Birmingham, West Midlands
£80,000 to £90,000 p.a.
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham mission is to serve the people living within the Archdiocese, supporting parish priests and the people in our parish and school communities, to worship and live according to Gospel values and to evangelise within their local communities through the witness of their lives. 

It extends from Stoke in the North to the Thames in the South, including seven cities and five counties; an area with over five million people. It serves a Catholic population of c.450,000 through a network of 217 parishes and some 240 schools. 

The needs of our communities are changing. While some congregations are shrinking, others are seeing significant growth. Ensuring the Archdiocese manages its resources to enable it to deliver its Mission is vital, and this is the responsibility of our Chief Operating Officer (“COO”). 

Key details: 

Job title: Chief Operating Officer – Archdiocese of Birmingham 

Location: Birmingham  

Contract tenure: Permanent, Full-time 

Salary: £80,000 to £90,000 p.a. 

Working closely with the Archbishop, Area Bishops and the Vicar General, the COO is responsible for the lay workforce, and the financial and property resources involved in providing administrative services in fulfilment of the Mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese, primarily through the provision of support to parishes. In the lay matters, the COO will be the voice of the Archbishop. Their role includes ensuring compliance with all legal requirements – including Charity Law – on behalf of the Trustees of the Archdiocese.  

The COO will play a lead role in developing and implementing the Diocesan Plan, modelling principle of Co-Responsibility in the Archdiocese’s leadership between the clergy and laity.  

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate have: 

  • Experience of strategy development at board level.
  • Experience in compliance, governance, and internal controls.
  • Experience of leading multi-discipline senior team.
  • Significant experience of leading a finance function.
  • Proven motivational skills.
  • Ability to reach sound judgements through strategic, analytical thinking. 
  • Experience of delivering organisational change.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills via the apply button.

For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at Harris Hill with your number and suitable times to speak.

Please note: responding to this advertisement will not in itself be considered an application. We will need a CV and a supporting statement addressing the full person specification in the information pack. 

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 18th December.

Refreshed on: 30 November 2020
Closed date: 18 December 2020
Job ref: JH/HH/ArchdioBham/COO
Tags: Christian, Operations