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Director of Communications

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


An exciting opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a Director of Communications who will have responsibility to enable the whole Diocese of Chester to communicate the Gospel effectively.

The successful candidate will have a wide ranging experience of communication matters with the ability to manage media relations and promote the work of the Diocese in a positive and strategic manner.

The post is based at Church House, Daresbury, with some travel around the Diocese. The post-holder must be a driver and have access to a car.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian, in accordance with the Equality Act.

Informal telephone conversations with George Colville, Diocesan Secretary, are welcome on 01928 718834.

Closing date: Friday 2nd March 2018 at 12 noon

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 21st March 2018

All applications must be made on our own application form which is available on our website here: http://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/director-of-communications.php 

We are not accepting applications through Pathways for this post.

Applications should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or liz.geddes@chester.anglican.org

Main Responsibility

Media Relations

  • To advise the Bishops, senior staff team and parishes regarding the management of crises, preparing statements and managing press interest as needed.
  • To enhance the profile of the Diocese working to foster respect, trust and understanding with the media and wider public.
  • To develop a media distribution list for regional and church media (traditional print, digital and social bloggers).
  • To develop a media plan tied to departmental/national initiatives, liturgical seasons and the ministry of the bishops.
  • To keep up to date with national protocols.


 Promoting the work of the Diocese

  • To work with key stakeholders to enable the Diocese identify its audiences and target its communications for mutual understanding using the most effective means
  • To ensure the active promotion of the Church’s mission and ministry, including placing promotional material and stories for Church House and parishes with the appropriate channels and with an appropriate timescale, taking into account the different demographics, cultures, and priorities found across the Diocese.
  • To support to diocesan organisations and committees in their advancement of the Gospel.
  • To adopt a strategic approach to campaigns.
  • To meet with the Bishops regularly to discuss opportunities to communicate their ministry and to develop a communication plan for each bishop which includes media profile, areas of work and social media.


Bishop of Chester’s Media Adviser

  • To act as the Bishop of Chester’s media adviser, and help the bishops in their promotion of episcopal work.



  • To provide regular training days and internal training for staff. 
  • To work in conjunction with other departments in aspects of communication training.



  • To ensure the production of timely, engaging and accurate diocesan publications.
  • To develop digital communication for the Diocese of Chester in liaison with key stakeholders.
  • To keep up to date in developments of communications media and propose their best use, including the introduction of new items into the mix as they emerge and discontinuing those that cease to be effective.



  • To identify and work with key stakeholders, being sensitive to different and wide traditions of the Anglican church, reflecting Gospel values such telling the truth and building relationships with those of differing opinions.



  • To manage the departmental budget as needed.
  • To line manage the Design and Communications Officer

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications and Training

Essential attributes

  • Theologically literate
  • Good general education.          

Desirable attributes

  • Graduate.
  • Relevant qualification or membership.



Essential attributes

  • Wide ranging experience of church communication issues.
  • Experience of managing people and resources.

Desirable attributes

  • Experience in managing communications in a charity context.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing press crises.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Essential attributes

  • Ability to manage media relations in a positive and strategic manner.
  • Ability to think strategically and communicate locally.
  • A practitioner who will work with parishes and diocese in new communication initiatives.
  • Ability to work in senior leadership roles, excellent communication and management skills.
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and parishes across diverse theological traditions and social contexts.
  • Proven capacity to develop communication strategies. 

Desirable attributes

  • Advanced IT Skills
  • Knowledge of the structures and culture of the Church of England.


Personal Qualities:

Essential attributes

  • A communicant member of The Church of England or a Church which is a member of Churches together in Britain.
  • Highly approachable.
  • Good listener.
  • An ability to work under pressure.
  • A team leader who will oversee and work of the department.
  • Flexibility.    

Desirable attributes

  • Evidence of continued education



Essential attributes

  • Full driving licence and access to a car. 

About Us

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org  We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.

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