Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Racial Justice Officer

Location: Home based (with the requirement to attend the Diocesan Office on a regular basis), Office Based or Hybrid Working,

The Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford is seeking to recruit a Racial Justice Officer.  This is an important new role following recommendations from our Racial Justice Task and Finish Group. The Racial Justice Officer will play a leading role in shaping the Diocese’s approach to ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equity.  You will need to build effective working relationships with multiple stakeholders, including the Racial Justice Advisory Panel, Senior Clergy and Diocesan Staff to ensure the most appropriate policies are developed and implemented for combating racism within the Diocese.The Racial Justice Officer will have primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about racism within the Diocese, including the handling of cases.


The Person

The ideal candidate willl: -

  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Have experience of enabling organisational change and embedding these changes firmly in an organisation, either on a small or large scale

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills – with ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.

  • Have demonstrated experience of communicating and promoting racial equality and inclusion in the workplace.


The Diocese of Chelmsford

The Diocese of Chelmsford is the Church of England across Essex and East London. The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) is the company, and registered charity, that manages the financial affairs of the diocese as well as managing a property, education and safeguarding portfolio. We have nearly 600 churches, which are served by around 500 clergy, compromising of 350 stipendiary clergy and 150 self-supporting clergy. There are around 90 staff in the CDBF (including our Retreat House, area offices and employed clergy);

Chelmsford Diocese seeks be a leading example in the way it conducts itself in the systematic treatment of all people.  This is part of the diocesan response to world-wide events and acknowledging the challenges our sisters and brothers of UK Minority Ethnic / Global Majority Heritage (UKME/GMH) backgrounds have faced historically and still face currently on a daily basis.  As we seek to become a Transforming Presence in every community it is our hope and prayer that this newly developed role takes an instrumental place in bringing about cultural, structural and strategic shifts to combat racism in the Diocese of Chelmsford and our communities at large.


Terms and conditions of employment

£30,000 to £35,000 per annum pro rata, subject to experience and qualifications

£15,000 to £17,500 actual part time salary

Part time - 17.5 hours per week  

Home based (with the requirement to attend the Diocesan Office on a regular basis), Office Based or Hybrid Working, 

Non-contributory company pension scheme and in-service life cover

25 days holiday, rising to 29 after 5 years’ service


How to apply and further information

Further information about the role and requirements can be found in the job description and person specification here.

If you need any further information or would like an informal conversation about the role, in the first instance, please contact Angela Coote, HR Administrator on 01245 294409 or via email at

To apply, please complete the application form, evidencing how you meet the criteria, along with a confidential declaration form and return these to

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 25 May

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 15 June



Closing Date: 4pm, Wednesday 25 May 2022

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