Diocesan Secretary

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Diocesan House is based at Easton

We are looking for a strategic leader, service-focused manager, wise steward, enabler of good governance and passionate ambassador who will serve our parishes and chaplaincies, and contribute to their flourishing.

Trusted colleague

  • Be a key policy adviser to the Bishop and Chair of the NDBF especially in relation to policy initiatives and their key financial and strategic implications.
  • Be a key member of the Bishop’s senior staff doing everything possible to build excellent relationships and to ensure the success of colleagues individually and collectively.

Strategic leader

  • Support the mission and ministry of the Diocese through the outworking of the diocesan vision, priorities and strategies, as well as bringing innovation and creativity to transform the life and mission of the Church of England.
  • Play a leading role in the development of diocesan strategy, driving the implementation of the diocesan vision including playing an active role with the Bishop and his senior staff in embedding the three areas “Prayerful, Pastoral, Prophetic” across the Diocese in accordance with the Christian ethos and charitable aims of the Diocese.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective implementation of agreed strategies and strategic projects through robust plans and management.
  • Ensure the effective missional use of the property and other resources of the NDBF.
  • Monitor and engage with national church developments and their implications for the Diocese, advising trustees, the Bishop and senior staff accordingly.

Service focused manager

  • Lead by example, ensure that our values are embedded in the culture of all NDBF staff and their support of our parishes.
  • Lead, manage and inspire the staff and volunteers at Diocesan House and be responsible, directly or indirectly, for all staff and volunteers there.
  • Provide strong and effective leadership, working with the staff directors, to ensure effective operational delivery of the full range of diocesan services provided by the Norwich DBF to our deaneries, parishes and other worshipping communities, including but not limited to finance, property, education, safeguarding, HR, IT, communications, the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee, the Diocesan Advisory Committee, subsidiary operations and mission and ministry activities.

Qualifications and experience


  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification;
  • Demonstrable track record of successful strategic and operational leadership at a senior management level in a complex organisation;
  • Experience of managing multi-million-pound budgets, assets and project plans;
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing strategies, business plans, risk management and culture change in a complex organisation with multiple stakeholders;


  • Appropriate management or professional qualification at post graduate level;
  • Experience of being a company secretary;
  • Understanding of the governance and management of large charities, including their finances;
  • Knowledge of charity law and good practice;

Skills and abilities


  • Exceptional leadership and management skills with the ability to effectively delegate and to develop, assess and support others;
  • Able to hold the strategic big picture while also being in command of the detail;
  • Able to foster and demonstrate a positive, caring and supporting workplace environment in keeping with the Christian ethos and charitable aims of the Diocese;
  • Able to comprehend, communicate and respond to complex financial and legal information and issues with a range of stakeholders;


  • Experience of income generation through partnerships, innovation, entrepreneurial enterprise and/or grant sources.

Work-related personal qualities


  • Committed to the mission and ministry of the Church of England and able to deliver work within our vision of being Transformed by Christ prayerfully, pastorally, prophetically;
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion at every level of diocesan life;
  • Professional, calm and approachable;
  • Able to work flexibly including some evenings and weekends;


  • Experience in developing agile systems for decision making.