General Synod Office of the Scottish Episcopal Church
General Synod Office of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Charity registered in Scotland SC015962

The General Synod acts as the Parliament of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is the Church’s legislative and deliberative body. Synod members oversee and direct the work of the Church’s boards and committees.

Current vacancies

Safeguarding Support Officer, General Synod Office

  • Full time
  • £24,819 – £28,404
  • Edinburgh (On site)
  • Closing 30th May 2024

The Scottish Episcopal Church seeks to appoint a Safeguarding Support Officer. The role includes a range of Safeguarding support responsibilities including the processing of applications for criminal disclosure checks under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme, training administration and record keeping. The post is based at the General Synod Office, Edinburgh.

Candidates applying for the post will have:

  • Good communication, administrative and organisational skills; a logical, systematic and innovative approach to challenges and opportunities.
  • Experience in the use of information and communications technology and commonly used IT applications within an office environment, especially MS Word and Excel.
  • Experience of or awareness of Safeguarding
  • An ability to take initiative and work independently within agreed parameters.
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Top job! Chief Operating Officer

  • Full time
  • £57,000 – £62,000
  • General Synod Office, Edinburgh (with some home working, as business needs allow) (Hybrid)
  • Closing 21st May 2024

This is an exciting time to join the General Synod Office of the Scottish Episcopal Church. With the newly appointed Secretary General taking up post this summer, there is scope for the Chief Operating Officer, a newly created post, to make a significant contribution to the development and evolution of the General Synod Office (GSO).

About us: The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) is the Province of the Anglican Communion in Scotland. It has a strong and high profile in Scottish life, is diverse in character and has a presence across the whole country. The SEC is an open, thoughtful, and engaging church with over 270 congregations (or ‘charges’).

Located in Edinburgh with a staff complement of c.22, the GSO supports the governance and mission of the Scottish Episcopal Church, providing advice and support to dioceses, charges, clergy and laity across Scotland. It also facilitates liaison with other denominations and faiths.

About you: The GSO is looking for an experienced leader and manager with a well-developed understanding of governance and compliance, able to manage a broad portfolio of work, who is committed to assisting the Scottish Episcopal Church in its mission and ministry. The COO will be a member of the GSO’s Senior Leadership Team and, along with the Treasurer, will deputise for the Secretary General.

Candidates for this role need not have worked in a church setting before, bringing experience of leadership roles in similarly complex organisations that demonstrate how they would manage and develop a multi-disciplinary team to deliver results and contribute to a positive and productive culture of cross-organisational collaboration.

Note that this is a full-time role (35 hours per week); however, a four-day work week will be considered with pay and holidays adjusted.

For an informal chat about this role, please get in touch with Donna Glass (DonnaG@scotland.anglican.org) who will arrange for you to be contacted.

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Top job! Secretary General

  • Full time
  • £78,280 – £87,264
  • Main office location in Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th January 2024

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) is the Province of the Anglican Communion in Scotland. It has a strong and high profile in Scottish life, is diverse in character and has a presence across the whole country. The SEC is now looking for someone to take up the key leadership role of Secretary General to work with the General Synod and Standing Committee, the Primus and College of Bishops to help the Church harness its unique potential. Candidates for this role need not have worked in a church setting before, bringing experience of leadership roles in similarly complex organisations that demonstrate how they would:

  • create a culture that encourages participation across the life of the Province;
  • develop and manage governance to increase organisational effectiveness;
  • set the tone for Province-wide discussions and decision-making;
  • collect and use evidence as a basis for policy development;
  • formulate and execute change initiatives across a complex and expansive network.

Through all of this will be a living Christian faith and a character of compassion and integrity. Whether the candidates are long-term Scottish residents or live outside Scotland, they will bring a genuine affinity with Scottish values and culture as well as fresh ways of looking at the SEC and its place in Scottish society.

