School Adviser: Leadership (Primary)

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We wish to appoint a highly motivated, talented and effective education professional to the post of School Adviser: Leadership (Primary).

The successful applicant will contribute positively to our dynamic team, promoting educational excellence in our family of 240 Church schools and academies.

With a proven track record of primary headship and school improvement you will use your interpersonal skills and experience and to:

  • Build a strong professional relationship with a portfolio of Church of England Schools and Academies to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for all.
  • Take a lead role in creating, implementing and sustaining significant aspects of Church school development, improvement and effectiveness.
  • Contribute and bring expertise to the Diocesan Education Team including supporting, planning and delivery of its distinctive professional development and training.
  • Respond to diocesan, local, regional and national educational strategy and initiatives, under the direction of the Director of Education.

We will provide you with opportunities for professional development and encourage you to take a leading role in the formulation and delivery of Diocesan education policy and practice. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a committed team, with a great reputation who work openly and collaboratively in a culture of mutual support.

The Diocese of Leeds is geographically the biggest diocese in the country so a willingness to travel is a must. However, the huge range of schools we support, from rural Dales village schools to large urban academies in West Yorkshire, provides a richness to our daily work and professional development.

We would love to hear from you if you have the drive and desire to provide the best for our young people and schools.

The package includes a competitive salary, flexi-time scheme, reimbursement of travelling expenses, an 8% non-contributory pension with an additional 5% matched contributions, hybrid working (50%), and 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays and four customary days a year (between Christmas and New Year).

Further details can be found in our application pack.

Key dates:

Closing date: Midnight Wednesday 29th November 2023

Shortlisting: Wednesday 6th December

Interviews: Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December 2023. Held at Church House, 17-19 York Place, Leeds LS1 2EX

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required.

For full details of roles, please see the attached application pack.

For full details of person specification, please see the attached application pack.

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings.

The Diocese has undergone a significant period of change since its formation in 2014. As part of its aim to ensure long-term sustainability and financial stability, the diocese has applied for and received strategic development funding (SDF) to increase spiritual and numerical growth, in line with its vision for confident Christians, growing churches, and transforming communities.

Our Values

The Diocesan values, Loving, Living, Learning, are vital to the way we encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We aim to:

  • Love God, the world and one another.
  • Live in the world as it is, but, drawn by a vision of something better, we want to help individuals and communities flourish,
  • Learn when we get things wrong, by listening and growing together.

The Diocese of Leeds is proud to be a Real Living Wage Employer.

Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance (The Board) is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and the workplace and in avoiding unlawful discrimination. Accordingly, the Board will ensure that recruitment and selection, training and development, and promotion procedures result in no job applicant or employee receiving less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, class or caste, religious belief or lack of religious belief (unless this is an occupational requirement), disability, trade union membership or non-membership, gender or sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents or being a part-time or fixed-term worker. The Board’s objective is to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated solely on the basis of their relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities.

For clergy applying to this role, your Area/Suffragan Bishop must be informed of your applications at the earliest opportunity. Furthermore, you must seek a Diocesan Bishop’s Licence in order to be eligible for a new role, and please be aware that granting a licence is subject to a CCSL from your Area/Suffragan Bishop.

The Diocese of Leeds is currently unable to sponsor candidates without Right to Work in the UK. Candidates must have Right to Work in the UK to take up this role.

To download a copy of our policy for the recruitment of ex-offenders from the diocesan website, please click on the below link: