Head of the Bishops’ office

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The Bishops’ office, Edward King House, Lincoln
£45000 - £45000
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The Bishop wishes to appoint a new Head of Office who will be responsible for the efficient running of the Bishops’ Office and will also have particular responsibility to resource the Bishop of Lincoln’s ministry “in the public square”. This will require supporting the Bishop’s work on church and national bodies, including his work in the House of Lords.

Key Relationships:

  • the Bishop of Lincoln
  • the two suffragan Bishops and other members of the Bishop’s senior staff team
  • the Bishop's chaplain
  • the staff members of the Bishops’ office
  • members and staff of Committees of which the Bishop is a member
  • key partners in developing the Bishop of Lincoln’s strategic vision to raise the educational aspirations of young people in the diocese.

Head of Office

  • To ensure the provision of efficient and cost-effective administrative policies, systems and support for the bishops of the diocese of Lincoln.
  • To plan and manage the budgets of the three bishops
  • To manage the staff of the Bishops’ Office, including the bishop’s chaplain.
  • To provide administrative support of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Meetings
  • To oversee implementation of the bishop’s projects and policies

Adviser in Practical Theology

  • To accompany the bishop to meetings and events and act as his aide, including in evenings and at weekends.
  • To undertake research on behalf of the bishop in support of his work on national bodies, e.g. the House of Lords work and committees of the National Church Institutions.
  • To provide the bishop with briefing notes and draft speeches as required.
  • To bring forward proposals to support the bishop of Lincoln’s ministry by implementing his vision of raising the educational aspirations of young people in Greater Lincolnshire in partnership with other organisations in the same field (e.g. the local universities and colleges, the Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education).
  • Representing the bishop to key stakeholders, e.g. vice-chancellors of the county’s two universities, college principals, school and academy head teachers, commercial directors, RAF senior management, public body representatives and officers and leaders of pertinent social justice and educational charities in greater Lincolnshire and further afield.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high degree of numeracy and excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office suite of applications.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • The ability to build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of drafting briefings, reports and speeches
  • Ability to adapt communication style for a range of audiences and purposes.
  • Strong advanced research and analysis skills.
  • Proven ability in project design development, and ‘self-starting’


  • Theological education to post-graduate level and evidence of successfully completed academic research.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current theological trends
  • In-depth understanding of current issues in the life of the church and the nation
  • In-depth understanding of the ecclesiastical and socio-political context in which the Bishop’s ministry is exercised
  • Significant familiarity with the educational sector and of the issues facing young people accessing Level 3 education and training
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff
  • Experience of developing relevant solutions to complex situations and contributing to strategic planning
  • Experience of successful project management
  • Track record in the effective development of not-for-profit voluntary sector organisations
  • Ability to work in partnership with board-level executives of schools and universities, public body representatives
  • Ability to design, implement and improve effective administrative systems
  • Demonstrable experience of effective budget planning and management
  • Understanding of the structures of the Church of England

Who we are and our values:

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church locally and throughout England. We work together in our teams, with those who serve in Parishes, Dioceses, Schools and other ministries and with our partners at a national and international level.

We have developed our NCI ‘people’ values which are below, and we work with these regardless of whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity