Urban Life is a relatively new initiative which is concerned with Christian responses to deprivation and marginalisation especially in urban areas. Our particular focus is to facilitate accessible training resources for practitioners and to encourage and convene research.

The development of an effective online presence is an important aspect of Urban Life’s provision. This is currently focused on the website www.urbanlife.org and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/urbanlifeorg

We are seeking to address two specific needs that could be combined into a single permanent role or split into an immediate short-term temporary role and longer term permanent role:

  • Immediate start: to maintain and run the website and facebook page with the current setup
  • Longer term aim: to upgrade the online presence of Urban Life including establishing an effective virtual learning environment (VLE)

 The Role

Short term aim: in the short term the online facilitator will be responsible for maintaining the effective and smooth running of Urban Life’s online presence.

The main tasks will involve:

  • Managing the website (hosted by WordPress), keeping it up to date and adding new content when appropriate
  • Managing the Theology-to-Go and Creative Conversations projects pages
  • Facilitating the Facebook page as a way of developing and maintaining links with individuals and organisations
  • Contributing towards the effective development of email campaigns using Campaign Monitor
  • Bringing creative ideas for developing the online presence of Urban Life

Long term aim: through the summer Urban Life is undergoing a strategic review and it is likely that in the light of this we will need to refresh and upgrade our online provision. A significant aspect of this would be the development and maintenance of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which would support a blended approach to learning for groups around the country. In addition to this we would like to refresh the look and organisation of the website and to improve the online profile of Urban Life.

The post holder would work closely with Mike Pears, the director of Urban Life. In the short term it is anticipated the role would take on average 2 to 3 hours/week. In the longer term we anticipate that this would average out at 4 to 5 hours with more intense periods of development. There is a genuine opportunity to bring creativity and innovation to this post and, depending on the abilities of the candidate, there is scope for it to grow in some interesting ways. Remuneration will be on an hourly basis and will start at £15 /hour with the potential for review.

The Person

Essential qualifications:

  • appropriate technical competence including the use of WordPress and VLEs such as Moodle
  • experience of online engagement through social media with a good sense of how to present materials, both graphic and written, in a concise and lively way
  • ability to network sensitively with the diverse range of people involved in mission in areas of urban deprivation.

This post can be fulfilled from anywhere in the UK and would be ideal for a person who has some kind of ongoing involvement in urban mission and would like to develop a portfolio type approach to employment.

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please send an application letter (no more than one side of A4) to Mike Pears at mpears@urbanlife.org Outline what you would bring to the role including relevant experience and qualifications. In addition, please include a short CV and contact details for two referees.

Applications should be submitted by 9th June 2017. Interviews will take place later in June (by Skype if necessary) and the successful candidate will ideally start work in the following week.