Recruitment Coordinator

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£35954 - £39345

The Archbishops’ Advisers for Appointments and Development is the Department that supports the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in their responsibilities for appointments to senior roles and for ensuring that senior clergy are equipped for the Church of England’s significant missional challenges and for the vital role it plays in the life of the nation.

This is an exciting opportunity for an HR professional with experience of managing the recruitment process for senior roles. You will be part of a small team which has responsibility for leading the process of appointing bishops and deans in the Church of England. Recruitment in the church is woven into vocational discernment and this role provides an alternative, fascinating dimension to typical Human Resources roles.

The Recruitment Coordinator is a key role providing professional support to the process of appointing bishops and deans in the Church of England. Managing a small recruitment administration team, you will ensure that key actions within the complex appointment processes are carried out on time and with quality, accuracy and continuous improvement at the core.

You will be responsible for developing our processes to ensure good practice and continuous improvement, including how we can develop our new Applicant Tracking System and other technologies to support our work.

You will have significant experience of supporting the recruitment of senior professionals, and be comfortable working with structured processes.

Interviews will be held on 20th September 2018

Main responsibilities of the role

  • Managing recruitment administration: You will manage the recruitment administration for senior appointments, with line management responsibility for a small team. You will ensure a high quality and timely service to support the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments and the Appointments & Vocations Adviser (as the Appointment Leads) in their work with candidates, bishops and appointments’ panels.
  • Project management: Taking a project management approach to the appointments process, you will ensure clear plans are in place to meet the timescales for each vacancy and that the various stages happen on time.
  • Systems and data: You will take the lead on developing our Applicant Tracking System and contribute to the thinking on how technology can be used to improve our processes further. You will oversee the management of the data held by the Department, ensuring it is processed appropriately in line with legislation and internal policies.
  • Continuous process improvement: You will review and develop the documentation, process maps, guidance and tools which underpin the appointment processes to ensure they are of the highest quality and reflect good practice and process improvements.
  • Professional advice and guidance: With knowledge of legislation and best practice in recruitment, you will ensure compliance with safer recruitment and other relevant legislation and policies. You will advise on areas in candidates’ paperwork which may need to be followed-up by the appointment lead, and where panel members may require support. You will ideally have an understanding of selection tools and methods (including psychometrics) in order to offer advice to the Appointment Lead.
  • Projects: From time to time you may be asked to contribute to projects which relate to the identification, appointment and development of senior clergy, e.g. conducting research and drafting papers for working groups and committees etc.

Person specification


  • Substantial experience of supporting the recruitment of senior professional roles in organisations with complex structures;
  • Line-management experience;
  • Experience of using and developing Applicant Tracking Systems, ideally for senior posts;
  • Solid understanding of GDPR and Data Protection in a recruitment context


  • Degree level or equivalent


  • A confident self-starter who enjoys working with structured processes in complex organisational environments;
  • Excellent personal communicator with the ability to quickly build rapport with and win the confidence of senior stakeholders;
  • Strong written communication skills and able to convey complexity in an easy to understand way;
  • Has a good eye for detail and is comfortable in an environment which requires a high degree of accuracy;
  • Strong IT skills, in particular intermediate / advanced in Word & Excel;
  • A proactive and inquiring mindset;
  • Comfortable handling confidential and often complex data


  • Comfortable working in an environment where high levels of confidentiality (both internally and externally) will be required alongside sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Flexible to travel and work outside normal office hours on occasions.


  • An understanding of the structure of the Church of England;
  • CIPD membership
  • Awareness and understanding of selection tools, including psychometrics

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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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from 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 amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.