Parish Support Accountant

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£27,346 to £31,696

The Diocese of Leeds is seeking to appoint a Parish Support Accountant, who will play a vital role in supporting our parishes with financial matters.

The Parish Support Accountant has the primary responsibility for delivering financial support to parishes and other similar organisations, to assist and support them in maintaining and improving their finance functions.

You will need to be able to organise your time and be able to work to strict deadlines; have a high level of attention to detail and an enquiring mind; have the ability to work on your own initiative and be customer focused, with good oral, written and presentation skills.

We welcome applications both from those studying towards formal professional qualifications and those with sufficient relevant experience to undertake the role.

Interviews to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Reporting directly to the Lead Stewardship Officer the key responsibilities of the role include:

  • The accurate and timely reporting of income from parishes (‘Parish Share’) and preparing the detailed Parish Share calculations.
  • Providing accounting support to third parties including the provision of monthly management accounts and bookkeeping services.
  • Supporting the operation of the payroll service for parishes and other similar organisations.
  • Supporting the capital funding programme for schools by providing periodic reports and reconciliations.
  • Identifying and providing professional/technical support to voluntary parish treasurers and PCCs, including the provision of appropriate training sessions (such as Gift Aid, Charity Commission SORP, and investments and reserves) with colleagues and external third parties.
  • Reviewing updating and maintaining trust accounting records, which are managed on behalf of parishes.

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Becky Nicholson, Lead Stewardship Officer, on 07496 265509 or email

For full person specification and job description please see attached.

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings.

The following information is furnished to assist staff joining the Diocese to understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. However, it must be noted that whilst every endeavour has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, this document does not permit every item to be specified in detail. It must also be noted that this job description may be reviewed from time to time, in conjunction with the post holder.

Our Values

The Diocesan values, Loving, Living, Learning, are vital to the way we encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We aim to:

  • Love God, the world and one another.
  • Live in the world as it is, but, drawn by a vision of something better, we want to help individuals and communities flourish,
  • Learn when we get things wrong, by listening and growing together.

The Diocese of Leeds is proud to be a Living Wage Employer.