Chaplain to the Bishop of Hereford

Posted 2 months agoExpires in 12 days
£28K per annum; accommodation or housing allowance

The Bishop of Hereford is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Hereford in the Province of Canterbury. The episcopal see is centred in the City of Hereford where the Bishop's seat is in the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Ethelbert. The Diocese of Hereford comprises 402 churches; we are the Church of England in Herefordshire, South Shropshire and parts of Monmouthshire, Powys and Worcestershire.

More about the Diocese of Hereford:

As Chaplain to the Bishop of Hereford, you will enable the Bishop to carry out his ministry and statutory roles by providing personal, spiritual, liturgical and administrative support. You will also run the Bishop's office, doing legal, administrative and pastoral tasks.

You will work to support the Bishop in his ministry alongside the PA, the Secretary and the part-time Accounts PA, you will also work closely with the Diocesan Registrar and the Diocesan Office.

It may be possible to combine the role with a House for Duty post locally if that were preferred to full time.

Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 14th June.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.



  • Offer personal and spiritual support to the Bishop and those who work closely with him
  • Undertake research and preparation of a range of materials to support the Bishop in his ministry
  • Oversee the work of the Bishop’s Office on behalf of the Bishop.
  • Work with the secretarial staff to ensure that the Bishop is fully and appropriately briefed for all engagements
  • Facilitate the Bishop’s liturgical ministry through the exercise of good pastoral liturgical skills
  • Liaise with parishes and the Cathedral in relation to services at which the Bishop will preside, checking draft Orders of Service prepared by parishes
  • Accompany the Bishop from time to time to particular events, with a preparedness to drive on these occasions
  • Assist with hospitality given at the Bishop's House

Administration and Legal Matters:

  • Take action, within delegated parameters, on behalf of the Bishop
  • Work with secretarial staff to assist the Bishop with daily routine matters including contact - face to face, by telephone and correspondence – over matters of a pastoral, theological, liturgical and disciplinary nature; drafting letters and references in the Bishop’s name
  • Service the Bishop’s Staff Meeting by drafting the agenda and Action Lists
  • Attend, as an observer, the Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod
  • Liaise with the Registry and the DDVO with regard to ordinations, the issue of licences and other legal documents
  • Work with the Bishop’s PA, Bishop’s Secretary and Safeguarding Officer with regard to clergy files and other records
  • Liaise with the Registry and others on matters relating to clergy discipline, capability and grievance procedures
  • Chair core groups


  • Build on the network of contacts for the Bishop in relation to the civic, commercial, educational and institutional life of the city, county and region
  • Work with the Diocesan Communications Officer to ensure excellent internal and external communication
  • Facilitate communication between members of the Bishop’s Staff, the Bishop’s Office, the Diocesan Office, Safeguarding Officer and Registry
  • Have particular regard to Bishop’s Office page on the diocesan website


  • Work with Bishop’s Staff and other colleagues to form and implement policy and to manage the planning and implementation of special projects
  • Develop and maintaining processes to monitor the implementation of agreed policies and actions
  • Keep the Bishop informed of progress, or lack of it, in key stages of policy implementation


  • Act as the Bishop’s representative in a wide range of dealings with individuals, parishes and those involved in civic life. It is essential that the chaplain increases the accessibility of the Bishop to those within the diocese

All staff working for and with the Bishop will give proper care and attention to matters of safeguarding. This includes attending training, careful handling of confidential information, and proper reporting of disclosures.



  • Be episcopally ordained in the Church of England. That is, an ordained Anglican cleric who can conduct worship on behalf of the Bishop and administer all sacraments appropriate to the Church of England. This post has attached to it an occupational requirement under the 2010 Equality Act, Part 1, Schedule 9
  • Needs to have served in a Church of England parish
  • Spiritually motivated and able to see opportunities for service and the proclamation of the gospel, even in the most routine matters
  • Totally trustworthy and able to keep confidences
  • Able to handle matters with tact and diplomacy
  • Theologically able
  • Mature in faith with a well-established personal spiritual discipline
  • Pastorally sensitive and experienced
  • Comfortable, whatever his/her personal stance may be, in working with a broad range of churchmanship both in the Church of England and with people belonging to denominations, faiths, institutions, organisations and other groups beyond the Church of England
  • Able to grasp the big picture whilst giving accurate attention to detail
  • Sensitive to nuances of boundaries, roles and personalities
  • Comfortable in both up-front and back-stage roles
  • Have initiative, imagination and creativity coupled with an ability to work to the Bishop’s agenda
  • A self-starter who can see and undertake a task without direction
  • Demonstrable administrative and IT competence
  • Full driving licence


  • Knowledge of the diocese

The main duties and responsibilities and the person specification given above are not an exhaustive list of tasks and responsibilities. Please find more details about the role in the Job Description attached further down.

More about Hereford Diocese can be found on our website

For an informal conversation please contact Roslyn Kirkwood, Bishop's PA via email