Canon Chancellor

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Rochester, Kent

The successful candidate will be one of the two full-time Residentiary Canons of Rochester Cathedral who are funded by the Church Commissioners. The Canon Chancellor is a Crown appointment. Working under the leadership of the Dean, the Canon Chancellor will be a full member of the Cathedral Chapter, taking a role in the strategic, liturgical and community life of the Cathedral.

You will demonstrate exemplary team working skills, a deep commitment to daily worship and have the capacity and willingness to work flexibly. You will be effective at prioritising and delegating, demonstrating strong organisational and interpersonal skills as you will manage a complex workload with competing demands. Creative, energetic, open and collaborative, you will ensure that the Cathedral can be a place where those exploring, or wishing to grow in, the Christian faith can be most effectively supported. As you have a strong work ethic you will welcome the challenges and demands of being part of a comparatively small team in a busy Cathedral, regularly working in areas of the cathedral’s ministry that lie outside the primary responsibilities of your post

Role Responsibilities of the Canon Chancellor:

  • Playing a full part in the life of the diocese and deanery;
  • Full participation in the governance of the Cathedral as a member of Chapter;
  • Attendance at meetings of the College of Canons of the Diocese of Rochester;
  • Membership of, or attendance at, Chapter Committees, including the Cathedral Safeguarding Committee;
  • Working alongside the Dean and Chapter Clerk-Executive Director in the day-to-day management of the Cathedral;

Key Responsibilities:

  • The major areas of responsibility of this post are as follows:
  • To have oversight of the pastoral care of the Cathedral congregations, pilgrims and visitors;
  • To develop the spiritual and numerical growth of the cathedral congregations;
  • To be the designated lead for safeguarding;
  • To oversee and creatively develop the Cathedral’s ministry to children and young people, and their families;
  • To share as an ordained colleague in the pastoral, liturgical and missional ministry of the Cathedral.

The person appointed:

  • Will champion the work of the visitor experience team to ensure that a Benedictine welcome is extended to all visitors;
  • Attend the Cathedral Community Forum and act as a link between Chapter and the cathedral congregations.
  • Attend meetings of the Friends of Rochester Cathedral and act as a link between Chapter and the Friends.
  • Have oversight of volunteering to support the Volunteer Manager and volunteers in the valuable work they do in the Cathedral;
  • Be the first port of call for enquiries about all pastoral offices.


  • Are a priest of the Church of England, of a member church of the Anglican Communion, or of a church in full communion with the Church of England, who have been in holy orders for at least six years
  • Hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification with supporting evidence of continuing ministerial development
  • Are committed to upholding the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy
  • Are a leader of people, with the ability to influence, inspire and engage; confident and secure in the additional perspectives you will bring to any discussion; willing to be held accountable and to hold others to account.
  • Are a supportive colleague, able and willing to listen and assist others in achieving team goals.
  • Are an experienced pastor with a track- record of growing regular worshippers in faith and in numbers.
  • Have a robust grasp of safeguarding issues and procedures, willing to continue to be trained and able to exercise confidentiality appropriately.


  • Have experience of working on, or with, a Board of Trustees or Governing Body.

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Our History

The Cathedral was founded in 604 and is the second oldest Cathedral in England. Much of the current building is Norman and the earliest parts were built by Bishop Gundulf (who was also responsible for the construction of Rochester Castle and the White Tower of London) in the late 11th century. After a serious fire in 1137, it was rebuilt in the Romanesque style and it is this part (from 1140-60) that is the Nave today. Further building began in the 1180’s, when the Eastern end was remodelled in the Gothic style. In the 1340’s Bishop Hamo de Hythe added a central tower and spire and redecorated the Quire. He also added the Library doorway, with its superb carved surround. From this date, no further major building was added but there was substantial underpinning to the South Quire transept between 1825-1840, by Lewis Cottingham, which stabilised the building.