Chaplaincy Community Worker
Main purpose of the job:
The Chaplaincy Community Worker (CCW) is one of two posts of its kind. In this case the CCW will support, through proactive and creative community work on campus and in the local area, the mission and aims of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Roehampton and of Southlands, one of its colleges whose providing body is the Methodist Church (membership of this denomination is not an essential requirement). This includes involvement in a broad range of Chaplaincy activities, supporting and nurturing a small ecumenical chaplaincy community living on campus as well as engaging with the life of Southlands College and chapel.
The job achieves this through active engagement with:
Southlands as the sponsoring college: Being a present and active member of the college and its chapel, working with the college Chaplain to provide support and spiritual care, and with the Head of College and the College Team to develop a strong sense of college community, especially as someone engaged in student-focused college activities.
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy-Team: Being part of a university-wide team focused on the provision of activities and resources that develop a multi-faith chaplaincy agenda, supporting all staff and students in the development of their spiritual lives and in the development of knowledge and understanding of faith and religion. This often includes the provision of hospitality, in particular the provision of a weekly community meal to which full-time members of the Chaplaincy Team contribute on a rota.
The Ecumenical Chaplaincy Community: In partnership with another CCW this involves living in and taking an active role in the leadership of a recently established ecumenical community house on campus, working with the chaplains and a small group of resident students to form a community which is grounded in prayer, shared values, and commitments to a programme of active engagement in work which explores the practical living out of those values in the context of the university and the local community.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- In a student-focused role, to work collaboratively with other members of the university-wide multi-faith chaplaincy team, making a positive contribution to the student/staff experience;
- In partnership with the ecumenical chaplains, offering a witness to the Christian gospel within the diverse university community and more broadly in the local context;
- To actively support the work of the chaplaincy through contributing to the chaplaincy development plan and its implementation, including shared events, activities and awareness raising. As well as sharing in responsibility for publicity and other administrative tasks;
- To support the development of a shared, ecumenical project to nurture a prayerful, residential community of students at the university, living in that community and shaping a shared programme of activities across the campus and the local area which support the mission and outreach of chaplaincy at Roehampton;
- Providing support for the good management and working of the community house (for example, reporting maintenance issues);
- To work with student groups in a range of faith-based and community activities, developing a wider understanding of issues important to faith groups and contribute to the development of students as future citizens;
- Within Southlands, to support the Chaplain in the development of their worshipping community and of the chapel as a friendly, welcoming centre;
- Supporting within Southlands the development of events and campaigns, nurturing a strong sense of belonging and encouraging a rich sense of personal development and formation amongst student leaders
- To promote the denominational ethos of Southlands College, encouraging and promoting activities which emerge out of this unique identities
- To be available to members of the University community, including non-resident students, and to offer conversation, active listening and support as and when appropriate.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. Please ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria. You will be assessed by your completed application form (A), at interview (I) and in some instances through an exercise (E).
- Education and Qualifications
- First degree or equivalent
- Knowledge and skills
- Ability to be friendly and outgoing with a sense of fun.
- A degree of spiritually maturity with a commitment to ongoing learning and discipleship
- A general knowledge about the Christian faith, about a range of Christian denominations, and about the college providing body in particular (for Southlands, the Methodist Church; )
- Be able to engage with, work alongside and offer support and care to the university cohort and in particular young adults, of diverse
backgrounds and beliefs.
- Good self-motivation and vision. Ability to use initiative.
- Understanding of confidentiality in a variety of professional environments and have the ability to maintain appropriate boundaries
- A good understanding of what is necessary for the provision of hospitality.
- Understanding of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
- Awareness of own personal and professional limitations and ability to make appropriate referrals
- Good leadership and organisational skills, understanding of team working and able to work with others in creative and collaborative ways
- Be a good listener, able to understand, support and encourage those who struggle with their experience of faith
- Be able to create and deliver inclusive events which engage people of all faiths and none
- Be flexible in working some evenings and weekends (time may be taken in lieu, especially during the University vacations)
- Being friendly, outgoing and able to inspire students to participate in activities
- Good working knowledge of office computing
- Work experience
- Some experience of working in Christian ministry as a layperson, volunteer or student leader either in a church or another context
- Managerial skills (all managers)
- Communication skills
- Have excellent written and verbal
- Good computer literacy and ability to learn new systems
- Able to produce promotional material such as posters, flyers and social media posts.
- Being able to use a variety of media including social networking sites and a willingness to adopt emerging media
- Have excellent written and verbal
- Other requirements
- A worshipping Christian who is either a member of the college providing body denomination (for Southlands, Methodist) or one which allows the applicant actively to engage in worship for that denomination
- A willingness to work positively with people of all faiths and none, and to offer support and care to all students, whatever their faith background, whatever their demographic profile, and whatever their life experiences
- The ability to share personal faith with others and to be sympathetic to hearing and learning from experiences and beliefs which challenge your own
- The appointment will be subject to the University receiving satisfactory clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
- Knowledge about / experience of living in Christian communities
- Knowledge of the specific needs and spiritual development of young adults
- Experience of working with a chaplaincy team
- Engagement in supporting Christian prayer and worship
Salary range: £22,836- £25,745p.a. The appointment is usually made at the bottom of the range (Cost of living allowances are adjusted annually and these figures may vary slightly from 1st Sept.)
Accommodation will be provided in the community house for both appointees at a very low rent. This will be a single bedroom and study each on a shared floor separate from the student bedrooms. Ample cooking and social spaces are available throughout the house.
The appointment is offered on a two-year, fixed-term basis, subject to satisfactory references.
The annual leave entitlement is 25 days p.a., additionally there are 3 – 4 days when the university closes for Christmas
Your normal hours of work will be 35 hours per week, plus a lunch break of one hour each day. Given the nature of the position, it is expected that you will work flexibly, including some evening and weekend work. Regular hours during term time include Sunday, late afternoon and evening.