£36,600 - £43,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Who we are

Open Doors is a Christian charity that is looking to recruit active, practising Christians to help meet the growing needs of the persecuted church worldwide. Hostility, violence and abuse of Christians around the globe is on the increase. Open Doors works in over 50 countries to ensure that those facing such persecution are not forgotten, but can stand strong to serve their communities and give life.

Job summary

This role provides inspirational, strategic and operational HR leadership to the organisation. Leading a team of 2 HR professionals, this position takes a proactive approach to continuous improvement, developing staff, and partnering with senior managers to deliver the people & culture strategy.

About the team

Reporting to the Director of People, Culture and Operations, this role line manages the HR Business Partner and People Team Coordinator, and works alongside the Learning and Development Specialist.


37.5 hours per week. Usually worked between office opening hours of 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Responsibilities and requirements

  • Under the leadership of the Director of People, Culture and Operations, manage, support, and develop the people & culture team
  • Working closely with the Director, develop and champion the organisation's people & culture strategy
  • Provide proactive advice and guidanceon employment law and HR best practice, and provide innovative people solutions to organisational challenges
  • Oversee all HR activities (recruitment, pay and benefits, learning and development, employment relations, staff wellbeing and engagement, etc.)
  • Manage complex employment relations cases
  • Lead critical HR projects (e.g. TUPE, organisational change, etc)
  • Ensure HR policies and procedures are legally compliant and aligned to the organisation's strategy and values
  • Analyse and interpret people data and KPI's to identify organisational issues, influence the organisation's people strategy, and shape an effective and focussed people & culture team
  • Working with the Director, manage the people & culture budget
  • Be a leading contributor to the prayer-based foundation of the organisation

The above job description is a guide to the work the job holder may be required to undertake but does not form part of the contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances. 

Applying your Christian faith to this role

Because of the essential Christian context in which the role will be performed, the role is subject to an occupational requirement under the Equality Act that the post-holder be a practising Christian. Each working day will involve collective prayer and worship, together with shared reflections on the work of Jesus Christ. All members of staff at Open Doors are expected to actively participate in this shared time and members of staff take it in turns to lead the act of collective worship.

There will be many ways you will be able to apply your Christian faith and the outworking of your faith to the context of Open Doors. The list below gives some of the expectations of this role but is not exhaustive or intended to limit you:

  • Contributing to and leading daily devotions (this can be for the whole team or just smaller, departmental groups)
  • Participating in retreats, days of prayer and fasting etc.
  • Committing to private prayer for the work associated with this role, your direct reports and closest colleagues
  • Working in such a way so as to reflect biblical principles of leadership and service
  • Applying biblical principles of godly stewardship to operational responsibilities
  • To be open and obedient to God’s voice and direction in relation to any strategic matter and to always seek His will above all else

Limits of Authority

To operate within the ethos and aims of Open Doors, adhering to budget parameters and the Open Doors’ confidentiality agreement.

Who you are

You will demonstrate the following essential criteria for this role:


  • committed Christian who is completely in sympathy with the calling,mission and Core Values of Open Doors
  • chemistry with Open Doors Staff


  • CIPD level 7 qualified
  • extensive generalist HR experience
  • experience leading and developing a team in a senior HR role to deliver all HR activities in the end-to-end employee lifecycle
  • proven senior stakeholder management and influencing skills with strong business acumen
  • confident leading change management initiatives (e.g. TUPE, restructures, redundancies)
  • ability to drive the organisation's strategy through people management solutions
  • innovative, committed and 'hands-on' team player
  • proven track record of working proactively and anticipating people issues before they arise within an organisation
  • expert in UK employment law
  • exceptional emotional intelligence and able to manage difficult situations


  • able to work effectively under pressure
  • responsible and mature outlook
  • demonstrates a high level of committment
  • a positive and professional approach both internally and externally

In addition, it would be beneficial for you to demonstrate the following:

  • managing HR in the charity sector.

Enhanced disclosure information may be requested from the DBS in the event of a successful application.

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Refreshed on: 02 February 2021
Closed date: 14 February 2021
Job ref: Head of HR
Tags: Human Resources, Management

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