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Bishops’ Chaplain, Adviser & Office Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Bishop of Bath & Wells and Bishop of Taunton are seeking a Chaplain, Adviser & Office Manager to join their staff.  This is an exciting time to come to the diocese as we implement the diocesan strategy which puts mission and evangelism at the heart of all we do.  Come and help us live the story and tell the story.

Post Introduction

The Bishop of Bath & Wells and Bishop of Taunton are seeking a Chaplain, Adviser & Office Manager to join their staff.  This is an exciting time to come to the diocese as we implement the diocesan strategy which puts mission and evangelism at the heart of all we do.  Come and help us live the story and tell the story.

Key responsibilities for the role will include:

  • Assisting and advising the Bishops in their episcopal functions
  • Supporting and resourcing the Bishops in their worship and ministry
  • Overseeing the office, managing and supporting the office team
  • Ensuring effective and efficient communication between the Bishops’ office and the Diocesan office and the Cathedral office

Starting salary of £34,842 per annum, with some flexibility.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be an ordained Anglican cleric in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9.  This post is subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure. 

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Closing date:  31 October 2017

Interviews:  27 November 2017

Role Responsibility


The Bishop of Bath and Wells, The Bishop of Taunton, The Bishops’ Diary PA,

Bishops’ Personal Assistant for Correspondence Administrative, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, Palace Pastor, CEO of the Palace Trust, Staff of the Palace Trust, Archdeacons’ and their PAs, Diocesan Secretary, Staff at the Diocesan Offices, Registrar and other post holders in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.


  • To provide spiritual support to the Bishops through prayer and encouragement
  • To assist and advise the Bishops in their episcopal functions
  • To help shape the visions, values, mission policies and strategies of the Diocese
  • To act as both gatekeeper and a bridge-builder from the Bishops’ Office to the Diocese
  • To line-manage and support the Bishops’ support staff and oversee their work



  • Be a companion to the Bishops in theological reflection and endeavour.
  • Act as required as the Bishops’ personal representative with individuals, with parishes, at particular events/meetings, and on task groups within the Diocese.
  • Assist the Bishops with daily routine matters, including contact - face to face, by telephone and correspondence-over matters of a pastoral, theological, liturgical and disciplinary nature, drafting letters which may have particular sensitivities in the Bishops’ name and responding in their own name to letters addressed to the Bishops where appropriate. Some secretarial assistance and support for the Chaplain is provided in the Bishops’ Office.
  • Resource the Bishops’ ministry in the Diocese, the wider church and the community by undertaking theological research, providing occasional briefings and supporting the preparation of material for speaking engagements.
  • Together with other senior staff in the Diocese carry out a number of Ministry Development Reviews each year.
  • Be willing sometimes to drive the Bishops to functions that they are attending.
  • Undertake whatever other tasks the Bishop may reasonably require.

Office Management

  • Oversee the workloads and responsibilities of the Bishops’ office; their two Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistant.Assist and guide them and take a lead in ensuring that office procedures are fit for purpose and properly implemented.Help to build and maintain a ‘team approach’ within the Bishops’ Office.Carry out annual Performance Development Reviews with the staff to help them maximize their contribution to the work of the Bishops and their own personal development.
  • Help to maintain and build on the effective and efficient communication which exists among the Bishops’ Staff and between the Bishops’ Office and other offices, particularly the Diocesan Office, the Cathedral Office, the Communications Team, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and the Diocesan Registry.
  • Attend the Bishop’s Staff meetings and help with its organisation. Attend, as an observer, the Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod. Organise the Bishops’ meetings with Rural Deans and Lay Chairs.
  • Work with the Bishops’ Diary PA to ensure that the Bishops are fully and appropriately briefed for all engagements. To support the Bishops in their preparation for House and College of Bishops meetings and the General Synod.
  • Build on good working relationships with the Church Commissioners, and particularly the Bishoprics and Cathedrals Department, to ensure the adequate provision of support for the Bishop’s Office and the proper maintenance of the Bishop’s Palace.


