Education Officer

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In the summer 2018 Chapter began a process of reviewing the Strategic Plan of the cathedral to determine how we can refresh our focus. The theme of the Cathedral as a place of encounter has emerged.

As a staff team we have also recently adopted a new set of working values, which include seeking to be inclusive and dynamic, as well as promoting integrity and excellence and these underpin our work.

The Education department will be working towards a greater understanding of what it means for us to be a place of encounter embracing our values. The new Education Officer will therefore be joining the cathedral at a time when we are implementing and embedding this new focus.

Salary is between £29,000 - £31,500 (FTE) dependant on experience.

Working weeks are 42 and 1 day per year.

20 days holiday plus pro rate bank holidays.

Free parking on-site.

Contributory pension scheme.

Closing date is 25th July with interviews taking place in early August.

Key responsibilities:

  • As part of The Faith Development Team, to be responsible for all aspects of the work of the Education Department and continue to develop the vision and build upon the educational strategy for the Cathedral.

  • To deliver a range of classroom and Cathedral-based taught sessions, experiential visits, trails and workshops, specialising in the religious, social and historical aspects of the school curriculum.

  • To develop materials which link the Cathedral and the National Curriculum, and demonstrate the Cathedral to be a valuable educational resource.

  • To liaise on behalf of the Cathedral, as appropriate, with all of the Local Education Authorities of Merseyside, the Diocesan Board of Education and the schools of the area and the Diocese.

  • To develop potential opportunities for schools to worship in the Cathedral.

  • To maintain, and build upon, existing partnerships between the Cathedral Education Department, the three Universities, and develop further relationships with Liverpool’s Museums and Galleries.

  • To write appropriate Education Development Plans and to provide Annual Progress Reports for the Cathedral Chapter and the Education Support Group.

  • To write promotional literature for schools, and maintain the education pages on the Cathedral website.

  • To continue to develop links with other faith communities and places of worship.

  • To raise invoices for charges to schools and provide the accounts department with monthly analysis of visits and charges made.

  • To develop and deliver appropriate training to volunteers and Education team staff as required.

  • To develop a team of volunteers to deliver appropriate children’s activities at appropriate times during school holidays at Easter and summer and during school half terms.
  • Undertake any required Safeguarding training.

The tasks described above are not intended to be exhaustive and may vary from time to time at the discretion of the Chapter.


This post is subject to the completion of a confidential self-declaration form and enhanced DBS clearance.

Essential requirements include -

Be in sympathy with the religious aims and character of the Cathedral and the educational aims of the department.

Have proven previous administrative skills and experience.

Have a working knowledge of multiple Microsoft Office packages.

Be competent across a range of IT applications.

Have excellent inter-personal skills with the proven ability to deal diplomatically with difficult situations.

Detail focused.

Experience of developing and delivering training to staff and volunteers.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team managing own workload and that of others effectively.

Friendly, flexible and understanding.

Willingness to develop skills and processes as required.

Desirable requirements include -

Qualified driver with own transport.

A qualified teacher with recent teaching experience.

Willingness to learn AV skills.

Experienced in recruiting, managing and training both voluntary and employed members of the Education team.

Liverpool Cathedral is a world class cathedral which stands as an icon for the city. Britain’s largest cathedral is Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece boasting many record-breaking features including: the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches, the highest and heaviest peal of bells and an organ with 10,268 pipes.

Built by the people, for the people, Liverpool Cathedral is both a vibrant church with a community life of daily prayer and an outstanding visitor attraction. Our daily rhythm of worship is supported by an excellent choir attracting thousands to important services.

We welcome well over 700,000 visitors a year. As such we play a key role in Liverpool’s growing visitor economy. Our spectacular space plays host to high profile events and delivers a cultural programme to inspire a local, national and international audience. Our total commitment to partnership working contributes to our economic, spiritual and cultural life, giving all who serve here a thoroughly outward looking perspective.

We are a pioneering cathedral of international renown, working in an urban context and teeming with life. To maintain this we are looking for people who can work collaboratively and flexibly bringing their skills to the benefit of the cathedral.