We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job applicants, customers and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination. We want to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We expect all of our employees to be treated and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form which may affect the dignity of the individual.

Director of Communities and Partnerships

Introduction to Communities and PartnershipsIn 2010, Canterbury Diocese created five frameworks, one of which was Communities and Partnerships.  This Framework was formed to address issues within the social justice issues portfolio. In addition, and uniquely to any other diocese, the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the then English Heritage Support Officer were incorporated as part of the new incarnation. This has been a fruitful inclusion as often the starting place when engaging with parishes is what the future missional opportunities for church buildings (churches, parish halls, schools) could be.

The Framework’s portfolio

Within the initial Framework portfolio were some areas of work carried over from “Church in Society” which included the rural issues, environment, fair trade, disability, visitor ministry, HIV Aids, Ecumenical, Kent Workplace Chaplaincy, and Critical Incidents Chaplaincy. The portfolio has grown and been influenced  by a number of factors since 2013 which is the introduction and growth of food banks, the introduction of the Church’s work with Credit Unions and subsequent Community Hubs, the development of an environment strategy for the diocese, and the work on refugees.   Also, the growth of new projects such as the Green Pilgrimage partnership, Kent God’s Acre, and the wider Church partnerships that the Diocese has developed.

Post Introduction

This post is open to lay and ordained

Aims and Objectives:

  • To lead and develop the work of Communities and Partnerships Framework, its specialists and constituent groups
  • Promote the social justice and rural agenda within the Diocese, its parishes and communities as integral part of Christian mission and ministry
  • To formulate and foster partnerships with faith and secular organisations including local authorities, national and international organisations who have a common agenda with us
  • To engage with creative and imaginative social action and share of good practice across the Diocese
  • To ensure the Bishop and Senior staff are kept abreast of emerging issues and opportunities
  • The keep abreast of the ecumenical dimension of this agenda for example through the Kent Faith Leaders and Kent Workplace Mission

Main Responsibilities

Main Duties:

  • To develop and deliver strategically the work of the Framework by addressing the social justice and rural needs and projects in the Diocese with parishes and their constituent communities in line with the Diocesan Strategy
  • To develop and review the annual Framework programme and identify delivery of projects, and to set achievable targets
  • To assess needs within the social action and rural agenda and how these can be addressed, usually in liaison with other partnership organisation who may have interest and experience to share
  • To be discern and be responsive to an evolving agenda, address impact of government policy where appropriate and its effects on local communities and their activities
  • Through the Framework programme to identify skills and staffing to ensure work is completed. To keep this under review in liaison with the Framework Advisory Council and Project Officer Boards/Reference groups
  • Line management of the Framework officers
  • Ensure representation on Boards, Project Boards/reference groups
  • To set and manage the annual Framework budget (£250,000) and project budgets (c. £200,000) with Diocesan Director of Finance, and Framework Chairs
  • Regularly review budget, income and staffing levels.  Many projects are delivered in financial partnerships which come and go.  There will be a need to monitor and explore funding for posts
  • Through record keeping and reporting the Director liaises with external bodies on delivery of projects, and ensures their sustainability and where appropriate their longevity
  • To work with Diocesan, statutory, secular, regional and national bodies on the implementation of activities to address national policies or directives.
  • To liaise and contribute to local, regional and national debate through evidence of work undertaken within the Diocese, statistical information and case studies
  • To present to the Episcopal Steam Team of the Diocese as requested on social justice and rural issues

The Ideal Candidate

  • Theological training and study
  • Post graduate qualification/s
  • Proven ability to deliver effective project outcomes
  • High level of social skills.
  • Managing and oversight of members of staff
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of working with parishes, deaneries, those from other sectors from both voluntary and statutory organisations
  • A working knowledge of the Church of England and its mission
  • An openness to work with ecumenical partners, and those of other faiths.
  • To be able to forge and develop projects
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage and prioritise a variety of competing demands
  • Designing and delivering resource events on specific and emerging themes (eg justice forums, consultations, conferences)
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, flexible attitude
  • Financial knowledge of accounts and budgeting
  • Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop professional and credible relationships in all aspects of the position that result in stable, consistent, reliable internal and external information flow
  • Ability to work within a restricted budget
  • Ability to work to deadlines, project planning and adjustments if targets are not met
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyse and problem solve
  • Use of social media
  • Travel within the diocese
  • Weekend and evening working
  • Driving licence or other means of transport is needed
  • Subject to Enhanced DBS check

Closing date: 11 February 2019

More details.

Parish Priest (Priest in Charge), Temple Ewell with Lydden

Part time

This post offers a unique opportunity to lead our churches in the beautiful and historic villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell, a benefice that is eager for growth; pastoral, relational and mission focused.

We are seeking to appoint a 0.2 FTE Priest who will work with us in developing the next stages of our journey.  We are looking for someone:

  • who can stir and deepen our faith
  • who has the vision to carry mission into our communities
  • with the energy to bring new ideas to life
  • who is willing to take risks in developing new initiatives to share the gospel
  • who is confident with traditional and new forms of worship

We are a united benefice combining two committed church congregations who can offer you:

  • two individual PCCs who have been successfully working together
  • vibrant and varied communities
  • a location of outstanding natural beauty

Closing date: 17 February 2019

Interviews: 4 March 2019

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

Parish Priest (Priest in Charge), Deal, St Andrew

(Under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough)

(0.5 stipend) 

The Bishop of Dover wishes to appoint an experienced Parish Priest for this church, which has a long history in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, to continue its growth and mission and to be a beacon of Catholic teaching and practice as well as a resource for the wider deanery and diocese.