  • Liaise with the Registry with regard to ordinations; the issue of licences; and other legal documents.
  • Act as the Bishop’s Data Protection Compliance Officer for ensuring that the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 are followed; this includes processing subject access requests, maintaining clergy blue files, and providing advice to the Bishop as necessary.
  • Liaise with the Registry and others, as requested, on matters relating to Clergy Discipline, Capability and Grievance processes.
  • Represent the Bishop on the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, chair core groups when required and support the Bishop in fulfilling his responsibilities for safeguarding.

Lithurgy and Worship


  • Share with the Bishops in daily worship.
  • Liaise with the Dean and the Precentor in relation to episcopal services in the Cathedral and with parochial clergy in relation to services at which the Bishop will preside in parish churches and chapels. Prepare the Bishops’ orders of service where necessary and check draft orders prepared by parishes.
  • Attend the Bishops in the Cathedral on principal feasts and at ordinations, and other major services, Attend the bishop on occasion at institutions, licensings, confirmations and other services in the Diocese.



  • Act as confidant and pastor to the Bishops, providing priestly counsel and spiritual support to the Bishops in their own ministry; praying constantly for the Bishops and often with them.
  • Be available as someone to whom the Bishops can talk in complete confidence.
  • Provide pastoral care and support to members of the Bishops’ staff team and when appropriate to the Bishop’s household.
  • When required to assist the Bishop and his wife with their ministry of hospitality.
  • To work with the Palace Pastor in fulfilling these responsibilities.

The Ideal Candidate

The person appointed will:

  • Be episcopally ordained in the Church of England or a Church in full Communion with it. This means an ordained Anglican cleric who can conduct worship on behalf of the Bishop and administer all sacraments appropriate to the Church of England.This post has attached to it a genuine occupational requirement under the 2010 Equality Act, Part 1, Schedule 9.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Have a lively and robust intellect and be theologically well qualified (a higher level degree in theology would be an advantage but is not essential); be able to relate theology to the mission of the Church and issues of contemporary culture and society.
  • Be mature in outlook with a deep and secure faith with a rich pattern of daily worship and well established spiritual discipline.
  • Show evidence of initiative, imagination and creativity, whilst being content to share the Bishops’ vision and priorities for ministry; be able to work to the Bishops’ agenda, recognising that some of the Chaplain’s work, and the credit for it, is inevitably of a ‘hidden’ nature.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the Diocesan Vision and Strategy.
  • Be a good team player who can work well with others.
  • Oversee the Bishops’ Office and have the required attitude and experience to manage the staff.
  • Be adaptable and flexible, able to enjoy working under pressure, to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines. Have the stamina to cope with a physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding post.
  • Possess the skills in human relations necessary for effective pastoral work; be able to handle difficult and sensitive matters with tact and diplomacy; be able to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Be liturgically sensitive and skilled.
  • Be able to see the big picture while being capable of accurate attention to detail; have good political judgement and ability to spot the implications of particular issues and courses of action.
  • Have proven administrative, drafting and research skills; be computer literate, familiar with e-mail, word processing packages and the use of data bases.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people belonging to institutions, organisations and other groups beyond the Church of England.
  • Be spiritually motivated and able to see opportunities for service and the proclamation of the gospel even in the most routine matters.
  • Have a full driving licence.
  • This post will require an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. 

About Us

The Diocese of Bath and Wells was founded in 909 AD. Although it is middle-ranking in terms of population 915,000 (26th out of 43), in term of size 1,614 square miles (11th biggest) it is a large diocese, and this is reflected in the numbers of parishes (469 - 5th highest) and benefices (186 - 12th highest).  There are 564 churches.  Six parishes have passed resolutions for alternative episcopal oversight. The diocese is committed to, and will observe, the House of Bishops’ Five Guiding Principles relating to men and women in episcopal ministry. There are 280 licensed clergy and 350 clergy holding the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate.

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