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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

  • Advertised from 3rd May 2024
  • Salary depending on experience.


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 ( who will arrange for you to be contacted.

Application notes

Please download the application pack and return the completed application form to Donna Glass at: Note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of an application form.

Closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Interviews: 28 May 2024 (afternoon) in Edinburgh