HR Advisor

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Salary £18000 (FTE £30k).
Hours per week = 21
Interviews to be held on 15th November 2021

We are operating a hybrid of home and office working right now. We would expect that 60% of the working hours are in the office and 40% working from home at this present time.

Non contributory pension scheme
EAP Scheme
Free on-site parking at the office
Discount in the Cathedral shop and restaurant

The role holder is required to work collaboratively with the HR Manager in order to provide a comprehensive and professional Human Resources service to the Diocese of Liverpool in relation to clergy, lay employees, parishes and Liverpool Cathedral managers and employees.

Diocesan Boards of Finance & Liverpool Cathedral

  • To be responsible for giving advice to the Diocesan Secretary and other Senior Managers of the DBF and Liverpool Cathedral on all aspects relating to the appointment of lay employees, their terms and conditions of employment, and their training and development.
  • To provide support and advice for management in the recruitment and selection of employees, advising on interview techniques and procedures, preparation of advertisements, job descriptions, person specifications, interview questions / exercises and contracts and attend recruitment assessments as required.
  • To provide advice in key areas of employee management, training and development, pay and reward policies, appraisal procedures, performance management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, arbitration, restructuring and occupational health & safety.
  • To provide specific advice and support on disciplinary and grievance issues, overseeing the process and keeping all relevant paperwork.
  • To provide specific advice on absence management, obtaining medical information and overseeing the referrals to occupational health as necessary.
  • To provide on-going advice on best practice approaches, developments in employment law, employee relations and current thinking on HR strategies.
  • To maintain and develop HR policies and procedures to ensure they are legally and procedurally compliant and seek advice from external advisors where necessary.


  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff on the implementation of ecclesiastical and employment law in relation to clergy terms of service.
  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff on employment law and practice as it bears upon licensed clergy and clergy with permission to Officiate exercising a ministry where fees are received.
  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff upon formal grievance, disciplinary and capability procedures.
  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff on absence management issues including requirements regarding occupational health issues in relation to clergy.
  • To be responsible for a programme of training across the Diocese in HR issues as needs arise.
  • To act as the Designated Officer for the appointment of clergy, and to be responsible for compliance with the Clergy (Terms of Service) Measure in relation to the appointments of clergy.
  • To keep up to date with developments in employment law


  • To provide a HR service for parishes in relation to the giving of advice on the appointment of employees and on employee relations matters in general.
  • To provide template and suggested documents as necessary in relation to policies, contracts and job descriptions.
  • To provide support for parish officers in the preparation of job descriptions and for lay staff employed by parishes.
  • To prepare generic job descriptions for common parish-based paid posts (e.g. administrators, youth workers, organists).


  • To be responsible for maintaining and utilising HR records for all employees in terms of paper files and working alongside Finance to ensure payroll records are accurate.
  • To liaise with the Communications Department regarding all recruitment advertisements placed.
  • To liaise with others in the Church of England who have a responsibility for providing professional HR advice.
  • To work with the HR staff in the other Dioceses in the North West region to establish common practices and to identify opportunities to share resources where appropriate.
  • To undertake training as required, To undertake other duties and tasks as the management may from time to time require.

Essential requirements -

  • HR qualifications equivalent to NVQ Level 5.
  • Educated to A Level Standard.
  • Experience of working in a HR Generalist role with good working knowledge of employment legislation and its application to the workplace knowledge.
  • A minimum of three years’ previous experience within an HR Advisory role.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional when communicating challenging situations.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills with an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Competent IT skills with an ability to use Microsoft Office / HR Systems.
  • Awareness of safeguarding and it’s place in an organisation.
  • A good understanding of how organisational values are integrated into routine working practices.
  • Understanding of relevant legal issues connected with HR, GDPR, Health, and Safety.
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work comfortably with competing priorities.
  • Team orientated with an ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people.
  • High degree of empathy / diplomacy and ability to listen.
  • Honest and trustworthy with a strong sense of ethical and professional behaviour ensuring that confidentiality and ethical standards are met.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships at all levels.
  • Flexible and adaptable – able to manage the HR needs of two organisations and cultures.
  • Positive with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • ​An understanding and commitment to the ethos and values of the Diocese and the Cathedral.

Desirable requirements-

  • A CIPD professional qualification and relevant membership.
  • Experience of working in a Church or Cathedral environment.
  • An excellent understanding of safeguarding practices and safer recruitment requirements.
  • ​An understanding of TUPE regulations / Ecclesiastical law / Charity law.
  • A practising Christian.
  • Full driving licence and own transport