The Diocese of Rochester is a diverse and vibrant community of faith with a new strategic framework – Called Together – in place, and a clear vision to grow disciples, enrich our communities and resource each other in our mission and ministry. The Diocese is now looking for a new Diocesan Secretary to serve this vision and ensure a strong and sustainable future.
This historic Diocese, in existence since 604 AD, serves a population of some 1.3 million people, and reaches from rural areas into London. It covers some of the most affluent areas in England, and some of the most deprived wards in the South-East, and champions the diversity found across the region.
The Diocesan Secretary will be creative and entrepreneurial, outward-facing and able to build strong relationships. With a track record in leadership, experience in empowering teams and a commitment to see the Church grow in strength and impact, the new Diocesan Secretary will bring an innovative, ‘can-do’ approach to the development of the diocese and play a full role in its senior leadership as a passionate and credible Christian leader. Above all they will serve in the important task of shaping the culture and ethos of all that is done in the name of the Diocese.
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Closing date is noon on Thursday, 6 June 2019
The Diocesan Secretary has overall accountability for the operations of the diocesan office, delegating these responsibilities to directors and other senior managers and their teams as appropriate.
Team Leadership and external engagement
Contribute to the spiritual leadership and development of the Diocese and act as an advocate with external stakeholders
Strategic planning and implementation
Lead where appropriate, the development and delivery of Diocesan-level strategic thinking
Service delivery and standards
Lead the Diocesan Office in offering outstanding service provision to licensed ministers, parishes and their officers in accordance with the vision of the Diocese
Manage diocesan staff in accordance with the Christian vision and values of the Diocese and to the highest standards
Governance support and statutory responsibilities
Ensure the effective administration of diocesan governance structures enabling it to meet its objectives and legal obligations
Work with diocesan directors, senior managers and others as appropriate to ensure the effective and efficient stewardship and commitment of diocesan resources to secure diocesan plans
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The role will require the post holder to travel throughout the diocese, sometimes in the evening and at weekends.
The post holder will be the public face of the Diocese, it is considered that there is an Occupational Requirement (OR) for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Church of England, or of a Church in communion therewith or of a member Church of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland or of Churches Together in England, or of a member Church of the Evangelical Alliance
The Diocese takes the safety of everyone within its churches very seriously and expects that all will work within the Church of England’s safeguarding policies. In particular, the Church expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk or of actual abuse, to raise this immediately with their manager or safeguarding officer
Achievement Drive – A desire to meet or exceed standards, welcoming feedback, and continually seeking to improve. It includes staying focused on goals over an extended period of time.
Relationships – The ability to understand the perspectives, feelings and concerns of others and initiate, build and maintain relationships in a mutually beneficial way. Recognise one’s own feelings and those of others and manage emotions effectively.
Persuasiveness – The ability to convince others of a view, conclusion, position etc. Communicating in an impactful way, tailored to one’s audience.
Problem Solving – The ability to investigate and breakdown a problem or situation into its component parts, identifying implications and the key underlying issues and establish possible solutions.
Independence – A demonstrated belief in one’s capability to select an appropriate approach to a situation. It includes confidence in one’s judgement or opinion and showing resilience in adversity. Know when to seek the support and advice of others.
Adaptability – The ability to adapt one’s behavioural style or method of approach where necessary to achieve a goal. Responds to change with a positive attitude and demonstrates a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish objectives.
Teamworking – The willingness and ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively with others toward a shared goal, contributing actively to the team. Builds positive relationships and a sense of pride within the team.
The Diocese of Rochester is the Church of England in the areas of Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley; a historic diocese in existence since 604AD
A diverse and vibrant community of faith, we share the vision that we are Called Together to Grow disciples, Enrich our communities and Resource each other in our mission and ministry.
Serving a population of some 1.3 million people, the Diocese includes 216 parishes, 90 schools, and two bishops: The Bishop of Rochester and the Bishop of Tonbridge.
Our staff of just over 50 people, are jointly employed by the Diocesan Board of Finance and Diocesan Board of Education, and are based in the Diocesan office, St Nicholas Church. They support the clergy and the people in our parishes in a number of ways, resourcing them to carry out the mission of the Church.