Director of International Mission

Do you have a heart for God’s global mission and a head for strategy implementation? Are you good at influencing and leading people through change? If so, then you might be just the right person to take on the key role of director of international mission with Church Mission Society (CMS).

Role: Director of International Mission: permanent, full-time post

Starting salary: £46,920 + generous pension scheme contribution (up to 15 per cent employer contribution on annual salary)

Location: Based at CMS House, Oxford, with some flexibility for home working and normally up to 50 days of international travel per annum. (Currently CMS employees are working from home following government guidance, and will continue to do so until the government advises office working.)

As an equal opportunities employer, we particularly welcome applications from individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Closing date for applications: Midnight 5 January 2021 GMT
Interviews: First round of interviews will be held 19 or 20 January 2021 via Zoom

Like many mission organisations, over the past few decades CMS has gone through a process of decentralisation and localisation, resulting in the establishment of CMS-Africa, and Asia-CMS within their respective regions. In addition, while CMS once worked primarily through placing people from the West in cross-cultural contexts, we’ve broadened our approach to include supporting local mission organisations and their mission personnel, partnership grant-making and network-building.

For the past year CMS has been carrying out an organisational strategic review to address three key issues:

  1. A need for greater focus and clarity of purpose
  2. A need for clarity of identity and role
  3. A need for financial sustainability

This has resulted in the formation of a renewed international mission strategy. As a member of the senior leadership team (SLT), the director of international mission will play a key part in leading this strategic direction to success together with the CEO, the rest of the SLT, international partners and the international mission team. As a servant leader with exceptional cross-cultural communication skills, the successful candidate will set up processes and structures that mobilise people in mission and enable, strengthen and catalyse mission movements, leading them to flourish in the UK and overseas.

The ideal candidate will be educated to a postgraduate qualification in business management or have significant equivalent experience, and will have held a senior role in a mission organisation/charity with responsibility for managing, formulating and implementing international strategy. They will be a prayerful, discerning Christian with some missiological knowledge and insight, which will lead to effective mission partnerships and nurture a healthy mission spirituality within CMS.

Further details can be found in the job description and person specification available to download below.

This post has an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising and committed Christian, committed to the aims, values and the ethos statement of CMS. In addition, they must be able and willing to travel internationally around 50 days per annum. An enhanced criminal records check is also required for this post.

To apply:

Please send your CV and completed application form to:  HR Team, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ or
Please be sure to save a copy of the application form to your device. If you have any issues downloading or opening the form please contact our HR team for assistance. See the application guide for further advice.

CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. Therefore we ask that you complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to

If you have any questions, please contact

For this post, CMS will consider sponsorship of a UK work permit for the right candidate.

Thank you for prayerfully exploring this opportunity.

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