Lead Chaplain - University of Leeds

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Emmanuel Centre, University of Leeds
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We are seeking to appoint a Lead Chaplain at the University of Leeds who will facilitate with other Christian leaders the identification of God's vision for ministry and mission in the University of Leeds, building upon the experience and achievements so far.

This post offers an exceptional opportunity for an Ordained Anglican Priest to work within an established and effective Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team which serves four Universities in Leeds. As Lead Chaplain to the University of Leeds the holder of this post will lead chaplaincy work specific to the University of Leeds and participate in the Chaplaincy Team which serves a number of Higher Education Institutions in Leeds.

Further details on the Chaplaincy Team are included in the further particulars for the post, and the biographies and roles of the current Chaplains can be found on the Team’s website: www.unichaplaincy.org.uk

If you require any further information regarding the vacancy, please contact Mrs Helen Allison, PA to Archdeacon of Leeds, helen.allison@leeds.anglican.org

Closing date: 25/1/2019

Interview date: 6/2/2019

Faith and Pastoral Support

  • Enable the Chaplaincy team to represent the various faith groups and provide spiritual support and pastoral care to staff and students of all faiths and none.
  • Provide opportunities for prayer, worship, reflection, discussion and fellowship for Christian staff and students.
  • Commitment to being open to facilitate discussions of faith, values and meaning among all members of the University who wish to pursue this.
  • Work with specialist student support services, the Students’ Union and student faith societies as appropriate

Ecumenical, interfaith and community

  • Work closely with the team of chaplains and faith advisers to encourage and develop a shared vision of the Chaplaincy and its place in the University;
  • Lead and engage in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and activities within the University and with external partner organisations;
  • Liaise with the churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of worship of the area to develop the work of the Chaplaincy and the University;
  • Work with the team of Chaplains and Faith Advisors to encourage religious literacy within the university
  • Participate in national, regional and local networks of HE chaplains;
  • Undertake relevant chaplaincy training.

The University

  • Be a key point of contact, working closely with the professional services and the Head of Student Support to review service provisions, identify annual priorities and address matters of student wellbeing.
  • Work with the University as set out in the Code of Appointment and Conduct (September 2018)
  • join in the wider discussion about the life and future of the university, as invited and as appropriate, taking an informed interest in academic, organisational and educational issues, and coordinating the development of the Chaplaincy plans and activities which support University Strategy;
  • Present as appropriate reports to the University, the Diocese and any appropriate Board of Reference;
  • Provide support to staff and students in times of crisis or emergency
  • Liaise with the Lead Chaplain at Leeds Beckett University

Will be someone who:

  • is an Anglican minister
  • is confident in your own faith and secure in your own identify as a Christian leader
  • pastoral experience of working with a wide and diverse range of different people
  • a proven track record of growing confidence and gifts of others
  • experience of working within Higher Education and/or Chaplaincy services in an educational setting
  • understanding of key issues in the student life cycle
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications
  • Ability to promote good relations between different groups

The Diocese of Leeds has traditionally funded the post of Anglican Chaplain who has acted as Lead Chaplain.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.


The University of Leeds is a diverse, international and multi-cultural community with many different faiths represented.