St Clement's Church Parish Property Trust | Christian Vocations

St Clement's Church Parish Property Trust

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St Clement’s Parish Property Trust is a small charity (in 2017, around £5 million assets and revenue) with Christian ethos based in East Oxford. The charity was established in 1903 and owns a number of properties which are used to provide space for, and income to support, community activities.


The Trustees are now seeking to appoint their first General Manager who will be accountable for running and reviewing all aspects of the Trust’s work, establishing a strategy to shape and grow the work of the charity in line with our Objects, mission and vision; and managing the properties and daily operations of the Trust. 

We are looking for a proven leader with experience of running an organisation and relating to all stakeholders both within and outside the organisation.  Experience of working in the voluntary sector desirable but not essential.  The applicant must be comfortable with and supportive of the Trust’s Christian ethos.

The key responsibilities of the role are:

Strategic direction- establishing and implementing new strategic plan to deliver Trust’s Objects and recently developed mission, vision and values statements.

Community outreach- proactively working with St Clement’s Church Parochial Church Council (PCC) and also with local community groups to identify how best to optimise and utilize the property and income, to meet needs of local community in line with the charity’s purposes.   

Business development- initiating new programmes and activities which optimise the balance between income generation and community benefit in line with the charity’s purposes.

Operational and property management- working with a small team managing all operational aspects of running the charity; the properties’ development and maintenance; and ensuring all legal requirements are met.

Charity governance – managing all aspects of the charity’s governance including statutory reporting and Trustee support. 

The key experiences and skills required are:

Leadership and management – experience of running an organisation or significant part of an organisation including budgetary and compliance accountability.

Strategy – ability to work with Trustees and staff in challenging the status quo and to establish a new strategic plan. Implementation of multi-year plans. 

Stakeholder engagement - track record of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders.

Commercial acumen - experience of developing and delivering new approaches and initiatives in order to generate revenue and make best use of assets.   Experience in negotiating commercial arrangements.

Property management –experience of managing property or facilities including familiarity with legal and statutory building requirements. Experience of managing proactive forward maintenance programmes and ability both to oversee management of, and also as necessary personally to handle, daily building issues.

Governance –knowledge of working within Charity Commission guidelines, or willingness to build knowledge.

Communication – ability to communicate effectively across a broad range of stakeholders. Customer service orientation.

Christian ethos – comfortable and supportive of the Christian ethos of the Trust.

Salary and package 

This is permanent role. We anticipate initial 3-4 day/week role, with flexibility over time as the role develops.

Full time equivalent salary of £40,000 pa, pro-rated according to actual hours. The working environment is flexible and informal and there is flexibility in terms of exact working days and hours, including occasional ‘out of hours’ work. The job holder will be expected to work independently, overall reporting to Trustees who meet bi monthly and managed by Chair of Trustees, Rachel Gibson, Rector, St Clement’s Church. The role is based in the St Clement’s Centre, Cross Street, Oxford. The job holder will receive pro-rated allocation of full time equivalent 33 days’ holiday (including allowance for bank holidays) each year and will be enrolled in the NEST pension scheme.

Because of community engagement accountabilities in the role, appointment to this post will be subject to the satisfactory outcome of enhanced DBS criminal records check.

Application process

If you are interested, please visit the St Clement’s Church website ( where we have provided further information about the Trust and full details of the application process. The closing date is Mon 7 January 2019 with initial interviews planned for w/c 28 January 2019.