Executive Assistant to the Bishop at Lambeth (Metropolitical)
The Archbishop of Canterbury carries various ‘Metropolitical responsibilities’ for the Southern Province of the Church of England. In this exciting new role, based at Lambeth Palace, you will have day-to-day responsibility for a number of the Archbishop’s most important ‘Metropolitical’ functions, including the patronage of benefices, clergy discipline, and other matters that the Archbishop must deal with as Metropolitan of the Canterbury Province.
This is a position of particular responsibility, requiring technical knowledge and skills, that falls within the office of the Bishop at Lambeth.The postholder will also provide regular project and administrative support on areas that fall within the Bishop at Lambeth’s portfolio, working in collaboration with the Executive Assistant (Episcopal).
As an experienced communicator, you will act with a high degree of discretion and diplomacy, demonstrating good judgement when dealing with urgent and complex matters across a wide range of issues.
- Closing Date: 1st February 2018
- Interview Date: 15th February 2018
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury. He is, ex officio, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Canterbury, which covers the southern two-thirds of England. The Archbishop carries various ‘Metropolitical responsibilities’ for the Southern Province of the Church of England. The Bishop at Lambeth holds this portfolio on behalf of the Archbishop and the Executive Assistant manages it on a day-to-day basis, providing specialist advice on the subject at Lambeth Palace.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In accordance with the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 ensure that candidates are presented to benefices for which the Archbishop is patron, either in his own right or by lapse.
- In accordance with the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 to compile and keep under review the list of all those in Holy Orders on whom a penalty or censure has been imposed, to circulate it periodically and deal with related/follow-up, actions, administration and correspondence.
- In accordance with the Clergy (Ordination) Measure 1990 process applications for faculties to allow those who are divorced and remarried to be ordained notwithstanding the impediment in Canon C4; to assess applications and make recommendations to the Archbishop; in general to advise the Archbishop, bishops and Diocesan Directors of Ordinands (DDOs) with regard to candidates for ordination needing faculties; and to report to the General Synod as requested.
- To process and advise on requests from members of Religious Communities for release from their vows.
- After consultation as appropriate respond to enquiries and requests for Special Marriage Licences, permissions under the Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967.
- To provide specialist advice to colleagues at Lambeth Palace on the full spectrum of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Metropolitan responsibilities.
- To provide advice on, and oversee the provision of, ‘Permission to Officiate’ for staff at Lambeth Palace.
- Advise members of the public concerning parochial matters, occasional services and any other matters that may arise within this specialist portfolio.
Bishop at Lambeth Support
- To provide regular project support on areas that fall within the Bishop at Lambeth’s portfolio, as required.
- Working closely with and providing administrative support to the Bishop at Lambeth to ensure that the Bishop is staffed in a consistent and smooth fashion, in concert with the Executive Assistant (Episcopal).
- Maintaining paper and electronic filing and ensuring the safe and secure storage of confidential material.
- Assisting the Bishop at Lambeth with the handling and processing of some correspondence and telephone communication in partnership with the Executive Assistant (Episcopal).
The Ideal Candidate
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Excel and the internet, as well as a networked computer system.
- Strong sense of responsibility that the work issued is of a consistently high standard, with fast response times.
- Highly discreet and diplomatic.
- Good judgement in understanding and dealing with urgent and complex matters across a wide range of issues.
- Ability to draft and prepare accurate correspondence, reports, papers and other material as required on behalf of the Archbishop and the Bishop at Lambeth.
- Highly organised and methodical, with the ability to cope with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
- Flexibility with the ability to adapt plans quickly in response to change.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to understand complex Church legal issues.
- Ability to manage internal and external stakeholder interests and relationships.
- Innovative and creative approach to work with the ability to lead on numerous projects.
- Ability to create and implement new processes and systems to improve efficiency.
- Experience of dealing with a wide range of people in the course of work, particularly at senior level.
- Knowledge of the Archbishops ministry and strategic aims.
- Interest in and knowledge of the structures of the Church of England.
- Education to at least ‘A’ level standard, or equivalent relevant qualifying experience.
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Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible* 35-hour working week for work-life balance and a minimum 25 days holiday plus 3 defined organisational days leave and an attractive defined pension scheme.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people, regardless of their background.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.