Vicar Recruitment


Drafting by committee is ineffective and frustrating. The PCC should delegate detailed drafting to a small group of three or four.  Members of this group are likely to be on PCC but need not be so in all cases. In particular their work can be aided if someone is included who is effective in using information technology.

Successive drafts of the Profile and Role Description can be circulated to the wider PCC by e-mail and brought back for comment (follow this link for Draft 1).  It can be helpful if the Archdeacon sees drafts of the Profile from time to time to offer comments and guidance.

The draft Benefice Profile and Role Description will also be sent to the Diocesan HR Adviser who will check that the wording and layout is suitable.  In particular, the HR Adviser will ensure:

  • That any constraints about the person to be appointed are legal and properly expressed;
  • That no unjustifiable requirements have been included to avoid accusations of inappropriate discrimination;
  • That none of the material implies a bias towards a particular kind of applicant

When the PCC feels that it is close to a final draft of its documents these should be sent to the Archdeacon who, with the Suffragan Bishop, will offer any further suggestions for adjustment.  The HR Department will then need to approve the Role Description.
Once all are happy with the documents,   in principle a Section 11 meeting is convened under advice from the Archdeacon formally to adopt the documents for use in the recruitment process.

By the end of this stage you should have:

  • Created a Benefice Profile and Role Description which has been agreed in
    principle by PCC, Suffragan Bishop, Archdeacon and HR Adviser.
  • Be ready for your Section 11 Meeting.