Net Zero Carbon - Programme & Projects Manager

Diocese of Derby

£50,000 - £55,000 DoE

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Wednesday, 29th May 2024  

The Diocese of Derby is committed to becoming a greener, net zero carbon diocese as it responds to the fifth mark of mission, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

The post holder will work in collaboration with existing and yet to be appointed officers within a new ‘buildings for mission’ sub-team within the Department of Discipleship, Mission & Ministry to support, enable and develop initiatives that inspire, encourage and assist individuals, churches, schools and other Christian communities to decarbonise their activities as they work towards a net zero carbon ambition.

The role of Net Zero Carbon Programme Manager will take operational leadership and governance of the Diocesan Net Zero programme implementation. The post holder will ensure the effective delivery of activities within the Net Zero action programme ensuring full participation of all stakeholders to secure successful outcomes including the direct project management of locally based decarbonisation initiatives and interventions. 

The role is open to either lay or ordained applicants.


Key Responsibilities

Programme Action Plan Planning

  • In collaboration with the Diocesan Secretary and other key stakeholders through the NZC Working Group, oversee the planning and execution of decarbonisation projects that will positively impact (i) Diocesan-wide, (ii) Churches & Church Halls, (iii) Derby Cathedral, (iv) Work related Travel, (v) Communication.
  • Hold responsible for resource allocation and the programme’s budget management.
  • Process NZC relevant data into reports to contextualise actions for relevant departments.

Programme Plan Delivery

  • Track progress against the programme plan and provide regular, timely reports to key stakeholders, governance committees and Diocesan Synod.
  • Carry out pilot projects and energy audits and project feasibility studies to gain learnings and plan cost-effective actions.
  • Ensure learning from the programme is captured and appropriately shared.
  • Give support to projects and work programmes being developed by other parts of the diocese that contribute to NZC goals.
  • Speak at relevant meetings, events, and conferences about the programme.
  • Working with the Fundraiser to identify requirements for funding and supporting applications.
  • Identify new potential sources of funding for the programme (diocesan and parish level) and support the development and submission of external proposals.
  • Identify and use current internal capacity for fundraising for projects or appoint an external fundraising consultant.

Good Governance

  • Once established, Chair the NZC Working Group, set agendas and enable relevant meetings, sub-groups, etc.
  • Support the reporting processes to other Diocesan Governance bodies on the strategy implementation.
  • Progress reporting to the National Church, Bishop’s Council and other relevant groups.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Work closely with internal diocesan departmental or team leads to ensure support for the programme and effective management of any interdependencies.
  • Support all departments of the diocese, including the Derby Diocese Board of Education (DDBE), Churches, Cathedral and Clergy Housing, to help achieve their NZC milestones.
  • Ensure effective relationships, communication and coordination with Deaneries and Parishes.
  • Develop and maintain effective collaborative relationship with counterparts in other dioceses, and with key staff in the Church of England National Office.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate effective collaborations with other key local and regional stakeholders involved in Net Zero Carbon.
  • Engage and collaborate with the National NZC Programme.

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