Dean of Portsmouth

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Portsmouth
Stipend
£36210 - £36210

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, set in Old Portsmouth, is the ancient parish church of Portsmouth and was raised to the status of Cathedral in 1927. It serves a city perhaps best known for its long and valued association with the navy yet increasingly associated with its growing university and its heritage tourism. The Cathedral, alongside these and other institutions and bodies, is well placed to have a significant ministry within this city, sometimes described as a “northern city on the south coast” as well as enabling the wider diocese in its discipleship of living, praying and serving.

Situated in the heart of the city, Portsmouth Cathedral is well placed to develop its mission and ministry serving Bishop and diocese, city and community.

The priorities for the next Dean will be to:

  • Develop and sustain productive relationships across the city and diocese to share the good news and promote the common good;
  • Lead the cathedral team (volunteers, worshippers, staff, clergy, chapter) in
    • discerning and agreeing a shared and purposeful narrative for mission;
    • developing their own corporate and operational life to realise the possibilities of this ministry;
  • Build on a long-lasting tradition of innovative liturgy and worship; and
  • Grow and nurture the congregation.

Previous cathedral experience is not required. We will be exploring the leadership gifts and experience of candidates and how they might, under God, rise to the challenges and opportunities of this role.

Candidates are encouraged to read the guidance notes and briefing pack (in Pathways) before submitting their application. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 11 September.

The main responsibilities of the role

  • As Dean and senior priest in the Diocese, to share with the Bishop and other senior colleagues in the oversight of the Church’s mission;
  • As head of the Cathedral Foundation and its principal dignitary after the Bishop, to preside over the Cathedral Chapter, with it to direct the life and work of the cathedral, and to take emergency decisions on behalf of the Chapter when circumstances require;
  • To represent the Church in public life across the diocese, to grow partnerships with faith and secular institutions, and to contribute to their intellectual, social and theological capital;
  • To preside over the College of Canons;
  • To work with the Cathedral Council and other statutory bodies, and in collaboration with the Chapter to ensure sound governance across the cathedral;
  • To exercise leadership in the cathedral’s liturgy, preaching and pastoral care, to develop healthy team working, and to be personally committed to its pattern of daily prayer;
  • To lead the mission and outreach of the cathedral, including the presentation and interpretation of its heritage;
  • With the Chapter, to have oversight of the cathedral’s development and to lead in securing funds for its long-term future;
  • To ensure that the cathedral’s operations are properly managed, including staff, finance, compliance and the care of the fabric;
  • To ensure that the constitution and statutes are faithfully observed; and
  • To exercise responsibility for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, the provision of pastoral care of survivors, and creating a culture in which all will flourish and which is coherent with the safeguarding policies of the Church of England.

Person specification

Spiritual life

  • Spiritually reflective
  • Nourished by daily corporate worship

Theology

  • Theologically intelligent, engaging and challenging

Vision for mission and delivery

  • Committed to outreach into city and diocese and brings a vision for this
  • Understands the principles of church growth and has experience of putting them into action
  • Has an outward looking, Kingdom approach to mission
  • Able to connect with a wide range of people – both community leaders and church colleagues – and to turn relationship into engagement, gospel action and impact

Engagement in community life and public issues

  • Understands the role of a cathedral in relation to the wider community and how this might be enacted
  • Active and visible in parish, deanery, city and community

Formation of others

  • Encourages and nurtures the discipleship and witness of others

Management of resources and structures

  • Strategically imaginative
  • Experience of strategic and financial change management
  • Financially measured and courageous

Leadership of others

  • Able to create a vision for the future, a strategy to realise it,
  • Brings experience of drawing a team together in creating a shared narrative

Working with others

  • Encourages and develops the gifts of others

Safeguarding

  • Understands the particular safeguarding challenges within cathedral ministry
  • Has experience of creating a culture which is safe for children and vulnerable adults

About Portsmouth Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, set in Old Portsmouth, is the ancient parish church of Portsmouth and was raised to the status of Cathedral in 1927. It serves a city perhaps best known for its long and valued association with the navy yet increasingly associated with its growing university and its heritage tourism. The Cathedral, alongside these and other institutions and bodies, is well placed to have a significant ministry within this city, sometimes described as a “northern city on the south coast” as well as enabling the wider diocese in its discipleship of living, praying and serving.