Parish Administrative Secretary and Pastoral Assistant, Immaculate Conception Church, Portswood, Southampton

A vacancy has arisen for the role of Parish Administrative Secretary and Pastoral Assistant to work in the parish office at Immaculate Conception Church, Portswood, Southampton. The role involves providing a full confidential administrative and secretarial service to the Parish Priest and the Immaculate Conception Parish, providing a sympathetic and efficient focal point for enquiries and administrative support.


Hours of work – 18-20 per week – (Days and times to be negotiated with the Parish Priest, but ideally to cover Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and one evening per month)


Commencement Date: from 1st June 2018


Experience and Qualifications required for the role:


  • Experienced Administrator with excellent secretarial, time management and prioritisation skills
  • Computer literate with experience of Microsoft Windows operating system, skilled in Microsoft Word, desktop publishing, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and database management as well as use of internet
  • Excellent communication skills to promote effective interaction between clergy, area administrators, parishioners and parish teams/councils
  • Ability to be sensitive to the pastoral needs of individuals
  • Knowledge of parish and diocesan organisational structure (desirable)
  • Experience of financial procedures (desirable) 

Personal Attributes:


  • Sympathetic to the Ministry and Mission of the Catholic Church
  • Self-Motivated and very flexible, with ability to work on own initiative and judgement without supervision, able to work under pressure, cope with change and deal with conflicting work demands
  • Diplomatic and discreet with a sympathetic nature and emotional resilience
  • Work collaboratively with Parish volunteers, strong team player  

Enquiries: Please email containing the word “Confidential” in the subject for a personal reply.     




Closing date for applications: Friday April 13th (Noon).

Interviews:  Saturday April 28 2018t or by arrangement in special circumstances


Applications in writing should be made to: Professor Mary Gobbi c/o the Parish Office marked “Private and Confidential”



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The Governors of St Mary’s are looking for an inspirational Catholic leader with the vision, and determination to progress the school to be securely good and beyond. 


Closing date: 26 March 2018.


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