Head Verger

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Derby City Centre
£25000 - £28000

The Head Verger’s position will also function as a Visitor Engagement Officer and work with the Ministry of Welcome team to welcome and extend the ministry and hospitality to all.

The verging team is responsible for ensuring that all visitors to this iconic building are welcomed and engaged, and that services and other events run smoothly. The Head Verger is a key member of the senior staff who brings dynamic leadership to the verging team, enabling it to fulfil this function.

Leadership and Management

  • To inspire and train the verging team, welcomers and stewards to engage and serve all users of the building.
  • To give monthly supervision sessions to the vergers, and to lead regular team meetings, so that responsibilities are clearly defined and team members held to account.
  • To hold regular meetings with the Head of Operations to ensure consistent communication about issues arising and to review work plan of the team.
  • To compile staff rota to ensure cover for all hours the building is open and that all events and services are staffed.
  • To plan rota a minimum month in advance and any changes to be agreed with the Head of Operations, ensuring holidays are covered and records of hours worked and holidays taken recorded.

Liturgy and Services

  • To ensure the Cathedral is prepared for all services and related events (including weddings, funerals, civic events and special services).
  • To act as the Head Verger at services in the Cathedral and to manage the other Vergers as part of these occasions.
  • To brief stewards for services and events, in particular in relation to logistical operations and health and safety requirements.
  • To support the Canon for Liturgy in planning of special services as required and in provision of all Cathedral worship.
  • To ensure all liturgical furniture, plate, ornaments and vestments are maintained in the highest order.
  • To manage the procurement and storage of cleaning supplies and all materials needed for the presentation of services.

Qualifications and Training

  • Good skills in IT (Microsoft Office) and record keeping.
  • Holding a personal license would be an advantage.
  • Willing to undertake first aid training (if not already undertaken).

Essential experience

  • Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate, and manage a team.
  • Understanding and experience of cathedral or church context and traditions.
  • Significant experience in a leadership or verging role or similar.

Personal Qualities

  • A passionate commitment to the vision and values of Derby Cathedral.
  • A gifted and inspirational manager of a team.
  • Diplomatic, able to deal with colleagues, stakeholders and visitors in a calm, courteous manner.
  • Committed to achieving excellence.
  • Self-motivated and proactive.
  • Able to work as part of a team and under the leadership of others.
  • A positive approach to problem solving.
  • Practical skills in maintenance
  • Emotionally intelligent, able to deal with all types of people appropriately.

Derby Cathedral, known as the Cathedral of All Saints, is a grade I listed cathedral church in the city of Derby, in the county of Derbyshire, England. It was promoted from parish church status into a cathedral in 1927 in order to create a seat for the Bishop of Derby, which new see was created in that year. The original church of All Saints was founded in the mid-10th century as a royal collegiate church, dedicated to All Saints. The main body of the church as it stands today is a Georgian rebuilding by James Gibbs, completed in 1725. The tower dates from the 16th century, and a retrochoir was added in the 20th century.

Please see our website for more information: www.derby.cathedral.org