The Diocese of Leeds is looking for a suitably qualified Property Manager to work within the Diocesan Property Department. Your duties will be to take lead responsibility in managing the residential, agricultural and investment property portfolios. Specifically, to be responsible for housing property inspections, repairs, maintenance and improvements across all diocesan areas.
Closing date: 30th January 2020
If you require any further details or for an informal discussion regarding the post please do not hesitate to contact John Knox – Head of Change & Property at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 3530 213
The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 462 parishes and 656 church buildings.
During 2018, the Diocese launched its Strategy Framework, which brings to life the Diocesan Vision of ‘Confident Christians, Growing Churches, and Transforming Communities’.
The strategy includes stretching objectives to ensure that by 2022 we have a balanced budget. In order to achieve this we need to ensure parishes recognise and understand the importance of Parish Share, and have the required support to maintain or increase their contributions as requested. Our target is to increase the total amount of Parish Share received by £2m by 2022 (compared to 2017).
The Diocese of Leeds covers an area of 2,425 square miles. There are 471 parishes organised into five archdeaconries with around 480 houses and areas of land that the Property Team manager.
Specifically the team’s core responsibilities are based on the following objectives:
To ensure that property is used and managed effectively as a support to the mission and ministry of the Church;
To provide houses which are of a satisfactory standard, and which are maintained and, where necessary, improved in a manner that is timely and consistent with good value for money;
To recognise the impact on diocesan clergy, their families and other occupants of timely maintenance and repair as part of the pastoral care offered by the Diocese.
To undertake and act upon all Periodic Surveys and Vacancy Inspections of clergy housing in accordance with the Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972.
Prepare and circulate relevant reports relating to inspections and works and prepare schedule of costs and works involved.
Arrange and authorise the alteration, improvement and repair of all clergy housing within the diocesan budget as necessary.
Meet new incumbents and other clergy at date of appointment to discuss housing requirements.
Working with the Head of Change and Property, prepare capital and revenue budgets and ensure the systems of control are properly maintained and reviewed.
Ensure efficient monitoring of all tender processes.
To arrange and monitor property lettings and rentals.
To manage the disposal of surplus property and purchase of replacement property.
Liaise with external contractors and other bodies to work in partnership with the Property Department.
Check completed works against invoice prior to authorising payments.
Supervise daily works of contractors and special assignments where necessary.
Be responsible for the repair and maintenance of the diocesan office (and any third party tenancy of the building) and episcopal offices and ensure Health and Safety regulations are adhered to.
To deal with the day to day repairs, maintenance and service contracts arising from the occupation of clergy housing.
To support with the maintenance of closed Church Buildings where required.
To be responsible for insurance matters relating to valuations and claims and the preparation of claims forms.
To assist with the preparation of the agenda, reports, minutes and papers for the diocesan property advisory groups, Boards and committees and attend such meetings as are required.
To provide cover and support for other staff within the Property Department as and when required. For full details please click here
The Property Manager should be able to provide evidence of the following:
Skills, knowledge and aptitudes
excellent communication skills
accurate report writing;
organising their time and working to deadlines;
preparing capital and revenue budgets;
preparing of schedules of work and specifications, tendering of building works and site inspections;
a high level of attention to detail and an enquiring mind;
the ability to work on their own initiative
Excellent IT literacy, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
The ability to produce neat and accurate plans and drawings by hand and computer; (desirable)
Qualifications, Training and experience:
be a qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (desirable)
Educated to degree level or equivalent with significant experience in a related field
have extensive experience of:
property management of housing and land
disposal of redundant property and purchase of replacement property
arranging and monitoring of property lettings and rentals (desirable)
monitoring of tender processes
implementation and application of relevant health and safety, planning and building regulation legislation
defect analysis - identifying & analysing building pathology
have experience of working as a member of a team
be experienced at delivering presentations to groups, committees and Boards, using various media (desirable)
be able to demonstrate a willingness to attend appropriate training and development
use of property management software
be a person of integrity;
have a tenacious approach to delivery, quality of output and organisation;
be sympathetic to the needs of others;
have good interpersonal skills;
have an understanding of confidentiality issues and the use of discretion.
Disposition and Attitude
Empathy for the faith and mission of the Church of England
be able to travel across the whole Diocese and beyond