Administrative Secretary to the Archdeacons of Dorset and Sherborne

About The Role

The Sherborne Area Office is based at Ash Farm Courtyard, Stourpaine, Dorset DT11 8PW. The office serves the needs of the Bishop of Sherborne and the Archdeacons of Dorset and Sherborne in their ministry throughout the Sherborne area, which comprises most of Dorset (and a small part of Devon). The office deals with the daily administration for the Bishop and Archdeacons, including being the first line of advice for churchwardens and clergy. 

The Area Office is the administration centre for the Sherborne area. Work includes clergy appointments, managing the diaries of the Bishop and Archdeacons, keeping data bases up to date, organising visitations, liaising with parishes in vacancy and coordinating ministry reviews. 

The Archdeacons work closely with the Bishop in the pastoral care of clergy, and have particular legal responsibilities around appointments, church buildings and pastoral reorganisation. Click here for more information on the Bishop of Sherborne and the Archdeacons.

Please see the separate Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role. 

How To Apply

Applications must be received by 5pm on Sunday 25 September 2022. 

As part of your application please submit the following: 

  • The Application Form, including signed declaration 

  • Response to the Application Questions in Microsoft Word, no more than 500 words 

  • A current CV 

A covering letter is not mandatory and if included, should be no more than one side of A4. Please return applications by email to

To ensure the fairness of the selection process, shortlisting will be based upon the information which you provide in your application and assumptions will not be made about your experience or skills. We will look for demonstrable evidence that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification. A copy of our privacy policy for job applicants can be downloaded here.

Interviews will take place in early October 2022 at The Sherborne Area Office. 

Further details regarding the interview process will be communicated at the time applicants are invited for interview. 

Please see the Application Information here.

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