College Chaplain and Solway Fellow

Durham, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £40,322
17 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University College

Grade 7: - 33,797 - 40,322
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 15-Aug-2020, 6:59:00 AM

Job Family: Community, Participation and Engagement Services

 OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUESWe are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

About Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our world leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide an excellent stakeholder experience for our diverse and supportive community.

Overall family purpose

  • Provide excellent student support services, development and extra-curricular activities.
  • Align and deliver programmes and activities to meet operational and strategic objectives to enhance the stakeholder experience.
  • Respond to stakeholders at the point of service delivery, either in situ or remotely.
  • Facilitate the development of excellent colleague and academic engagement.
  • Provide a stakeholder focussed service designed to increase widening participation and diversity.
  • Promote the Durham reputation by establishing and broadening national and international community links to enhance the cultural and economic viability of the City and region.
  • Enhance the Durham wider student experience by developing extra-curricular activities.
  • Contribute to and enhance active, inclusive and supportive communities of stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.
  • Engage with suppliers, consultants and specialist professionals to deliver programmes and activities to enhance the stakeholder experience.
  • Engage and encourage outreach and participation with external professionals, schools, alumni and donors.
  • Engage and network with both internal and external stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange and impact through local, national and international communities.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically and environmentally sustainable approach to delivering stakeholder focussed services across the University;
  • A world-class student, alumni and donor experience;
  • Focussed on the needs of all users working together to deliver front-line services as part of the Wider Student Experience;
  • Learn from and match best practice in the Wider Student Experience around the world;
  • Opening up our world-class sporting facilities to local clubs and athletes;
  • Support and facilitate activities as part of the Widening Student Experience at Durham;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

The College & Role Purpose

Construction on Durham Castle began in 1072; the site was gifted to the University by Bishop William Van Mildert in 1837. The College has two historic chapels which are both consecrated, one dating to the foundation of the College (the Norman Chapel) and a second dating to the 16th century (the Tunstall Chapel), with the former planned to undergo a £1.4m conservation and interpretation project. The historic elements of Durham Castle are managed by the Curator, in conjunction with the Community Operations Manager; and, the Chaplain will be expected to work closely with the College management team to promote, preserve and protect the heritage aspects of the Chapel. Worship in the College is in the Anglican tradition, co-ordinated by the Chaplain and has traditionally revolved around a Sunday Eucharist and a weekday Choral Evensong. In addition, the Chaplain officiates at key College events including the annual Remembrance Sunday service, Christmas and Easter services and occasional weddings (under Archbishop’s Licence) and baptisms. The chapels also have a tradition of hospitality to ministers of other Christian denominations and, where appropriate, representatives of other faiths.

The Chaplain will lead in the provision of pastoral, spiritual and religious support to all members of the College community, including support staff and students of all faiths and beliefs, and those with none.  S/he will be involved in a wide range of activities aimed at furthering the College and University strategy, especially in relation to the personal development of students and the future development of the College. The Chaplain will work closely with the College student support team and in partnership with the University Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate.

In addition to the Ministerial and Pastoral responsibilities, the University College Chaplain will have academic responsibilities as the Solway Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion. The Solway Fellowship was established in 1938 by Miss UM Davis in memory of the late J Roland Davis MA with the remit ‘to promote the study of Christianity generally, especially in the context of modern social conditions’. The successful applicant will be expected to actively undertake postdoctoral research within the Department of Theology and Religion. Community presentations and publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals will also be expected. S/he may, from time to time, be expected to take on additional departmental tasks as arranged with the Head of Department; this role reports into the College Principal.

The Chaplain will work closely with the University’s co-ordinating Chaplain. The College also has close ties with Durham Cathedral and the successful applicant will be required to be licensed by the Bishop of Durham.

