Executive Assistant to the CPAS Patronage Team

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Our patronage team is looking for an executive assistant who will relish working across the whole breadth of the Church of England to help appoint clergy to every kind of parish.

This exciting and rewarding role would allow you to make a significant impact at a national level to the health and growth of the Church of England. So you will have a passion to see local churches led well, thriving, and reaching out with the Gospel to their community.

The team needs excellent, fast-moving and responsive admin support, so we seek an EA of significant ability:

  • With wide experience of negotiating between different stakeholders.
  • Competent in administration and communication.
  • Of a calm and personable nature.
  • Some understanding of the Church of England.

This post is subject to a basic disclosure from the DBS.

An occupational requirement exists for the postholder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Please do not apply through Pathways: instead download the application pack from https://www.cpas.org.uk/jobs-cpas.

CPAS has been resourcing local churches since 1836. Our current vision reconnects us with our original passion for evangelism while focusing on support for the local church in evangelism in the 2020s - including working with new forms of local church and a new generation of leaders. Through our patronage responsibilities, we are involved in making clergy appointments every month of the year and in every Diocese of the Church of England.

The CPAS patronage team is led by the Patronage Secretary who oversees 5 patronage trusts responsible for 692 parishes and is accountable to the board of patronage trustees. The team’s primary role is to lead or participate in the appointment of new incumbents (Vicars, Rectors, Team Rectors and Vicars, Priests-in-Charge) for these parishes. The Patronage Secretary is supported in this by three other part time members. Wherever possible we seek to appoint evangelical clergy with a commitment to mission and evangelism, who are faithful preachers of the bible and able leaders of their congregation. The Patronage Secretary also handles a large number of consultations about the parishes, as well as supporting candidates looking for a new position. Appointments and consultations are controlled by ecclesiastical legislation.