The Diocese of Chelmsford is the second largest diocese in the Church of England. It is also one of the most diverse, covering both five East London Boroughs and the whole County of Essex. It is an area of considerable growth and development.
The Bishop has the pastoral oversight of the diocese, its clergy, parishes and all ministry exercised under her authority. In that task she is supported by three Area Bishops under the Area Scheme for the Diocese and seven Archdeacons. The diocesan administration is carried forward by the Chief Executive of the diocese and the team working to her at the Diocesan Offices in Chelmsford.
The Bishop seeks to provide leadership, direction, coherence and collaborative team-working in fulfilling the mission of the church in the diocese.
The Bishop’s offices are located at Bishopscourt, Margaretting. A team of people work directly to the Bishop from these offices. Good and flexible working relationships are essential with the household and the team.
The Bishop’s Senior Executive Assistant holds a pivotal role in the support of the Bishop in her ministry, not least in ensuring a warm and generous welcome to all who come to see her or who contact the office. The efficient, contented and collaborative running of the Bishop’s Office is essential to success in her ministry.
The Bishop’s SEA is also the Office Manager responsible for the running of the Bishop’s office, its administration and finances. In that it will be essential to form a good and strong working relationship with the Chaplain to the Bishop who is responsible for supporting the Bishop in her ministerial work and in the shaping of her programme and priorities. The SEA is supported by a full-time secretary who has a key role in the management of files (including clergy Blue Files) and assists with coordination of the diary. A gardener/driver/handy-man also works at Bishopscourt and is an important member of the team.
Interviews will be held Wednesday 29th September 2021
The key areas of the Bishop’s work
Aims and Purpose of Job
The main responsibilities are:
Management of Bishop’s Office
The person must have :
Non-clergy staff will be automatically enrolled into the in the Pension Builder 2014 Pension Plan (PB2014) in line with legislation unless they choose to opt out. Clergy already in the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) will have the option of either remaining in this scheme or joining the PB2014 scheme.
Bishops Staff have an income protection insurance arrangement. To be eligible for cover under this policy an employee must be a member of the (PB2014) scheme. Please note that insurance cover is not necessarily automatic, and that underwriting may be required by the schemes in some instances (for example if you do not join the scheme at the first available opportunity or opt out of the scheme and subsequently re-join). Cover will be subject to any terms and conditions laid down by the insurance company.
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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 number of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.