Support Officer for the Deanery of Coleshill and Polesworth

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Coleshill and Polesworth Deanery, Birmingham City Centre and remote

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship representing a wide scope of Church tradition, with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million.

This role is to provide general administrative support to the Area Dean and be an enabler of support to the churches of the deanery.

  • General administration
  • Producing documents and presentations
  • Supporting the Area Dean in responding to queries as and when required.
  • Diary management
  • Arranging meetings online or in person
  • Governance administration (including circulating agendas, papers, and taking minutes if required)
  • Maintaining databases and systems
  • Supporting communication processes within the Deanery. This could include printed material, electronic communications, social media and websites depending on the needs of the Deanery.
  • Setting up and maintaining processes to audit and coordinate parish resources across the new Deanery. “Resources” is a broad definition and will include human resources (numbers, skills and gifts/talents), equipment, buildings, facilities, physical equipment, activities etc.

The successful candidate in this role will need to be:

  • Flexible and adaptable eg. occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
  • proactive in effective and efficient administration
  • Excellent accuracy/attention to detail
  • Experience in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent planning & organising skills
  • Great interpersonal skills and the ability to handle queries from a wide range of people
  • A collaborative style
  • Experience in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • To be willing to work within the Christian ethos and values
  • Knowledge of church structures and governance systems would be advantageous


  • Salary: £12,564 (equivalent to £25,518 full-time)
  • Hours of work: This is a part-time role of 17.5 hours per week (although flexible working will be considered - please do mention this in your application). This is a fixed term role, subject to funding, for a period of two years.
  • Pension: Employers 12% contribution to Church Workers Pension Scheme with no requirement for employee contribution.
  • Holidays: 5 weeks per year plus pro-rated Bank holidays plus 3 Discretionary Diocesan days.
  • Employer: Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance


The Church of England Birmingham is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where all can be themselves and bring their unique identity to their ministry and/or work.

We welcome applications from any individuals who feel that they meet the person specification for any post, in particular from those who are currently under-represented in or staff teams such as those from Global Majority Heritage or UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds, those with visible or invisible disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQI+.

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and other services to our staff teams.

The Church of England Birmingham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment.