Personal Assistant to the Archdeacon of Hackney

This job has now expired
Archdeacon of Hackney's Office, The Tower, St Margaret Pattens Church, Rood Lane, London, EC3M 1HS
£28000 - £28500

The Archdeaconry Personal Assistant provides vital support to the Archdeacon in their ministry across the Archdeaconry, especially among the parishes, the Area Staff and clergy.

The Archdeaconry Personal Assistant provides vital support to the Archdeacon in their ministry across the Archdeaconry, especially among the parishes, the Area Staff and clergy. The PA has particular responsibility for a wide range of administrative and coordinating tasks. The PA works in close co-operation with the Administrator to the Archdeacon, Area Staff, Area Deans and other office holders, as well as Diocesan staff based at London Diocesan House.  Additionally, the PA will be working regularly with volunteers.


  • Replying to routine correspondence within established guidelines
  • Strategic diary planning – forward planning of events and specific project and day-to-day management of the Archdeaconry diaries.
  • Preparing agendas and support papers for meetings and taking minutes for London Area Finance Group meetings
  • Arranging visits in connection with on-going works
  • Liaising with both architects and parishes for Quinquennial Inspections
  • Organising arrangements for Archdeacon’s Visitations including distribution of and receipt of Church Wardens Citations and Declarations
  • Maintaining good relations with all Diocesan staff


  • Responsible for keeping the information on the database up-to-date for all clergy and parish officers within the Area
  • Responsible for the updating of the information in the Diocesan Year Book relating to the Area
  • Proactive management of mail, enquiries, telephone calls, e-mail. Using initiative as to when to refer upwards and flag issues with the Archdeacon
  • Preparing weekly and daily briefings for the Archdeacon
  • Preparing papers for meetings
  • Liaison with and between Area staff members and others, setting up meetings
  •  Ordering supplies and equipment
  • Circulating and ensuring receipt of completed Annual Returns
  • Archiving of documents and files
  • Liaising with both architects and parishes for Quinquennial Inspections
  • Logging Clergy Safety Incident Form
  • Drafting of letters and preparation of papers for signature. Signing of occasional routine correspondence on behalf of the Archdeacon
  • Liaison with others who support aspects of the Archdeacon's work

Customer Service

  • Excellent Communication Skills - both oral and written
  • Time Management - Essential as there are projects/work that are time constrained
  • Knowledge - ability to understand and memorise guidance and protocol.
  • Temperance - effectively managing one's personal emotions
  • Good listener - ability to listen keenly and make decisions accordingly.
  • Evaluation - situational evaluation and analysis of work undertaking.
  • Empathy - sharing another person's feelings

The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.


A person who has good administrative and communication skills and experience that they wish to use to serve the Church and its work.  Flexibility of working practice is required, as is the capacity to work alone. The PA must be self-motivated with the ability to recognize and set priorities, organize and work under pressure.


In addition to the required level of secretarial experience/qualifications, the PA must:

  • Be sympathetic to the aims and ethos of the work of the Church of England
  • Have good communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English, and be able to relate well to the wider public
  • The ability to multitask
  • Have the ability to work well with others
  • Demonstrate proven ability to use computers for word processing, publications and
  • Databases
  • Have the ability to take notes accurately at conversation pace and to copy type accurately and fast
  • Be able to innovate, initiate and maintain good and effective administrative procedures
  • Be willing to turn their hand to a variety of tasks as the need arises.

Personal attributes

  • Efficient
  • Organised
  • IT Literate
  • Self-motivated
  • Good Communicator
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good judgment
  • Discretion
  • Confidentiality

Desirable attributes / Other information

  • Willingness to flexible working

The Church of England in London is growing, vibrant and at the heart of communities throughout the capital. At the London Diocesan Fund we seek to do everything we can to support this mission and growth, using our resources to help our parishes and chaplains to serve over 4 million people.

We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • Values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • Reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • Fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

To learn more about the work we do, click here

To learn more about Capital Vision 2020 please click here