Diocesan Surveyor – Education

Posted 18 days agoExpires in 8 days
Salary is Competitive - Dependent on Experience

Are you wanting to make a positive difference? We are seeking a motivated and experienced professional to make a significant and lasting contribution to the repair and improvement of the Church of England school buildings in Devon, with the works funded principally from a significant annual government capital allocation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the professional Property Services Team as a Diocesan Surveyor for Education. As part of the team you will develop and maintain strong relationships with key personnel in church schools and academies and undertake a range of surveying, property management and architectural fee-earning services throughout Devon.

Strong technical knowledge and the ability to interact effectively with team members, school leaders and other consultants are essential skills to succeed in this challenging and rewarding role. You will be expected to further enhance the strong reputation of the Property Services Team through your design, specification and management of successful of building contracts across the portfolio of church schools and academies.

There is a competitive salary and benefits package on offer to the successful candidate.

The role, within the Property Services Team, works collaboratively with the Diocesan Board of Education to provide a surveying, property management and architectural service to primarily the VA church schools and church academies. Some degree of flexible working may be required on other properties in the diocese portfolio, which includes clergy housing and glebe land.

In conjunction with the Property Services Team:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with VA Church Schools and Church Academies.
  • Offer and undertake a range of surveying, architectural and project management fee-earning services to schools and Academies to deliver a wide range of projects each year from small repair schemes to major refurbishment and extension schemes.
  • Produce detailed inspection reports, feasibility and development plans.
  • Build up and communicate a thorough knowledge of all legislation, guidelines and grant funding affecting church schools.
  • Support and provide advice to governors, head teachers, and school building committees on property matters.

The role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Design, specification and contract administration
  • Building regulatory compliance and technical building and health and safety knowledge
  • Building project delivery including time, quality and financial control

Due to the nature of the work, the Surveyor will be expected to be available for much of the school summer holiday period, when the majority of building contracts take place.

The role covers all work in the Diocese of Exeter and a considerable amount of travel is necessary. Occasional out of hours working is required for which time off in lieu may be claimed.

The Surveyor will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

The main duties and responsibilities for the role of Diocesan Surveyor - Education will include:

  • Recognise and take into consideration the pastoral significance of the work of the role.
  • Recognise and value the role church school buildings bring to the delivery of good quality Christian education.
  • Undertake fee earning work to support the income generation of the Property Services Team.
  • Undertake detailed building inspections, prepare designs and specifications, obtain tenders and administer contracts to successful conclusion at church academies and VA schools.
  • Keep under review all relevant legislative developments which impact on diocesan properties and make recommendations to ensure compliance with such regulations.
  • Ensure CDM Regulations and all other Health and Safety Regulations and DfE requirements are complied with on projects.
  • Oversee the terms and conditions of engagement of professional consultants on projects and closely monitor consultants’ performance.
  • Liaise with Planning Authorities, Building Control, external consultants, agents, etc. regarding school property matters as individual projects require.
  • Monitor and control project costs against contracts and funding availability.
  • Represent the Diocese when necessary at meetings with Head Teachers, Governors, and academy trusts and at relevant regional and national events.
  • Maintenance of filing system and ensure information management systems and policies are adhered to, including Social Media, GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Ensure all Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Other such duties as may from time to time be required.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they hold the following specifications:

  • Relevant architectural or surveying qualification.
  • Relevant Degree, diploma or other post-school qualifications.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Proven professional and organisational skills.
  • Significant experience and demonstrable ability to design, specify and manage building projects from inception to completion.
  • Good understanding of school building design and construction.
  • (As a minimum) a good knowledge of current versions of AutoCAD and Revit.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Good understanding of the different procurement contracts.
  • Good understanding of Health and Safety Regulations
  • Understanding of the Church of England and the wider organisation of the Diocese.
  • An understanding of the church education system within the maintained system.
  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • A full driving licence and use of a car for work related travel across Devon.
  • Willing to work most of the school summer holidays and, on occasion, to work evenings to attend meetings.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 60 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact us by email recruitment@exeter.anglican.org by phone: 01392 294959 or by post:
The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Closing date for applications: 8 November 2020

Shortlisted candidates notified: 12 November 2020

Interview Date: 23 November 2020

If you would like to find out more about the Diocese of Exeter please visit our website: http://exeter.anglican.org/