Voices of Faith is hiring a Partnership Manager


Position Title: Partnership/Networking Manager - French or Spanish native speaker 

Start Date: As soon as possible

Position Type: Full time 

Location: Flexible (Head office, Rome)  

Compulsory Language Requirements: French, Spanish, English

Direct Report: Managing Director, Chantal Goetz 

Voices of Faith (VOF) is a flagship initiative by the Fidel Götz Foundation, a charitable trust supporting Catholic humanitarian projects since 1969. The initiative seeks to empower and advocate for women to be in leadership and decision making roles within the Catholic Church. 

VOF started in 2014 as a storytelling event on International Women’s Day (IWD) at the Vatican that showcased Catholic women leading social justice initiatives and/or who worked for Catholic institutions. The intention was to act as a wake-up call to the Catholic Church to invest in women, to recognise their potential, importance and expertise and to re-imagine what the future of the Church could look like if only women were more welcomed to its decision making structures.

2019 represents an exciting stage of growth for VOF. We set up our head office in Rome in 2018, but are a truly global initiative with staff in Australia, Italy/Rome and Liechtenstein. We now have the opportunity to expand the presence in France and Spain, two countries that have been identified as important to our organisational strategy. This role is focused on adding further activities in these two countries in order to build our presence, coordinate and present research on women’s leadership, gain new partnerships and grow our relationships within the Church environment. 

Aim of the Role:

To build the presence and bring the initiatives of VOF to France and Spain that align with our strategic plan. The Partnership/Networking Manager will be responsible for gathering research on women’s leadership in the Church, be a public face of the initiative locally in these two countries, be able to talk with authority on this issue and run local events and activities, grow our network and develop new relationships with local key stakeholders; women’s groups, religious orders, universities, schools and parishes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build the Voices of Faith presence in France and Spain 

  • Lead and coordinate strategic relationships with groups advocating for women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, religious groups, reform groups and other  

  • Network and get involved in community events with local Church led groups and understand the local Catholic Church contexts in France and Spain 

  • Financial responsibility

1. Build the Voices of Faith presence in France and Spain  

VOF is a truly mobile initiative with advisory members and consultants working across the globe from Australia to Europe. This year we will focus on setting up initiatives in France and Spain to build our local presence and expand our activities. 

  • Run local events 

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholder groups

  • Ensure the Managing Director has sufficient and up-to-date information on ongoing projects 

  • Prepare and present financial and operational reports for staff and Board meetings 

  • Maintain and develop necessary contacts to keep abreast of emerging issues of significance to the Catholic Church 

2. Lead and coordinate strategic relationships with groups advocating for women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, religious groups, reform groups and other  

VOF has an incredible opportunity to lead and coordinate strategic research on women’s leadership in the Catholic Church and how to integrate women into governance at the top levels. The Partnership/Networking Manager will lead this process in collaboration with key stakeholders.

3. Network and get involved in community events with local Church led groups and understand the local Catholic Church contexts in France and Spain 

The Partnership Manager is responsible for ensuring the VOF mission, activities, services and events are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.

  • Create community engagement activities, including design, development, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality control of all activities

  • Build local networks and run events in France and Spain to build network and presence amongst key stakeholders 

  • Identify and foster strong long-term partnerships with religious groups, orders, the hierarchy, universities, schools, government offices, media, parishes

  • Be open-minded about future growth opportunities 

  • Seek local media opportunities to further help our visibility grow 

  • Represent VOF at industry functions and on advisory committees as required

  • Act as the spokesperson for the association.

4. Financial responsibility

The Partnership Manager is responsible for financial management of all activities in France and Spain. A budget will be set by the Managing Director and ongoing reporting is essential to feedback results.

  • Manage set budgets 

  • Report on progress

  • Routinely identify and bring risks to the attention of the Managing Director

Education, skills, expertise required:

  • Understands and is passionate about theology and Catholic Church history and current day issues 

  • Must be able to legally live in the European Union 

  • Must speak and write fluent french and/or spanish - good english conversation required.

  • Is able to work autonomously and across time zones. Is flexible and creative.

  • Team player, enjoys working with a small team

  • Effective negotiation, influencing, perseverant, relationship-building and interpersonal skills with a proven track record in fostering positive engagement with key stakeholders

  • Strong public speaking and profile building capabilities

Contact:

Please send your CV and cover letter to Chantal Goetz

chantal.goetz@voicesoffaith.org

Website:

www.voicesoffaith.org

Facebook:

@voicesoffaithwomen

Twitter:

@vofwomen 

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtoe9j6lyZ8qyHee5OLC5ig/videos?sort=dd&view=0&flow=grid&view_as=subscriber