Cathedrals and Major Churches Officer

Posted 9 days agoExpires in 5 days
Westminster, London
£35,954 - £39,345

The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, chaired by the Bishop of Worcester, celebrates and supports the maintenance and sustainable development of the Church of England’s 42 cathedrals and nearly 16,000 churches for mission and worship. Through advice, strategic guidance, campaigning, fundraising and grant-giving, it provides strategic support to those responsible for cathedral and church buildings at a local level.

The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) is the national statutory body for 41 of the Church of England’s cathedrals, with duties relating to their care, conservation and development, including determining applications for the approval of certain works to their fabric and contents and within their precincts. The Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division is the Secretary of the Commission and is the statutory officer responsible for the discharge of the Commission’s duties. She is supported by the Cathedrals Team, which comprises the Senior Cathedrals Officer, the Cathedrals and Major Churches Officer and the Head of Conservation.

The Church Buildings Council (CBC) is a statutory body responsible for advising Chancellors, dioceses and parishes on faculty applications and on the care, conservation and development of the Church of England’s 16,000 church buildings.

In addition to the key relationships outlined above, the post-holder will work with: the Chair, Vice-Chair and members of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England; other members of staff of the Archbishops’ Council and the National Church Institutions; cathedral Deans and Administrators; Chairs and Secretaries of cathedral Fabric Advisory Committees; Cathedral Architects / Surveyors of the Fabric and Cathedral Archaeologists; relevant staff of Historic England regional teams, the National Amenity Societies and local authority planning and conservation teams; the Association of English Cathedrals, and its Cathedral Projects Support Panel; professional organisations such as the Cathedral Architects Association; and others.

We are seeking a Cathedrals and Major Building Officer to:

  • Principally support the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the CFCE in ensuring the smooth and timely discharge of the CFCE’s statutory and wider functions under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011.
  • Coordinate the production of expert guidance on topics relating to the casework of the CFCE and CBC, to be approved and issued by those bodies.
  • Work with the Major Projects Officer on policy initiatives and casework for the CBC relating to Major Parish Churches.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018.

  • Dealing with such casework for the CFCE as may be delegated by the Deputy Secretary, and with such casework for the CBC (relating to major churches) as may be delegated by the Senior Church Buildings Officer and Major Projects Officer. This may include following up applications to ensure that adequate information is available; arranging and attending visits by members of the statutory bodies to inspect proposals on site and writing reports on such visits for consideration by those bodies; and presenting proposals to meetings of those bodies.
  • Coordinating the production of expert guidance on issues relating to the casework of the CFCE and CBC, to be approved and issued by those bodies.
  • Contributing to the development of policy initiatives relating to cathedrals and major churches.
  • Giving informal advice to Cathedral Administrators, Architects, Archaeologists and others on their duties under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011 and communicating with them regularly on matters of common interest.
  • Primary responsibility for the administration of meetings of the CFCE (approx. 7 times per year), including:
  • preparing agendas;
  • receiving formal notices submitted in respect of applications to cathedral Fabric Advisory Committees or for Listed Building or Scheduled Monument Consent, considering their implications, seeking further information where required, and producing a summary and recommendations for the Commission;
  • coordinating the circulation of papers; and,
  • taking the minutes, preparing promptly a draft for the approval of the Chair and Vice-Chair.

The full list of duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in your job description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.

Please refer to the job description for full main responsibilities.


Skills / Aptitudes:

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including an ability to summarise detailed discussions and complex ideas cogently, and to convey criticism tactfully and constructively.

  • An ability to think clearly about administrative procedures and how to implement them in a straightforward way, without losing sight of the values which the procedures are there to serve.

  • An ability to prioritise and organise one’s workload, working to deadlines and agreed standards even when under pressure.

  • An ability to work on one’s own initiative.

  • Attention to detail.

  • An excellent working knowledge of the use of information technology including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Sympathetic understanding of the purposes of cathedrals and major churches as centres of Christian worship and mission.

  • Knowledge / experience of the use of church buildings and understanding of their architectural and archaeological development.

  • Knowledge / experience of the broad fields of conservation or heritage management, ideally in England, including planning legislation and the operation of the systems.

  • Knowledge / experience of the adaptation of historic buildings for contemporary needs and extended uses in a manner consistent with their historic and architectural significance.

  • Knowledge / experience of working with committees.

Personal Attributes:

  • The ability to be a constructive member of a team, able to communicate, work creatively with colleagues, and manage competing demands.

  • The ability to deal tactfully, respectfully and productively with a wide range of contacts.

  • Flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing requirements.


  • A good degree or post-graduate qualification in a field relevant to the Commission’s activities. Extensive workplace experience may be accepted in lieu of a formal qualification.


  • The normal place of work is Church House, Westminster. In addition, the post-holder will be required to travel regularly (by public transport or by car) to cathedrals and conference venues around the country, which will occasionally necessitate overnight stays – appropriate travel and accommodation expenses will be paid. The post holder should also be willing to work at heights when on site visits.



  • A good degree or post-graduate qualification specifically in the history of art and architecture, archaeology, the conservation of historic buildings, heritage management, or some other directly relevant subject.

Skills / Aptitudes:

  • Familiarity with the use of social media.

  • A working knowledge of the use of content management systems for websites.

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Knowledge / experience of the issues faced by the Church of England in maintaining its historic buildings in changing and often difficult circumstances.

  • Previous experience in an organisation concerned with the conservation of historic buildings and their planned development.

  • Experience of grant-giving and the management of grant funds.

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