The Diocese of St Albans is working towards reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2030, in line with the decision of General Synod in February 2020, and to incorporate sustainable working practices across all its operations. This work is being undertaken within the framework of the Eco Diocese programme. This includes churches, parsonage houses, churchyards and curtilage land and investment land and housing.
A key aim for our Diocese will be to reduce the emissions from energy consumption year-on-year across all our operations and to incorporate the principles of sustainability into our current procedures and strategic planning.
The Diocese has established an Environment Group to coordinate and facilitate this work, drawing on the expertise of each sector of the Diocese including the Net Zero Carbon (NZC) sub-committee of the DAC who provide guidance in this area relating to church buildings, and now seek to appoint a Net Zero Carbon Officer to lead in this area.
Experience and Skills
We are looking for an individual with strengths in many of the following areas:
- Building services professional, relevant degree or professional qualification/s in heritage management, sustainability or project management and proven practical experience in the management, development and conservation of the built environment with a focus on sustainability;
- An understanding of and commitment to working with a range of building types, including churches, halls and clergy houses, to improve their energy efficiency and work towards Net Zero Carbon;
- Knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues and climate change;
- A clear interest in supporting England’s places of worship to be sustainable environmentally and in their use for worship and outreach within their local communities;
- The capacity to build relationships with colleagues, parish clergy and volunteers, and other stakeholders working across the area of the Diocese;
- Strong interpersonal skills, to help persuade colleagues, clergy and PCCs that it is vital to the future of their church and community to work towards Net Zero Carbon for church-owned buildings and land;
- Experience in successful problem solving, project management and securing grant support;
- Experience of fundraising or helping to facilitate fundraising events for heritage or community bodies;
- Excellent skills in leadership, interpersonal relationships, negotiation and persuasion, and written and visual communication and presentation;
- The capacity to work and make decisions with a high level of personal discretion;
- The ability to engage with the wider community in the meeting of the key objectives;
- An understanding of and sympathy with the life and work of the Church of England in St Albans Diocese.