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Diocesan Director of Education.

Diocesan Director of Education.

Diocesan Director of Education
Salary: Competitive package to attract the best candidate
Employer: Diocese of Guildford
Location: Guildford
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2016

Looking for a fresh challenge and a fulfilling vocation?

The Bishop of Guildford, Rt. Revd. Andrew Watson, is seeking to appoint the new

Diocesan Director of Education

as a key member of his senior diocesan leadership team from September 2016, following on from Canon Derek Holbird.

The Diocesan Board of Education has oversight of 85 controlled and aided schools, based in three local authority areas.  In addition, there are 10 church academies, 7 of them under the control of the diocesan multi-academy trust, The Good Shepherd Trust. The DBE also supports chaplains in a number of school, HE and FE settings.

The Board seeks excellence in all aspects of its work at a time when there are exciting opportunities and demanding challenges.  Building on outstanding work in the past, the Director will work with a highly skilled and dedicated staff team.  The Director of Education will be responsible to the Board of Education for leading this aspect of the diocese’s work and as a member of the Bishop’s staff team, will make an important contribution to fulfilling the overall mission of the whole diocese.

If you are seeking a fresh challenge, have a clear and deep sense of vocation and want to enrich the lives of children and young people, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for someone with a:

  • Passion for serving children and young adults through church schools
  • Strong track record as an inspiring leader and manager in education
  • Commitment to supporting and developing people and partnerships
  • Proven ability as a creative, strategic planner
  • Vision for seeing the Kingdom of God grow through the whole church’s involvement in education

Candidates should be fully supportive of the Christian ethos of our Church schools and Academies.

Visits to the Education Department are warmly encouraged.

Closing date: Tuesday 1 December at Midnight
Shortlisting: Thursday 3 December
Interviews: Friday 11 December (One Day)

In the first instance please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence on 07961 375 759 or

Your early application is appreciated and strongly recommended.


This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Criminal Records Bureau.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.


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