Diocesan Secretary

Posted 25 days agoExpires in 5 days
Circa £75,000

The position of Diocesan Secretary is central to supporting and encouraging our mission and ministry in relation to Vision 2026. We are seeking someone with a strong Christian commitment and endless enthusiasm for the challenges that still lie ahead of us; an outstanding manager with exceptional leadership and administration skills.

You should be able to encourage, counsel, challenge, persuade and motivate, with pragmatism and good humour, while working very closely with the Bishop of Blackburn and the Bishop’s Leadership Team (BLT) to enable and implement the agreed strategic approach.

Main Responsibilities

  1. To share in the strategic leadership of the Diocese of Blackburn, and to lead the implementation and delivery of Diocesan strategy by the DBF
  2. To be the senior DBF employee, leading and managing the DBF staff
  3. To lead the financial planning & accountability of Diocesan resources
  4. To oversee the Diocesan governance structures and statutory reporting, offering challenge where appropriate, enabling it to meet its objectives and legal obligations
  5. To oversee the smooth functioning of the Diocesan office in delivering outstanding service provision to licensed ministers (lay and ordained), parishes and chaplaincies in accordance with the vision of the Diocese (Shared responsibility with the Director of Education)


  • Personal Christian faith and leadership experience of the life of the local church, deeply prayerful, open to the prompting of the Spirit, motivated by mission & evangelism, committed to mutual flourishing and the richness of all traditions in the Church of England
  • An understanding of, and vision for, the flourishing of the Church’s presence in, and service to, all our communities


  • Experience of senior leadership and management in an organisation of significant size,
  • Experience of strategic planning including delivering organisational change
  • Financial and budgetary experience at a senior management level
  • A successful record of leading and developing a high performance team
  • Experience of working at a senior level in an organisation with complex structures and processes
  • Effective communication and written skills
  • A working understanding of the Church of England structures and governance

Personal Skills

  • Highly motivated and energetic, eager to deliver
  • Emotional intelligence with empathy
  • Strategic mindset
  • The ability to negotiate and communicate to a diverse audience
  • The ability to understand the perspectives, feelings and concerns of others and build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships

Qualifications and Training

  • A degree or appropriate professional qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Evidence of continued professional development eg MBA - Desirable


The Diocese of Blackburn is approaching its 100th anniversary, having been founded on the 12th December 1926. It serves almost the whole of the county of Lancashire, covering an area of 878 square miles, with a population of 1.3 million. It is divided into 14 Deaneries and two Archdeaconries (Blackburn and Lancaster). The Diocese covers an area of extraordinary variety, from the stunning countryside of the Trough of Bowland to the former mill towns of East Lancashire; from the University cities of Preston and Lancaster, to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecambe; from elegant villages, to inner city multi-cultural parishes.

As a Diocese we have an unique church school portfolio, with a large number of Voluntary Aided Schools or former aided schools that are now academies. The diocese has 190 Church schools in total, including 10 secondary schools making it one of the biggest dioceses for church school education in the country. Across our schools, more than 44 000 children and young people take part in daily acts of worship and over 98% of our schools are recognised by SIAMS for their distinctive Christian vision and ethos.

Diversity - The Board of Finance believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

For an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Blackburn (chaplain@bishopofblackburn.org.uk) or the Chair of the DBF (david.barlow@blackburn.anglican.org)

Interview date: Friday 17th December 2021

For full details please see the Recruitment pack attached below.

The initial application process is to send a no more than 3 page letter detailing why you are applying and how you meet the requirements of the role and a CV to andrew.cooke@blackburn.anglican.org

Blackburn diocese is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment

Please do not apply via the pathways system.