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CUDDESDON: GLOUCESTER & HEREFORD

Appointment of a Director of Non-residential training

Ripon College Cuddesdon (RCC), which is one of the largest institutions in the Church of England dedicated principally to training for ministry, intends to appoint a full time Director to lead and develop training at its centres in Gloucester and Hereford dioceses (the pathway historically known as WEMTC), and to teach across the curriculum in areas in which s/he is suitably qualified.

Through teaching bases in Gloucester and Ludlow, Cuddesdon trains men and women for ordination as priests and deacons and for Reader and other lay ministry, including Pioneer Readers. Most of the students come from Gloucester and Hereford Dioceses, but students from neighbouring dioceses also attend as the teaching bases are accessible to those in the south-west of Worcester and Coventry Dioceses, north Bristol, and northern Oxford.

Cuddesdon: Gloucester & Hereford (CGH) has developed opportunities for a range of independent students to grow in discipleship and ministry, particularly through joint initiatives with Gloucester and Hereford Dioceses such as the Foundations Course and Discover Interns.

As one of the training pathways that make up RCC, CGH is an integral part of the College, which was originally founded by Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1854. RCC now comprises about 120 full-time and part-time ordinands as well as about 70 candidates for lay ministry and a number of other students across its various pathways. Through a series of amalgamations and developments - with Ripon Hall in 1975, the Oxford Ministry Course in 2006, the West of England Ministerial Training Course in 2013 and the establishment of the Portsmouth Pathway in 2015 - RCC has greatly expanded in both numbers and diversity. It also partners with the Church Mission Society at its base a few miles from Cuddesdon in the training of ordinands for Ordained Pioneer Ministry and with the diocese of Oxford in the delivery of their Local Ministry Programme.

RCC attracts students, staff and visitors from across the theological spectrum and from a wide geographical area, and seeks to reflect and serve the Church of England in all its breadth and diversity. RCC treasures its reputation for spiritual and theological depth, academic rigour, and contextual engagement and is fully committed both to the inheritance of the orthodox Christian Faith as it has been received by the Church of England and to serious theological exploration and openness to new ideas in the church and the world. 

RCC has long attracted large numbers of female students and is firmly committed to the ordained and lay ministry of women at all levels in the church.  In recent years about half the students have been women.

The two academic institutions to which RCC most directly relates are the universities of Oxford and Durham. Most CGH students study for the Common Awards validated by Durham University.

Disciplined worship – Eager learning – Joyful fellowship:

Formation for generous service in God’s Church.

Ripon College Cuddesdon treasures and seeks to reflect the comprehensiveness of the Church of God for God’s world. Believing that there neither is nor should be any division in the Body of Christ, we are committed to the flourishing of all and to building a community in which this is realised by the grace of God, where all play unique and complementary parts in the service of the Gospel.

Within this ordered unity there is much diversity, promising both enrichment and challenge for each individual. We believe that each member brings particular gifts and insights and is to be a blessing to the others. Diversity calls for generosity on the part of each, more than mere tolerance, and a recognition that all are likely to experience sacrifice, as well as affirmation and acceptance, in the process of growing in God’s wisdom and love.

We rejoice in our unity and celebrate our diversity through a commitment on all our pathways to disciplined worship, eager learning and joyful table fellowship. We seek to delight in our common calling, and in one another, to have fun as we learn and grow by God’s grace and to look for, and see, in one another and our joint enterprise, the fruit of the Spirit and the signs of the Kingdom.

Job description and person specification

Job title

Director of Non-Residential Training Gloucester & Hereford

Salary

Stipend of £26,951 (including 5% responsibility allowance) plus book allowance £720 pa and housing allowance

Reporting to

Principal

Responsible for

Local Tutor (Hereford)

Pathway Administrator

 

Summary, purpose and objectives of the role

To share in the formation, training and teaching of ordinands and lay ministerial students in the context of a community that is both close and dispersed, taking lead responsibility for the delivery and development of Non-Residential Training based in Gloucester and Ludlow.

Main duties and responsibilities

As a member of the RCC’s Senior Leadership Team, to lead the Cuddesdon: Gloucester & Hereford pathway, helping to develop the non-residential programmes in close collaboration with the Local Tutor (Hereford) and other academic colleagues. This includes organisation, planning and delivery of CGH’s activities ensuring that they are appropriately staffed and appropriately integrated with other programmes in RCC. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Recruiting and supervising local tutors, including identifying training needs and ensuring that training is delivered
  • Organising the programme of residential weekends and summer/Easter schools in collaboration with fellow Non-Residential Training Directors and other colleagues in RCC
  • Overseeing the progress of all CGH students, liaising with DDOs and others, as appropriate
  • Collating student evaluations and chairing meetings of the CGH Board of Studies
  • In conjunction with Directors of Cuddesdon-based Non-residential Training and the Portsmouth Pathway and with the Academic Dean (Vice-Principal) contributing to curriculum development

In collaboration with the Principal, to have lead responsibility for the strategic development of the Gloucester & Hereford pathway, including Lay and In-service Clergy training, responding to the challenges and opportunities of Renewing Ministerial Education and other developments in the TEI Sector nationally.

