Canon Precentor

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The Bishop of Leeds, in consultation with the Dean and Chapter, wishes to appoint an imaginative and creative priest to this senior role.

As Canon Precentor the successful candidate will have lead responsibility for organising and developing cathedral worship and managing the music department.

The closing date for applications is 11:59 midnight on Friday 01 October 2021.

Shortlisting will take place on Sunday 10 October 2021 and interviews will take place in Wakefield on Wednesday 03 November 2021.

The successful candidate will be one of the two full-time Residentiary Canons of Wakefield Cathedral who are funded by the Church Commissioners. The other full-time Residentiary Canon is the Canon Missioner, Peter Farley- Moore, who joined us in March this year. The current clergy team also includes a Diocesan Canon, Derek Walmsley, who is the Diocesan Director of Vocations, and an Assistant Curate, Father Tim Carroll, who is in the second year of his curacy.

Working under the leadership of the Dean, the Canon Precentor will be a full member of the Cathedral Chapter with Trustee responsibility. In addition to being able to fulfil the general and specific role responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate exemplary team working skills, a deep commitment to daily worship and have the capacity and willingness to work flexibly. S/he will be able to demonstrate strong organisational and interpersonal skills and well-developed personal management skills; s/he will be creative, energetic, open and collaborative, helping to ensure that the Cathedral can be a place where those exploring, or wishing to grow in, the Christian faith can be most effectively supported. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong work ethic that welcomes the challenges and demands of a busy Cathedral. As the team at Wakefield Cathedral is comparatively small, s/he will also expect to have to work in areas of the cathedral’s ministry that lie outside the primary responsibilities of the post.

This post-holder will be directly responsible to the Dean. In addition, s/he will be answerable to the governance structures of the Cathedral through the Chapter, the Council and the College of Canons.

For full list of responsibilities please see attached information pack.

Please see attached information pack.

God has been worshipped at the heart of Wakefield for over a thousand years, though the present building dates from the middle of the twelfth century. When the Diocese of Wakefield was created in 1888 the Parish Church of All Saints became the Cathedral Church for the new diocese and Wakefield was elevated to city status (it is the oldest city in West Yorkshire). Following the establishment of the West Riding County Council in 1889 Wakefield became the county town. Wakefield benefits from some distinguished civic architecture as a result.
In common with other post-industrial towns and cities, Wakefield has faced considerable economic and social challenges in recent decades. Alongside these challenges new opportunities have arisen. The city and district are home to two cultural institutions of international significance - the West Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Gallery - and there is a thriving local arts scene. Wakefield College offers an impressive range of courses at all levels up to and including Foundation Degrees, and a new Creative and Performing Arts College is due to open at some point in the next year. The local Business Improvement District (BID) has been active in supporting retail and commercial enterprises in the city and there is an active Civic Society which has done a huge amount to raise awareness of, and pride in, local heritage. The cathedral has developed excellent relationships with all these institutions and organisations and we are well respected for our commitment to developing the common good in partnership with all sectors of society. This commitment is beginning to bear particular fruit in our active involvement with plans for the regeneration of Wakefield City Centre which benefitted earlier this year from a grant of nearly £25 million from the government’s Towns Fund.