Diocese of Portsmouth

    Clergy Wellbeing Officer

    Diocese of Portsmouth Peninsular House Wharf Road Portsmouth PO2 8HB
    07436 143450
    17 Sep 2021, midnight
    6 Oct 2021

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    The strategic framework for the diocese is established in our Live|Pray|Serve strategy which sets out the priorities for the diocese.Through these commitments, we plan for the diocese to grow in depth, impact and number.All work to fulfil those commitments is driven and informed by our diocesan values of being courageous, collaborative, generous, resourceful and pioneering. Those values shape how we approach our work both collectively and as individuals.

    The Clergy Well Being Officer is to be a visible independent presence at all levels of the diocesan organisation to offer clergy pastoral support and advice. The post-holder will work closely with the diocesan bishop, senior leadership team, area deans and parochial clergy in a way that gives clergy access to resources for support, but also in a way that is independent of strategic discussions, and so provides a place for confidential support

    The main responsibilities are: 

    1. To provide independent pastoral support to clergy and to signpost clergy to external agencies as necessary.
    2. To liaise with the Bishop's office and Archdeacons and to work with senior staff and others to encourage a culture change towards promoting health and emotional wellbeing of clergy at all levels.
    3. To draw together a clergy wellbeing handbook for the diocese.

    The ideal candidate must be an ordained priest in the Church of England with at least 5 years of experience in a parish context and should have a strong pastoral presence.

    Knowledge and experience of work with counselling/psychological/medical and other wellbeing agencies outside of the church’s structures is desirable.

    Ideally you should be a self-starter with good personal resilience.

    For the full person spec please see the attached job description.

    Deadline for applications for this post is Friday 17th September and the interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday 6th October 2021.

    For further information please contact Archdeacon Jenny Rowley.

    To apply for this post please see