National Adviser for Selection

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Westminster, with the ability to travel and work flexibility.
£43302-£48009 after probation

The Ministry Division is one of the Divisions of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. It serves the dioceses and the bishops by providing advice and consultancy on ministry, overseeing a national process of selection for candidates and quality assurance of their training and supporting dioceses in their strategic planning for ministry.

Its vision is for transforming ministry for mission and growth and its values are based on working collaboratively to offer a constructive, professional and expert service to the dioceses.

We are now looking for an innovative and inspiring National Adviser for Selection to join our team and take responsibility for all aspects of the selection process for ordained ministry, including managing Bishops Advisory Panels.

The Archbishops' Council has identified a target of seeing a 50% increase in the numbers of ordinations by 2020. There will be new selection process envisaged by the Future Clergy Review and you will be working to implement this, by developing a resource of expertise and best practice .

As National Adviser for Selection, you will give professional advice to Dioceses and offer training and development to Directors of Ordinands, ensuring consistent practice in selection and the adoption of new quality standards and processes.

As part of a team of Advisers who facilitate, moderate and act as Secretaries for the Bishops’ Advisory Panels, you will also play a key role in ensuring the effective operation of the Candidates Panel.

Bringing your knowledge of ministry and vocational discernment to the role, you will demonstrate resilience and self-awareness, managing change and complex relationships effectively.

With the ability to travel and attend training events and panels as required, you will enjoy working flexibly to ensure that priorities are delivered according to our mission and values.

Interviews will be held on the 26th September 2018

  • To be the Panel Secretary to 8 Bishops’ Advisory Panels each year. Panels advise Bishops about the suitability of candidates for ordained ministry in the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. This will include working with Business Support colleagues in completing pre-panel paperwork checks; advise, coach and support Bishops’ Advisers in their discernment of candidates and decision-making; overall management, attendance, co-ordination and efficient running of the four-day residential Panels which will include leading worship and preaching; editing and preparing reports on candidates and ensuring that post-Panel records and paperwork are completed and kept safely; maintaining and developing a knowledge of the Selection Criteria ensuring that Panels work consistently with these criteria
  • Candidates Panel: The Adviser will be part of a team who ensure the effective operation of the Candidates Panel which is responsible for advising Bishops concerning candidates who for example seek a new focus for their ministry
  • To work to implement the recommendations of the Future Clergy Review in terms of renewed good practice within the Selection Process. This change management process will begin with training for DDOs in January 2019 and come to fruition for those attending BAPs from September 2020. These new processes will require National Advisers to work in new ways which will include a more regional focus
  • To be part of the team of National Advisers who work collaboratively to give expert advice and consultancy to Dioceses in Selection issues and to be involved in building strategic capacity amongst the DDOs so that they can sustain the growth in vocations
  • To play a part in developing and delivering a training curriculum for DDOs that will ensure good practice in Selection.
  • To work with Sponsoring Bishops in the selection, appointment and ongoing training and development of Bishops’ Advisers especially as their role evolves under the Future Clergy Review process.
  • As part of the ongoing development of Selection processes, to develop an area of expertise with an aspect of these processes.
  • To work with Business Support Manager and Officers in the Implementation of new administrative processes to support the wider Vocations and Selection work.



  • Understanding and experience of ministry in the Church of England
  • Considerable and relevant experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of one to one interviewing
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant selection good practice


  • Well organised and attentive to detail
  • Skilled in developing partnerships and working in teams with an awareness of group dynamics
  • Able to handle and work with the implementation of change
  • Robustness and self-awareness that is able to handle difference, conflict and to manage complex relationships
  • Willingness and flexibility to manage work that requires considerable travel and absence from home
  • Excellent communication skills including oral public speaking, presentation skills and written communication.
  • Good IT skills including proficiency in use of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.

Personal Attributes:

  • This post is subject to a genuine occupational requirement that the postholder will be a Communicant Anglican under Part 1 Schedule 9 of Equality Act 2010. The post holder will represent the Church of England and participate in worship and is responsible for advising on the Selection of those with a vocation to ordained ministry. A well-developed spiritual life is necessary to resource this work.


  • Able to travel within England and attend residential panels and training events away from London


  • Evidence of theological learning
  • Experience of delivering Adult education and training
  • Specific selection process experience
  • Experience of lone working

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