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unsuccessful in the first round of advertising or interviews. You are also welcome to send a speculative CV to the HR Advisor using the contact details at top right, and the application form found in the downloads section.

Administrative Assistant – St Barnabas Cluster Milton Keynes

Part Time 16 hours per week - £11 per hour (£9,152.00)

In 2017, Bishop Peter established a Cluster of Parishes in Milton Keynes, drawing together five existing parishes into a single structure served by a number of clergy and with central administration offices. This was named the St Barnabas Cluster. 

In September 2019, a further parish is to join the Cluster.  The new Administrative Assistant will join the existing parish team and will work alongside the Parish Secretary to help keep the Cluster Office, based at St Augustine’s in Heelands, running smoothly.
The role will be for 16 hours per week, ideally to be worked 4 hours a day over four days during the week (for example Tuesday - Friday – 10am-2pm).
The days and times are to be agreed with the successful candidate. The salary will be £9,152.00 per annum (actual).
This is a great opportunity to work in a Catholic parish environment for someone with proven administration/secretarial experience. Applicants should have a warm, friendly, approachable manner and be trustworthy and discreet. 

Day to day duties will include: 
•   dealing with telephone enquiries in a friendly, professional manner

•   managing the bookings of the Cluster buildings

•   providing general admin support and working as part of the team 

Any applicant should have a great sense of humour (workplace laughter is mandatory!), a warm, friendly and approachable manner and be trustworthy and discreet.   As the role is new, it will grow and develop over time. The Administrative Assistant will have an important role to play in supporting the team working across the 6 parishes and meeting the needs of the Catholic community. As such, good communications skills are vital, as well as the ability to be flexible and adaptable.

We are also looking for someone with excellent attention to detail, with the ability to cope with changing priorities throughout the day. While there are no complicated systems to navigate, good working knowledge of Word and Excel is essential! Full information for the position and an application form can be found in our download section by clicking HERE.

Applications should include an Application Form, CV and covering Letter giving a brief outline of applicable experience and reason for applying. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 27th August 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.   


External Vacancies -

These are not positions offered by the Diocese of Northampton 

Executive Director -

Catholic Trust for England and Wales

An opportunity to work with the General Secretary to further develop the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat as a centre of knowledge and capability in support of the bishops of England and Wales. 

It is an opportunity which would suit someone with broad and deep knowledge and experience of working with the Catholic Church and able to demonstrate a sustained track record of representing the Church across a diverse range of people and organisations, including legislators and influencers in England and Wales.

Reporting to the General Secretary, the role will be based in the office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, a short walk from Victoria Station in Central London. Key Accountabilities will include

•To work with colleagues to develop professional excellence across all disciplines in support of theBishops and their mission

;•To develop individual, team and organisational knowledge and capability, and translate into compelling policy and practice consistent with proclaiming the Kingdom of God across England andWales;

•To support the work of the Secretariat in continuously improving knowledge of Church teaching across England and Wales, including for sacramental preparation;

•To develop understanding of the Catholic heritage and culture of England and Wales as core to evangelisation;

•To provide Bishops with knowledge and insight, enabling them to respond to emerging issues of national and international importance to the Church. 

•To communicate the Gospel message in the context of the lived experience of the people of England and Wales and develop and implement mechanisms for translating Church teaching into pastoral practice;

Salary: Subject to experience

Closing date for applications: 23rd August 2019

Interviews: Interviews will be held on 18th September 2019 at 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX. Second interviews will be arranged on a mutually convenient date.

For a job description and for further information please contact:HR@cbcew.org.uk 

or visit www.cbcew.org.uk

Applicants must confirm their right to work in the UK and forward a full CV and covering letter demonstrating the skills, motivation and experience that equips them for this role

The basic job ad as copied above can be downloaded here, the Job Specification here and Background Information here

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Parish Safeguarding Representatives  

The following parishes currently have Safeguarding Representative vacancies:

  • Wendover St Anne

As a nominated Safeguarding Representative, this role entails the promotion of good and safe practices in all activities involving vulnerable people within your parish or congregation, supported by the Church's national policies and procedures for safeguarding. The role also includes facilitating the safer recruitment of those working with vulnerable people, including the completion of the DBS disclosure process. Furthermore, this person acts as the central point for concerns to be shared and as a link between the Diocese and the parish.


If this sounds interesting and something you would like to undertake, please contact your parish priest or Lorraine Elks on 01604 723516 or safeguardingadmin@northamptondiocese.com



  • If you are interested in Volunteer work for the Diocese your local Parish would be happy to hear from you and will explain any local opportunities. You can find contact details using the Church Finder feature by clicking here


Alternatively contact the HR department if you have a more general enquiry about working for the Diocese or its parishes.

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HR Advisor - Paula Wynn

Bishop's House

Marriott Street



Tel: 01604 714840

email: HR@northamptondiocese.com

HR Office Hours

09:00-17:00 Monday - Wednesday

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