Core Responsibilities

  • Recognised professional practitioner and service specialist.
  • Implement changes to the design and development of service processes, techniques and deliverables for one or more service strands or project streams.
  • Provide staff specialist expertise and support as it relates to the spiritual and religious needs of members of the College community.
  • Contribute to development of operational service activities to ensure excellence in the stakeholder experience.
  • Collect and analyse stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements and the design and planning of services.
  • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation.
  • Deliver training, teaching and/or development delivery for stakeholders.
  • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice in support of these goals using specialist knowledge.
  • Contribute to and lead business meetings, working groups and sub-committees at College and University levels, including attendance and contribution to relevant chaplaincy and faith groups within the University (such as University Chaplaincy and Faith Steering Group).
  • Responsible for managing small budgets for consumables and some capital items, keeping records and processing invoices.

Role Responsibilities

  • Foster the spiritual life of a diverse, international College community, planning and co-ordinating the pastoral, spiritual and religious offerings.
  • Provide management for the operation of a stakeholder focussed service delivery area, taking responsibility for day-to-day decision making to translate the requirements of College Officers and faith bodies into practical application and advice in order to nurture the spiritual and religious life of the College.
  • Supervise members of the College community engaging in spiritual and religious activities including the Chapel Clerks, Director of Music and supporting the Chapel Choir.
  • Contribute towards the Department of Theology and Religion’s research base by conducting academic research related to modern Christianity, actively engaging with colleagues in the Department.
  • Manage and monitor service performance and provide metrics and reports to Service Heads, making recommendations as appropriate.
  • Participate in and monitor communities of practice and partnership working internally and externally.
  • Network and engage with external and internal stakeholders to gather feedback and identify future service needs, to ensure excellence in service provision.
  • Contribute to the development of operational and strategic plans and service level agreements.
  • Prepare and manage the service area budget or budgets and monitor expenditure to ensure cost-effective service delivery. 
  • Produce and analyse statistical service metrics to identify successful delivery and areas for future improvement.
  • Distribute and process key service information to all stakeholders.
  • Plan, implement and monitor continuous service improvements to enhance the delivery of stakeholder services.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders using appropriate and varied means including social media, written narratives, public speaking and more.
  • Act as a point of contact for student welfare issues which fall within the context of faith and spirituality, and provide assistance where appropriate to College staff.
  • Provide training and/or presentations to members of the College community.
  • Contribute to the delivery of activities that generate external income, such as weddings or other ceremonies taking place on College premises.
  • In partnership with the Castle Curator, monitor and use the College’s Chapels appropriately for events, project work and exhibitions as well as supporting the Curator and Head of College in promoting the historic elements of Durham castle, in particular the Chapels.
  • Develop, modify and optimise service protocols and methodologies.
  • Deliver support elements of the wider student experience, including contributing to the College’s outreach and volunteering offer.  
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific Role Requirements

  • The successful applicant will need to be licenced by the Bishop of Durham. 
  • Eligibility and certification to lead regular services within the College. By their nature, these services are often scheduled for evenings and weekends and flexible working practices will be applied.
  • DBS checked and trained up to date in the safeguarding of children and adults at risk
  • Participating in rota duties for the provision of Emergency Cover at the discretion of the College Principal.
  • Undertake regular training and development as agreed with the College Principal and Head of Department of Theology and Religion.

Recruiting to this post 

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.  

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online. Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  3. Examples of how you satisfy the person specification. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details:

For further information please contact: Dr Ellen Crabtree, Vice-Principal, univcoll.vp@durham.ac.uk or, or Dr David Lowther, Assistant Principal, via univcoll.ap@durham.ac.uk . All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women, and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  1. Accreditation by an appropriate faith or belief community in accordance with the requirements of the College.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
  3. Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  4. Educated to PhD level
  5. Professional experience of providing chaplaincy and/or faith support and expertise used to contribute to the delivery and development of services, events and activities within the organisation.
  6. Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines.  
  7. Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of members of a community, including more senior colleagues.
  8. Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships, to influence perceptions of the University.
  9. Ability to contribute to planning at operational level.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Track record of publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journal.
  2. Substantial proven experience of licenced ministry within the Anglican tradition.

DBS Requirement: Please note that the succesful applicant will require DBS disclosure.