HR Adviser

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£29,000 per annum

We are seeking a calm individual for an exciting new role alongside the Director of HR, as part of the small team in the Diocesan office, to deliver a friendly and accessible source of support and HR advice. We are centrally deployed and working locally to help Christian communities bring transformation. Our resources support the lay and ordained leaders and the wider church community to fulfil our mission of making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world. Over the last year of living under restrictions, there has been a much greater openness to digital resources and most of our churches now have a much greater online presence. Creative new initiatives have sprung up and these are now developing sometimes requiring employees or a larger group of volunteers to run them. Many churches are completely run by volunteers in authorised and lay roles and each parish is a separate employer where people are employed.

We support the Centenary Project who employ people into Youth, children and families roles where the local church has little or no experience of employing lay people. You will also learn about the deployment of clergy as office holders and the ongoing formation of people called and training for ministry with us. We are maximising our impact by integrating the HR advice and where possible policies and processes for the churches in the Diocese and the Cathedral in Sheffield. For more information please contact the Director of HR, Ruth Dunlop. Please email to arrange a time to speak to

More information about the diocese can be found at

  • To provide a model best practice and professional HR function to meet the needs of the diocese including supporting managers to lead change improvement projects, and to support diverse communities working together in conjunction with the Director of HR.
  • To use data to recommend strategic people improvements and learning and development initiatives for the Diocese and the Cathedral. Where appropriate contribute to the content of these programmes.
  • Make suggestion for improvements to comply with best practice and changes in legislation which affect the employment of people, the deployment of clergy and the engagement of volunteers in parish and cathedral settings.
  • To provide HR advice to all staff in relation to all policies such as the disciplinary, grievance and appeal processes in line with the Diocesan policies and staff handbook.
  • To provide a comprehensive recruitment process supporting all Heads of Department and other colleagues as appropriate for all employees including using ‘Pathways’ to advertise roles.
  • To contribute to job evaluation applications against the criteria for the role.
  • Shortlisting and ensure all administration processes for interview arrangements and taking up references once the recruitment process is complete.
  • Check the terms of offer letters, Statement of Particulars of Employment for employees and production of Statement of Particulars for members of the Clergy.
  • Ensure compliance with UK Visa and Immigration during recruitment and subsequent monitoring.
  • Liaise with the Finance department in relation to Payroll.
  • Co-ordinate the production of statistics from the record systems in use (currently Breathe HR) to form data for senior team reports and to make full use of the new national ‘People System’ for clergy records.
  • Maintain and update personnel database and records on ‘Breathe HR’.
  • Ensure accurate personnel records are kept in accordance with GDPR legislation, including managing annual leave requests and recording sickness. Train others to record and manage these records.
  • Trigger and monitor staff appraisals, ensuring regular reviews through Breathe HR.
  • Ensure the staff handbook and policies are in place and up to date liaising with the Diocesan Secretary, the Bishops Office and the COO of the Cathedral.
  • Keep up to date with current HR legislation and best practise across the area of HR and propose and implement changes in liaison with the Director of HR, Director of Finance and the Diocesan Secretary.
  • Have a thorough understanding of Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service Measure 2009 (‘Measure’) and keep up to date with any changes in liaison with the Diocesan Secretary and Director of Finance.
  • Develop an understanding of the new Cathedral Measure 2021 and work with colleagues in the Cathedral on relevant aspects of its implementation.
  • Produce an induction programme for new members of staff, including an up to date checklist for managers to complete local inductions.
  • Be accessible to managers of people and help develop return to work plans, ill health assessments and occupational health assessments for both Clergy and employees.
  • Give advice to managers of teams which include volunteers in parish and cathedral settings and support them to use templates for engaging volunteers, role profiles and problem solving procedures.
  • To be involved in one off projects as required in relation to HR e.g. training, restructure and redundancy, equalities’ action plan, engagement surveys, secondments, TUPE.
  • The post holder will comply with all standards, policies and procedures set by the diocese including, but not limited to, those governing safeguarding, health and safety, GDPR, confidentiality and equal opportunities.

The post holder is required to:

  1. Support the ethos, aims and objectives of Christianity, the Church of England and the diocese.
  2. Keep up to date with developments in their area of work.
  3. Participate in performance management and appraisal/personal development reviews.
  4. Engage in training and continuous professional development activities.
  5. The post holder may be required to work outside normal office hours including occasional weekend working, subject to time off in lieu.

We are seeking a calm individual for an exciting new role alongside the Director of HR, as part of the small team in the Diocesan office, to deliver a friendly and accessible source of support and HR advice.

The Diocese of Sheffield was founded in 1914 and contains the whole of the city of Sheffield, the Borough of Rotherham and the Borough of Doncaster. In addition, it contains much of the Borough of Barnsley and areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire around Goole across to the edge of North Lincolnshire. Consequently, we serve almost 1.2 million people across South Yorkshire and adjoining areas.

The Diocese currently has 176 parishes (205 churches and 150 benefices). These parishes are served by 137 stipendiary clergy; around 30 self-supporting ministers and over 400 licensed Readers and other lay ministers. There are twelve deaneries and two archdeaconries in the Diocese. The Diocese contains many contrasts in terms of relative wealth and poverty with very many areas of both urban and rural deprivation. The churches vary very significantly in terms of ecclesial tradition and size.

Further information about the Diocese and the area it serves can be found on the Diocesan website at