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Net Zero Sustainability Officer

  • Full time
  • £36,000 – £48,000
  • Remote based
  • Closing 31st January 2024

Do you want to join a new team committed to climate action and delivering change? Can you bring transformative change in the way buildings are used and maintained? This role is for someone with a practical and collaborative approach to net zero who can lead churches in Scotland to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has a published Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30 and is building a flexible and enthusiastic team to support the implementation of its ambitious Net Zero targets. It seeks experienced net zero specialists to provide support and guidance to churches and Dioceses.

About the Job: You will have equal opportunity to work at both national and regional levels.

You will support and guide Scottish Episcopal Church communities by providing a reliable base of knowledge and experience on the sustainability of Net Zero actions. You will use your skills and experience in sustainability best practice to assist churches to develop environmentally sustainable Net Zero projects through project support, research, knowledge, and guidance. You will design a strategic programme to deliver bespoke sustainability appraisals for churches and conduct strategic site surveys to across Scotland.

You will develop and deliver regular guidance and online resources on sustainability, Net Zero, and climate change adaptation and use your time in the role to develop case studies and templates for wider use. You will seek out learning and partnership opportunities to keep Dioceses and churches equipped with solutions to further grow the SEC’s Net Zero experience base.

You will also play a key role in direct engagement with individual Dioceses, working alongside the rest of the Net Zero Team to nurture relationships and help them develop their own action plans. You will use your knowledge and experience of the environmental sector to ensure best practice for Net Zero actions and ensure the long term ethical and environmental sustainability of plans and projects.

About you: You should have experience working in the environmental management or sustainability sector, particularly in understanding the economic, environmental, and social aspects of Net Zero actions. You should have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills to be able to demonstrate the complexities of sustainability through a range of mediums. You should also have demonstrable knowledge of the sustainability of most practical Net Zero solutions and an ability to communicate these to a range of faith-based audiences.

Things you need to know: You will report to the Net Zero Delivery Director and work within a new Net Zero Team to support the SEC’s seven Dioceses (regions). This role will be remote based, however regular travel to Dioceses across Scotland will be required as well as attendance at routine meetings in the General Synod Office in Edinburgh where you will meet with the rest of your team. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 24,000. The Net Zero Delivery Director is coordinating the new team consisting of five new roles. These are Innovation Coordinator, Empowerment Coordinator, Carbon Projects and Data Officer, Net Zero Sustainability Officer and Clean Energy Officer.

All postholders will work closely as a team and provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Starting salary is dependent on experience.

Benefits: flexible working, working from home within a remote team; non-contributory final salary pension scheme

For an informal chat about this or any other role, please contact the Net Zero Delivery Director on 07584 225 133

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Net Zero Clean Energy Advisor

  • Full time
  • £28,000 – £33,000
  • Remote based
  • Closing 31st January 2024

Do you want to join a new team committed to climate action and delivering change? Can you bring transformative change to Church communities’ relationship with heat and energy? This role is for someone with a practical and collaborative approach to net zero who can lead churches in Scotland to decarbonise their heat and energy.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has a published Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30 and is building a flexible and enthusiastic team to support the implementation of its ambitious Net Zero targets. It seeks experienced net zero specialists to provide support and guidance to churches and Dioceses.

About the Job: You will have equal opportunity to work at both national and regional levels.

You will act as Net Zero Clean Energy Advisor for the Scottish Episcopal Church, providing guidance, resources and support on energy efficiency and clean energy installations throughout Scotland. You will be a focal point for churches and dioceses seeking guidance on reducing their emissions through innovative technologies and provide the backbone of support for Episcopal communities’ heating and energy projects.

You will conduct strategic site visits across the Dioceses to provide practical advice on heating and energy measures and use these to develop a knowledge base for guidance across Scotland. You will use your knowledge to develop and share resources as well as explore partnerships to establish a database of key contacts in the green energy sector.

You will provide high quality advice on energy efficiency and clean energy for churches and Dioceses, helping to ensure up to date information is easily accessible. You will seek out learning and partnership opportunities to keep Dioceses and churches equipped with solutions to further grow the SEC’s Net Zero experience base.

