Diocesan People Assistant Adviser

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Diocese of Exeter
Permanent
£24,000 - £28,000 (FTE) Depending on Experience

The Diocese of Exeter is seeking a People (HR) Assistant Adviser to work with the Director - People and Safeguarding to help us develop and execute the diocesan People plans.

This is a newly created role which will support the Director - People and Safeguarding with daily People (HR) duties. Specifically it will:

  • Provide People services and general advice in respect of ecclesiastical office holders beneficed, licensed or holding permission to officiate in the Diocese. This will involve advising and leading on less complex aspects of People (HR) for members of the clergy from ER casework (absence, discipline, capability, grievance), to resourcing and restructurings.
  • Provide a comprehensive People Service to the Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance (EDBF) in respect of employees and volunteers.
  • Provide People support for parishes, benefices, Mission Communities and related organisations and partners.
  • Support change initiatives by working closely with ecclesiastical office holders to identify problems and the solutions needed, through to practical delivery and implementation.
  • Provide management information on People issues.

This exciting new opportunity will incorporate Human Resources skills and knowledge alongside the strong working relationships of ecclesiastical office holders and EDBF employees across the Diocese of Exeter. This position will require travel throughout the county of Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) and independent working.

Closing date: Friday 13th September 2019

Interviews: Friday 20th September 2019

To arrange an informal discussion about this position please email

anthea.carter-savigear@exeter.anglican.org or by phone 01392 294947

In conjunction with the Director of People (HR) and Safeguarding the Diocesan People (HR) Assistant Adviser will be working to:

  • Provide People services and general advice in respect of ecclesiastical office holders beneficed, licensed or holding permission to officiate in the Diocese. This will involve advising and leading on less complex aspects of People (HR) for members of the clergy from ER casework (absence, discipline, capability, grievance), to resourcing and restructurings.
  • Provide a comprehensive People Service to the Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance (EDBF) in respect of employees and volunteers.
  • Provide a high quality, confidential and comprehensive service by providing administrative support to the various operational activities of People including recruitment, payroll, occupational health, wellbeing and the provision of People advice.
  • Provide People support for parishes, benefices, Mission Communities and related organisations and partners.
  • Support change initiatives by working closely with ecclesiastical office holders to identify problems and the solutions needed, through to practical delivery and implementation.
  • Provide management information on People issues.

The job reports to the Director of People and Safeguarding and will work closely with:

  • Ecclesiastical Office Holders and EDBF Employees
  • Safeguarding Administrator
  • Finance Team
  • People Assistant
  • Personnel at Church House
  • Third party training, wellbeing and pastoral care specialists and resourcing suppliers

The Assistant Adviser will be required to apply for a regular disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

Some travel may be involved due to the geographical location of colleagues.

The People Adviser role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Human Resources expertise, skills and knowledge.
  • Building strong relationships with ecclesiastical office holders, parishes, benefices, Mission Communities, senior managers and employees across the Diocese of Exeter.
  • Supporting case work including grievance.
  • Implementation of policies and organisational processes.
  • Travel and working independently.

We are seeking someone with the following experience;

  • Degree level or equivalent or a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
  • Recent People (HR) advisory experience in an employee focused role or function.
  • Experience of working in a complex organisational structure.
  • Experience of committee administration.
  • Experience of using automated HR systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of employment law issues and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations using a pragmatic and common sense approach.
  • Able to quickly and accurately develop own expertise in less familiar specialist areas (e.g. ecclesiastical law, safeguarding practice, Common Tenure, clergy terms and conditions of service).
  • Able to oversee and manage challenging case work, taking detailed meeting notes, preparing reports, and making recommendations to senior personnel (BSM and SMT).
  • Good understanding of the Church of England, its parochial system and the wider organisation of the diocese.
  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Ability to travel and work flexibly across the Diocese and within the Church of England as required.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 50 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

Please visit our website for information about what we do https://exeter.anglican.org/