Bishop's Administrator

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Salesbury, near Blackburn
£26,400 pro rata

This post is an opportunity to work with and alongside the Bishop of Blackburn in managing the Bishop’s schedule, assisting in the administration of his office and more widely to be a part of the wider episcopal support staff team which serves the Diocese of Blackburn.

As the Bishop’s Administrator, you will be responsible for providing excellent administrative support dealing proactively and efficiently with correspondence and enquiries and ensuring that the Bishop is well informed and well prepared for meetings. You will need to work collaboratively with others in the staff team particularly with the Bishop’s Chaplain and the Bishop’s Secretary.

You will need to demonstrate a calm and confident approach, proven administrative competence, strong organisational and planning skills and the desire to use your initiative to ensure the efficient administration of the Bishop’s schedule and office. You should be able to prioritise confidently and be able to adapt to changing priorities.


You will be based predominately at the Office at Bishop’s House, Salesbury, near Blackburn. Some attendance at meetings elsewhere may be necessary.

Working Hours

You will work 25 hours per week and the salary will be prorated for the hours worked. There can be flexibility as to how a pattern of work is established to make room for personal commitments but there is a requirement to be present in the office at least 4 days a week.

We can offer:

  • The support of our great team who work together and support each other;
  • Flexibility in fixing a pattern of work through the week;
  • A well-equipped office in beautiful surroundings;
  • An opportunity to facilitate the mission of the Church of England in Lancashire.

Interviews will be held on the 23rd November 2021.

If you would like to know more about this role, please contact Revd Sam Cheesman using to arrange a phone call.

The Role

  • To provide comprehensive and professional administrative support to the Bishop of Blackburn.
  • To carry out core administrative processes within Bishop’s House Staff Team.
  • To be a primary point of contact for the Bishop’s office, presenting a positive image of the bishop, the diocese and the Christian faith at all times.
  • To ensure that the filling systems at Bishop’s House are fit for purpose and ensure that all relevant information and personal data is filed and collated in a way that reflects current expectations within the Church of England.
  • To highlight and address potential conflicting priorities in a busy environment where appointments can be subject to change.
  • To provide high quality support to the Bishop in preparation for key meetings and forums, including the collation of relevant paperwork in good time ahead of meetings, developing and augmenting Powerpoint presentations, highlighting actions and ensuring that actions are closed out.
  • Administer the clergy conversations programme, which is Blackburn Diocese’s programme of professional accountability and development.
  • Liaise with outside agencies involved in the smooth running of the Bishopric.
  • To maintain appropriate discretion and confidentiality at all times in relation to the Bishop’s work and life.
  • Assist in the organising of events at Bishop’s House.
  • To undertake any other reasonable administration duties as requested by the Bishop’s Chaplain or Bishop.


  • Reports to the Bishop’s Chaplain in his capacity as office manager with the Bishop of Blackburn directing the overall work of the office.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has past experience of similar secretarial or PA work.
  • Is good at prioritising tasks and can be flexible.
  • Can communicate well verbally and in writing.
  • Can work well either on their own or as part of a team.
  • Has an understanding of the Church and the Christian faith.

Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created on 12 November 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool and Burnley, the cities of Lancaster and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.

For further information about the Diocese please visit The Diocese of Blackburn (