Sheppard Scholar

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St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
Fixed Term Full Time
£22,000 plus workplace pension

This is an interesting, wide ranging and supporting role requiring a broad range of skills. You will be working closely with clergy, congregation, office admin, verging team, events, catering, concerts, retail teams, contractors and HeartEdge partners. Therefore, excellent communication and relationship building skills are a key part of this role, as well as an ability to be pastorally sensitive in all communications.

It offers not only breadth of experience but also a range of responsibilities from participation and involvement to roles of leadership. The aim is to be able to give a wide experience of ministry at the heart of the life of this church and at the same time to draw on the Pastoral Assistant’s own gifts and faith at a time of growth in the life of St Martin’s and HeartEdge.


Responsible with Associate Vicar HeartEdge and HeartEdge Development Coordinator for:

  • Set up and maintenance of website and databases for members/wider mailing list
  • Applying GDPR in relation to HeartEdge data
  • Set up of rooms and organisation of catering for HeartEdge events held at St Martin’s
  • Mailing out of HeartEdge publicity
  • Managing registrations for HeartEdge events
  • Preparation of handouts for HeartEdge events
  • Minute taking for HeartEdge Steering and Project Group meetings
  • Organisation of HeartEdge recordkeeping systems
  • Recording of HeartEdge expenditure and income
  • Sending of renewals letters to existing HeartEdge partners
  • Liaison with HeartEdge partners regarding membership administration i.e. donations, snapshot forms
  • Updating HeartEdge social media and/or website

Sheppard Scholars:

Responsible with Assistant Vicar Partnership Development and Vicar to:

  • Liaise with Sheppard Scholars and HeartEdge hubs
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the education and reflection programme for the Sheppard Scholars
  • Lead Sheppard Scholars listening group on Wednesdays
  • Recruit Sheppard Scholars for following year


Assist in delivering and supporting Education and other similar events:

  • Become a member of the Education Committee and support with the preparation
  • Set up and running of the Autumn and Lent Education Programmes and Away Days or Weekends
  • Organise wider dissemination/publicity of Autumn Lecture Series through filming, collation and/or typing up of lectures

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly efficient, proactive person to join us who is:

  • Passionate about creating a welcome and open place
  • Creative in finding solutions
  • Hardworking and who can take the initiative to get things done
  • Self-starting, excellent at organisation and calm under pressure
  • Friendly and able to work in a large and varied team
  • Approachable, welcoming and supportive
  • Committed to building diverse and inclusive Christian community
  • Inspired to spend eighteen months helping others, learning from others and empowering others


  • Be confident it dealing with a wide range of people
  • Produce accurate and timely work
  • Be able to lead small groups
  • Be able to think ahead and plan
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Have a good working knowledge of church


  • Have experience in organising many aspects of church life
  • Have experience of delivery talks and training

Additionally you will need to:

  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Have a professional attitude
  • Have a DBS done by us before you can begin working fully

Who we are

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique configuration of cultural, charitable and commercial initiatives rooted in the life of a vibrant Church of England congregation. Our vision is At the heart. On the edge. This declares that we see ourselves at the heart of London, through our location on Trafalgar Square, and of the nation, through our 500-year links with the royal family, and also of the church, through our national profile gained through nearly a century of broadcasting and our flagship role in social issues – but also appealing to the heart through our long tradition of choral and classical music and our reputation for compassion gained through a century of engagement with poverty and destitution. It also names our calling to be on the edge, not just of Trafalgar Square but alongside those on the edge through being excluded, ignored or oppressed by society or church, and on the cutting edge of innovation in culture, commerce, charity and congregational life.