The following vacancy is within the Diocese of Durham and is being advertised at Durham Cathedral’s request.

Job Title: Chapter Clerk & Chief Operating Officer

Location: Durham Cathedral

Contract: Permanent.

Hours: Full time

Salary: An attractive and competitive salary, that is commensurate with the position within the Cathedral.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen, due to the retirement of our Chapter Clerk, to work closely with the Cathedral Chapter and lead a talented management team in a truly wonderful setting.  With personal values that are aligned to those of the Cathedral, and through active participation in the life of the Cathedral as a Christian institution, you will take responsibility for the lay administration, non-liturgical governance and operations of the Cathedral.

Utilising your successful track record of strategic and operational leadership of a similar size and complexity you will implement the Cathedral’s strategic agenda and lead the Cathedral to secure financial sustainability and achieve growth.

You will possess the presence to engage, influence and inspire those with whom you work.  Drawing upon your substantial experience of working at a senior level with Boards of Trustees, you will build upon the foundations already laid to lead the Cathedral to achieve its strategic objectives and deliver its vision.

If you aspire to be a key player in the future of ‘Britain’s Favourite Cathedral’ (2017), part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, then we would love to hear from you.

Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about this role, please call Ian Hunter, Head of HR&OD in the first instance on (0191) 386 4266, who will make the appropriate arrangements.

For an application pack please go to:

Closing date for receipt of completed application form: 10am, Monday 6th November 2017

Shortlisting date:   w/c 13th November 2017

Selection Event dates:   5th and 6th December 2017

Start date:   1st April 2018




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