Cultivate Programme Director

OrganisationCrosslands
HoursPart Time

This autumn Crosslands Forum will be launching an exciting new programme to find and nurture fresh new voices – marked by biblical clarity, excellent insight, and personal humility – to speak into the most challenging issues of our day.

The Cultivate programme will identify and develop people who already have deep knowledge and expertise in facets of culture and society, cultivating that knowledge under the authority of scripture and within an understanding of the redemptive work of Christ. The programme will provide academic skills, and character development; it will also provide outlets that bring their work into the useful service of local churches across the UK and beyond through writing, speaking, training and project opportunities. The first cohort will begin in January 2023.

As we prepare to launch the programme, we want to appoint a programme director who will oversee the programme, identifying and bringing together all the people and resources needed to deliver an outstanding development experience for participants, acting as the lead mentor for the programme, and curating the outputs (writing, lectures, courses and other artefacts) that are produced by participants during the course of the programme. The programme director will work closely with the Crosslands Forum administrator who will lead on the practical organisation of the programme.

This is a part time role amounting to approx 0.2 FTE in the first year. Subject to funding we envisage the role increasing to 0.3-0.5 in subsequent years.

Depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate, there may be scope for wider involvement in other Crosslands programmes, for example PhD supervision, Crosslands Seminary tutoring.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Candidate selection: Fielding enquiries from potential applicants, overseeing the selection process, finalising research focus areas with successful candidates. Identifying specific development priorities for each course participants
  • Designing and leading contact events: planning a programme of residential events and seminars which provides the character, knowledge and skills development needed to achieve the development goals for the cohort.
  • Planning study programme: setting both core and bespoke reading plans and other recommended resources for course participants across the full programme.
  • Mentoring: group and individual; both directly and assigning /overseeing other mentors
  • Oversight and Evaluation: Overseeing the delivery of participants’ outputs (articles, essays, lectures, short courses, projects), ensuring participants achieve excellence in focus, depth, timeliness and output quality. Assessing participant progress, providing evaluation, feedback on a regular schedule, and providing additional support where need is identified.
  • Publishing outputs: Creating and overseeing a content platform (eg online publishing of articles written by participants).
  • External relationships: Liaising with participants’ local church mentors. Engagement of partners and supporters.

Core qualifications, skills and experience

  • Academically qualified to lead a theological thought leadership programme. Essential to have engaged in theological study at postgraduate level at least. Ideally we would want the successful candidate to have a PhD, most likely with a theological dimension.
  • Track record of active, gospel-minded cultural engagement across a wide range of interests
  • Experience of sustained discipleship, formation, mentoring and coaching of others, whether in a formal role or as a consistent part of service and leadership in a local church or other ministry setting.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking to a high standard.
  • Experience in creating, editing and curating content in a variety of forms.
  • Understanding of and commitment to pedagogical excellence including in digital learning environments.
  • Programme leadership skills, including programme design, delivery and evaluation.
  • Collaborative leader, willing and able both to lead others and to participate as a member of a strong team.

Person profile:

Motive and Vision:
The job holder will be a gospel-hearted person who:

  • Is aligned with our distinctives, vision and ethos;
  • Can articulate a passion and rationale for theological training as part of resourcing the church-on-mission;
  • Can articulate a vision for living missionally and have experience in being part of a missional culture in a local church or ministry;
  • Is committed to personal discipleship and shows evidence of own ongoing growth as a believer, in the context of a local church;
  • Understands the demands of study, writing, speaking and fostering theological excellence in self and others.
  • Is able to work wholeheartedly, generously and open-handedly, and hold Reformed, Evangelical, and Missional theological beliefs as expressed in our Statement of Faith.

Character and Style:

  • Demonstrates a flexible working style, readily adapting to different people and situations, contexts and cultures;
  • Is interpersonally effective, able to engage and influence people of different backgrounds;
  • Role-models an organised and disciplined life, setting high standards and supporting those standards with practical routines;
  • Fosters teamwork and collaboration;
  • Combines humility with the confidence and skill to challenge and mentor others;
  • Accepts direction willingly but does not need to be closely supervised as part of a virtual team; and
  • Relates effectively and communicates clearly across cultural and social boundaries.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role, contact Dr Dan Strange, Director of Crosslands Forum, on forum@crosslands.training

To apply, please send a cv and cover letter to forum@crosslands.training – applications close on 10th June 2022.