Job Vacancies

Winchester Cathedral is a truly unique and special place to work. We live by our values of Openness, Excellence and Kindness in all that we do. Like all major heritage attractions, there is an awful lot going on behind the scenes. Our community of clergy, staff and volunteers support the Cathedral’s mission, preserve and maintain the fabric of the building, and provide an excellent experience for over 130,000 annual visitors.

We employ around eighty permanent staff and offer seasonal vacancies in the Gift Shop, Christmas Market and Flower Festival.

The Cathedral is supported by around eight hundred volunteers – click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities.

There can’t be many better locations to work. Situated in the heart of historic Winchester, the Cathedral is within easy reach of shops and places to eat, and has its own on-site Refectory. The city itself is beautiful and bustling, with excellent road and rail links.

We offer excellent benefits and actively invest in developing our staff.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

All successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, including Safeguarding training and, where appropriate, either a basic or enhanced DBS check.

You can find out more about our Safeguarding Policy here.


Current vacancies:

Part-time Virger – 25 hours per week

Winchester Cathedral has been at the heart of a vibrant community for nearly 1000 years. Today, the Cathedral welcomes more than 300,000 visitors and pilgrims each year. They come to share in our daily worship and hear our world-class choir, to enjoy the wonderful setting, stunning architecture, priceless treasures and to attend our extensive programme of events.

Winchester Cathedral is called to renew, inspire and unite people in faith, hope and love. We live by our values of Openness, Excellence and Kindness in all that we do. We are an equal opportunities employer.

The Cathedral Statutes provide a framework within which the Virger undertakes his/her duties and highlights the Virger’s membership of the worshipping community of the Cathedral. The Virger’s role includes full participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion; therefore, being a member of a church in communion with the Church of England is an occupational requirement.

The Virger’s duties are various and fall into these main areas:

  • Participating in ceremonial and worship.
  • Being dedicated to excellence and to enabling others to worship.
  • Welcoming.
  • Streaming live services to our Facebook and YouTube channels.
  • Liaising with volunteers, helping them whenever possible.
  • Caring for the good order and security of the Cathedral.
  • Preparing the Cathedral for concert and events.
  • Cleaning.
  • Erecting and dismantling staging.

For more information, please download the Part-time Virger job description.

All applications to be sent to recruitment@winchester-cathedral.org.uk.

Closing date: Sunday 18th July 2021

Part-time: 25 per week, Permanent
Salary: £11,882.00 per year

 

Stage Crew – Various Hours

Winchester Cathedral has been at the heart of a vibrant community for nearly 1000 years. Today, the Cathedral welcomes more than 300,000 visitors and pilgrims each year. They come to share in our daily worship and hear our world-class choir, to enjoy the wonderful setting, stunning architecture, priceless treasures and to attend our extensive programme of events.

The Cathedral holds a special place in our nation’s history and is renowned for the breath taking architecture and beauty which attracts visitors and pilgrims from around the world. Winchester Cathedral is called to renew, inspire and unite people in faith, hope and love. We live by our values of Openness, Excellence and Kindness in all that we do.

We are committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Cathedral activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Cathedral Community. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and follow safer recruitment policies and procedures.

All successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, including satisfactory references and undertaking DBS checks where appropriate and Safeguarding training relevant to the job role.

The Cathedral Stage Crew, working as part of the Virger’s team, play a vital part in ensuring the proper functioning of the Cathedral as a place of worship and in its many other roles and activities.

The Stage Crew duties fall into four main areas:

  • The Erecting and Dismantling of the Choral Staging (usually put up in the evenings and taken down after concerts).
  • Assisting the Virger’s Department in manning concerts and events (for fire and evacuation purposes).
  • Manning green rooms and tidying those areas up after events.
  • Assisting the Virger’s Department in moving furniture for special services and events.