You will also play a key role in direct engagement with individual Dioceses, working alongside the rest of the Net Zero Team to nurture relationships and help them develop their own action plans. You will use your knowledge and experience of the energy sector to guide churches along the path to net zero through decarbonising heat and energy in their buildings.

About you: You should have some experience working in the environmental management or energy sector, particularly in understanding the heating and energy systems in buildings and/or retrofit projects. You should have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills to be able to assess the energy potential of a building and demonstrate the possible solutions through a range of mediums. You should also have some demonstrable knowledge of the technical aspects of heating and energy audits and an ability to communicate these to a range of faith-based audiences.

Things you need to know: You will report to the Net Zero Delivery Director and work within a new Net Zero Team to support the SEC’s seven Dioceses (regions). This role will be remote based, however regular travel to Dioceses across Scotland will be required as well as attendance at routine meetings in the General Synod Office in Edinburgh where you will meet with the rest of your team. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 24,000. The Net Zero Delivery Director is coordinating the new team consisting of five new roles. These are Innovation Coordinator, Empowerment Coordinator, Carbon Projects and Data Officer, Net Zero Sustainability Officer and Clean Energy Officer.

All postholders will work closely as a team and provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Starting salary is dependent on experience.

Benefits: flexible working, working from home within a remote team; non-contributory final salary pension scheme

For an informal chat about this or any other role, please contact the Net Zero Delivery Director on 07584 225 133

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Carbon Projects and Data Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £33,000
  • Remote based
  • Closing 31st January 2024

Do you want to join a new team committed to climate action and delivering change? Do you have experience in carbon reduction projects and data systems? Can you help the SEC collect data and interpret its carbon footprint? This role is for someone with experience in data collection and analysis and an ability to identify and develop carbon reduction opportunities.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has a published Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30 and is building a flexible and enthusiastic team to support the implementation of its ambitious Net Zero targets. It seeks experienced net zero specialists to provide support and guidance to churches and Dioceses.

About the Job: You will have equal opportunity to work at both national and regional levels.

You will be responsible for carbon data collection and analysis across SEC operations and act as a key contact to support carbon reduction projects for churches and Dioceses. You will gather, interpret, and report on carbon data and provide a valuable contribution to net zero strategic planning at local, regional, and national level.

You will ensure accurate reporting and monitoring of emissions, working alongside the Net Zero team to support uptake of carbon reduction activities within SEC churches. You will support Dioceses and churches with their data submissions and provide valuable interpretations of that data to provide guidance on net zero action plans and carbon reduction projects.

You will also play a key role in direct engagement with individual Dioceses, working alongside the rest of the Net Zero Team to nurture relationships and help them develop their own action plans. You will use your knowledge and experience of net zero to design new methods of contextualised data collection across all emission scopes throughout all SEC churches.

About you: You should have experience gathering, reporting, and monitoring data and an ability to translate it into meaningful actions for a range of audiences. You should have analytical, prioritisation, and data reporting skills and an affinity for communicating net zero data. You should have a sound knowledge of net zero concepts, carbon reduction solutions for churches and an ability to communicate these to a range of faith-based audiences.

Things you need to know: You will report to the Net Zero Delivery Director and work within a new Net Zero Team to support the SEC’s seven Dioceses (regions). This role will be remote based, however regular travel to Dioceses across Scotland will be required as well as attendance at routine meetings in the General Synod Office in Edinburgh where you will meet with the rest of your team. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 24,000. The Net Zero Delivery Director is coordinating the new team and will be appointing 5 new posts. The first round of posts to be advertised are Innovation Coordinator, Empowerment Coordinator, and Carbon Projects and Data Officer. A role focused on Sustainability and another on Heating and Energy will follow swiftly after.

All postholders will work closely as a team and provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Starting salary is dependent on experience.

