Project Director

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Circa £40,000, negotiable with an exceptional candidate

Project Director sought for implementation, management and strategic control of NLHF funded £11.3m capital and community activity project at Leicester Cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral is beginning the delivery phase of this faith-based heritage renewal and development project which is supported by £3.3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other national, regional and local funders.

The Project Director is directly accountable to the Dean of Leicester on behalf of the Cathedral Chapter (trustees) to successfully deliver this project on time, on budget, delivering stated outcomes and outputs and integrated within the vision, community and daily life of the Cathedral, set within the context of the wider city and stakeholders.

The project has a capital construction and redevelopment value of circa £8.5m, with on-going delivery and activity expectations of circa £1m over 5 years.

1. Direct, plan and coordinate the project through a transparent project management system ensuring monitoring, control and compliance are enacted to the highest standards, enabling the capital works and activity plan to be delivered on time and within tight budgets set within the Cathedral’s Business Plan.

2. Act as the client on behalf of the Cathedral in relation to consultants, contractors and stakeholders, including through procurement.

3. Oversee and line manage the core Project Team to create a small but high-functioning healthy team. This will include an existing Project Officer, Development Manager and Project Volunteer, and a yet to be appointed client-side consultant (0.5) who will act as Construction Project Manager.

4. Oversee the project change control system enacted by the Project Manager.

5. Hold the executive function for the monthly Project Management Board meeting (a sub- committee of Chapter, chaired by the Dean) comprising leads from project work-streams which will include buildings, activity & interpretation, opening events, and fundraising. The Board also includes senior representatives from key external stakeholders. Attendance at, and reporting to, Cathedral Chapter will also be periodically required.

6. Undertake the careful and accurate financial management of the project, working with the Quantity Surveyor and Cathedral Finance Team producing monthly management reports, revising and monitoring budgets, forecasts and cost-plans.

7. Oversee and ensure that costed-risk analysis, mitigation and management is enacted within every level and aspect of the project.

8. Develop and enact the project communication strategy for both internal and external audiences creating maximum engagement and interaction with the project’s process from the beginning of the delivery phase through to opening.

9. Be the public face of the project after the Dean, and to communicate and embody the values and vision of the Cathedral in line with the Strategic Plan. This may include stakeholder engagement with funders or interested parties given the high profile nature of the Cathedral in addition to NLHF, Amenity Societies and other heritage bodies.

10. Work with The National Lottery Heritage Fund to manage the due dilligence associated with this funding are properly met, and ensure observance of all other legal and statutory (public and ecclesial) provisions governing or affecting the project.

11. Work closely with the Canon Chancellor and others responsible for appointments and activity relating to the delivery of the approved Activity Plan.

12. Hold primary responsibility for advising the Cathedral Executive Team on matters concerning major repair and replacement of the fabric of the cathedral building, working closely with the Canon Precentor, verger team and Cathedral Architect.

13. Keep the Cathedral Executive Team fully engaged with the project at strategic level, and can contribute to decision-making as appropriate. Ensure partners and neighbours on site are kept appraised of developments and wherever possible included within the project.

14. Ensure evaluation is undertaken according to the Project’s agreed Evaluation Plan.

15. In conjunction with the Project Team, ensure that documents, records and images relating to LCR are stored and managed to the highest standards.

16. Enact the Cathedral’s policies, including particular awareness of the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Policies.

How to Apply

An application form available from the Cathedral website (see below), requiring the name, telephone number, postal address and e-mail address of two referees, including your current employer. Referees will only be contacted if you are short-listed for the post.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Monday 22 July 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be informed the following week.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in Leicester on Friday 16 August 2019. Full details of this process will be provided to shortlisted candidates nearer the time.

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Further details including supporting documentation can be found through the above link.