Vacancies

A place of many talents

This page lists the fantastic job opportunities currently available at Church House Oxford, our four Area Offices and 600 parishes across the Diocese of Oxford. 

About us

The Diocese of Oxford is the Church of England in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Around 2.4m people live in a parish served by our churches and schools. We spend around £29 million each year directly or indirectly supporting the mission and ministry of the Church of England, our schools and partner agencies.

We are a living, growing network of more than a thousand congregations, chaplaincies and schools - supported by our Church House and Area Office teams - all working for the common good in every place in one of the great crossroads of the world. Our Christian vision, ethos and principles underpin all that we do and the work of every member of staff. That's why we are an accredited real Living Wage employer and a tier 1 Fairwork supporter

Together, we are called to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world. 

What is it like to work at Church House Oxford?
 


About you

At Church House Oxford, around 50% of our staff are practising Christians. While some roles carry a genuine occupational requirement for Christian faith, many do not. If there's a job here where you think you can make a real difference, and you're comfortable with the Christian ethos that underpins our work, we'd love to hear from you! 

We want our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion for all to be reflected in the composition of our staff. We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates from communities currently underrepresented in the diocese.

The Diocese of Oxford is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.


 

Hear from our people
 

What is a diocese?

Revd Katie Tupling, Diocesan Disability Advisor:

“A diocese is like a larger version of a parish. A parish is an area of land based around the parish church with its own vicar, often shared between various places. The next structure up is the deanery, which is a collection of parishes. The next structure up is the Diocese. This is a larger collection of churches, overseen by a Bishop. That’s what marks out a diocesan area from anywhere else; a diocese has its own Bishop, with staff under that Bishop who support the parishes and the parish priests in what they’re doing. The whole collection of dioceses is the church of England.”

Andrew Hayes, Lay Ministry Enabler:

“As the diocese for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, our purpose is to serve the people in those places, of faith or of none. We do that in lots of ways - everyone from the property department, from HR, from comms, from mission and ministry - that’s what everyone’s engaged with, via different routes…. We have all the facilities that lots of other charities would have, because we occupy a similar space in the world. In one sense we are a charity like any other, in another sense we are very different with our own peculiarities and things we need to do - but those things aren’t in competition.”

Find out more about who we are

Life in the workplace

Liza Thompson, Project Support Assistant:

“I spent 25 years working in the corporate world, and this is a completely different way of working- a much more inspiring way of working…it’s a very empowering place because what you are doing is working with people who all have the same goals and all the goals are outward, they’re not inward. I’ve found the ethos and the mission of the diocese – to be compassionate, contemplative and courageous – is very intrinsic to the way the whole diocese is run, right from top down… The organization thrives on allowing you to be who you are and be your authentic self. You don’t need faith to be here; a lot of people don’t have faith but they all have a genuine desire to work together … you don’t need faith to do that.’

Read more about our values to be contemplative, compassionate and courageous

Addressing contemporary issues

Revd Paul Cowan, Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford

“Fundamentally the Christian faith is about following the way of Christ, and that being about fullness of life for all people. It also means a particular attention to those who are marginalized or vulnerable or stuck in poverty, because that’s where fullness of life is being damaged and not happening. And so, at the core of that is a commitment to the environment, because of how that affects people, particularly globally; it is a commitment to responding to the injustice of poverty; it’s responding to asylum seekers; it’s around various diversity and ethnicity inequalities. What I’m proud of is that the Diocese of Oxford, with Bishop Steven, has been one of the leading players in terms of looking to respond positively as a church and as people of faith, to matters around sexuality and orientation. That’s why we set up the very first LGBTQWI chaplaincy - something I was part of setting up.”

Read about our work on environmental action, social justice, and LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy work

Personal and professional development

Sophie Hammond, Church Buildings Officer

“I’ve worked for the diocese for 12 years as a Church Buildings Officer, and what that means is I advise parishes on the care, repair and development of their churches. A vacancy arose and I thought this would be a useful entry into a career in heritage buildings while I was studying. The job then was Executive Assistant to the Church Buildings Officer, but it was hopefully a way in, and it was part-time so I could finish my qualifications. Since then the role has grown and I’ve become a church buildings officer myself. Professionally I have grown over the last twelve years – the job has encouraged me to be a lot more autonomous, to trust my judgement, and to flourish doing a job I love. As an individual I’ve grown – I was a young, single woman when I came here and now I’m married with children, and the diocese has supported me through that personal journey – for example, with its enhanced maternity policies. The support that I’ve received from a lovely bunch of colleagues, that can’t be underestimated.” Personal formation, training and growth for everyone in the Diocese of Oxford is a key part of our vision.