Benefits: flexible working, working from home within a remote team; non-contributory final salary pension scheme

For an informal chat about this or any other role, please contact the Net Zero Delivery Director on 07584 225 133

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Net Zero Empowerment Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £33,000
  • Remote based
  • Closing 30th November 2023

Do you want to join a new team committed to climate action and delivering change? Do you have a passion for engaging communities? Can you motivate and empower people into action? This role is for an organised coordinator and communicator with a flair for connecting with people.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has a published Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30 and is building a flexible and enthusiastic team to support the implementation of its ambitious Net Zero targets. It seeks experienced net zero specialists to provide support and guidance to churches and Dioceses.

About the Job: You will have equal opportunity to work at both national and regional levels. You will develop and coordinate a national engagement programme and deliver it through creative use of digital engagement platforms. You will coordinate knowledge and resources across the SEC. You will seek out learning and partnership opportunities to keep regional Diocese equipped and informed and further grow the SEC experience base on Net Zero.

You will also play a key role in direct engagement with individual Dioceses, working alongside the rest of the Net Zero Team to build relationships and help them develop their own action plans. You will use your knowledge and experience of net zero to provide regional empowerment opportunities and coordinate your engagement programme to share case studies nationally across the SEC.

About you: You should have experience working with community groups and particular skills in developing an engagement programme. You should have excellent digital media/web, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills and be able to translate the concepts and practical actions of net zero to a range of faith-based audiences.

Things you need to know: You will report to the Net Zero Delivery Director and work within a new Net Zero Team to support the SEC’s seven Dioceses (regions). This role will be remote based, however regular travel to Dioceses across Scotland will be required as well as attendance at routine meetings in the General Synod Office in Edinburgh where you will meet with the rest of your team. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 24,000. The Net Zero Delivery Director is coordinating the new team and will be appointing 5 new posts. The first round of posts to be advertised are Innovation Coordinator, Empowerment Coordinator, and Carbon Projects and Data Officer. A role focused on Sustainability and another on Heating and Energy will follow swiftly after.

All postholders will work closely as a team and provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Starting salary is dependent on experience.

Benefits: flexible working, working from home within a remote team; non-contributory final salary pension scheme

For an informal chat about this or any other role, please contact the Net Zero Delivery Director on 07584 225 133

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Net Zero Innovation Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £33,000
  • Remote based
  • Closing 30th November 2023

Do you want to join a new team committed to climate action and delivering change? Do you have a passion for training and equipping communities? Can you find innovative solutions to net zero problems? This role is for someone with a creative and collaborative approach to problem solving and strong skills in net zero training and resourcing.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has a published Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30 and is building a flexible and enthusiastic team to support the implementation of its ambitious Net Zero targets. It seeks experienced net zero specialists to provide support and guidance to churches and Dioceses.

About the Job:You will have equal opportunity to work at both national and regional levels.

You will develop and coordinate an innovative national training programme to be delivered across Episcopal communities to facilitate the delivery of net zero 2030. You will collaboratively develop communication plans to nurture behaviour change and engagement while using your skills in training and resourcing to improve understanding and uptake of climate actions across the SEC. You will seek out learning and partnership opportunities to keep Dioceses and churches equipped with solutions to further grow the SEC’s Net Zero experience base.

You will also play a key role in direct engagement with individual Dioceses, working alongside the rest of the Net Zero Team to nurture relationships and help them develop their own action plans. You will use your knowledge and experience of net zero to provide innovative solutions and coordinate your learning programme towards national engagement.

About you: You should have experience working with community groups, particularly in leading, training or learning programmes. You should have excellent problem solving, interpersonal, and written communication skills and demonstrable knowledge of practical net zero solutions and an ability to communicate these to a range of faith-based audiences.

Things you need to know: You will report to the Net Zero Delivery Director and work within a new Net Zero Team to support the SEC’s seven Dioceses (regions). This role will be remote based, however regular travel to Dioceses across Scotland will be required as well as attendance at routine meetings in the General Synod Office in Edinburgh where you will meet with the rest of your team. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 24,000. The Net Zero Delivery Director is coordinating the new team and will be appointing 5 new posts. The first round of posts to be advertised are Innovation Coordinator, Empowerment Coordinator, and Carbon Projects and Data Officer. A role focused on Sustainability and another on Heating and Energy will follow swiftly after.

