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 We are currently seeking volunteers for all roles. Please contact Gill@guildford-cathedral.org for further details.

Guildford Cathedral is a sacred space and a community of people who engage with God and the wider world for the common good.  

We do this by being a warm hearted community open to God, to all, to growth and to transformation.  Over 100,000 visitors come to the Cathedral each year and our Cathedral ‘community’ comprises thousands who feel close the Cathedral because of historical connection, the purchase of a brick in the 1950s, their membership of the worshipping congregations or staff and volunteers.

The Cathedral is led by the Dean with the Cathedral Chapter which is akin to a Board of Directors of charity trustees. The Chief Operating Officer leads the small lay staff.

 

Lead Choir Chaperone (Weekends)

Guildford Cathedral is a sacred space and a community of people who engage with God and the wider world for the common good.  We do this by being a warm hearted community open to God, to all, to growth and to transformation.  Over 100,000 visitors come to the Cathedral each year and our Cathedral ‘community’ comprises thousands who feel close the Cathedral because of historical connection, the purchase of a brick in the 1950s, their membership of the worshipping congregations or staff and volunteers.

The core task of Guildford Cathedral is worship. Daily and Sunday choral services are the backbone of our work. The Cathedral is led by the Dean with the Cathedral Chapter which is akin to a Board of Directors and charity trustees. The Residentiary Canon with Responsibility for Liturgy has the responsibility for liturgy and outreach. The Organist and Master of the Choristers has responsibility for provision of sacred music in support of the liturgy.

The Chapter wishes to appoint a paid position of Lead Choir Chaperone with effect from March 2019 to assist the Organist and Master of the Choristers, the Sub Organist and the Organ Scholar with the proper safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in Guildford Cathedral Choir in line with the Cathedral’s safeguarding policy.

Job Specification

Job Title: Lead Choir Chaperone

Accountable to: Organist and Master of the Choristers

Hours of work: Split per term: approximately 114.5 hours in the autumn term, 134 hours in the spring term and 110 hours in the summer term (358.5 hours total) covering the Cathedral choir’s annual schedule of USUALLY 35 weeks’ singing, plus up to five hours per week administrative time (175 hours annually). Additional hours as per choir schedule involving residential weekends (usually one a year for girl choristers, and choir tour nationally and internationally.

Two year contract (Apr 19 – Apr 21) (with possibility of extension)

Main Terms and Conditions:£3086.23 per annum, paid monthly in arrears in regular amounts every month irrespective of choir activity. The Cathedral is looking to increase the salary in due course.

The appointment is subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 3 months during which employment can be terminated by one week’s notice by either party.  The post offers 5 days leave and 2 public holidays, which should be taken if possible during the long breaks between choir terms. 

Key Tasks

  • To take responsibility for the safety of choristers and young people under 18 by providing a chaperoning service for all choirs’ activities when young people are present either at Guildford Cathedral, Lanesborough School or other sites where the Cathedral Choir is required to be for rehearsals, services, concerts or broadcasts, both at home and abroad.
  • To carry out chaperoning duties on some Saturday afternoons (according to choir schedule – usually one or two a term) and Sundays (8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. except second Sunday of a month - 8.45 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. (girls) or 4.50 p.m. (boys) – 7.15 p.m.) and other times as detailed on the choir schedule.
  • To carry out administrative tasks, such as the recruitment and booking of additional chaperones and organisation of choir teas.
  • To ensure that volunteer chaperones’ safeguarding training and requisite first aid training is up to date.
  • To provide volunteer chaperone rotas.
  • To draw up and revise any individual chorister care plans as required.
  • To send out, collate and maintain information documents pertaining to the choristers and revise them on an annual basis.
  • To draw up any risk assessments for trips off site as required.
  • To meet with the Cathedral music staff as required.

Essential (E) and Desirable (D) Skills and Attributes

  • To have the personality and interpersonal skills required to enjoy working with people between the ages of 7 and 17, and have the requisite experience of dealing with people in this age group (E)
  • To be physically fit, able to use stairs easily and keep up with the children, especially as the choirs move around the Cathedral and from one building to another (E)
  • To have good communication skills, especially in dealing with the children’s parents and Cathedral Staff and Volunteers (E)
  • To be able to work as part of a team but also use initiative when required (E)
  • To be willing to work with the boy and girl choristers both separately and together on occasion (E)
  • To be qualified in First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid (E) (training can be provided but evidence of aptitude for First Aid training will be required)
  • To be able to deal effectively with confidential information concerning children and their welfare, and deal appropriately with any child’s/children’s pre-existing or other medical conditions (E)
    • To be prepared to be flexible with working patterns and hours, especially at the start of the academic year and for choir concerts, tours and other extra-curricular activities (E)
    • To have suffient computer skills and knowledge to operate outlook, word, and excel (E).
  • To have clean driving licence (D).
  • To have an in date passport (D).

Recruitment Process

To apply for this post, please visit the Cathedral Website (www.guildford-cathedral.org) and complete the application form provided. Please send this with a covering letter addressing the Key Tasks and Essential Skills and Attributes, as well as your CV, to Dops@guildford-cathedral.org or Matt O’Grady, Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP.  Referees will not be approached without your consent.  Applications will only be considered with a completed application form, CV and covering letter. Guildford Cathedral operates under a Safer Recruiting policy. DBS clearance will be required before appointing, as will proof of eligibility for working in the UK.

Closing Date:  Friday 15 March 2019, noon.