The Executive Assistant supports the Dean of St Albans in the management and organisation of her workload, including taking a lead in managing the Dean’s diary.  As the first point of contact with the Dean, the Executive Assistant will take responsibility for handling enquiries, researching and supplying suitable responses and ensuring the reputation of the Dean’s office is enhanced and protected. This will involve developing effective working relationships within our Cathedral community, across staff teams and with volunteers, as well as engaging with external stakeholders such as the Bishop’s office, the diocesan staff team, diocesan clergy, and more widely with a vast variety of people locally and nationally.

The Dean seeks an Executive Assistant who can demonstrate commitment, initiative and a willingness to take on responsibility for addressing frequently sensitive or time urgent issues. The role requires someone who enjoys engaging with people of all sorts, and has patience, a calm manner, a healthy sense of humour and is able to multi task.

It is important that all the Cathedral staff, lay and ordained, have a sense that they are valued and cared for pastorally, spiritually and personally, and the Executive Assistant plays a key role in making this a reality.     

The Executive Assistant’s line manager is the Office Manager, but the nature of the role means the day to day workload will be directed by the Dean. However, the Executive Assistant is a member of the Cathedral Office team and it is important that every member of the office team is flexible in supporting and where necessary, covering each other.

There is scope to do this office-based role over 4 longer or 5 shorter working days Monday to Friday. 

The role is interesting and varied in terms of breadth and scope and would suit someone with previous experience as a personal or executive assistant looking for a new challenge in a busy, stimulating and friendly working environment.

This is a permanent position located in the Cathedral Office in a modern working environment within the Deanery. 

If you would like an informal conversation about the post prior to applying please contact the HR and Business Manager, Michelle Ovenden E: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday 2 September. 

Interviews will be held on Thursday 15 September.

Applicants are invited to submit an application form and covering letter by email to Michelle Ovenden, Business and HR Manager E: [email protected]


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