Administrative Assistant

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Reliable, Organized, Capable

Does this describe you?

Then you could be part of the Church of England in Leicester and Leicestershire as the Admin Assistant working in the diocesan office.

Based at St Martins House in central Leicester, this is a role serving a number of departments through handling post, office admin, and correspondence/email. There are also some aspects of HR and event administration in the role.

We’re looking for somebody who can help to keep admin processes running smoothly and support the work of the diocesan office as it serves our churches and ministers. The post is suitable for somebody coming to the end of a Level 2 or 3 Business Administration qualification or anyone with some previous administrative experience (paid or voluntary).

The Diocese is a region of the Church of England which covers Leicester and Leicestershire. It is made up of a number of legal entities, with each parish being a separate corporate body. The Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee which runs ‘the business’ of the Diocese.

The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support across the various departments which make up the DBF. This involves incoming and outgoing post, routine correspondence and email, mass mailings (usually to the Diocese’s 310 churches) by post or email, processing information received from parishes, and oversight of office equipment. There is also some event administration, such as making room/venue bookings and handling enrolment on training courses.

The Administrative Assistant will be based in the Chief Executive’s office and will be line managed by the Executive Assistant, Lynn Phillips.

The post is suitable for somebody with some basic admin experience (paid, volunteer or apprenticeship) who is looking to develop a career in office administration.


To support the work of the Chief Executive’s Office and other departments of the DBF through routine administration.

Key Tasks

  • General office administration
  • Event and course administration
  • Hospitality for visitors
  • Answering the phone
  • Correspondence/emails
  • Post sorting, franking and distribution
  • Supervision of printers and franking machine including liaising with suppliers
  • HR administration including pre-employment checks
  • Administration of ministry library
  • Production of documents
  • Collating and distributing committee papers
  • Mass mailings
  • Photocopying and scanning
  • Data and statistics collection and input
  • Processing of invoices
  • Filing

Person Specification

  • GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Good IT skills, including word-processing, spread-sheets, databases and familiarity with social media.
  • Sympathy with the values and purposes of the Church of England and with the values and priorities of the Bishop and Diocese of Leicester and a desire to see the work flourish.
  • Capacity to relate appropriately to a wide range of people, in person, by telephone or e-mail.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team.
  • Friendly and helpful.
  • Flexible and able to prioritise a changing ‘to do’ list.
  • Have an eye for detail and be accurate.
  • Trustworthy and reliable.
  • Able to use initiative to see what needs doing rather than waiting to be asked.
  • Commitment to the principles and practice of confidentiality.
  • Eager to learn and prepared to do additional training/development if appropriate.

We encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the organization. Applications for a job share will be considered.

How to apply

In order to apply, you need to send in an up to date CV, along with a covering letter saying why you are interested in this post and what makes you suitable for it. This doesn’t need to be a long letter – two or three paragraphs setting out your main points is fine.

You must provide the names of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer or, if you are not currently employed, your most recent employer, or an organization you do voluntary work for. We will only take up references after interview.

Applications should be sent:

  • by email to Lynn Phillips:
  • or by post to Lynn Phillips, Diocese of Leicester, St Martins House, Leicester LE1 5PZ.

For an informal conversation about the post you can talk to Lynn on 0116 261 5326.

More information about the Diocese of Leicester is available on our website:

The closing date for applications is Thursday 21st February 2019 (12 noon).

Interviews will take place at St Martins House in Leicester on Tuesday 26th February 2019.