An Overview of the Role

The Diocesan Secretary is the chief operating officer for the Diocese and the principal strategic adviser to the Diocesan Bishop and member of his senior team. His or her role is to enable the mission of God and the work of Church of England parishes, schools and chaplaincies across the Diocese of Oxford through visible and credible leadership. The key task and challenge in the next ten years will be to share in developing and in leading the implementation of the Diocesan Common Vision in central services through effective organisational structures and strategic deployment of financial, human and property resources.

The Diocesan Secretary is accountable to the Bishop of Oxford and the Chair of the Board of Finance and has a key role advising on strategy, policy governance and resources. The postholder is a member of the Bishop’s Staff and is titular Secretary of the Diocesan Synod and the Bishop’s Council.

Whilst the Diocesan Secretary has statutory responsibilities as Company Secretary of Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance and Diocesan Trustees Limited, the postholder is also ex officio member of Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and a member of various committees and sub-committees.

The role includes leadership and managerial oversight of c. 100 members of staff whilst having eight direct reports: five Heads of Departments and three other administrative staff

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