Buildings’ Manager and Verger
1. Description of the Position
St. Marylebone Parish Church is recruiting for the post of Building Manager & Verger in succession to Elena Mocanu who is leaving the role after 6 years. This is a key role in the life of the parish church working in a senior position as a member of large team of ordained and lay staff.
Working closely with the Operations’ Director, Rector and with a wide range of individuals and institutions, both within and outside of the parish church, you will responsible for the day-to-day to safety and physical operation of the building and its environs.
2. St Marylebone Parish Church
St Marylebone Parish Church is a place of active and engaged Christian witness, set at the heart of central London. It is a hospitable venue for educational and cultural events of national and international significance. In all these things, the parish church aims to achieve the highest standards of welcome, service and delivery. The parish church hosts high profile services throughout the year as well as many conferences and meetings, including room hire. A large number of high-profile individuals are welcomed regularly to the parish church to a variety of events and services. A team of more than 20 ordained and lay staff work for St Marylebone Parish Church.
With a history stretching back more than 900 years, the parish church seeks to offer God worship that has long been renowned for its musical and liturgical excellence. For nearly 40 years, St Marylebone Parish Church has pioneered the work of Christian healing and, as well as being home to the internationally respected Healing and Counselling Centre (HCC) which offers low-cost psychotherapy and spiritual direction, the Crypt at St Marylebone also houses an innovative NHS doctors’ surgery with a 10,000+ strong patient list. The parish church’s healing work is enhanced by its close links with some of medicine’s Royal Colleges and through chaplaincy at The London Clinic, King Edward VII’s Hospital and elsewhere.
There is a flourishing Young Church at St Marylebone, which complements the work of its two schools: The St Marylebone Church of England School, an Outstanding Academy, National Teaching School and Maths Hub, and The St Marylebone Church of England Bridge School, a Free Special School which works with secondary school age students who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Alongside these two schools, the parish church has strong ties to the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Westminster and Regent’s University.
St Marylebone Parish Church has embarked on a £10 million transformative project, the St Marylebone Changing Lives project, funded partly by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project involves the delivery of a heritage programme working with local communities, businesses and stakeholders. It will tell the story of St Marylebone and the larger Marylebone community through the visual arts, multi-media forms and heritage crafts. Key partners include the University of Westminster, The Fourth Feathers Youth & Community Project, Westminster Archives and the Building Crafts College. Replacing the failed Georgian roof, carrying out extensive conservation repairs and telling the Marylebone story are all be part of the Changing Lives project.
3. Role and Responsibilities
- You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the parish church’s building, its plant, equipment, furnishings and environs.
- You will be line-managed by the Operations’ Director on behalf of the Rector with input from the Crownwarden (the senior Churchwarden). You will manage the Assistant Building Manager, the Building Assistant (Cleaner) and any occasional staff.
4. Person Specification
The successful candidate will:
- Ideally have some experience of working in and caring for an historic listed building
- Be comfortable working in a Major Parish Church or Cathedral environment including undertaking liturgical tasks including leading processions and assisting in the delivery of worship as necessary
- Be an excellent team player and be used to working within and leading a team
- Have a good health record and be able to undertake manual tasks within Health and Safety guidelines
- Have an excellent command of spoken and written English
- Be accustomed to dealing with the public, from all walks of life, in a friendly and welcoming way
- Be able to juggle priorities easily and be able to cope with complex demands on their time
- Have a good technical and practical grasp of the building’s electrical and mechanical services and be able to undertake minor DIY-type repairs
- Be IT literate and be able to use Microsoft 365 with confidence
- Be in sympathy with the Christian ethos of the parish church
- Be able to manage the duties of a part-time Assistant Building Manager (currently four days a week) and a part-time Building Assistant (Cleaner).
- Be familiar with Safeguarding, Fire, First Aid, Health & Safety legislation and requirements, etc. Full-training in these areas will be provided as necessary.
- The post may be subject to DBS enhanced disclosure checks
- Demonstrate good technical knowledge of a building’s systems and operations
- Be able to prioritize and cope with sometimes conflicting demands
- Be an outgoing, highly collaborative self-starter
- Be discreet and able to hold confidential and sensitive information
- Be able to deal with visitors who might be in profound emotional distress, living with mental illness or neurodiversity and know when to refer visitors to an appropriate member of the pastoral team or call the police
- Undertake any additional delegated tasks and responsibilities from the Rector, the Operations’ Director and the Treasurer where appropriate
5. Remuneration Package
This is a permanent contract subject to the successful completion of a six-month probationary period and the contract is not continuous with any other contract. The place of work is St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT and/or working remotely as per government advice related to Covid-19 or other similar local or national restrictions.
