Director of Development (Vision and Strategy)

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£45-£60,000 plus pension, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The Diocese of Chester is seeking to recruit a committed and collaborative Director of Development (Vision and Strategy) who will play a pivotal role in the new vision and strategy development for the Diocese of Chester.

The postholder will be someone who brings a balance of clear awareness of strategy development process with a strongly relational approach and exceptional communication skills to engage and mobilise a diversity of stakeholders.

Salary: £45- to £60,000 plus pension (dependent upon qualifications and experience). This is a fixed term position for one year.

There is an Occupational Requirement that the post-holder is a Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

The job description, person specification, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made via the Diocesan website using the diocesan application form, not through Pathways.

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources preferably by email to

Or by post to Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE.

Closing date: 12noon on Friday 11th February 2022

Interviews: Friday 25th February 2022

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Job Title: Director of Development (Vision and Strategy)

Reports to: Diocesan Secretary

Accountable to: The Bishop of Chester

Salary Range: £45-£60,000 plus pension, dependent upon qualifications and experience. This is offered as a one year fixed term position.

Hours of work: Full time - 35 hours Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend work as required

Normal place of work: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE

Overall Purpose of the Post

The Bishop of Chester, with the clear agreement of his staff team, Bishops’ Council and Diocesan Synod, is prioritising the development of clear and agreed vision across the Diocese, along with the consequent strategic planning that will enable that vision to be fulfilled. To that end, the Church Commissioners have agreed to fund this post in order to employ someone to enable and facilitate this work.

This vision must reflect the Lord we serve, and the world to which we are sent. It must be widely owned, clear, and focussed beyond the current constraints of church life. It will be developed in partnership with the Diocese and alongside the Bishop. The postholder will be a key and trusted member of the Bishops’ immediate team and will play a pivotal role in developing the new vision and strategy development.

Principal Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assessing and engaging with existing work that has been done on vision development and strategic planning.
  • Developing and gaining agreement to a process to help us clarify our values and then developing a new shared vision, from which we can plan strategically.
  • Designing and running consultations across the Diocese.
  • Working with others to distil the feedback from these consultations, agreeing the Diocesan values and discern a meaningful Diocesan vision.
  • Providing a range of tools and disciplines to ensure effective development of strategic priorities to actualise that vision.
  • Beginning to develop strategic planning aligned to each priority.
  • Assessing change readiness and guiding the senior team on cultural or other change needed for implementation of strategic planning.
  • Working with others such as the Diocesan Director of Communications, designing a communications and engagement plan for the new vision and strategy.

General Duties

  • Ensure that records are kept that are accurate and secure.
  • Liaising closely with the Bishop and his team in this work.
  • Attend Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council and other relevant meetings, as required.
  • Speak at appropriate services and meetings, as required.
  • Play a full part with other staff in the activities of the Diocese.
  • To promote departmental collaboration and to work closely with colleagues in Church House, being an active member of the Director’s meeting.
  • Carry out other such duties of a similar or related nature as may be required.

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and the post-holder will be required to undertake duties commensurate with the role.

There is an Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian, in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

Date: January 2022

Note – this job description does not form part of your Contract of Employment.

The successful candidate will have a profound understanding of the mission of a Church of England Diocese and a personal commitment to seeing lives and communities transformed in the love of Christ. They will have a proven ability in working with multiple stakeholders both as part of a team and individually, emotional intelligence, strong listening skills, professional excellence, strategic thinking, and adaptability.

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The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Mark Tanner. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty and the of Bishop of Stockport, Sam Corley.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.