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Guardian Jobs 2023 – Chapter Steward

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York Minster

York Minster

Chapter Steward/Chief Operating Officer

Up to £85,000


York Minster is a thriving visitor attraction, a heritage building of national significance, a central focus of the Church of England in the north but, above all, we are a living community of faithful Christians who continue a deeply rooted tradition of over 900 years of the worshipping life of the cathedral. It is both a place and a people: a repository of some of the finest mediaeval glass, stone and architecture; and a pilgrim people learning to seek and serve Jesus Christ in the world.

Everything we do here – from welcoming 700,000 visitors annually, breaking new ground in visitor engagement, to offering music of the highest quality – serves the purpose of the Minster’s life, which is to invite everyone to discover God’s love as it has been revealed in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

We are at an exciting moment of change. Dominic Barrington joins us imminently as the new Dean of the cathedral and, with the development of our new neighbourhood plan, the next few years offer significant opportunity to sustain and enhance the cultural significance and environmental value of our Precinct to enable the Minster to flourish for generations to come. It is to within this context that we are seeking to appoint our new Chapter Steward/Chief Operating Officer.

As our Chapter Steward and Chief Operating Officer, you will lead the efficient day-to-day operations of the hugely diverse life of the cathedral. The multi-disciplinary team – from visitor engagement to stone-masonry – will be your responsibility, ensuring that all our staff are supported, developed and understand the part they play in contributing to our wider vision. You will work in partnership with Dean Dominic and Chapter (our governing body) to shape our future strategy, ensuring that our resources are effectively stewarded to deliver on our aims. You will be responsible for our income generation activities, key to which are ensuring that visitors enjoy the best experience across the entire Precinct and that new opportunities are identified and established that diversify our offering beyond just our current visitors and physical space. The Minster also plays a key role in the life of the city of York and amongst cathedrals nationally and, as Chapter Steward, you will build and maintain effective relationships with our diverse array of external partners, including in your role as a trustee for the Cathedral Workshops’ Fellowship.

You will be an experienced senior leader able to demonstrate a significant track record of leading a complex and diverse operation, with the ability to inspire, support and develop a multi-disciplinary team working through period of significant change. You will be comfortable working within complex governance, able to engage with and influence Board level stakeholders, and adept at effectively managing comparable budgets and resources with a commercial mindset. We are genuinely open minded as to your background and we are seeking a broad set of leadership skills for this unique role. Whether your background is in the public or private sector, you will be a proven leader, with previous Board experience, humility, acute emotional intelligence and judgement, together with outstanding communication and relationship building skills. Above all, and whilst not necessarily a Christian, you must be able to demonstrate an empathy with the values, ministry and mission of the Minster and have a passion for engaging with the role we play for our congregation, wider community and our external partners.

This is a unique opportunity to play a part in contributing to the rich history of York Minster. For more information and to apply, please click on Apply.

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 24th October 2023

Safeguarding is an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. York Minster is committed to the ‘whole church’ approach to safeguarding adopted by the Church of England which aims to ensure a consistent approach as we work to create a safer culture. Everyone involved in church activities across the Minster and who may come into contact with children, young people and adults has a role to play as we take steps to maintain a safer environment for all.

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