Assistant Director of Whalley Abbey

Posted 12 days agoExpires in 1 month
Whalley, Lancashire

Main function of the post

The Assistant Director will assist the Director in developing Whalley Abbey to be a financially sustainable Centre for Christian Discipleship and Prayer, helping the diocese to fulfil its strategic vision and providing a place of retreat and spiritual encounter for individuals and churches across the North West. The postholder will manage the day to day operations of the Abbey and will be in charge during the absence of the Director.

The role holder will also participate in the prayer life of the community and oversee the community at specific times

Organising all shift patterns and rotas for paid staff, community and volunteers, and communicating well to ensure day to day plans and requirements are known and understood

Working 3 out of 4 weekends in the month.

Developing a bank of casual staff and volunteers to draw on as needed

Being ready to step in and help in any department as needed to cover sickness or absence and ensure guests continue to receive excellent service

Training and developing staff, community and volunteers

Making sure that all relevant policies are current, understood and followed by all staff, including Fire, Hygiene, Health and Safety, and Safeguarding

Resolving complaints from guests to ensure an excellent level of guest experience

Assist in the recruitment and day to day management of the team of volunteers

Assist the Director in budget management and financial procedures.

Work with the Director to ensure processes and routines are continually improved and efficient

Ensuring that the team and day to day operations are working towards the financial budget.

Assisting the Director in the implementation of the strategic plan

Working with the Director to oversee buildings maintenance and repairs

Ensure that health and safety and security of the Abbey

A deep and growing faith in Jesus Christ with a mature spirituality

A practising Christian with a demonstrable faith

Experience of working in a team, preferably in a supervisory role

To have an understanding of the expectations and needs of a Christian Retreat Centre

Ability to implement and maintain Health & Safety standards

Ability to make sound judgements and apply them calmly and sensitively

Ability to work as a team member and team leader

To be efficient with administration

To be IT competent with experience of using MS Office.

To have excellent organisational and time management skills.

Ability to achieve deadlines and prioritise a busy schedule.

Ability to use initiative and work in a proactive manner

To possess excellent welcoming and hospitality skills and be able to support colleagues to achieve good hospitality.

Approachable and with a good sense of humour

A person of integrity

A good listener

A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels both inside and outside the Church;

An ability to work under pressure

For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Director of Whalley Abbey, Adam Thomas at

Closing date Sunday 9 January 2022

All interviews to take place at Whalley Abbey

Diversity - The Board of Finance believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

Blackburn diocese is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment

There is an occupation requirement for the post-holder to be a practising Christian, in accordance with Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.