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The Church of England seeks Policy Co-ordinator

The Church of England Full Time  London, England, United Kingdom 8 Oct 2018

Job Description

The Church of England seeks a

Policy Co-ordinator

based in London.

As part of the HR clergy team reporting to the HR Manager-Clergy, you will have a major input into developing national policy, affecting the pay and conditions of the 11,000 clergy in the Church of England. You will be involved in carrying out consultations, reviewing policy, proposing changes to legislation, and obtaining agreement to guidance and advice. You will also be member of a larger HR department which provides HR support for 500 employees at the National Church Institutions, and a national recruiting service for the Church of England

Post introduction

The Clergy HR team reports to the Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee, which is responsible for consulting on and drafting policy for the pay and conditions of clergy and making recommendations to the dioceses, Archbishops’ Council and General Synod. The work requires an ability to respond to changing legislative and financial conditions and see the policy implications, a high degree of collaboration with colleagues and interested parties, a good grasp of sometimes complex and technical detail, excellent written and oral communications skills and an ability to manage consultation and approval processes.Β 

Main responsibilities

The main responsibilities for this are;

  • To draft consultations, papers, guidance, policies and other supporting material as directed by the HR Manager-Clergy and other colleagues
  • To carry out research, obtaining relevant data and technical advice from colleagues, identify key information from a number of sources, and analyse data and consultation results to determine policy questions and support recommendations
  • To assist the work of RACSC and other decision-making bodies, by planning and arranging meetings, preparing agendas papers and minutes, presenting papers and following up on agreed actions
  • To carry out consultations with a variety of stakeholders to a timetable and make recommendations in the light of these

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate this role are:


  • Skills/Aptitudes:
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing, and the ability to adapt communication style for a range of audiences and purposes
    • Strong research and analysis skills which will enable you to identify and obtain key information from a range of sources and apply it to the development of policy
    • The ability to understand, interpret and explain a range of complex and technical issues, with a strong attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • A high degree of numeracy and Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word
    • Experience of devising imaginative solutions to problems and spotting opportunities to simplify and streamline work, deliver strategic objectives, and integrate and clarify policy
    • An awareness of governance issues and the importance of understanding organisational structures when dealing with projects requiring consultation and the input and approval of multiple stakeholders
  • Personal Attributes:
    • Interested in developing and reviewing policies, guidance and terms of service that will enable people to be effective in their roles
    • Collaborative and able to work well with colleagues from a range of other departments
    • Sympathetic, with good listening skills and able to detect underlying issues and respond to and understand feedback


  • Willingness to undertake external study to obtain membership of the CIPD
  • Experience of carrying out consultations, requesting relevant information, and dealing with ambiguity
  • Experience of carrying out a committee secretariat role including producing agendas, papers and minutes

Please click here to see full job description, the closing date for applications is the 26th October 2018.


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