Operations Manager

  • Full time
  • £45,000
  • On site: Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th July 2024

  • Advertised from 8th July 2024


Greyfriars Kirk is a pioneering Church of Scotland congregation in the centre of Edinburgh. Over the past 25 years we have expanded our ministry to our neighbours with themes of community, harnessing the goodwill of volunteers; compassion, supporting people suffering deep social exclusion; culture, using our building to tell our historic story and host musical events; and commerce, enabling activities through social enterprise.

As one of Edinburgh’s historic and iconic landmarks Greyfriars Kirk has become a major venue for the arts and a tourist/pilgrimage destination, welcoming some 100,000 visitors annually between February and November and offering a small museum and shop. We aim to be known as a place of hospitality and spiritual refreshment.

Due to retirement we are now seeking the right individual to take over as Operations Manager, tasked with commercial management of the building and of our Outreach activities, making spaces available for the full range of community activities: concerts, music recordings, wedding receptions and other social events as well as church services.

You should be well organised, adaptable and flexible and share our ambition to use our space fully and imaginatively in our mission of hospitality.

In 2025 it is expected that Greyfriars Kirk will join in Union with St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, which may lead to development of the role.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Marketing and curating the use of the spaces for artistic, social and community activities, building on the reputation of Greyfriars Kirk as a prime venue in the centre of Edinburgh
  • Liaising with the Minister and arranging duty manager support for Sunday worship, weddings, funerals and special services
  • Managing the established support team covering communications, finance and caretaking
  • Budgetary responsibility for income and costs for the outreach activities
  • Efficient diary management to accommodate multiple Kirk stakeholders
  • Supporting clients in delivery of events
  • Procuring and managing maintenance and improvement of facilities,
  • Recruiting and supporting volunteer welcomers and stewards

Application notes

Closing Date for applications: Friday 26 July 2024.

Interviews: Thursday 1 August

Required: CV (2 sides of A4) and covering letter of up to 1000 words, including what attracts you to the role; and why you are a good match for it with your skills, experience and personal characteristics. Please confirm your availability for interview on 1 August if required.

Send to Jo Elliot, communications@greyfriarskirk.com. Enquiries to him on 0131 0225 1900

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the Kirk during normal opening hours, see greyfriarskirk.com