We are looking for an enthusiastic Administrative Assistant to support the Department of Discipleship and Ministry in delivering education and training for people in the parishes of South London and East Surrey.
This is a varied role, with duties ranging from managing course bookings, to coordinating the receipt, marking and return of marks to students, during busy periods throughout the year.
You will need to be a flexible Administrative Assistant, used to working on your own initiative and under pressure, and with strong IT skills. Good interpersonal and team working skills are essential.
The Diocese of Southwark is the collective name for the Church of England in South London and East Surrey, consisting of many and diverse churches, chaplaincies and schools. There are over 300 churches and 250 full time clergy, together with hundreds of volunteers and 40,000 regular worshippers, in the diocese. The role of the Department of Discipleship and Ministry is to provide education and training for people in parishes and for their leaders. We do this through a variety of courses and events, particularly a year long course “Growing in Faith and Life” which is aimed at people in parishes. We offer specialised training to those who will become authorised ministers in the church, currently as Licensed Lay Ministers or Readers, and as Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries. We oversee the training of curates in their parishes and provide continuing professional development for the clergy and those in authorised ministry.
Good IT and administrative skills with a keen eye for detail and able to work quickly and accurately
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.
The Diocese seeks to be a Christian presence and to share the Christian faith in each of its parishes through the mission and ministry of its clergy, congregations, schools and chaplaincies and works to promote the common good, with a particular concern for those most in need.
The priorities of the Diocese are to release gifts, renew vocations and deepen people’s life of faith. We aim to do so by effective stewardship of our resources, by collaborative team working, by respect for all and transparent accountability.
Specific aim• To grow our financial resource base to allow investment in growth for the future;
• To grow our average weekly attendance;
• To increase the number of worshipping communities;
• To increase lay and clergy vocations; and
• To ensure that our leadership is more representative of the cultural communities which we serve.
The Diocese is committed to providing the resourcing necessary to train and house over 300 clergy to minister in its parishes, alongside laity and clergy in secular employment.