We are seeking an experienced PA who thrives in a changing and dynamic environment, to support the Diocesan Secretary, who leads the operational, financial and governance arrangements for the Diocese.
This is an exciting, busy and wide-ranging role, providing the opportunity to use excellent PA skills, working with a wide range of colleagues, including those at a senior level within the Diocese.
The role includes a wide range of organisational and secretarial tasks that will allow the Diocesan Secretary to maximize the use of her time. The PA will work collaboratively as part of a team who support the committee structure of the diocese, and the broader administrative support within the secretariat. Confidence and competence in the use of IT will be really important in this role, to manage corrrespondence, track actions, manage data and to produce high quality presentations and documents.
You should have a high standard of education, normally to graduate level or equivalent, with experience in a similar or related role, working for someone at a senior level in an organisation.
A high degree of planning and organising, with attention to detail will be really important, as will experience of a busy office with competing tasks, and a collaborative ‘can do’ approach, with the ability to work with a wide range of colleagues internally and externally.
You should be a confident user of IT, with a keen interest in finding ways of using electronic means to improve efficiency and effectiveness. You should particularly have:
Equally important are the interpersonal and communication skills that will enable you to deal courteously and confidentially with all who contact the Diocesan Secretary’s office including:
An interest and willingness to learn about and work within the environment of the Church of England, will be important but this is an opportunity to develop knowledge of the workings of an often complex organisation.
You should be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Christian Church and have due regard for the traditions of the Church of England
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 covers fifteen Local Planning Authorities (in part or wholly).
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.