St Paul's Cathedral - Family Learning Coordinator - Maternity Cover
St Paul’s draws together a very diverse set of activities, projections and aspirations. It is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a national church and an international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of debate and challenge, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, and a commercial enterprise. In addition to holding four services every day (five on Sundays), St Paul’s is open for sight-seeing six days a week, and in 2018 welcomed over 850,000 paying visitors.
This post enables the Schools and Family Learning Department to increase its work with families and community groups. The post-holder is responsible for developing and delivering the current family provision in the school holidays and on weekends. They also encourage diocesan and community youth groups (e.g. brownies, scouts, guides, church youth groups) to visit the Cathedral for an extended time to take part in planned activities. The Canon Chancellor is the Chapter member with responsibility for this area of work.
- Under the guidance of the Head of Schools and Family Learning, plan, develop and deliver a family learning programme during school holidays and weekends.
- Develop additional resources for families to use on a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, including contributing to online resources.
- Contact and arrange guided visits for youth groups from London churches.
- Communicate with Scouting and Guiding Associations to plan visits tailored to their particular needs.
- Plan and deliver activities linked with national initiatives, e.g. Refugee Week.
- Work with the Head of Schools and Family Learning to coordinate large annual diocesan events for families and young people such as Messy Cathedral and Open Families Festival.
- Continue existing links and establish new connections with charities that work with hard-to-reach family groups in order to explore ways of working together.
- Attend City of London Family Network meetings as required.
- Any other appropriate duties that the line manager, senior management or Chapter may request from time-to-time.
The Ideal Candidate
- Educated to degree level.
- Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
- Understanding of current best practice in informal learning.
- Ability to work as part of a wider team, including many different Cathedral departments and with volunteers.
- Ability to create or commission imaginative resources for families and young people.
- Ability to adapt programmes to accommodate children and adults from different ability groups.
- Knowledge of Christianity and the ability to translate key themes from Christianity into engaging informal learning activities.
- Ability to work in partnership with external partners to develop our programme and its visibility.
- Demonstrable experience of the design and delivery of informal learning programmes.
- Experience of working with families and young people in the heritage sector or equivalent.
- The ability to appreciate the Cathedral as a living church and worshipping community and to communicate this to families and young people and community groups.
- A sense of purpose and ability to take personal initiative.
- Commitment to the Cathedral’s values and to achieving Diversity in all aspects of the Schools and Family Learning Department’s work.
- Dramatic or artistic skills.
- Good knowledge of British history.
- Knowledge of a language other than English.
- Previous experience of working in the education team of a heritage site or Cathedral.
- Managing family or community projects.
- Marketing, particularly in the area of social media.
The successful candidate will be in sympathy with the aims and Christian mission of St Paul’s Cathedral.
St Paul’s Cathedral seeks to enable people in all their diversity to encounter the transforming presence of God in Jesus Christ.
- St Paul’s is seen primarily as a living Christian Church
- We will be a centre for welcome, worship and learning, and though our care and imagination, will inspire successive generations to engage with the richness of the Christian faith and its heritage.
- Working with the Bishop and Diocese of London and the wider Church, we will be a spiritual focus for people across London, the nation and a broader international audience.
- Our work will promote dignity and justice for everyone.
Welcome – we all offer a warm inclusive welcome to everyone: our colleagues, volunteers and each and every visitor
Responsible – we are all responsible for each other and for part of the whole of the Cathedral’s work, not the whole of a part
Effective – we are professional and do what we say we are going to do
Nourish – we have a learning culture, not a blame culture