We are currently seeking a highly competent and professional Personal Assistant to work alongside the Archdeacon of Surrey to provide comprehensive administrative and clerical support. You will work closely with the Personal Assistant to the Archdeacon of Dorking. You will be the first point of contact for the office, you will be responsible for presenting a positive image of the diocese and Christian faith at all times
This is a great opportunity if you have a passion to serve with integrity and the desire to use your initiative to ensure the efficient running of my schedule and office. Your strong organisational and planning skills will enable you to prioritise confidently and will be matched by your willingness and ability to adapt to changing priorities. In terms of your personal values, you will be in sympathy with the aims and mission of the Church of England.
Understanding of the Church of England and its structures. (E)
A knowledge of the area and systems of the Diocese of Guildford. (D)
A familiarity with the language of theology and liturgy. (D)
Area, People and Community
The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of North-East Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the northeast, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. This part of the diocese has a rural feel, but good road and rail links to London and elsewhere mean that there is much commuting within these areas.
Taken as a whole, the diocese has the lowest average IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation) in England, but the picture is not uniform. Throughout the area there are tight pockets of deprivation, enclosed within housing estates or even within a few streets, with high levels of child poverty, low income, poor mental health and other significant problems. Often they are adjacent to affluent areas that camouflage the extent of need, driving down the statistics and diverting public funds to areas of more widespread poverty in other parts of the country.