Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Dover (Operations and Finance)


Executive Assistant (Operations & Finance) to the Bishop of Dover
Canterbury, Kent
£31,500 pa plus excellent benefits 
35 hours per week

The Executive Assistant (Operations & Finance) to the Bishop of Dover is a senior administrative post directly responsible for managing much of the day-to-day work of the office of the Bishop of Dover. 

As Executive Assistant (Operations & Finance), you will work closely with the Bishop, the Bishop’s Chaplain, the Executive Assistant (Operations & Finance) and the Bishop’s Office Administrator, ensuring that the overall running of the office and managing the work that passes through it is managed in the most effective way. 

Reporting directly to the Bishop of Dover, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, this is a fantastic opportunity to support her in her work. Our Bishop has an elevated profile nationally and internationally due to her extraordinary career and her ability to speak out passionately, calling out social injustices and giving voice to those who have none.

You will act as office manager to the Bishop, overseeing all elements of her day-to-day operations to enable a high performing secretariat service in partnership with the Bishop’s Chaplain. Providing highly effective senior organisational and administrative support, you will proactively assess and prioritise the Bishop’s needs to meet the wide-ranging responsibilities of her position. 

In addition, you will lead on the management and monitoring of the finance functions and responsibilities of the Bishop’s Office by liaising with external partners; managing purchase orders, invoices and expenses and monitoring spending, in order to inform financial reporting and make budget recommendations to the Bishop. 

Educated to a good standard, you should have significant demonstrable high-level experience as an administrator or Executive Assistant for a senior member of staff, along with experience of monitoring a budget and associated reporting and record keeping. 

With demonstrable interpersonal and organisational abilities, you will quickly establish and maintain excellent working relationships with a wide range of people and be able to develop structured, organised and highly efficient approaches to the work of the office of a senior leader.

The ability to build excellent working relationships with all those with whom the Bishop comes into contact by responding to a wide range of enquiries in a warm and friendly manner is essential. 

It is also essential for you to be sympathetic to the mission and ethos of the Christian Church, the Church of England, the Diocese of Canterbury and the vision and values of Canterbury Cathedral. 

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context. 

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Revd Richard Braddy (Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover): richard.braddy@bishcant.org

Closing date: Tuesday 31 May 2022

Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 16th June and Friday 17th June.

Find out more here.