All postholders will work closely as a team and provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Starting salary is dependent on experience.

Benefits: flexible working, working from home within a remote team; non-contributory final salary pension scheme

For an informal chat about this or any other role, please contact the Net Zero Delivery Director on 07584 225 133

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Pensions and Retirement Officer

  • Full time
  • up to £37,772
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st December 2023

The Church seeks an individual with drive and enthusiasm to take up a newly configured and innovative post. As a consequence of the outsourcing of some administration of the Church’s defined benefit Pension Scheme and maintenance of housing for retired clergy, the post of Pensions and Retirement Officer has been created. The post holder will act as secretary to the Pension Fund Trustees, handle a range of administrative tasks for the Pension Fund, manage the Church’s portfolio of retirement housing and oversee the provision of services by a range of external service providers. The post also includes acting as secretary to the Church’s Investment Committee and Ethical Investment Advisory Group.

The post holder will demonstrate a high level of administrative skills, an ability to work on their own initiative and have a general understanding of issues involved in pensions administration and property oversight.

You will be part of a national team based at the General Synod Office in Edinburgh reporting to the Chair of the Pension Fund Trustees for pensions matters, and the Secretary General and Treasurer for other areas of activity.

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A new and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) for a Net Zero Delivery Director. The SEC has already published its Net Zero Toolkit and Check List and is currently consulting on its Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30.

Your role will be to lead the delivery of the ambitious Net Zero Action Plan, to find creative solutions to real challenges, to provide guidance and resources, to advise churches and liaise with national partners on this important agenda.

You will be part of a national team based at the General Synod Office in Edinburgh reporting to the Secretary General and empowering a team of Net Zero Delivery Managers across the SEC’s seven Dioceses in Scotland. The SEC comprises some 300 churches, with a total membership of about 25,000. The Provincial Environment Group is steering this important work and the postholder will provide progress reports and advice as necessary.

Are you an inspiring leader committed to delivering change to contribute to Net Zero targets? Can you navigate a complex organisation to deliver effective action? If so, the SEC wants to hear from you!

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Top job! Head of Safeguarding

  • Full time
  • £38,405 – £49,018
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st October 2022

The Scottish Episcopal Church seeks to appoint a full-time Head of Safeguarding to provide strategic leadership, oversight and advice in the development and implementation of safeguarding policy in the Church. The postholder will lead a small team, manage casework, assist in the delivery of training and liaise across the church with bishops, clergy and congregations in safeguarding matters as necessary.

Applicants should have comprehensive understanding of contemporary safeguarding law, policy and practice, an appreciation of its application in the context of a voluntary or faith organisation, practitioner experience of case management and risk assessment, and an ability to build and sustain long-term working relationships.

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Safeguarding Training Officer – Provincial Safeguarding Team

  • Full time
  • £22,093 – £28,203
  • Central Edinburgh with hybrid working available
  • Closing 22nd July 2022

As a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Provincial Safeguarding Team you will lead the coordination, development and delivery of the safeguarding training programmes in dioceses and congregations across the Province. You will develop and support a national network of volunteer safeguarding trainers and ensure the quality of safeguarding training delivered in congregations.

You will have good knowledge of safeguarding (child and adult protection) and of the design and delivery of training programmes for volunteers and paid staff. You will keep under review all safeguarding training materials, and how they are delivered to reflect current best practice in the protection of vulnerable people.

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The Scottish Episcopal Church seeks to appoint an assistant to the Church Relations Officer. The role covers a range of administrative responsibilities and will include a particular emphasis on climate change and environmental matters to support the Church in achieving its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The post is based at the General Synod Office, Edinburgh, but could include some home working.

Candidates applying for the post will have:

• Good communication, administrative and organisational skills; a logical, systematic and innovative approach to challenges and opportunities.

• Experience in the use of information and communications technology and commonly used IT applications, including Excel, within an office environment.

• An ability to take initiative and work collaboratively, flexibly and independently within agreed parameters.

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