We are looking for a priest who is:

  • a leader who will inspire and facilitate others to use their gifts and skills to enable the church to continue to grow;
  • a visible presence and able to reach out to the wider town community and young families;
  • a member of The Society or is sympathetic to its aims;
  • above all, a holy priest who loves Jesus and will love us, too.

We offer:

  • a supportive congregation that is willing to play its part in mission;
  • a beautiful and bustling town with many opportunities;
  • above all, people who love Jesus and will love you, too.

The parish has passed the Resolution under the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.

Closing date: 3 March 2019

Interviews: 21 March 2019

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

Mission Priest (Priest in Charge), Folkestone, St Peter

(Under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough) 

The Bishop of Dover and the Patron wish to appoint a mission-minded priest in the Catholic tradition to be Mission Priest (Priest-in-Charge) for S. Peter’s. This is an innovative role, jointly funded by the Diocese and the Forward in Folkestone Foundation, for a full-time priest to lead the parish as it continues to grow in numbers and confidence after a time of rebuilding, both physically and spiritually.

Our new priest will be a man who:

  • wants to care for all in our parish and those who visit;
  • will engage with the entire community to witness to the faith;
  • has the Christian courage, confidence and charisma to lead, renew and inspire;
  • understands liturgy and Catholic tradition and how it can speak to all people today;
  • is a priest of the Society, or in sympathy with its aims.

What we can offer:

  • a church filled with real presence, where the Holy Spirit is at work, ripe for teaching and growth;
  • a strong team of laity and retired clergy who await your leadership but will care for you, too;
  • a challenge! Our parish is one with much potential but also has much hidden deprivation and complex needs;
  • A famous Anglo-Catholic mission church, newly restored, which serves as a beacon of faith across Folkestone and southeast Kent.

The parish has passed the Resolution under the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.

Closing date: 3 March 2019
Interviews: 18 March 2019

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

Safeguarding Administrator

28 hours per week. Working pattern to be agreed

£17,600 per annum (This is based on a full time Grade 6 post of £22,000 p.a)

Diocesan House, Canterbury

Canterbury Diocese was one of the first dioceses in the Church of England to takes its Safeguarding responsibilities really seriously and has been at the forefront of developments ever since. The key to this successful development has been the team based working both at the diocesan centre but also crucially across the 250+ parishes that the diocese covers. The Canterbury Diocese Safeguarding Team provides professional safeguarding advice to the Bishop of Dover and the Diocese on matters of National and Diocesan policy and strategy as well as complex casework and supporting parishes in their safeguarding of children and adults.

Our purpose is to help equip people to have the confidence and skills that they need to:

  • Promote wellbeing, a healthy church and safer practices
  • Prevent abuse from occurring
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Respond well to those who have been abused or may pose a risk of abuse to others

With the introduction of some new ways of working within the Safeguarding team, we would like to recruit to the post of Safeguarding Administrator.

This post has been created to provide a comprehensive and confidential administrative service to support the work of the reconfigured team of two Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors, Safeguarding Trainer and the Safeguarding Management Group and Risk Assessment Group. To act as the Disclosure Officer for Diocesan House staff, Bishop’s Office Staff and all Diocesan Licensed Clergy and Readers.

We are looking for an experienced and professional administrator with the sensitivity and good judgement to support our Diocesan Safeguarding Team. You will be skilled in the efficient delivery of administrative tasks and confident in your IT knowledge and ability to learn new systems.

With the skills to work proactively and collaboratively, you will build and maintain excellent working relationships, establishing your role as the initial and key point of contact for the safeguarding team.

Please see the job description for more details of the job.

Closing Date: 21 January 2019
Interview Date:  TBC week commencing 28 January 2019

Team Vicar, Dover Town Team Ministry

Dover, with its busy port and ancient history, diversity and social need, offers significant challenges and opportunities for mission and ministry. A Town Team Ministry has recently been created with vision, energy and purpose to serve the town through collaboration in mission and shared ministry.
We are seeking an outstanding Team Vicar who can bring their gifts into a diverse college of ministry, lay and ordained, who can work across the Team, and who reflects the relational God we serve by their leadership style.

We celebrate and bless our rich diversity of church traditions, put the community at the heart of all we do and work to strengthen our links with schools and young people. Our new Team Vicar will play a full part in this work across the Team while having particular responsibility for St Martin’s, Dover, which stands in an evangelical tradition.

Closing date: 10 February 2019
Interviews: 21 February 2019

This post is subject to a DBS check

Applications and questions to: Louise Mills, PA to Archdeacon of Ashford
Email: Tel: 01233 712649

Chaplain for Mission (ordained), Milton Regis with Murston, Bapchild and Tonge

We are seeking an adventurous and creative priest to fill this ground-breaking and innovative position in Bapchild and Tonge Church of England Primary School and in the Benefice of Milton Regis with Murston, Bapchild and Tonge.

The Chaplain for Mission will provide a seamless continuum of support and presence, by encouraging human flourishing in the full life in Christ. We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational priest who will be a pastor to the whole school, partaking in the busy day to day life of the school. He/she will work closely with the Headteacher and staff, which may include teaching and a contribution to co-curricular life.  The Chaplain also will have parochial responsibilities—assisting the Vicar in leading worship, providing pastoral care and deepening relationships within the parish as a full member of the ministry team. As this position will serve as a pilot in the Church of England, the successful candidate will play a significant role in the theological formation and structure of subsequent school chaplaincies.

Closing date for applications: 13 January 2019
Interview Date: 6 February 2019

Please visit and for further information.

For informal enquiries, please contact:

The Revd George M. Rogers, Vicar on: 01795 472016

The Ven. Stephen Taylor MBE, Archdeachon on: 01622 200221