Head Verger

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St Albans

Prayer and worship are at the heart of the Cathedral’s life and the successful candidate will have a leading role in ensuring everything we do is carried out to standards of excellence and reverence.

The Head Virger will play a key role in supporting the planning, organisation, and delivery of the practical arrangements for Cathedral life, through its worship and services and as a place offering holy hospitality to its numerous visitors and across a range of organised events.

The job is full of variety, scope, and although busy will be very fulfilling for the right person. The Cathedral community values the role virgers play and will make the new post holder welcome.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cathedral team as we look to the future post Covid and having recently completed our National Lottery Heritage funded project, Alban, Britain’s First Saint, which reveals the importance and story of Alban. We are now able to offer our visitors, pilgrims and those attending services a greatly enhanced experience through improved facilities and interpretation, including a new welcome centre, new learning facilities and a busy events programme to appeal to new and existing audiences, all of which are now back to pre-pandemic activity levels.

The Head Virger leads a team of virgers who support the daily life of the Cathedral. You will take the lead in supporting the effective and efficient operation of all planned worship and events within the Cathedral.

The Head Virger actively supports all of the Cathedral’s front of house teams and volunteers in delivering an exceptional welcome to all that come to the Cathedral, whether that be a visitor, someone attending a service, a pilgrim group, a school trip or a major venue hiree. We strive for each and every one of them to have a positive and inspiring experience.

The virger team is currently made up of a Head Virger, 3 full time Virgers, 2 part time Virgers and 2 Evening Porters. The successful applicant will be able to develop the newer members of the team who have recently joined in order to establish and shape the team overall. The team also includes a number of casual staff and works with various volunteers. The Head Virger will need to be a skilled manager who can lead and motivate a diverse team to the highest standard.

This is a wide ranging and rewarding role which requires initiative and the ability to think strategically, at fast pace, and flexibly. The post holder will be expected to recognize this and respond to what is a dynamic role, leading by example.

The Head Virger’s line manager is the Director of Property and Fabric, but the nature of the role means you will also work under the supervision of the Precentor for worship and liturgical matters. You will also need to be able to collaborate and communicate effectively with other departments and teams to facilitate the smooth running of the Cathedral’s many activities.

If you would like an informal conversation about the post prior to applying please contact the HR and Business Manager, Michelle Ovenden E: michelle.ovenden@stalbanscathedral.org

To download a full job pack and application form please visit: https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/head-virger

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 17 October 2022 to Business and HR Manager, Michelle Ovenden E: michelle.ovenden@stalbanscathedral.org

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2022.