Research, Engagement and Parliamentary Assistant to the Bishop of Oxford

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Church of England
Oxford, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Introduction 

If you have a passion for AI science and faith and a keen interest in the public engagement work of the Church of England then this role will enable you to make a significant contribution in bringing the insights of Christian ethics and anthropology to bear on emerging questions of science and technology and in helping the Church to think through new questions and challenges. 

The role will be based at least two days a week in Oxford as part of the Bishop’s team and at least two days a week in Westminster within the Church of England’s parliamentary unit, contributing across the unit to brief the Lords Spiritual on ethics, science and technology issues. 

This wide-ranging opportunity will include preparation of written and oral questions for Bishop Steven; research for debates and possible development of legislation while developing, supporting and extending the Bishop’s speaking, writing and broadcasting and undertaking engagements in your own right. 

Working flexibly, proactively and collaboratively with the team in Oxford and Westminster you will enjoy making things happen and keeping the Bishop informed about key issues. 

Main Responsibilities 

The main responsibilities for this role are; 

  • Supporting the Bishop’s role as a member of the Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation including research and preparation of papers; convening and networking with those working the field of AI science, faith and ethics regionally and nationally. 
  • Developing, supporting and extending the Bishop’s engagement with AI science, faith, climate change and ethics related issues through the Bishop’s speaking, writing and broadcasting and through undertaking speaking engagements independently. Assisting with the management of speaking invitations which is likely to increase due to the appointment to the Board of the CDEI. 
  • Assisting the Bishop of Oxford in his general parliamentary duties; keeping him informed about parliamentary timetables, key legislation, debates and developments; researching issues, drafting material for speeches and questions and liaising with the Parliamentary Unit on his behalf. 
  • Drafting press releases/briefing papers and developing innovative media and networking tools in liaison with the Bishop’s Communication Director to extend the reach of AI science, faith and ethics. 
  • Undertaking faith and science education projects through more than 1000 churches, schools and chaplaincies of the Diocese of Oxford including the development and publication of educational materials. 
  • Briefing the other Lord’s Spiritual as required and liaising with other parliamentarians on behalf of the Bishop, accompanying the Bishop when he is working on the Parliamentary Estate. 
  • Assisting with disseminating the Church’s parliamentary responses to specific issues or bills, as agreed with the Head of Parliamentary Affairs or their Deputy. 

This job description may be changed from time to time in response to the changing needs of the Bishop of Oxford in dialogue with the Parliamentary Unit and the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops’ Council. 

The Ideal Candidate 

The ideal requirements are; 



  • Excellent ICT skills 
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing. 
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management and diary management. 
  • Research skills, with the ability to gather information quickly and accurately. 
  • Aptitude for team working. 


  • Knowledge of Parliamentary processes 
  • Some knowledge of the structures of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion 
  • Proven ability in presenting complex data in manageable and informative ways 
  • Some experience of organising events 


  • Degree level or equivalent in a related discipline 

Personal Attributes 

  • An open and collaborative working style 
  • Discretion and judgement in handling confidential or sensitive material 
  • Willingness to work creatively with people of differing political and theological persuasions 



  • Confidence with a wide variety of IT applications and social media tools 


  • Proven administrative ability in drafting briefing papers, press releases, bulletins and other accessible modes of communication 
  • Experience of parliamentary processes, political parties, think tanks and lobby groups 
  • Knowledge or experience of the worldwide Anglican Communion and ecumenical structures 


  • A postgraduate qualification in a related discipline 

Personal attributes 

  • Ability to manage his/her own work programme with minimal direct management 
  • Ability to deliver outcomes to deadlines and to work under pressure 

About The Company 

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families 

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

Where applicable depending on post requirements.

Package Description 

The Bishop of Oxford oversees one of the largest dioceses in the Church of England with over 800 church buildings, over 600 clergy and 285 schools. He works closely with a senior team of three Area Bishops, four Archdeacons, the Dean of Christ Church, the Diocesan Secretary and the Directors of Education, Mission and Ministry and Communication. 

The Bishop is now offering an exceptional opportunity for a talented Research, Engagement and Parliamentary Assistant to support his parliamentary role with a focus on AI science and faith related issues; with the aim of making more widely available the resources of Christian ethics, anthropology and social teaching to an industry and society in a critical period in the global development of artificial intelligence and its applications and governance. 

The post holder will join a small, dynamic team who work with the Bishop to directly support his office consisting of an Executive Assistant, Marian Green, the Bishop’s Chaplain, Paul Cowan, the Diocesan Director of Communications, Steven Buckley and an Administrative Assistant, Sharon Appleton. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27th March 2019