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Regional Co-ordinator L’Arche UK - Job Description
Job Title: Regional Co-ordinator
Report to: National Co-ordinator
Accountable to: National Co-ordinator and National Board
Term: 6 years
Main Purpose of the role:
To carry the authority of L’Arche International and L’Arche UK within the Region.
To ensure and support the Identity and Mission of L’Arche as it is lived in the
Communities and Regionally.
To ensure that the three key elements of L’Arche – the service provision,
community and spiritual dimensions – are integrated and held in balance.
To work in close partnership with the Local Committee Chairs.
To be a full member of the UK National Co-ordinating Team.
To embody the principles of servant leadership, partnership, subsidiarity,
accountability, participation and inculturation as outlined in the Constitution of the
International Federation of L’Arche.
Ensure the Communities live out faithfully and creatively the Identity, Mission and
Charter of L’Arche.
Ensure the high quality of support and care provided to people with learning
disabilities in accordance with the prevailing national care standards.
Supervise the Community Leaders, in partnership with the governance function of
the Local Committee.
Know and understand the finances of the communities; contribute to the evaluation
of budgets and actual to ensure resources are deployed to meet mission priorities;
encourage the necessary fundraising plans at regional and local levels.
Collaborate closely with Local Committee Chairs and encourage the close
partnership between Community Leaders and Local Committees.
Ensure joint meetings between the Regional Coordinator, Community Leader and
Local Committee Chair to review partnership twice annually.
Lead the annual appraisal for the Community Leaders along with the Local
Lead the discernment processes for Community Leaders and Local Committee
Ensure an annual review of the Local Committee strength and governance
Provide direction to Local Committees on issues related to the mission of L’Arche.
Give support and formation to Local Committee members.
Ensure the training and support of Community Leaders.
Visit each Community at least annually.
Carry out audit functions and report to the National Co-ordinator and Local and
Accompany Communities and their members in times of crisis and transition.
Give support to long-term members, in particular with regard to their vocational
discernment and encourage clarity about membership.
Support the Communities to assume the rights and responsibilities of membership
of the Federation of L’Arche.
Encourage the development of appropriate relations with local and national
government authorities, religious authorities and professional organisations.
Promote the role and place of all community members in community life and wider
Ensure the reception and implementation of policy and directives from the
Federation and National.
Accompany and guide new projects and Communities in the process of membership
of the Federation.
Co-ordinate the implementation of the Regional Mission drawn up in consultation
with all the Communities of the Region.
Co-ordinate and lead Regional Councils and Assemblies.
Foster and co-ordinate Regional life through gatherings, retreats and formation.
Encourage solidarity and sharing between communities in the Region, the Country
and the Federation.
Collaborate with national officers in ensuring the implementation of Federation and
National policies and procedures.
Represent the Region within the National structure.
Accompany and guide new seed groups and projects within the Region.
Encourage unity within the UK; collaborate with, and be accountable to, the
National Co-ordinator of l’Arche UK.
Take the lead for one of the UK Mission priorities as agreed with the National Co-
Participate in National Councils and Assemblies.
Attend National Board when requested by National Co-ordinator and National Chair.
Foster solidarity with other Regions and Countries
Ensure the co-ordination of Country or International events taking place within the
Accompany, if need be, a Community from another Region/Country
To undertake any other appropriate task as from time to time agree.
Approved by National Board 29th Oct 2011