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Chief Operating Officer

Location: St Andrew’s House, Tavistock Crescent, London W11 1AP, UK

Accountable to: Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

Key Relationships: Secretary General, Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council, the management team at the Anglican Communion Office, the staff ofLambeth Palace.

Background:This is a new role to provide operational support to the Secretary General and the Anglican Communion Office.

Job Overview

The Chief Operating Officer:

  • has primary responsibility for the management and administration of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO), a permanent secretariat based in London serving the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), the Primates’ Meeting and the Lambeth Conference, supporting the work of the Anglican Communion across the world and liaising with the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Lambeth Palace);
  • gives executive support to the Secretary General.

Job Summary

The main objectives of the Chief of Operations are to:

  • provide direction, support and supervision for all staff members
  • prepare for and administer the meetings of various inter-Anglican bodies and the implementation of their decisions
  • working with the Secretary General, Lambeth Conference Company and others to deliver the Lambeth Conference
  • oversee the effective management of resources
  • support the work of the Secretary General in his or her relationship with the other organs of the Anglican Communion.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy and Programme

  • Together with the management team in the ACO, to work with the Secretary General in defining and delivering strategic priorities, constantly reviewing the most effective way to do this in terms of initiatives and communications.  
  • To oversee the planning and implementation of meetings of the Instruments of Communion.
  • To manage the development, agreement and implementation of a strategic planning framework on a 3 year rolling basis to ensure that all aspects of the ACO’s work are properly resourced, implemented.
  • To ensure the Secretary General is fully briefed and prepared for major meetings and events.
  • To work closely with the Director for Communications and other members of the management team to ensure the public and media profile of the ACO and the Secretary General, nationally and internationally, support the strategic objectives of the organisation.
  • To work supportively to ensure the effective functioning and coordination of the senior team of the Anglican Communion Office.

ACO’s Finance, People and Services

  • To ensure that the key service activities of the ACO occur on time and to budget.
  • To ensure that staff resources are appropriate and well managed in supporting the strategic objectives of the organisation.
  • With the management team, to work towards the efficient delivery of all common services, including IT, budgeting and the monitoring of performance standards
  • To seek effective working relationships with Lambeth Palace staff.
  • To deal with any other matters as requested by the Secretary General.


  • To be present at all meetings of the Instruments of Communion, supporting the Secretary General in their role.
  • To ensure agendas and papers for meetings of the Instruments of Communion are properly produced and communicated to members.

The post holder will attend worship and pray with the Secretary General when appropriate.


The main duties and responsibilities of the post are outlined in this description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and following a period of consultation the post holder may be expected to agree to reasonable changes to the job description that are commensurate with salary banding and in line with the general nature of the post.

Current Line Management Responsibility:

  • Director for Unity Faith and Order
  • Director for Mission
  • Director for Women in Church and Society
  • Anglican Communion Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva
  • Director for Finance and Administration
  • Director for Communications
  • Executive Secretary

Person Specification



  • Exceptional leadership and management skills, with the ability to motivate and empower staff.
  • Able to work collaboratively across organisational and sector boundaries, while demonstrating both sound judgement and independence of mind.
  • Strong representational, influencing and communication skills, including highly developed oral and writing skills.
  • Culturally sensitive to a broad spectrum of people, both internationally and in the UK.
  • Ability to think at a conceptual and strategic level.
  • Able to assimilate and analyse information quickly, identifying issues and priorities.
  • A working knowledge of UK employment law and immigration rules.
  • Able to grasp and interpret financial data.


  • Substantial experience working at Chief Operating Officer or equivalent level and contributing effectively to wider organisational issues.
  • Evidence of successfully operating at senior management level in a politically complex environment.
  • Track record of developing and implementing corporate strategy, business and financial planning.
  • Have a keen understanding of and be sympathetic to the life and work of the Anglican Communion.
  • Proven experience of effective staff management, supported by a track record of harnessing the strengths and potential of staff at all levels of the organisation.
  • Experience of working in an international context and of dealing with diverse cultures both in the UK and the wider world.

Personal Attributes:

  • Has a vocation to serve God’s mission in the world.
  • Leads by example, demonstrating enthusiastic commitment to the priorities of the Secretary General and the Anglican Communion Office.
  • Possesses a high level of personal credibility and a natural authority, and engages and commands the confidence and respect of others.
  • Strong personal commitment to equalities and diversity in employment and service delivery, with a caring and respectful attitude to all staff.
  • A visionary and strategic operator, who can balance the strategic with the detailed when necessary.
  • Possesses excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to relate effectively to complex situations and organisations; able to think laterally and creatively.
  • A positive team member who contributes, supports and leads as the situation requires.


  • Evidence of events management

Other Information

This role will require some national and international travel, occasionally to higher risk locations. All travel for ACO staff is undertaken on the most cost-effective basis possible.

We would welcome applicants from any Christian background and/or a variety of Christian life experiences, including those of long-standing, or a more recent commitment to their faith. Lay and clergy individuals are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

General Conditions:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law, that our work places are free from unlawful discrimination on the following grounds:

  • Age
  • Colour,  race or ethnic or national origin
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marital Status
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual Orientation

Standards of Behaviour and Conduct

Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their position as employees and as professionals, whatever their job. The values the Anglican Communion Office seeks to maintain are;

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Hospitality
  • Humility
  • Openness


Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties without the permission of the Secretary General.

Terms of Employment:

Salary: This senior position will be remunerated according to NCI (National Church Institutions) salary scales, currently £59,043.                                    

Pension Contributions: Staff will be admitted to the Church Workers Pension Fund (Pension Builder Classic scheme).

The Anglican Communion Council contributes 10% of basic salary and employees are required to contribute a minimum of 2.5%.

Hours of Duty: Normal hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday with an hour’s unpaid break for lunch. Holders of senior positions are expected to adopt a flexible approach to hours worked to fulfil the duties of the post.

Annual Leave:  25 days paid leave per leave year. This is exclusive of public holidays and additional non contractual privilege holidays. The leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.

Season Ticket Loan: Staff are eligible to apply for an interest-free travel season ticket loan for their journey to and from work.

Contract:The post is offered on a permanent contract, subject to a six month probationary period.

Closing date for receipt of applications:

The deadline for applications is noon on 7 February 2017 and interviews will take place at our office on 21 February.

Applications: Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons. The application should include a full CV and the names of at least three referees, including a professional and a personal referee.  References will be requested only for the successful candidate following interview.

Applications should be sent to: All applications and enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.