JOB TITLE: IME (Initial Ministerial Education) Pathways Adviser

IME (Initial Ministerial Education) Pathways Adviser
Band 3
Church House
Head of Formation
Head of Formation, Selection Secretaries, Quality Assurance
Administrator, Head of Resources, Head of Discipleship & Vocation, Lay
Ministries Development Adviser, Diocesan Directors of Ordinands and
Diocesan IME 2 Officers, Theological Education Institution (TEI)
Principals and staff, Durham University Common Awards staff
The Ministry Division is one of the Divisions of the Archbishops’ Council
of the Church of England. It serves the dioceses and the bishops by
providing advice and consultancy on ministry, overseeing a national
process of selection for candidates and quality assurance of their training
and supporting dioceses in their strategic planning for ministry. Its vision
is for transforming ministry for mission and growth and its values are
based in working collaboratively to offer a constructive, professional and
expert service to the dioceses.
The role of the IME Pathways Adviser is to work with Dioceses and TEIs
to advise on personal formation pathways for individual candidates and the
whole cohort and to develop policy around pathways to be used in
ministerial education. The Adviser will lead on the development of the
Common Awards and on work for improvement in educational provision
IME 1 and 2 in consultation with Dioceses and TEIs.
1. To liaise at senior level with bishops and DDOs about personal formation pathways for individual
candidates in training through consultation with the 42 Dioceses and 23 TEIs.
2. To give expert advice and consultancy to Dioceses and TEIs on bringing together policy,
assessment of educational need and the capacity of candidates.
3. To lead for the Division in developing the national and regional processes which monitor and
review pathway choice and the consequent financial implications and quality assurance issues
4. To lead on developing policy around the use and choice of pathways both for individuals and for
the current and future cohorts.
5. To lead in developing the working relationship between the Dioceses, TEIs, Ministry Division
and Durham University for the improvement of the Common Awards and the quality of
ministerial education.
6. To support the network of 42 diocesan IME 2 Officers and to develop with them high quality
accredited or non-accredited education for ministers in their first post, including the use of
Common Awards modules for IME 2 amongst Dioceses and TEIs.
7. To provide guidance on and promote good practice for training and assessment in IME 2.
8. To carry out any other duties as required.
The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in your job description. This list is not
exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time
and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate
with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any
changes to your job description before these are implemented.
 Degree or equivalent in theology or in a related educational field
 Recent experience as an adult educator in vocational higher education (HE) or professional development
or diocesan ministerial formation
 Current knowledge of HE validated theological education and ministerial formation and the ability to
articulate a convincing theological vision for them
 Skilled in developing partnerships, encouraging networks and working in teams
 Able to think and work strategically and to develop effective policy in the light of data and research
 Excellent communication skills including oral and written communication.
 Good IT skills including proficiency in use of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.
Personal Attributes:
 In sympathy with the Church of England and committed to its mission
 Able to travel within England and attend meetings away from London
Experience in curriculum design and development in vocational HE-accredited theological education
Knowledge of the current delivery of IME Phase 2 within the Church of England
Knowledge of the structures of the Church of England
Proficiency in using new media for communication
Current research interests in education or theology
A qualification or equivalent in HE or adult education
We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures
and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:
values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full
We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job
applicants, customers and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to
discrimination. We want to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever
is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We expect all of our employees to be treated
and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment,
intimidation, or discrimination in any form which may affect the dignity of the individual.
Standards of Behaviour and Conduct
Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their
position as employees of the Church and as professionals, whatever their job.
Health and Safety Responsibilities
The NCIs take Health and Safety at work very seriously and require their staff to familiarise themselves
with, and follow, their policy.
Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties
without the permission of their Head of Department.
Starting Salary:
Salary starts at the probationary point of £33,932 per annum. On
satisfactory completion of the probationary period the salary will rise to
the standard point for the band £37,131 per annum.
Pension Contributions:
Non-clergy staff will be admitted to the Church Administrators Pension
Fund (CAPF, DC Section). Clergy already in the Church of England
Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) will have the option of either
remaining in this scheme or joining the CAPF scheme.
There is no contracting – out certificate under the Pension Schemes Act
1993 in force for this employment in relation to the CAPF and CEFPS.
Both CAPF and CEFPS members are contracted-in to the State Second
Hours of Duty:
Normal hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday with an hour’s
unpaid break for lunch.
Annual Leave:
25 days paid leave per leave year. This is exclusive of public holidays and
additional holidays approved by your employer.
Season Ticket Loan:
Staff are eligible to apply for an interest-free travel season ticket loan for
their journey to and from work.
The post is offered on an open-ended contract, subject to a six-month
probationary period.
Closing date:
6th January, 2015
18th January, 2015