The purpose of the role of Personal Assistant is to support and enable the Bishop to carry out her purpose. It is essential that the post holder is committed to working closely with the Bishop, anticipating the requirement for support, representing her views when necessary and able to appropriately challenge and be a confidant. This is achieved by ensuring that her time is used to best effect by proactively undertaking a range of personal assistant tasks. To be effective in the role, the Personal Assistant will need to apply an excellent standard of organisational and communication skills and a high level of self-motivation, commitment and emotional intelligence.
- Exceptionally confidential and discreet and able to handle sensitive information. Some information can be of a distressing nature and it is essential that the PA has developed mechanisms for dealing with such information.
- A problem solver, able to comprehend complex situations and determine an appropriate course of action. Able to determine when to use own initiative and when to seek advice.
- Able to develop an understanding and represent the views of the Bishop.
- Willing to appropriately challenge and offer a view.
- A demonstrable team player with a collaborative working style.
- Able to relate well at all levels, build relationships and be a clear and confident communicator.
- Able to remain calm under pressure and remain focused, flexible in attitude.
- A self-motivated individual who is able and willing to take responsibility, use initiative and work without instruction when necessary.
- Able to be persistent and assertive when necessary yet remain cordial and amenable.
- Proactive and solution orientated.
Education and Qualifications
- Graduate or equivalent level of education is desirable, ideally educated to degree level in Business Administration, English or Management.
- Evidence of relevant continuing learning and development.
- It will be a requirement of the appointment that Safeguarding Training – C1, C3, Domestic Abuse and Safer Recruitment training is completed along with GDPR training within the probation period.
- Excellent IT skills and ability, with detailed experience of utilising all standard Microsoft Office packages, and the interest and ability to expand knowledge and use of other software packages.
- Good research skills, very good writing skills and an excellent standard of written English.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Able to manage own time exceptionally well, plan and prioritise workloads.
- Have demonstrable organisational skills, able to create processes as well as work with process.
- Able to work with figures and manage basic budget information.
- Driving licence, access to own transport.
The Bishop of Southampton leads the strategic mission and provides episcopal oversight within the Archdeaconry of Bournemouth under the guidance, authority and delegation of the Diocesan Bishop. The role embraces oversight of the Christian community in its worship, teaching, pastoral care and outreach. The Diocese of Winchester is moving towards being mission shaped in every dimension and at every level.
The Bishop of Southampton works collegially with colleagues, lay and ordained, to build up the life and mission of the Christian community entrusted to her care. She serves all the baptised; and seeks to ensure that the life of the Church is focused on mission priorities discerned by the Diocesan Bishop in consultation with ecclesial, civic and ecumenical partners. Her ministry is set within, and seeks to enable the delivery of Diocesan Strategic Priorities.