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Welcome to the Human Resources area of our Diocesan website. You can find contact information for employment related enquiries as well as the details of any current vacancies within the Diocese.
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Vacancies from across the Diocese will be typically be displayed here until the closing date for application has passed, interviews have been carried out and an offer of employment accepted. If you send an application for a role after the closing date this may still be considered if we are 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.

Catholic Parish Youth Minister - Bedford

£22,000pa - Full Time (initial 2-year contract)

Are you a practising Catholic with a passion for your faith? Do you enjoy interacting with young people and want to help them form a closer relationship with their parish and Jesus?

The Catholic Parishes of SS Philip and James and Holy Cross in Bedford are currently recruiting for a Catholic Youth Minister for these cluster parishes. This is a newly created post being funded to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish.

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to help shape the Catholic youth programme across these two active parishes, inspiring and developing young leaders and integrating young people into the life of the parish community. Applicants should be a practicing Catholic with knowledge and understanding of Catholic Teaching. Some form of youth ministry experience would be an advantage but not essential. More important is the ability to communicate well, have creative ideas and the practical skills to bring them to life!      

Full details of the role can be found in the Job Profile by clicking HERE. Hours of work: 37.5 per week (evening and weekend work is required). 

This role is subject to a DBS check. Ideally the successful candidate will currently be living in, or be willing to move into the area. Assistance with relocation and accommodation may be available (to be discussed on a case by case basis). 

Should you be interested in applying you can do so by completing the application form by 8th July 2019, and returning it along with a cover letter and your CV to hr@northamptondiocese.com or by post to:

Paula Wynn

HR Advisor

Northampton Diocese

Bishops House

Marriott Street 


NN2 6AW.

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Youth Ministry Coordinator

Salary £30,000 - £33,000 per annum plus benefits


Are you a practising Catholic with a passion for your faith? Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills and experience to share this passion with young people?

A creative leader is sought to build on an already strong ministry, serving the young people of our local church. The Diocese of Northampton places youth as a key priority, and has developed over the years a well-regarded youth ministry service (NYMO).

The successful candidate will be joining an extremely supportive diocese, which is excited to hear their ideas on the future of this vital ministry. Working with the support of a Director of Youth Ministry, the Youth Ministry Coordinator will aim to enrich and support the fantastic ministry already undertaken in many parishes and schools. Contributing to the creative development of the youth ministry office will be a challenging and fulfilling part of an experienced youth ministers journey. This developing role requires confidence and openness to seek God’s will for the young people of our diocesan family.

Through meeting and listening to the young people, their parish mentors, clergy and family, you will provide support that meets their needs and encourages the outcomes of the SYNOD in 2018.While the Director of Youth Ministry will take ultimate responsibility for the strategy, staff management and budget, the Youth Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for:

• Day to day leadership of office, staff and programs. Including distribution of agreed budget, implementation of strategy and communications.

• Leading team in events and local support activities.• Building on a network of volunteers and staff to fulfil ideas and commitments.

• Creating fresh ways of meeting the needs of parishes and secondary schools.

• Modelling modern youth ministry techniques and offering regular training and development opportunities.

• Regular communication, both written and verbal, with the Director of Youth Ministry.

This role is a senior role, therefore experience in youth ministry and leadership is desirable. Above all we are looking for the right character to grow this precious diocesan asset to the next level.

Applicants are required to be a practising Catholic with good knowledge of Catholic Teaching, and have a full driving licence and own vehicle.

This role is also subject to a DBS check. We will reward commitment to our diocese and the role, with regular development opportunities as agreed with the Director of Youth Ministry and in line with the senior nature of the role. We work to a 35-hour week, which will include some evening and weekend work. Support with relocation can be provided, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate.

Full details of the role can be found in the Job Profile. Please visit www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies.Should you be interested in applying you can do so by completing the application form, and returning it along with a cover letter and your CV to hr@northamptondiocese.com or by post to:

Paula Wynn

HR Advisor

Northampton Diocese

Bishops House

Marriott Street 



The closing date for applications is 8th July 2019. 

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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
  • Corby St Joseph
  • Luton Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Luton St Margaret of Scotland and St Thomas the Apostle Caddington
  • Bedford Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Cuthbert
  • Slough Polish Church of Divine Mercy

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


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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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