Bishop's Researcher and Adviser on Policy and Strategy

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St Michael Paternoster Royal then The Old Deanery Deans Court
£29,340 p.a. with accommodation

London is a world-facing city which is multi-cultural and multi-faith. It is both cosmopolitan and suburban, economically successful and confident. It is a city of energy and diversity: London is open to all.

The Church of England in the Diocese of London is in good heart – a Christian presence at the heart of every community, churches confident to speak and live out their faith in Jesus Christ, compassionate in action and creatively working in partnership with others to build strong and diverse communities.

As Bishop's Researcher and Adviser on Policy and Strategy (Bishop's Adviser), you will facilitate the ministry of the Bishop of London and act as an ambassador for the Bishop, throughout the Diocese and beyond.

You will work collaboratively and creatively on key areas for focus by building relationships, optimising opportunities for communication and developing new and innovative ways of engaging and influencing.

You will carry out research, assist with articles, speeches and campaigns and provide inspirational support, both intellectually and theologically.

Undertaking this challenging, stimulating and varied role with spirit and compassion, you will carry heavy loads lightly and relish serving the people of London with joy and dedication.

Interviews will be held on Friday 31st August 2018.

Resource and Support the Bishop

  • worship regularly in the chapel or the Cathedral, and be a companion in prayer;
  • undertake research for speeches, articles, sermons and lectures – liaising with Diocesan staff, Lambeth Palace, Church House Westminster etc – primarily for the Bishop;
  • read the papers and prepare contributions for the House of Bishops, the General Synod, House of Lords and draw attention to books, articles, research etc;
  • assist with the development and areas for focus for the Bishop’s ministry across London, the wider church and in the House of Lords;
  • assist in scanning the horizon to enable the Bishop to make a contribution to the common good;
  • collaborate with the St Paul’s Institute which is willing to provide a resource for both the Bishop's Adviser and the Bishop. Liaising over opportunities for sharing areas of concern and undertaking joint events and programmes of work;
  • assist with the building of relationships with influencers in London;
  • act as a sounding board and be a stimulating companion, intellectually and theologically, to the Bishop;
  • to work with the communications team to optimise opportunities for clear communication, across the diocese and externally;
  • liaise on behalf of the Bishop in relation to liturgy, in the preparation of services within the diocese;
  • to act as Chaplain as required;
  • attend meetings of the London College of Bishops and London Senior Staff as required;

Assist the Bishop in the support of the clergy of the diocese

  • liaise with the clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese as necessary, including the Area Bishops and Archdeacons;
  • act as an ambassador for the Bishop throughout the Diocese and beyond;
  • draft letters and answer questions, liaise with other members of the Bishop’s Staff, with a particular responsibility for difficult letters and support the Bishop in her role in the process of handling formal complaints against the clergy;
  • assist with issues related to the Clergy Disciplinary Measure;

Assist with communication

  • build on the network of contacts for the Bishop in relation to the civic, commercial, educational and institutional life of the city, county and region;
  • work with the Diocesan Communications Officer to ensure excellent internal and external communication;
  • facilitate communication between members of the Bishop’s Staff, the Bishop’s Office, the Diocesan Office, Safeguarding Team and Registry;
  • have particular regard to the diocesan website, social networks and other methods of communication;

The Role :

The person appointed will be a priest in the Church of England or a Church in full Communion with it. This means an ordained Anglican cleric who can conduct worship on behalf of the Bishop and administer all sacraments appropriate to the Church of England. This post has attached to it an occupational requirement under the 2010 Equality Act, Part 1, Schedule 9.

Some of the qualities sought :

  • Spiritually motivated and able to see opportunities for service and the proclamation of the gospel, even in the most routine matters
  • A sense of humour which is retained under pressure
  • Hard working with the ability to carry heavy loads lightly
  • Theological acumen, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually
  • Able to contribute to the public square
  • Loyalty and discretion
  • The ability to deal appropriately with sensitive information
  • A willingness to ask difficult questions
  • Wide reading and diverse interests
  • Emotional intelligence
  • The gift of administration, IT and the ability to plan work ahead
  • A good eye for detail – meticulous and thorough
  • A collaborative working style
  • Pastoral and listening skills
  • The ability to prioritise and organise self and others
  • Communication and interpretive skills, verbally and in writing
  • Self-starter
  • Comfortable both up front and back stage

In addition, the post-holder will need to :

  • Be able to travel
  • Be available outside normal working hours to respond to urgent or immediate issues
  • Be available to attend events outside normal working hours on a ‘time off in lieu’ basis

Experience and Qualifications :

  • The post-holder will be educated to master’s degree level or other equivalent qualification and have proven ability to provide administrative support, establishing and developing systems and of coordinating teams.

Desirable :

  • A car driving licence and a willingness to drive the Bishop’s car when needed and use his/her own car for work when necessary.

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.