The Bishop of Ely leads the Diocese of Ely, which is the Church of England in Cambridgeshire, West Norfolk and South Peterborough. In addition to his primary role of oversight of the diocese, the Bishop has major national church responsibilities and sits in the House of Lords. To support him in his ministry, the Bishop’s office must provide an efficient and friendly administrative centre, working closely with colleagues within and beyond the Diocese, and to further the implementation of the diocesan strategy Ely2025 – People Fully Alive.
It is particularly important that all those involved in the life of the Diocese of Ely, both lay and ordained, have a sense that they are profoundly valued and cared for pastorally, spiritually, and personally. To know people and be known by them is at the heart of the Bishop’s ministry across the diocese.
The role of the Bishop’s Correspondence Secretary is varied and demanding, requiring a calm and patient approach, and a high degree of organisational and administrative skill. The post-holder will be someone who enjoys working as part of a small team, interacting with a diverse range of people and answering a variety of enquiries. They must be able to maintain strict confidentiality, be tactful and firm, to have a healthy sense of humour, and when necessary, a thick skin! Key working relationships are with the Bishop, his Senior Chaplain and the rest of the team in Bishop’s House, the PA to The Bishop of Huntingdon, The Dean, the Diocesan Secretary, the Archdeacons, and other diocesan staff.
As a Diary and Correspondence Secretary you will provide vital support to the Bishop, assisting his Senior Chaplain in processing and completing a consistently high volume of varied tasks, and ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the office. The Diary and Correspondence Secretary is managed by the Bishop of Ely’s Senior Chaplain and works closely with the Hospitality and Administration Secretary. Whilst each member of the team has specific roles and responsibilities, there is a certain amount of overlap. Consequently, efficient communication within the team is key to ensuring the successful running of the office.
Further information about the Diocese Diocese of Ely (elydiocese.org)
All applications to be received by Wednesday 12th October 2022.
Interviews to be held on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October 2022.
The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for the Archbishops. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.
In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, and a range of benefits including enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
The Bishop’s diary is very full and planned a long time in advance with a variety of types of commitment both within and beyond the diocese. It is essential that the dairy is kept under review and updated as necessary both to reflect changing arrangements and to ensure a degree of flexibility. The post-holder is responsible for:
The office correspondence load is diverse, involving a wide range of people. The post-holder is responsible for:
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