Principle Duties:

  • To help prepare the Cathedral for all events that take place, e.g. concerts, plays and exhibitions, moving furniture and erecting/dismantling staging, and to restore everything to normal afterwards – manual handling training will be given and personal protective equipment issued.
  • To be available in the Cathedral, as required, for evening concerts, conferences and services outside normal working hours.
  • To be available when required to staff ‘Green Rooms’ with a responsibility to maintain security of the auxiliary buildings and peoples’ possessions during events. Ensuring the areas are clean and tidy after use.
  • To be familiar with The Chapter’s Safety Policy and to implement it.
  • To know the positions and operation of all firefighting apparatus and what to do in an emergency.
  • To be familiar with the evacuation procedures laid down by the Chapter.
  • To receive appropriate training in Manual Handling.
  • To ensure that the conditions of work and areas accessible to staff and the public are kept in safe order and condition and report any hazards to the department head.
  • To assist in the maintenance of good public relations particularly with visitors.
  • To treat visitors and voluntary helpers in a friendly, tactful and helpful manner.

C OF E SAFEGUARDING TRAINING REQUIRED: CO

For more information, please download the Stage Crew job description.

All applications to be sent to recruitment@winchester-cathedral.org.uk.

Application deadline: 16/07/2021
Job Types: Casual
Salary: £9.09 per hour

 

Multimedia Designer

Winchester Cathedral is searching for a professional multimedia creative to play a pivotal role within its Marketing and Communications Department. In this role, you will use your creative skills to enhance the Cathedral’s visual identity and engagement across a wide array of media from video and web to posters and corporate documents. You will produce creative work designed to engage and convert, across multiple channels, from creative assets for social media to large scale omnichannel campaigns.

As part of a small, agile Marketing and Communications team, you’ll be working across a wide range of interesting projects for which your experience in design, video and creative will be essential. If you have an interest in the Cathedral and want to be a key part of driving our success, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Salary is £26,000 p.a. for 37.5 hours per week

For more information, please download the Multimedia Designer job description and person specification:

Download job description and person specification (PDF)

To apply please send a covering letter,CV and relevant creative examples of your work to:
recruitment@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 18th July 2021.

 

Curator and Librarian

Winchester Cathedral is seeking an energetic and proactive Curator and Librarian, with a flair for heritage outreach, to conserve and curate our treasures, including those contained in the award-winning Kings and Scribes exhibition, such as the Winchester Bible, Bleau globes, medieval statuary and the bones of Saxon monarchs and bishops. This is a varied role for 4 days per week or equivalent hours, working closely with colleagues in Learning, Marketing & Communications and Visitor Experience, along with enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteer guides and stewards.

The Cathedral Curator and Librarian is encouraged to develop further the inventory, the collaborative relationships with academic institutions, and to actively engage and interpret our collections as part of our creative strategy to increase and diversify our audiences over the coming years. The success of our live streaming and the growth of digital platforms offers engagement far beyond our immediate locality and we anticipate the post-holder will relish the prospect of these new opportunities.

Salary is £29,000 for the 4 day week – £36,250 FTE.

For more information, please download the Curator job description and person specification:

Download job description and person specification (PDF)

All applications to be sent to recruitment@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Closing date: 9.00am on Monday 12th July 2021.

Interviews will take place on Monday 19th July 2021.

 

Consultant Cathedral Archaeologist

Winchester Cathedral is seeking to appoint a consultant Cathedral Archaeologist at an exciting time in our work.

We are looking for a proficient and capable consultant to BAJR L5/6 minimum, with considerable practical knowledge ideally in medieval church archaeology, well-developed and effective communication and presentation skills, and who embraces public engagement. The work encompasses not only the cathedral building but also the wider historic precinct.

The successful applicant will work closely with the consultant Cathedral Architect and the onsite Works team, in addition to the Learning and Visitor Experience staff.

An annual retainer is paid based on 8 days’ work annually for a 5-year contract (with an extra 3 days for handover in the first year), with additional work paid at an agreed day rate.

Download Job Description (PDF)

Download Application Pack (PDF)

Please see the Application Pack for details of how to apply.

Closing date: 9.00am Monday 19 July 2021.
Interviews will take place on: 29th July 2021.

 

Cathedral Architect/Surveyor of the Fabric

Winchester Cathedral wishes to appoint a new Cathedral Architect/Surveyor of the Fabric, to support and guide Chapter in its care for, and development of, the fabric of the cathedral church and its estate over the coming years.  Chapter seeks a suitably-qualified individual who is in sympathy with the aims and objective of the cathedral, and who also understands how the cathedral estate could be utilised to engage communities, to ensure ecological and financial sustainability, with appropriate commercial activity to support.

Please see the Application Pack for more information and details of how to apply.

Closing date for applications: 30th July 2021.
Interviews will take place on: 2nd September 2021.