To be the principal local tutor in Gloucester with oversight of the formation and learning of students for lay and ordained ministry. This will involve worship, teaching, placements and pastoral supervision in the context of appropriate consultation and negotiation, and will involve developing and maintaining constructive and effective relationships with key personnel in Gloucester diocese: e.g. the Director of Mission and Ministry, DDO, Warden of Readers, etc. It is anticipated that the Director will hold the Bishop of Gloucester’s licence (as either a lay or ordained minister), and may be invited at an appropriate point to become an Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

To support and collaborate closely with the Hereford Tutor, ensuring close cooperation in curriculum planning and delivery across the CGH pathway.

To play a part in the worshipping life of RCC, including preaching and (if ordained) presiding at the Eucharist at residential weekends and summer/spring residentials for non-residential students.

To attend twice-termly Senior Leadership Team meetings, start of year planning meeting in September, post-term ‘Big Picture’ meetings after Michaelmas and Hilary Terms and annual Staff Residential following Trinity Term. To be in attendance at relevant sub-committees of the Board of Governors.

This is an indicative list of duties and responsibilities only, and should not be regarded as exhaustive.

 

Person Specification

The person appointed to this post will have a love for the Church and its calling, deep reserves of resilience, a robust and palpable spirituality and a cheerful and collaborative disposition, delighting in the variety of the community we are and which we serve, and confident of the welcome they will receive and the value that will be attached to their contribution. S/he will be eager to share in the social and worshipping life of the relatively tight-knit communities of CGH and RCC more generally.

Qualities

Essential

Desirable

 

Qualifications

 

 

 

A relevant higher degree at least at Masters’ level.

 

 

A PhD or DMin

To be in Priests’ Orders in the Church of England or a Church in full communion with it

Knowledge and experience

 

Familiarity with recent and developing thinking in a relevant field of Theology

Knowledge of issues in and processes of ministerial formation

Knowledge and awareness of the missional challenges facing the Church, especially in the contexts served by CGH

 

 

 

Experience in a TEI setting

Experience of teaching and assessment at undergraduate and/or graduate level

Experience of teaching and assessment in a TEI setting, including familiarity with Common Awards

Experience of public ministry in a variety of contexts

Skills & aptitudes

 

Management and administrative skills of a high order

Enthusiasm for teaching theology in the context of ministerial formation and a working knowledge of how academic and formational streams co-relate in theological training.

Skills in developing collaborative networks and alliances

Demonstrable interest/ experience in (a) specific curriculum area(s)

Personal attributes

 

To be an actual communicant member of the Church of England or a Church in communion with it.

Commitment to the training and formation of men and women in both residential and non-residential modes for ordained and lay ministry.

Commitment to the values and aspirations of Ripon College Cuddesdon as summarised in the Ethos Statement in the sidebar on page 1 above.

The ability to work in a pressurised environment, yet able to model good self-care and a responsible work-life balance.

 

Circumstances

 

Availability for working on some weekday evenings, and also some weekend working in term time.

Availability for some residentials outside term time (usually around Easter and in July)

Ability to drive / travel easily between Cuddesdon and local centres.

 

Summary Terms & Conditions

Hours:  You will be expected to manage your working hours to meet teaching, pastoral and worship requirements within the framework of CGH and cross-Pathway calendars. Weekend and evening working will be required, as well as contribution to periods of residence by non-residential students.

Location: Based at the CGH offices in Cathedral Close, Gloucester. A housing allowance set at the relevant Diocesan amount is payable (Gloucester Diocese £15,963).

Salary:  Salary and other benefits are set in line with the Lichfield Scale for Academic Staff Remuneration and Benefits Scale. An additional responsibility allowance is offered in recognition of enhanced Management responsibility.

Contract: This is a permanent position subject to satisfactory completion of a six month probation period.

Holiday: The holiday entitlement is 6 weeks plus 8 bank holidays. Annual leave will not normally be granted during term time.

Pension: You will be entitled to membership of an appropriate Church of England Pension, including the Clergy Pension Scheme.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post-holder is a Christian. Regulation 7(2)a of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies.

This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure.

Letters of application, which should include reasons for applying for the role and demonstrate how the applicant’s aptitudes, enthusiasms, experience and qualifications match with the Job Description and Person Specification above, should be sent, together with a full CV and the names and full contact details of three referees to: The Principal, The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford OX44 9EX to arrive not later than 30 April.

Interviews will be held in Gloucester on 17 and 18 May. The successful applicant will be in post from 1 September ready for the start of Michaelmas Term 2018.

 

 

 

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