with those in the Catholic press and secular media to ensure that the views and opinions of CoR are regularly reported and that the opinions and views of CoR are frequently sought by those responsible for producing such publications.
Ensure questions and general enquiries from the media, are dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner.
To seek ways to ensure that CoR has a more visible presence and higher profile.
To seek out and follow up opportunities for fundraising.
To regularly draft and agree articles for the press and to comment upon relevant current
events and debates by use of social media and on-line forums.
To constantly seek out and gather good news stories and to describe the work that is happening in within Religious Congregations and ensure this is given coverage in appropriate publications and where possible, as part of radio and TV debates.
To watch the press and to be aware of current wider political and social debates and trends within society that are of interest to CoR and seek opportunities for CoR to participate and engage with those matters at the earliest opportunity.
To develop a profile for CoR as being a ‘go to’ organisation for comments by members of the media who are seeking views and wider discussion on current matters affecting and dividing opinion in society, these might include Social Justice, trafficking, transgender issues.
To lead on the organisation and planning of the Annual general Meeting on behalf of the General Secretary, making proposals and drafting documents.
To regularly network within Religious congregations, and other bodies, especially those who have an affiliation to CoR.
Attend and organise events on current topics that interest the membership of CoR.
To review, develop and regularly update the website ensuring it is an active forum where members can see new and current topics being discussed and reviewed and creating interactive means where members can get involved in such on-line discussions.
To gather and disseminate good, accurate information to those within Religious life on complex issues which face Society today and encourage the sharing of information and views.
To promote and facilitate inter-congregational initiatives and projects that meet the agreed aims of the membership of CoR by building relationships and engaging in joint planning and partnership working.
To work with and assist the General Secretary to ensure that his monthly report Includes updates on wider developments across the roles and functions of CoR.
Attend the Annual general meeting and other meetings and conferences as requested and agreed by the General Secretary.
To establish forums where members of CoR can share their good news stories, encourage collaboration, express what would be helpful to them and what topics and debates they are interested in following up.
To organise and conduct training for those who are asked to give interviews or be involved in debates and discussions involving the media.
To provide cover and support to the General Secretary and Admin Coordinator, organizing induction of new staff and volunteers, ensuring high quality services are delivered and maintained.
Personal Specification
Essential criteria:
 Educated to first degree level or equivalent
 Evidence of substantial work experience in a  development/communications role
 Ability to understand and promote the ethos and aims of CoR
 Ability to provide strong direction and leadership around the development of the aims of CoR
 Experience of influencing people at all levels both within an organisation and externally on behalf of an organisation
 Specialist knowledge of current methods of communication including social media, comprehensive use of websites, and liaison with the media
 Strong written skills to enable articulation of CoR views and opinions and ensure these are expressed accurately when submitting articles to the press and updates and posts on social media
 Ability and experience of using initiative and independence over a broad range of activity and decision making
 Experience of managing a budget
Desirable criteria:
 Experience of working with religious organisations
 Experience of working with a membership organisation
 Evidence of post-graduate study
 Experience of media training
 Knowledge and experience of working with printed, broadcast and online media organisations.

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