Parish Administrator, part time 16 hrs/wk

London (North), London (Greater)
£16,470 pro rata (£9.15 p/h)
30 Nov 2016
16 Jan 2017
Contract Type

Post title: Parish Administrator

Employed by: St. Mark’s Church, Clerkenwell PCC

Hours: ~16 hours per week – to be agreed/negotiated with applicant

Work Pattern: To be agreed with applicant

Work base: St. Mark’s Church, Clerkenwell

Note: this role is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure. This role should not be taken up until the candidate has successfully completed the DBS process.

Purpose of appointment

  • To provide sustainable, dependable administrative support for the PCC throughout the year
  • To reduce dependence of the PCC on key volunteer individuals and minimize transition risks

People links

  • To be directly responsible on a day-to-day basis to the Vicar
  • To work closely with the Church Wardens, Treasurer, and other members of the church staff to carry out responsibilities
  • To deal with suppliers, contractors, and other external organisations on behalf of the PCC to carry out effective administration of the church

  Main responsibilities Financial

  • Send invoices on behalf of PCC for use of church facilities and other services
  • Check and record payments have been made against invoices; follow up with
  • Maintain accounting records as directed by Treasurer
  • Post accounting records to PCC accounting system as directed by Treasurer
  • Assist in banking as part of rota
  • Manage Annual Return and ensure all other appropriate returns are made to the Registrar/Diocesan Office as required, liaising with church officers as required


  • Maintain/monitor PCC calendar (online and physical)
  • Handle bookings for the PCC
  • Manage key rotas (e.g., readings, banking, flowers, shops, building opening)


  • Answer telephone (while on premises)
  • Deal with enquiries relating to parish duties (e.g., baptisms, weddings, funerals, lettings)
  • Maintain and update noticeboards inside and outside the church
  • Maintain church log and inventory
  • Maintain and keep website up to date
  • Monitor social media
  • Order stationery
  • Prepare memorial cards

Fund-raising, publicity and events

  • Seek and apply for grants as requested by the PCC
  • Produce and help to distribute publicity materials
  • Prepare and update table leaflets
  • Order materials/consumables (e.g., wine/food) for events


  • Opening up of building (as part of rota)
  • Read gas and electricity meters quarterly
  • Hold keys and administer access to the building
  • Receive and arrange all regular building services (gutters, organ tuning, inspectors, etc.)
  • Arrange repairs as directed by Church Wardens
  • Apply for church faculties as required


  • Establish and document procedures and tasks for parish administration to facilitate onboarding of new joiners and transitions of role

Key Terms and Conditions

  • Salary will be at London living wage as set out by the Living Wage Foundation, currently £9.15 per hour, paid monthly in arrears by direct bank transfer
  • Annual leave entitlement is 60 hours (4 working weeks) per year plus statutory Bank Holidays: any leave to be arranged at least one month in advance with Vicar bearing in mind the requirements of major church festivals; all leave to be taken within the calendar year it falls within
  • Notice requirement of 1 month (from either side) after an initial probationary period of 3 months

St. Mark’s, Clerkenwell PCC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

This role description is intended as a basic guide to the responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive. It is subject to review in conjunction with the post holder. It is not a contract of employment; a detailed contract of employment will be drawn up and agreed with the successful applicant.

Person Specification

Essential (E)

Desirable (D)


  • Numerate E
  • Literate E
  • Good command of computer skills E


  • Experience of a similar administrative role D
  • Book-keeping/financial experience D


  • Knowledge of church worship, ministry and how a parish works D
  • Understanding of church life and structures within the Church of England D

Skills and competencies

  • Demonstrate computer literacy and experience of using Microsoft Office E
  • Manage an office environment and maintain/implement systems with attention to detail E
  • Demonstrate flexibility in approach to workload and ability to multi-task E
  • Show initiative and good time management E
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team E
  • Demonstrate good communication, both oral and written
  • Able to research on the web E

Personal attributes

  • Friendly, warm and outgoing with a positive and sympathetic manner E
  • Cooperative with others E
  • An eye for detail E
  • Ability to respect confidentiality E
  • Enjoy new experiences and driving change E

Personal commitment

  • Sympathetic to the mission of the church E


Please apply by sending through your CV & covering letter below.