Lead Chaplain for University of Bedfordshire

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 19 days
Primarily Luton and Bedford

This post is administrated by the Diocese of St Albans, but funded and managed through the University of Bedfordshire Ecumenical Chaplaincy Trust (UBECT). UBECT is a partnership between the University and a number of contributing church bodies, including the Church of England, to provide and support a Christian/ and Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for the University community.

The Purpose is to work with the Community and Faith Team in order:
1. To offer pastoral care to all members of the University, students and staff.
2. To support members of the University as a learning community in the development and discovery of belief and identity, and especially of faith.
3. To offer support and advice to the University in dealing with matters of religion and faith.

The Lead Chaplain will co-ordinate and oversee the strategic and operational development of the Chaplaincy/Community and Faith team at the University of Bedfordshire. They will work closely with Student Services and Human Resources at the University, on initiatives which support student and staff well-being. They will work within the network of support for students and staff offered by the University to support, encourage and guide the Community and Faith team to carry out a range of Chaplaincy activities and projects.

  • Lead, manage, develop and empower the Community and Faith team to ensure they have the motivation and skills to deliver the mission of the Chaplaincy and the strategy of the University (“Transforming Bedfordshire”).
  • Line manage chaplaincy staff and volunteers, and safeguarding lead within the chaplaincy service.

Further details of the person specification and job description can be found in the application pack.

A committed practicing Christian, lay or ordained, in good standing with their faith community, who is ideally educated to degree or equivalent level in a relevant discipline.

Ability to represent the Christian faith community ecumenically and the university in the wider environment.
● Ability to offer spiritual, religious and pastoral care.
● Ability to relate to people of all faiths and beliefs.

Further details of the person specification and job description can be found in the application pack.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding training, and appointment will be

The work of the Chaplain is based at the Luton site of the University of Bedfordshire, but may require travel The University of Bedfordshire was formed in August 2006, by a merger between the University of Luton and De Montfort University situated at Bedford campus. Although a relatively new university, it remains an institution with a rich heritage. The Bedford campus dates back to 1882, which was the founding of the Bedford Training College for Teachers, and the Luton campus has academic roots that date back to 1904. The University of Bedfordshire has around 20,000 students and 1100 staff in the UK and overseas, making it the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education in Bedfordshire.

Please contact Mrs Tricia Reed, PA to the Archdeacon of Bedford, for an application pack.

Applications via this online platform will not be accepted as we require you to complete a different application form.

Tricia can be reached by calling 01727 818167 between 9am-1pm, or via email on archdbedpa@stalbans.anglican.org

Closing date for applications is noon on 27th February, and interviews will take place on 21st March.