Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.
The purpose of the NCIs is to support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. In particular we aim to support all parts of the Church in their engagement with the Church’s ambitious Vision and Strategy for the 2020s, seeking to double the number of children and young people in its churches, to launch up to 10,000 new worshipping communities, and to use its national funds to support ministry across all its 42 dioceses. We seek to become a Jesus Christ-shaped and centred church, which is simpler, humbler and bolder.
The Archbishops’ Council is the national body which will resource and support this Vision and Strategy, working with the Church Commissioners, the House of Bishops and the General Synod. The Council’s Central Secretariat supports the work of the Council itself, the work of the House of Bishops, and the General Synod. It is the principal policy-making and support organisation for the Church nationally. It is a charity, created in statute, with a turnover of around £120-150 million p.a. The bulk of its expenditure consists of grants to dioceses, though it also delivers important services in-house.
The board of trustees of the charity, also called the “Archbishops’ Council”, comprises the two Archbishops, four Synod officers and the First Church Estates Commissioner ex officio, six members elected from and by the General Synod, and six appointed members.
The Central Secretariat of the Archbishops’ Council is the “corporate centre” for the charity.
As Director of the Central Secretariat and Clerk to the Synod, you will act as the equivalent of “Company Secretary” for the Archbishop’s Council charity; overseeing policy work on how the Church organises and governs itself. You will also support the Chief Executive, the Secretary General, across the range of his responsibilities, including deputising where necessary on issues within the Church and with key stakeholders outside the Church.
The NCIs which includes the Archbishops' Council, are currently engaged in a process of reviewof their governance. As Director of the Central Secretariat and Clerk to the Synod, youwill help shape these significant proposals for change, with the flexibility needed to adapt and help implement them, if they are approved. This will involve fostering increasingly close working with the secretariat of the Church Commissioners, and other parts of the NCIs.
To be successful, you will need the ability to manage and deliver change and lead through influence and personal authority, with resilience and emotional intelligence.
This role involves representing the Church of England to other Christian denominations, to other faiths, Governments and to others in civil society. Therefore, and in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 this role carries an occupational requirement to be a Communicant Anglican and we would welcome applicants who are regular worshippers within the Church of England or Anglican Churches which are part of the Anglican Communion.
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We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.
The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.
We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
The Central Secretariat
The Central Secretariat of the Archbishops’ Council is the “corporate centre” for the charity. The Director of the Central Secretariat acts as the equivalent of “company secretary” for the charity; oversees policy work on how the Church organises and governs itself; and also supports the chief executive, the Secretary General, across the range of his responsibilities.
The Central Secretariat has three main areas of responsibility. The small team of 10 staff covers these responsibilities in a matrix manner, rather than comprising defined sub-teams:
In addition, the Secretary General looks to the director of the Central Secretariat to be able to support him across the range of his responsibilities as chief executive, including deputising where necessary on issues within the Church and with key stakeholders outside the Church. This requires developing effective relationships with many different parts of the Church of England, with other Christian denominations, and with partners in Government and in civil society. This involves representing the Church of England to those bodies.
The director of the Central Secretariat is a member of the Senior Management Group of the Archbishops’ Council, and works closely with the other directors both in corporate leadership of the charity, and in a collaborative approach to much of its business.
The national Church institutions are currently engaged in a process of review of their governance. Following the publication of the Governance Review Group report in September 2021, and a motion thanking the Group for its report at the General Synod in February 2022, a programme of governance reform is getting under way. This will affect the Central Secretariat and its director in two ways:
The Director of the Central Secretariat and Clerk to the Synod will need to help shape these significant proposals for change, and be flexible enough to adapt to them and, if they are approved, to help implement them. This will involve fostering increasingly close working with the secretariat of the Church Commissioners, and other parts of the NCIs.
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
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