HR Adviser

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£24,000 - £27,000 dependent on experience

The Diocese of Exeter is seeking a qualified, or part-qualified, HR professional to work with the Head of HR and Safeguarding helping us to develop and execute the diocesan HR plans to fulfil our strategic goals, as well as to ensure strong and effective management of our communications function.

The HR Adviser, in conjunction with Head of HR and Safeguarding will:

  • Provide a proactive operational HR Service to Diocesan Bishops and to Diocesan colleagues across Devon. This will involve advising and leading on less complex aspects of HR from ER casework (absence, discipline, capability, grievance), to resourcing and restructurings. Some travel may be involved due to the geographical location of colleagues.
  • Provide a high quality, confidential and comprehensive service by providing administrative support to the various operational activities of HR including recruitment, payroll, occupational health, wellbeing and the provision of HR advice.
  • Provide management information on employee issues and administrative support for the Head of HR and Safeguarding.
  • To build and maintain strong relationships with departments in order to ensure that HR adds value to the organisation and assists departments to meet their strategic objectives.
  • To provide technical advice to managers on less complex HR issues, through the application of best practice and consistency to ensure that the Diocese of Exeter operates within employment law and other relevant regulations.
  • To manage all recruitment related activities including candidate induction/on-boarding.
  • To provide administrative support to the Head of HR and Safeguarding
  • To provide information and reports on key HR analytics, managing up to date personnel records, tracking and reporting on issues.
  • To ensure that the Diocese of Exeter is protected against litigation providing guidance to clergy, line managers and employees in relation to HR employment processes and procedures. To include initiating and implementing disciplinary matters and dealing with grievance and incapability issues.
  • CIPD qualified/ part qualified or equivalent and demonstrable HR experience.
  • Recent HR advisory/admin experience gained in an employee focused role or function.
  • Up to date knowledge of good HR practice and employment law.
  • An empathy with the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Able to travel on occasion in Devon.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 50 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact us

by email by phone: 01392 294975

or by post: The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Closing date for applications: 24 August 2018

Shortlisted candidates notified: w/c 27 August 2018

Interviews: 6 September 2018

If you would like to find out more about the Diocese of Exeter please visit our website:

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