- The role offers a salary in the range of £28k – £32k per annum and is dependent upon the experience and proven skills of the successful candidate
- Holiday is 25 days per annum plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays. No more than five holiday days may be carried forward into the following calendar year.The holiday entitlement period is from 1 January to 31 December
- Participation in the Church of England Church Builder Pension Fund – PB 2014.The fund is both a defined benefit and defined contribution fund where the defined contribution is 8% of gross salary
- You will work 40 hours over a five-day week, including a 1 hour break each day.You may be required to work outside these hours including weekends and evenings and on major Christian festivals
- Time off for working outside your usual hours will be given in lieu.There will be some restrictions on when you are able to take holiday leave over the major Christian festivals
6. Outline Job Description
- To care for the building, its equipment, services (M&E) and curtilage
- To act as an on-duty Fire Marshall and First Aider and be a primary keyholder. Training will be given where necessary
- To ensure that the parish church, crypt and its environs are prepared for all services, concerts, conferences and meetings and that the facilities are made clean and tidy before and after each event, returning the building to its normal state
- To conduct a daily ‘walk through’ of all spaces, including toilets
- To conduct a daily ‘walk through’ of the building’s immediate environs
- To ensure that the parish church is open throughout the week to the general public, and at other times as necessary, ensuring a welcoming presence and dealing with deliveries and visitor enquiries
- To ensure that the building is opened and closed at the beginning and end of the day.
- To maintain security in and around the building, at all times, keeping a vigilant eye in relation to safety and security, providing an effective presence within and around the building and removing the occasional difficult person from the premises. Monitoring the CCTV system and retrieving images where necessary will be essential
- To liaise with the building’s ‘tenants’: the Marylebone Health Centre (NHS), the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre (HCC), The St Marylebone CE School and the Royal Academy of Music, as required, on any matters relating to their use of the premises (including avoiding booking clashes between users)
- To ensure that the surrounding curtilage of the parish church, including the car park and Portico, are kept free from litter and nuisance
- To discourage any rough sleepers, removing cardboard boxes left by them and on occasion hosing down the portico or other outside areas to remove fouling
- To supervise and ensure the good maintenance of the plant and equipment, including the tower clock, heating, lighting, fire alarm, security systems and sewage systems as required by the Churchwardens and Rector and Operations’ Director
- To carry out minor holding DIY repairs, decoration and repairs as directed
- To be available to arrange and receive contractors and liaise with contractors as necessary
- To ensure that the small (western) Physick Garden is maintained and the large planters are watered regularly, especially through the summer months
- To supervise the Car Park, (eastern) Church Garden, organise the car parking spaces and deal with any occasional unauthorised car parking.
- To ensure that the parish church and crypt are kept clean and tidy and in good order at all times, that all rubbish is removed and that the bins are emptied daily
- To ensure the efficient and tidy storage of chairs, tables, equipment, etc., and keep store cupboards in good order
- To maintain adequate supplies of light bulbs, cleaning and other building-related equipment and supplies
- To arrange for the heating, lighting, water, sewage pumps, clock, AV and IT equipment to be serviced regularly
- To keep the noticeboards up-to-date in conjunction with the Parish Administrator and Operations’ Director
- To keep the Accident Record Book up to date
- To carry out Fire Drills and to be able to effect the emergency evacuation of the building when necessary
- To ensure that all equipment is kept in fully functioning order
- Along with the Churchwardens and Operations’ Director, to ensure the regular updating of the Inventory
- Checking IT back up-tapes daily
- Emptying Donation boxes and making sure that money stored on site is kept safely and securely
- Attending the weekly Friday morning Team meeting
- Liaising with Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects Team and their sub-contractors through the St Marylebone Changing Lives capital building project (expected completion date - June 2022)
Liturgical Duties (Many of these duties may be remitted to the Assistant Building Manager
- To prepare the parish church for public worship
- To be responsible for the laying out and ordering of vessels, liturgical books, candles, and other supplies as necessary
- Occasionally, and by mutual agreement, to prepare for and participate in worship on Sundays and other special or Holy Days
- To set up for Young Church and provide any practical support required
- To be on duty at weddings, funerals and memorial services and other occasional services and to act as ceremonial Verger when requested
- To ensure that all furniture, altar frontals and hangings etc. are set out correctly
- To ensure that the Sacristy is kept clean, tidy and well-ordered; ensuring a sufficient supply of liturgical requisites such as candles, communion wafers and wine
- To ensure that all silverware is cleaned and prepared for worship, that vestments, altar linen and altar frontals etc, are maintained and cleaned as necessary
- To keep a check on the number and condition of Registers, service books, hymn books and prayer books
- To ensure that all candles are replaced as necessary, and that the votive candle stands are kept clean and replenished
7. Terms and Conditions of Service
Hours of work
- You will need to exercise some flexibility in your working hours which are 40 hours per week (including 1 hour for lunch each day) over a five-day week.
- You will be required to work on some Saturdays and some Sundays and on some major
Termination of Employment
- This agreement is subject to a six-month probationary period during which one week’s notice is required to be given by either party. On the successful completion of the probationary period, three-months’ notice must be given by either party to terminate employment subject to employment law and contract. In the event of a major breach of the provisions of the agreement or of the Buildings Manager committing a serious misdemeanour, employment may be terminated forthwith by notice in writing.
- Housing is not provided for this post.
- All employees are encouraged to use public transport coming to and leaving from work. No parking space can be provided either for rent or as part of any remuneration package.
- The person appointed must operate within the parish church’s established Safeguarding Policy and may be subject to Safeguarding/CRB Enhanced Disclosure.
- Smoking or the use of illegal substances is not permitted on site.
- The drinking of alcohol whilst on duty is not permitted.