Head Virger

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cathedral team as we look to the future post Covid and having recently completed our National Lottery Heritage funded project, Alban, Britain’s First Saint, which reveals the importance and story of Alban. We are now able to offer our visitors, pilgrims and those attending services a greatly enhanced experience through improved facilities and interpretation, including a new welcome centre, new learning facilities and a busy events programme to appeal to new and existing audiences, all of which are now back to pre-pandemic activity levels.

The Head Virger leads a team of virgers who support the daily life of the Cathedral. You will take the lead in supporting the effective and efficient operation of all planned worship and events within the Cathedral.

The Head Virger actively supports all of the Cathedral’s front of house teams and volunteers in delivering an exceptional welcome to all that come to the Cathedral, whether that be a visitor, someone attending a service, a pilgrim group, a school trip or a major venue hiree. We strive for each and every one of them to have a positive and inspiring experience.

The virger team (currently 1 Head Virger, 3 full time Virgers, 1 part time Virger and 2 Evening Porters) is going through a time of transition with various changes in personnel and so the successful applicant will help to shape and motivate a new team and structure. The team also includes a number of casual staff and works with various volunteers. The Head Virger will need to be a skilled manager who can lead and motivate a diverse team to the highest standard.

This is a complex, demanding and yet rewarding role which requires initiative and the ability to think strategically, at fast pace, and flexibly. The post holder will be expected to recognize this and respond to what is a dynamic role, leading by example.

The Head Virger’s line manager is the Director of Property and Fabric, but the nature of the role means you will also work under the supervision of the Precentor for worship and liturgical matters. You will also need to be able to collaborate and communicate effectively with other departments and teams to facilitate the smooth running of the Cathedral’s many activities.

If you would like an informal conversation about the post prior to applying please contact the HR and Business Manager, Michelle Ovenden E: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday 2 September.  Interviews will be held on Monday 12 September.

Applicants are invited to submit an application form and covering letter by email to Michelle Ovenden, Business and HR Manager E: [email protected]


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