The Bishop of St Albans seeks a Personal Assistant who can demonstrate commitment, initiative and a willingness to take responsibility for addressing frequently complex and time sensitive issues.
This full-time position is set in a Christian faith context and in the voluntary sector.
The PA to the Bishop post is comparable in responsibility terms to a personal assistant role to a managing director of a medium-sized company
It is highly desirable that the person holding the role has strong sympathy with the Christian faith and wishes to see the flourishing of God’s Church. Whilst it is not assumed that the successful candidate will have prior knowledge of the structures and operations of the Church of England, they must be prepared to immerse themselves in it.
It is especially important that all staff of the Diocese of St Albans, lay and ordained, have a sense that they are valued and cared for pastorally, spiritually and personally, and the PA is crucial in making this a reality.
As the normal first point of contact with the Bishop, the PA will take responsibility for handling enquiries, researching and supplying suitable responses and managing diaries and workload, ensuring that the reputation of the Bishop’s office is enhanced and protected.
The role carries considerable responsibility and can be demanding and at times intensive. It requires someone who enjoys engaging with people of all sorts, and has patience and a calm manner and a healthy sense of humour as well as a high level of proven administrative and organisational skills. The PA needs to be able to juggle multiple issues at the same time.
Key working relationships are with the Bishop and his immediate senior colleagues, clergy, church members and volunteers, and more widely with a vast variety of people locally, nationally and internationally.
The Bishop’s local budget is managed in-house and training on the finance software used is available. Therefore, some basic experience of accounting and book keeping is desirable.
The PA is a member of a small team who work at Abbey Gate House in St Albans, and it is crucial that every member of the team is flexible in supporting and, where necessary, covering for each other.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 21 July 2022.
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact the Bishop’s Chaplain,
Captain Andrew Crooks CA, on 07435 940077, or email email@example.com
The main responsibilities for this role are:
The ideal candidate must have:
Non-clergy staff will be automatically enrolled into the in the Pension Builder 2014 Pension Plan (PB2014) in line with legislation unless they choose to opt out. Clergy already in the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) will have the option of either remaining in this scheme or joining the PB2014 scheme.
Bishops Staff have an income protection insurance arrangement. To be eligible for cover under this policy an employee must be a member of the (PB2014) scheme. Please note that insurance cover is not necessarily automatic, and that underwriting may be required by the schemes in some instances (for example if you do not join the scheme at the first available opportunity or opt out of the scheme and subsequently re-join). Cover will be subject to any terms and conditions laid down by the insurance company.
As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the number of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.