See our new learning hub, launched in September 2023 at learn.oxford.anglican.org

Is it for me?

Hannah Ling, Social Justice Advisor:

“For people who are thinking about applying, I’d say go for it. When I applied for my job, I thought ‘I don’t know if I fill all these criteria, but l love the sound of this job, it sounds perfect for me.’ So I took a risk and thought I will just apply for it, and it I don’t get it, I don’t get it. And I’m so glad I took that leap. What get’s me out of bed is knowing that I get to work with so many incredible people who genuinely want to make a difference. They are busy people, involved in so many different things but they see the importance of social action, social justice; they want to make the world a better place. That makes my job exciting, because I’m not banging my head against a brick wall, I’m not trying to fight for things to be better. I’m seeing where the energy is and helping people along the way.”

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Staff benefits
 

Current benefits

•   Competitive salary
•   Accredited real Living Wage employer
•   Enhanced pension scheme – 5% EE and 11.5% ER contribution

  • Plus salary exchange option on auto-enrolment scheme

•   Hybrid approach to working
•   25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with length of service

  • Plus all public holidays in England
  • Plus three privilege days (Maundy Thursday, Ascension Day and Christmas Eve)

•   Sabbatical Leave after qualifying period of service
•   Enhanced occupational absence and family friendly provisions including maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay
•   Employee Assistance Programme with access to counselling, legal, and financial advice and support for you and your partner
•   Death in Service benefit
•   Access to low interest loans
•   EV charging points on site
•   Cycle to Work scheme 
•   Electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme 
•   Contribution towards eye examinations and prescriptive lenses


All current job opportunities

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Youth, Children and Families Minister, St Paul’s Slough

St Paul’s Slough, the Intercultural Mission Resourcing Hub for the Diocese of Oxford, wishes to recruit a Youth, Children and Families Minister to work alongside the congregation and the local community. The YCF Minister will be a key leader in helping the church provide a nurturing environment where children, youth, and families can explore, experience, and grow in their Christian faith and commit to following Jesus Christ.


Part-time Chaplain at St Peter's College, Oxford

St Peter's College Oxford are seeking a part-time Chaplain


Finance Team Administrator 

We are looking for an experienced, self-motivated Administrator to join our Finance team. The successful candidate will have effective verbal and written communication skills and a high level of attention to detail.


Administrator (Generous Giving, Environment & Social Justice)

Sitting within the Discipleship and Social Justice team, this role provides support to three diverse and exciting areas of Church of England parish ministry. Generous Giving helps parishes to raise finances to fund their mission and ministry, Social Justice enables churches to practice their faith by supporting their communities, and Environment ensures that churches are able to make informed choices to reduce their carbon footprint and promote biodiversity.


Children's and Families' Worker

St Mary's Princes Risborough are looking to appoint a Children's and Families Worker to join their friendly, welcoming and spirit-led team.


The Barns Café Manager

Christ Church is a lively and growing Anglican church in north Abingdon. Part of the church’s ministry to the community is a vibrant café business which celebrated its 10th birthday in May 2023.


Chaplain - Merton College, University of Oxford

Merton College, University of Oxford, is seeking a full time Chaplain


Director of Finance

As our Director of Finance, you will have a critical role in the strategic leadership and financial sustainability of the diocese.


Lead Chaplain for Thames Valley Police

We are seeking to appoint a competent and theologically able Anglican, to act as Lead Chaplain for Thames Valley Police (TVP), supporting the force in the delivery of its wellbeing strategy. In this role, you will provide personal, practical, and spiritual care to police officers, staff, and their families of all faiths and none.


Operations Manager - Thame and Towersey

Thame Church serves the bustling and growing town of Thame and the nearby village of Towersey. The three parishes are working together to reach out to our community. We long to see lives changed through God’s love and by living out what we believe.

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