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Director for Theological Education

Job Description


With support from the St Augustine’s Foundation, the Anglican Consultative Council is seeking to appoint a Director for TEAC (Theological Education across the Anglican Communion) based in London, to help build capacity for the delivery of good quality theological education for the whole people of God across the Anglican Communion.

This is a five-year project, under the direction of the Secretary General.

Phase one of the project, expected to be completed within the first year, will involve mapping theological education happening around the Communion, its places of strength and weakness, and proposing what might be the most useful way to support and improve delivery.

Phase one goals:

  • Report within the year with goals for proposed support and improved delivery
  • Review ‘Bible in the Life of the Church’ initiative and set goals for its continued delivery and development.

Phase two of the project will consist of the co-ordination, facilitation and development of services, networks and resources to meet the needs and opportunities discovered in phase one.  A full programme for phase two will be agreed at the end of phase one by the ACC in consultation with the St Augustine’s Foundation.  Phase two may include some of the networks and resources suggested below.  

Phase two goals:

  • Report to ACC-17 [2019]
  • Draw up follow-up plans
  • Report to 2020 Lambeth Conference
  • Draw up follow-up plans


  • to develop existing networks through facilitating regional consultations for theological educators around specific themes (e.g. reconciliation, leadership);
  • to develop existing networks by establishing a tri-annual conference for principals of Anglican seminaries and Anglicans in leadership in ecumenical theological institutions;
  • to develop existing networks by establishing a tri-annual conference for women in theological education institutions;
  • to develop online and web-based networks for the sharing of information and learning resources;
  • to take responsibility for the ongoing management of the relevant sections of the Anglican Communion website e.g. the database of theological education institutions;
  • to develop collaboration and cooperation with mission agencies and other providers involved in supporting theological education;
  • to promote ecumenical collaboration in the delivery of theological education across the Communion.


  • to coordinate the dissemination and sharing of resources for catechesis and the nurture of the whole people of God for their discipleship in the world;
  • to coordinate the development of The Anglican Way Signpost series in collaboration with its editorial board;
  • to support the work across the Communion on hermeneutics and the development of the materials that have emerged from the “Bible in the Life of the Church” project;
  • to work with colleagues in the Anglican Communion Office and other Mission Partners to oversee the translation of resources into languages of the Anglican Communion beyond English;
  • to review the resourcing of leadership development currently available and to explore further development across the Communion;
  • to identify and provide resources which will support the study of Anglicanism;
  • to provide advice and information to enable the St Augustine’s Foundation Trustees, and other similar funding bodies, to allocate their grants in line with their present policy guidelines;
  • to work with the Secretary General to identify resources which will ensure that the tasks contained in this job description will continue after the initial five year period funded by the St Augustine’s Foundation.


The Anglican Communion Office, based at St Andrew’s House, London, England, is the permanent Secretariat for the Instruments of Communion of the Anglican Communion.  It serves the Archbishop of Canterbury (in collaboration with staff at Lambeth Palace), the Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates’ Meetings, and the Lambeth Conferences as well as commissions, committees and groups that emerge from time to time, as the need arises.  The office is headed by the Secretary General, who will have overall responsibility and direction for the work, assisted by the TEAC Reference Group. Line management will be provided by the Anglican Communion Officer Chief Operating Officer.    

The Director may also be asked to undertake other theological education work as requested by the Secretary General especially in relation to the preparation for meetings of the Instruments of Communion and subject to agreement by the Chair of the Reference Group.

The Director will be a member of the management team of the Anglican Communion Office.

Person Specification

This post offers the opportunity to join the senior management team at the Anglican Communion Office working to make a difference across the Communion. The position will entail international travel and the privilege of working with culturally diverse groups of people in many parts of the Anglican Communion.

The person we are looking for will have the following: 

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

  • an understanding of the ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion;
  • extensive experience in theological education at all levels of the life of a church in the Anglican Communion and of working globally and cross-culturally at a senior level;
  • experience of working in Africa, South America or Asia is particularly desirable;
  • working experience of different approaches to and models of adult education as well as a knowledge of the current challenges facing the Church in the area of Christian education;
  • a graduate qualification in theology; an earned doctorate in theology is preferred;
  • able to engage with and have experience of working collaboratively with people from a range of backgrounds and nationalities;
  • able also, at times, to work independently;
  • evidence of the ability to start and successfully complete a major project;
  • confident in working with web-based materials and in the use of IT tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • the ability to communicate ideas through both the written and spoken word and to build capacity in others.

Desirable skills, experience and qualifications:

  • a person who has had their work published;
  • an understanding of virtual learning and technology enhanced learning;
  • an awareness of the publishing/editing world in both the North and global South including digital and e-publishing.

General Conditions

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law, that our work places are free from unlawful discrimination on the following grounds;

  • age;
  • colour,  race or ethnic or national origin;
  • disability;
  • gender;
  • gender reassignment;
  • Pregnancy and maternity;
  • marital Status;
  • religion or belief;
  • sexual Orientation

Standards of Behaviour and Conduct

Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their position as employees and as professionals, whatever their job. The values the Anglican Communion Office seeks to maintain are;

  • respect;
  • trust;
  • hospitality;
  • humility;
  • openness.


Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties without the permission of the Secretary General.

Terms of Employment

Salary: £50k to £55k per annum; reasonable relocation expenses may be paid. 

Pension Contributions: Staff will be admitted to the Church Workers Pension Fund (Pension Builder Classic scheme).

The Anglican Communion Council contributes 10% of basic salary and employees are required to contribute a minimum of 2.5%.

Hours of Duty: Normal hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday with an hour’s unpaid break for lunch. Holders of senior positions are expected to adopt a flexible approach to hours worked to fulfil the duties of the post.

Annual Leave: 25 days paid leave per leave year. This is exclusive of public holidays and additional non contractual privilege holidays. The leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.

Season Ticket Loan: Staff are eligible to apply for an interest-free travel season ticket loan for their journey to and from work.

Contract: The post is offered on a permanent contract, subject to a six month probationary period.

The last day for applications is 10 August 2017; interviews are likely to take place on 16 August by conference call and second interviews on 29 September at our offices in London.

Applications: Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons. The application should include a full CV, a covering letter and the names of at least three referees, including a professional and a personal referee.  References will be requested only for the successful candidate following interview.

Applications should be sent to:

All applications and enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.