DAC Secretary

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£40,000pa plus excellent benefits

The Secretary for the Diocese Advisory Committee (DAC) is a crucial and interesting role as you will provide a comprehensive and friendly support service to clergy, churchwardens and parish volunteers, offering helpful advice and guidance on caring for church buildings and churchyards

The Secretary for the Diocese Advisory Committee (DAC) is a crucial and interesting role as you will provide a comprehensive and friendly support service to clergy, churchwardens and parish volunteers, offering helpful advice and guidance on caring for church buildings and churchyards, navigating faculty jurisdiction and signposting relevant resources and further support.

Working closely with the Chair of the DAC, you will service committee business and take responsibility for the processing of all cases. Acting as an ambassador between the Committee and the Diocese, the DAC Secretary must build excellent relationships with the deaneries and parishes, acting as a bridge and conduit to the work of the DAC as well as co-ordinating with many other bodies involved in the work.

  1. As Secretary to the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) to work closely with the Chair of the DAC to service committee business and act as an effective conduit between the committee and the parishes of the Diocese.
  2. Ensure that the Committee is presented with sufficient, accurate and timely information to allow them to make high quality decisions, balancing the needs of mission, community use and conservation.
  3. Take a strong customer service approach to act as the visible and friendly ongoing point of contact for clergy, church officers and parish volunteers. The post holder will provide solutions focussed advice relating to faculty applications, the work of the DAC, and the care and development of Church buildings and churchyards.
  4. Work closely with the Chair of the DAC, to ensure the composition and operation of the committee remains in line with its constitution and relevant legislation whilst ensuring a range of expertise, disciplines and experience represented.
  5. Maintain regular contact with the Diocesan Registrar and their team to ensure faculty applications are processed effectively and efficiently whilst supporting clergy, church officers and parish volunteers in the usage of the Online Faculty System (OFS)
  6. Work closely with all the Archdeacons to support them with their statutory responsibilities for church buildings whilst ensuring that relevant information and guidance is shared with clergy and parishes through appropriate channels.
  7. Promote good practice with regards to sustainable use and conservation of the historic and natural environment, forging close links key internal stakeholders and other agencies as required.
  8. Operate and maintain the statutory quinquennial inspection system for churches to advise architects and surveyors of its requirements and to provide to parishes a register of those professionals who are deemed suitable for such work.
  9. Ensure good working relationships with other statutory bodies such as the Local Authorities and Historic England.
  10. Represent the Diocese at a local and national level in matters pertaining to the post holder’s area of work.
  11. Maintain effective records in line with best information governance practice and ensure the work and processes of the department are efficient and well organised.
  12. Undertake other tasks as may reasonably be required by the Diocese

Experience in a professional environment such as legal services, the heritage sector, a large charity or public sector organisation is essential, as is having a background of servicing committees and ensuring that they adequately deliver against their responsibilities.

With demonstratable relevant experience in the area of historic buildings and the historic environment, you should have a sympathetic understanding of the purposes of church buildings as centres of Christian worship, mission and use by the community alongside knowledge and understanding of their architectural and archaeological development.

You will have an interest in the broad fields of conservation or heritage management in England, including planning legislation and the operation of the ecclesiastical planning system.

Educated to a good standard, you should have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, being able to ensure good working relationships with statutory bodies such as Local Authorities and Historic England are enhanced and maintained.

You will be required to travel across the Diocese for meetings, so the ability to drive to remote locations and work flexibly is a necessity.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Canterbury is a statutory body that exists to support parishes in the care and development of their church buildings and their church yards, and to advise the Diocesan Commissary General and Archdeacons on all Faculty or List B Applications. The Committee meets throughout the year and consists of a range of voluntary members and advisers each representing a different specialism or area of expertise (such as architecture, heating and lighting, and church bells).

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.