Bishoprics and Cathedrals Secretary and Head of Department

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Church House 27 Great Smith Street, London
£70000 - £76000 (MRS)

The Secretary to the Church Commissioners is currently recruiting for Bishoprics and Cathedrals Secretary and Head of Department. This role is responsible for a department of 12 and holding key relationships within the Church Commissioners.

To oversee and support the operation and work of the Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee and to support the work and role of the Third Church Estates Commissioner as the main lead for the Church Commissioners work in supporting the ministry of Bishops and Cathedrals and manage the Bishops and Cathedrals Department.

  • Create and maintain a culture of service delivery to Bishops, Deans and those who work with them;
  • Provide advice to the Third Church Estates Commissioner and the Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee;
  • Lead a team of professional property managers responsible either directly, or through agents, for the management of 42 Bishops houses (historic palaces to large modern detached properties) which mostly provide both living and office accommodation and an ancillary portfolio comprising of tenancies let commercially, ensuring tight financial management, including the agreement of, and management to, annual budgets for each property;
  • Overseeing the smooth transition of bishops and their families into their house on appointment;
  • Provide oversight to a team managing the working cost support for bishops within the HMRC dispensation;
  • Lead a team who provide administrative support to cathedrals including managing statutory payments to them and the approval of their property transactions;
  • Manage a team who provide assurance and management of cost effective repairs to medieval church chancels which discharges the Commissioners chancel repair liabilities (approx. 780 in whole or in part)


  • Experience of customer service at a senior level and creating and embedding a service culture;
  • Ability to motivate, lead and develop a team;
  • Experience of shaping strategic development, excellent project management skills and a track record of delivering projects to desired outcomes;
  • An ability to deal sympathetically, and with understanding of the role of bishops as leaders of the church, and sympathy for the work of the Church of England;
  • A willingness to travel throughout England, including overnight stops as necessary; and
  • Strong inter-personal skills, and an ability to develop effective relationships


  • Experience of project management, property and facilities management including budget setting and monitoring, maintenance programmes and running capital projects;
  • Experience of a regulatory environment and working with Boards and Committees;
  • Administrative experience to oversee the detailing and presentation of Committee papers; and
  • Membership of a professional body such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or relevant professional body.

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