Human Resource Adviser

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£38,000 (FTE)

The Diocese of London comprises of c400 parishes north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway. The Church of England in London is vibrant, growing and is at the heart of communities throughout the city. The purpose of the London Diocesan Fund is to support this work, seeking to use our resources to facilitate the ministry of our parishes and chaplains who seek to serve four million people.

The diocese has just launched a new 2030 vision, which outlines our priorities for the next 10 years. For an outline, please see our website:

At the heart of the vision is for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ.

The Human Resources department proactively coordinates and provides a comprehensive human resources (HR) service to the London Diocesan Fund and wider Diocese in respect of its lay employees and employed clergy, ecclesiastic office holders (for whom it pays the stipends) as well as providing HR Advice to the parishes.

Although there are clearly defined core responsibilities within the role, the HR Adviser is part of a small team that works closely together and covers for each other both during periods of leave and through sharing workload during busy periods. The HR Adviser may therefore be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role and the operational needs of the team.

Parish HR support

  • Resourcing the HR ‘helpline’ service to parishes on all aspects of employment, ensuring that all calls are answered and dealt with in a timely manner, providing good practice but pragmatic and solutions focussed HR advice to parishes that supports their risk management and employer obligations. Developing resources for quick reference support.
  • Overseeing the coordination of HR parish visits (HR Health Checks) and follow-up reports to parishes to provide guidance in relation to HR good practice and their employer obligations, and to make them aware of any risk areas within their parish.
  • Overseeing the development and updating of the parish HR resources on the Diocesan website including templates, guidance notes and signposting.
  • Proactively thinking of new ways to support parishes in their people management.

HR Partnering

  • Partner the Apprentice Coordinator with the ongoing and cyclical employment issues of the Diocese of London Apprentice programme.
  • Under the direction of the HR Manager, act as HR Partner for allocated LDF teams, advising and guiding managers to find business focussed people solutions that enable their teams to thrive.
  • Providing HR advice and support for formal LDF employee relations issues including disciplinary matters, performance management and sickness absence. Assisting with investigations where appropriate.

Learning and Development

  • With the HR Manager, co-ordinating the annual staff performance and development review process, and an effective learning and development cycle.
  • Co-ordinating the development, delivery and evaluation of the annual learning and development programme.

HR Projects

  • Maintain a regular cycle of reviewing existing policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance and HR good practice guidelines, developing new policies as required.
  • Under the direction of either the Director or Manager, leading and/or supporting on ad-hoc projects as identified.

Compliance Management

  • Administration and monitoring relating to compliance with Home Office immigration regulations and the Diocesan Sponsorship Licence, carrying out regular spot checks of Right to Work documentation held in employee files.
  • Co-ordinating the legal and compliance systems focussed around GDPR, consultants, legal and safety standards (where applicable to HR, e.g., Desk Station Assessments whilst working from home), employment law updates related to HR policies and consultancies (IR35).
  • Regularly reviewing the different atypical status individuals such as bank worker contracts, consultancies, time sheeted employees for additional hours, to ensure that their arrangements are legal and appropriate.


  • Supporting the HR Manager and HR Administrator as required with the management of the LDF recruitment and selection campaigns.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of developments in HR practice and employment law.
  • Supporting the LDF Staff Forum (chaired by the Director of HR).
  • Working with the HR Manager and Administrator as required to ensure that information is provided to the payroll department on a monthly basis in a timely manner for any joiners, leavers and remuneration changes.
  • Working with the HR Manager to ensure the good management of all people processes, procedures and systems including HRIS (Croner).
  • Undertaking any other duties that are commensurate with the role as required by the Director and Manager.


  • Generalist HR experience.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level. CIPD qualified or part-qualified.
  • Experience of partnering and advising line managers, providing options and solutions that are people and business focussed and which manage risk.
  • Experience of establishing and implementing HR policies and processes to comply with employment legislation and HR good practice.
  • Excellent people skills; team orientated.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and ability to produce clear written records and reports.
  • Administratively efficient; IT literate.
  • Ability to keep up to date with developments in employment legislation.
  • Welcoming, professional and confident manner.
  • Ability to keep confidences; tactful and diplomatic.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and with colleagues in sympathy with the ethos and mission of the Church of England.


  • Some understanding of the Church of England structures and the experience of working with the Church.

The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.