National Young Vocations Officer & Panel Secretary

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£43,302 - £48,009 after probation

The Ministry Division is one of the Divisions of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. It serves the Dioceses and the Bishops by providing advice and consultancy on ministry, overseeing a national process of selection for candidates and quality assurance of their training and supporting dioceses in their strategic planning for ministry. Its vision is for transforming ministry for mission and growth and its values are based on working collaboratively to offer a constructive, professional and expert service to the dioceses.

The Archbishops’ Council has identified the need to increase the number, diversity and age profile of candidates for lay and ordained ministry. This post is a dual role to grow the number of under 32’s entering ministry and to moderate and act as Secretary for Bishops’ Advisory Panels during the most intensive season.

From August to February, you will primarily act as the National Young Vocations Officer to support and encourage the Young Vocations Champions in dioceses; develop initiatives to improve access for under-represented groups and work with national bodies to promote the exploration of vocation, including but not exclusively vocations to ministry. There will be the opportunity to work collaboratively with the vocations team on national marketing campaigns.

In your role as a Selection Secretary, you will provide vital additional resource to the team who facilitate, moderate and act as the Secretary for Bishops’ Advisory Panels during the most intensive season of these Panels in spring and summer. You will also play a role in ensuring the effective operation of the Candidates Panel. You may be involved in a limited way in giving professional advice on selection issues to Dioceses, in some training of stakeholders and in some implementation work of the new ways of working in the Selection Process as envisaged by the Future Clergy Review Process.

To be successful you will need considerable experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of networking with large numbers of people and organisations. With the ability to work collaboratively over a wide geographical area with diverse groups, you will have a passion for inspiring, initiating and delivering change and of demonstrating best practice.

Interviews will be held on the 12th October 2018

The Role :

  • Working within the overall vocations strategy, develop and implement tactics to enable an increase in the number and proportion of candidates for ordained ministry under the age of 32.
  • Ensure Young Vocations Champions have the resources, diocesan and national support they need to increase the number of candidates under 32 from their diocese
  • Work with colleagues in the division and in dioceses to develop policy, marketing and good practice that increase the proportion of candidates from under-represented groups, specifically young women, BAME candidates and those from a range of social and educational backgrounds.
  • Working with the chair, support the formation of the Young Vocations Network Group made up of key influencers so that good practice is shared and collegial support between members increases.
  • Working with colleagues in the National Society, promote conversations about vocations in Church schools, FE/HE Chaplains and Christian youth workers, producing the resources where necessary. This will include occasional presentations in conferences and seminars.
  • To be the Panel Secretary for 4 Bishops’ Advisory Panels during the period between March and July. Panels advise Bishops about the suitability of candidates for ordained ministry in the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. This will include working with Business Support colleagues in completing pre-panel paperwork checks; advise, coach and support Bishops’ Advisers in their discernment of candidates and decision-making; overall management, attendance, co-ordination and efficient running of the four-day residential Panels which will include leading worship and preaching; editing and preparing reports on candidates and ensuring that post-Panel records and paperwork are completed and kept safely; maintaining and developing a knowledge of the Selection Criteria ensuring that Panels work consistently with these criteria
  • Candidates Panel: The Panel Secretary will be part of a team who ensure the effective operation of the Candidates Panel which is responsible for advising Bishops concerning candidates who for example seek a new focus for their ministry.
  • The Secretary will be part of the team who work collaboratively to give expert advice and consultancy to Dioceses in Selection issues and to be involved in building strategic capacity amongst the DDOs so that they can sustain the growth in vocations
  • The Secretary may be involved in a limited amount of delivering of a training curriculum for DDOs that will ensure good practice in Selection and on some work to implement the recommendations of the Future Clergy Review in terms of renewed good practice within the Selection Process. This change management process will come to fruition for those attending BAPs from September 2020
  • Work with Business Support Manager and Officers who support the administrative processes of the Selection work.

Tell us how you meet the requirements for the role :

We are looking for a candidate with a passion for encouraging young adults and teenagers to explore their vocation. You will be skilled in implementing change with experience of creating buy-in amongst a large network and delivering good outcomes. You will need excellent communication skills including oral public speaking, presentation skills and written communication.

Ideally you will understand the use of social media in campaigning and marketing, and have a good understanding of Millennial culture in a Christian context across a range of traditions. For the selection secretary part of the role, you will need particularly strong emotional intelligence and the ability to handle conflict as well as experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of one to one interviewing.




  • Understanding and experience of ministry in the Church of England
  • Considerable and relevant experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of one to one interviewing
  • Experience of initiating projects, creating buy-in and planning delivery.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant selection good practice
  • Experience of networking with large numbers or people and organisations
  • Understanding of social media and its use in campaigning/marketing
  • Proven record of creating measurable change


  • Well organised and attentive to detail
  • Skilled in developing partnerships and working in teams with an awareness of group dynamics
  • Able to handle and work with the implementation of change
  • Robustness and self-awareness that is able to handle difference, conflict and to manage complex relationships
  • Willingness and flexibility to manage work that requires considerable travel and absence from home
  • Excellent communication skills including oral public speaking, presentation skills and written communication.
  • Ability to work collaboratively over a wide geographical area and with diverse groups
  • Good IT skills including proficiency in use of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.

Personal Attributes:

  • The capacity to work in sympathy with the full range of traditions in the Church of England
  • This post is subject to a genuine occupational requirement that the postholder will be a Communicant Anglican under Part 1 Schedule 9 of Equality Act 2010. The post holder will represent the Church of England and participate in worship and is responsible for advising on the Selection of those with a vocation to ordained ministry. A well developed spiritual life is necessary to resource this work.


  • Able to travel regularly within England and attend residential panels away from London


  • Evidence of theological learning
  • Experience of delivering Adult education and training
  • Specific selection process experience
  • Track record of inspiring individuals and groups to make changes
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of the Millennial generation, how they understand career-paths and/or faith. Knowledge of the techniques for marketing and communicating to this generation.
  • Experience of professional work to increase diversity or improve equality.
  • Experience of lone working

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