HR Director

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£43,193.85 for 28 hours (£53,992.31 fte)

The development of our people and of our culture are organisational priorities and the HR Director is a vitally strategic appointment. The person in this role will be responsible for helping us to develop and nurture our people, our culture, our structures and our policies.

The development of our culture and all our people are priorities for The Diocese of Sheffield. The HR Director is therefore a vitally strategic appointment for us. The person in this role will be responsible for helping us to develop and nurture our people, our culture, our structures and our policies.

The HRD will provide strategic direction and expertise across the Diocese and help us to deliver best practice. They will serve as close adviser and thought partner to the CEO and to all members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team with regard to leadership, development, coaching, employee relations, talent acquisition, stakeholder engagement, culture, organisational design and change, performance management, learning and development. The incumbent will also oversee the provision of a comprehensive human resources (HR) service to the DBF in respect of its ordained and lay office holders and employees and will provide employment advice to parishes and linked organisations.

  • PT 28 hours per week - flexible working options will be considered
  • £53,992.31 (£43,193.85 for 28 hours)
  • Non-contributory pension is provided
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Based in Church House Effingham Street Rotherham and with some hybrid working

Applications: Please complete the application form below and return to

Closing date: Friday 17 February 2023, noon

Interview date: TBC

For an informal conversation email to arrange a suitable time.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive people strategy and strategic workforce plan that aligns with the overall mission and strategy of the Diocese.
  • Develop and implement best practices and policies that will service the needs of the Diocese (clergy, lay and DBF) to build a high performing culture of excellence, accountability, transparency and collaboration.
  • Act as a strategic partner to the Diocesan Secretary/CEO and the BSST providing insight on the people and cultural impact of all strategic decisions and engaging with all aspects of the organisation.
  • Provide insightful, innovative thinking and problem solving on critical issues.
  • Coach and counsel BSST in developing themselves and their teams to achieve improved performance and engagement.
  • Lead a people strategy that ensures a culture of employee and clergy development, retention and attraction of exceptional talent. Oversee remuneration and reward practices and philosophy to ensure salary benchmarking conducted on a regular basis.


  • Provide strategic leadership on all people & culture projects including HR analytics & reporting, talent reviews, training, change management, organisational design, belonging and inclusion.
  • Optimise the HR function, modernise and refine key policies and processes and activities aligned toward achieving the strategic objectives of the Diocese, including any implementation activities.
  • Develop relationships with the employees and clergy across the Diocese and become someone who is sought for advice and counsel on HR, cultural, and organisational issues.
  • Lead the people function to counsel, coach and guide managers and staff in addressing concerns and complaints to ensure fair and equitable treatment and promote an inclusive and rich workplace environment.
  • Ensure health & wellbeing is prioritised for employees and clergy office holders.
  • To oversee the strategic direction and- day-to-day work of the HR Team in accordance with good employment practice including, but not limited to, dealing with recruitment, issues with terms and conditions, grievance and disciplinary matters and performance management.
  • To undertake staff appraisals and identify and support the training and development requirements of the HR Team, to enable all to carry out their roles effectively.
  • Lead on all legal requirements regarding employment and engagement of office holders.
  • Emphasising the importance of the values and talents of our people aligning with our work in the Diocese.
  • Co-ordinate and advise on the induction and support of new staff.
  • Ensure that Safer Recruitment policies and procedures are followed where applicable and the relevant employees have up-to-date DBS checks & Safeguarding Training to seek to ensure that safeguarding is at the heart of our HR function.


  • Ensure effective performance/development review systems are in place for all DBF staff.
  • Ensure that clergy, managers and staff understand the rationale and need for performance /ministerial development reviews. that everyone undertaking such reviews is equipped with the knowledge and skill to conduct them so that they develop the talents and inspiration of our people to further our mission.
  • In conjunction with managers, identify the training needs of staff to improve the overall performance of the DBF.
  • Be able to offer training to selected groups on specific areas of good people management e.g. interview techniques, line management and supervision etc.


  • Advise senior staff on employment law as it applies to clergy as well as interpreting EO(ToS)M and how the two interact.
  • Advise senior staff on and provide support on appointments, review, and occupational health issues i.e. general advice and on specific cases.
  • Support and encourage open, positive and effective development reviews for all Clergy to ensure mutual flourishing and wellbeing throughout the Diocese.
  • Provide the HR advice and presence required under certain formal procedures such as disciplinary, grievance and capability.
  • Issue relevant Statements of Particulars and related documentation to those under Common Tenure.

The postholder may be required to undertake any other duties as appropriate.

We seek the professional, specialised support of a skilled HR Director, passionate about developing people and attentive to organisational culture.

The Diocese of Sheffield is on a journey of transformation. After significant consultation, we are now delivering an ambitious plan for growth. We seek an exceptional individual to join us and help continue the transition of our culture; developing the people we serve and supporting the leaders of change.

The Diocese was founded in 1914 and contains the whole of the city of Sheffield, the Borough of Rotherham and the Borough of Doncaster. In addition, it contains much of the Borough of Barnsley and areas of East Yorkshire around Goole. It serves around 1.25 million people in 176 parishes (205 churches and 150 benefices). These parishes are served by 90 stipendiary clergy, around 40 self-supporting ministers and over 400 licensed Readers and other licensed or authorised lay ministers. There are twelve deaneries and two archdeaconries in the Diocese. The Diocese has 40 church schools (39 primary and one secondary) and seeks always to work ecumenically. The central services team, based as Church House, Rotherham, consists of 50 full-time equivalent staff employed by the Diocesan Board of Finance under the direction of the Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive.

Our vision statement has informed the strategic direction of the Diocese for a decade:

The Diocese of Sheffield is called to grow a sustainable network of Christ–like, lively and diverse Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.