The Bishop of Leicester’s Research Assistant

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Bishop’s Lodge, 12 Springfield Road, Leicester
£26,000 p.a.

Bishop Martyn became the seventh Bishop of Leicester in May 2016. He moved to Leicester from Gloucester where he had been Bishop of Tewkesbury since 2013.

He is also the lead Bishop for lay ministry in the Church of England, taking a proactive role in the development of a wide range of ministry from licensed roles such as Readers and Pioneers, to youth and children and families workers.

He is Chair of both the Central Readers’ Council and of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists and sits on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) and the Church Commissioners’ Mission and Pastoral Committee.

Within the Diocese of Leicester, Bishop Martyn continues to lead a dynamic programme of work both helping develop deeper discipleship of Christians in our churches and schools as well as addressing issues faced by our church communities.

As the Bishop of Leicester’s Research Assistant, you will support the Bishop of Leicester in his diocesan and national ministry through research on lay ministry and evangelism, and through a variety of administrative and general office duties.

To be successful, you will need the ability to design and conduct research and produce clear, well-written reports which can help shape policy. With experience of communication through websites and social media, you will have the capacity to write for publication as well as the administrative and organisational competence needed, to organise and deliver projects and events.

With the confidence to communicate appropriately with a wide range of people, you will enjoy working as part of a team with a flexible approach to duties and working hours which will occasionally include evenings and weekends.

Interviews will be held on the 8th October 2019

The Role:

Supporting the Bishop in his responsibilities:

  1. Research
  • To support the Bishop’s ministry of writing and teaching both within the diocese and nationally, particularly in his role as Lead Bishop for Lay Ministry and Chair of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists.
  • To conduct qualitative and quantitative research with individuals and groups – particularly in relation to evangelism (how can church leaders enable all Christians to have regular ‘everyday faith conversations’?), and in relation to teaching the faith (how can church leaders effectively teach the faith to those new to the faith?), and in relation to children and young people (how can church leaders involve children and young people in ministry?) - and produce reports which can help shape policy.
  • To conduct literature reviews on specific topics and provide summaries for the Bishop.
  • Write briefing papers on specific topics, including material for use in sermons, talks, presentations and publications.
  • To help write and facilitate mission training courses / Bible study notes / evangelistic literature / material for websites and social media.
  • Liaising with the Head of Learning and Ministry Development to ensure research and policy development is aligned with learning priorities.
  • To help ensure that the Bishop’s priority of mission and evangelism is reflected in his diary, and forms part of the research project, including:
    • Working with the Mission and Communications Enabler to plan for, implement and follow-up Bishop’s Big Conversation weekends.
    • Planning additional evangelistic encounters.
    • Arranging visits to social action projects.
  1. Office
  • To work with the Bishop’s Chaplain (in her role as office manager), the Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Leicester and the Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Loughborough in general office duties.
  • To help manage the Bishop’s social media accounts.
  • To help manage office finances.
  • To oversee the management of Bishop’s Lodge buildings, including
    • Arrange and manage repairs
    • Liaise with Church Commissioners
    • Health and Safety
    • Purchase of office equipment
    • Bishops' cars
  • To work with the Bishop’s Chaplain to ensure a mission focus to the Diocesan Calendar of Prayer.
  • To help with special events planning.

The amount of time required for office work will vary at different points in the year, but it is anticipated that it will involve approximately 2 days per week.

  1. Personal Development and other duties
  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities.
  • Undertake whatever other tasks the Bishop may reasonably expect.

The Requirements

  • Be keen to learn, seeing this role as an opportunity for personal development.
  • Be self-motivated, flexible and pragmatic, with capacity to take initiatives while also working within a framework of accountability.
  • A deep understanding and personal experience of mission and evangelism including their theologies, practices and methodologies.
  • A well-developed personal and spiritual life, able to handle the pressure of a demanding post.
  • Be well read, particularly in the area of theology, ministry, mission and evangelism.
  • Ability to critically evaluate published literature.
  • Ability to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research, and produce clear, well-written reports which can help shape policy.
  • Have capacity to think clearly, structure their work, and work to deadlines.
  • Be confident in communicating appropriately with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and faith traditions.
  • Have experience of communication through websites and social media, and capacity to write for publication.
  • Have administrative and organisational competence, including capacity to organise and deliver projects and events.

This post has attached to it an occupational requirement under the 2010 Equality Act, Part 1, Schedule 9, that the person should be a practising Christian.

The Church of England is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Our employees form one community using their diverse cultures and talents to serve the objectives and purposes of the Church of England.

We are committed to respecting the dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a climate of tolerance and diversity. These commitments are integral to our Christian ethos.