Director of Education & Visitors
To lead and manage the Education and Visitors Department in order to grow the Cathedral’s mission to care for all educational groups and visitors, with particular emphasis on teaching, training and spiritual development.
We are a cathedral for the whole community in this part of West Yorkshire. Welcoming schools, other faiths, civic visitors, historians, tourists, those who attend special services and events, worshipers, the vulnerable, occasional visitors… the list grows and grows. This is, in many ways, an outward facing post that is concerned to offer the best that we can to those who come to us.
Education and Visitors is at a critical and exciting time as we look to develop the work with new posts. We are moving from one person to a department in order to do something new.
You will need to have loads of energy, initiative and a passion for the Cathedral. With personal values that are aligned to those of the Cathedral, you will take responsibility for the development of this work, the management of people and the necessary outreach to the community.
You will be able to demonstrate your:
- Educational leadership and development in a Christian context
- Successful track record of delivering educational and visitor programmes
- Ability to develop the visitor experience to various audiences including all faiths and none
- Skills in leading a team of staff and volunteers
- Ensure the effective implementation of the Cathedral’s strategic goals and successfully deliver departmental outcomes through effective performance management.
- Lead on the delivery of the Cathedral Strategy as it pertains to the Education and Visitors Department.
- Work with the Director of Finance to develop the departmental budget and work within the agreed budget.
- Manage the education and visitor element of the World War One memorial bells HLF funded project, and other educational projects as they develop in the future.
- Manage and be actively involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of all formal and informal learning activities within the Cathedral.
- Deliver a sustainable formal learning offer for schools, Further Education and Higher Education providers which meets their needs, including special events and projects.
- Deliver opportunities for informal learning for adult learners, families and young people.
- Keep up to date with curriculum developments, government requirements, standards and latest developments in learning.
- Provide appropriate tours for booked groups of visitors.
- Interpret the Cathedral in diverse ways which are relevant to a wide range of visitors.
- Train volunteer welcomers and guides to ensure that they are supported in meeting visitor needs.
- Create or suggest events and exhibitions, in collaboration with others, to attract visitors.
- Provide written guides, information and translations to inform and support visitors.
- Provide publicity articles and deliver presentations to community groups about the cathedral.
- Connect and work with local partner organisations eg Visit Bradford.
The Ideal Candidate
- Educated to a degree standard or equivalent
- Qualified teacher status
- Evidence of Leadership / Management training
- First Aid qualifications
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Good IT skills i.e. word, publisher and excel
- A wholehearted commitment to the success of the Cathedral
- Flexible and adaptable approach to working hours and outputs
- Self- organisation and the ability to balance own workload
- Honesty, integrity and strong values. The appointee needs to be able to work comfortably in a faith base organisation and be sympathetic to and supportive of Christian values
The Cathedral Church of St Peter was created in 1919 from the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in the Calverley Deanery. In 2014 it became one of three cathedrals in the newest diocese in the Church of England:Leeds. Wakefield and Ripon being the other two. The Dean is Vicar of Bradford and the Cathedral is an important focus of Christian witness in the centre of the City.
This is an inner city Cathedral in one of the poorest cities in the UK. The population of this parish is 2,256 and it ranks 480 out of 12,599, where 1 is the most deprived parish. This means that the parish is among the most deprived in the country.