Parliamentary and Policy Researcher to the Bishop of St Albans

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Fixed Term Full Time
£28,173 p.a.

The purpose of this role is to support the Bishop of St Albans in his duties as a Member of the House of Lords and as a diocesan bishop.

The Bishop is an active Member of the Lords, who has served on committees, introduced Private Member’s Bills and campaigned on a range of areas including gambling reform, Sunday trading, serious youth violence, human rights, and marriage registration. He also leads for the Lords Spiritual on rural affairs and agriculture.

In order to maximise effectiveness, the Parliamentary and Policy Researcher will work as part of the Church of England Parliamentary Unit.

The Parliamentary Unit serves the National Church Institutions (NCIs) by maintaining links with MPs, Peers and others in Westminster and Whitehall, helping the NCIs to engage more effectively with the parliamentary process. The Unit is based at Church House, Westminster (the national offices of the Church of England). in the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops’ Council, which is concerned with the Church’s engagement with society and with issues of public concern.

As Parliamentary and Policy Researcher to the Bishop of St Albans, you will work 35 hours per week starting in September 2020.

Your work will be overseen by the Bishop of St Albans and by the Head of Parliamentary Affairs.

Your role will include research and information gathering, drafting speeches, questions, and material for publication, managing meetings, appointments and other events on behalf of the Bishop. Your priorities and tasks will be set by the Bishop, and the Head of Parliamentary Affairs will guide and oversee your parliamentary work on the Bishop's behalf.

The balance between parliamentary tasks and those that relate to the Bishop’s diocesan role is likely to vary depending on the parliamentary cycle.

Your usual place of work with be Church House, Westminster, London although currently employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract which is expected to last for 12 months.

Interviews are expected to be held in St Albans on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

The Role


  • Supporting the Bishop’s work in the House of Lords.
  • Advising on and researching for parliamentary speeches and interventions. Monitoring and keeping the Bishop informed about relevant parliamentary developments and timetables.
  • Liaising with MPs, Peers and their staff, parliamentary officials and others in and outside the NCIs on behalf of the Bishop.
  • Drafting articles for publication and press releases about the Bishop’s work, in close collaboration with diocesan and Church House Communications Officers.
  • Acting as a research assistant to the Bishop of St Albans in his diocesan duties. This will involve researching and drafting talks, articles and lectures.
  • Assisting with disseminating the Church’s parliamentary responses to specific issues or bills, as agreed with the Head of Parliamentary Affairs. Supporting the Head of Parliamentary Affairs and Deputy Head of Parliamentary Affairs in their responsibilities and deputising for them as necessary.
  • Working with the Parliamentary Unit to ensure that the Bishop of St Albans is kept abreast of the wider activities of the Lords Spiritual and the Parliamentary Unit.

This job description may be changed from time to time in response to the changing needs of the Bishop of St Albans and the Parliamentary Unit.

The Requirements



  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability in drafting briefing papers or press releases, bulletins or other accessible modes of communication.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management, diary management etc.
  • Research skills, with the ability to gather information quickly and accurately and to produce content in forms suitable for questions, short speeches and full-length addresses.
  • Ability to discern the impact of policies, legislation etc. on the Church of England, other churches, and other faith communities.
  • The ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Competent in the use of IT.

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Knowledge of Parliamentary processes.
  • Some knowledge of the structures of the Church of England.
  • Proven ability in presenting complex data in manageable and informative ways.
  • Some experience of organising events (receptions, seminars, small and large meetings etc.).

Personal attributes:

  • Enthusiasm and imagination.
  • An open and collaborative working style.
  • Discretion and judgement in handling confidential or sensitive material.
  • Willingness to work creatively with people of differing political and theological persuasions.


  • Degree level or equivalent.


  • Willingness and ability to work some unsocial hours when required.



  • A Level (or equivalent) or degree in a relevant subjects, such as politics, theology etc.


  • Ability to discern the impact of policies, legislation etc. on the Church of England, other churches, and other faith communities.

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Proven administrative ability in drafting briefing papers, press releases, bulletins and other accessible modes of communication.
  • Experience of Parliamentary processes, political parties, think tanks, lobby groups and campaigns or communications.
  • A grasp of the key issues facing the Church of England in its public role today.

Personal attributes:

  • Ability to manage your own work programme with minimal direct management.
  • Ability to deliver outcomes to deadlines and to work under pressure.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.