Current Vacancies


Salary: IRO £30,000 fte

Hours: 3 days a week (across the week)

Senior Post reporting to Board

Location: St Nicholas Priory

Closing Date: 31st July 2021

St Nicholas Priory is the oldest building in Exeter dating back to 1087.The two surviving wings are owned and managed by the Exeter Historic Buildings Trust (EHBT). EHBT was established to preserve and maintain historic buildings in and around Exeter for the people of Exeter and others from further afield. We received a Resilience Grant from the NHLF to enable us to become a sustainable, resilient, and efficient organisation. From that, we developed a business plan to carry the Trust through to its next phases of development, that of making St Nicholas Priory into a true community hub, using history as a way of creating a sense of civic pride and personal well-being. Prior the pandemic St. Nicholas Priory was establishing itself as a venue for performance and community events, as well as refreshing the priory’s visitor offer ( With the expansion of the priory’s activities, EHBT now requires a new post to direct operations and strategy. This strategic post is responsible for:

  • Major projects (including NLHF Project management)
  • Business and Charity activities of organisation
  • Directly responsible for Business Plan/Business model
  • Oversight of financial management
  • Oversight of commercial management
  • Ensuring excellent communication throughout the organisation
  • Promotion/Advocacy
  • Relationships with partner organisations, particularly University of Exeter

This post would report to the Board of Trustees, with line management responsibility for senior staff roles and some consultants where appropriate.   The current staff structure chart can be found at the end of this job description.

Personal SpecificationEssentialDesirable
Core skills and competence Experience of running successful/challenging social enterprise

Proven ability to lead and develop a staff team and volunteer work force
Team Player – experience of working with Trustees, committees and working groups

Good level of understanding of essential policies – H and S etc

Competent IT skills

Evidence of continued professional development
Heritage Management/Arts & Cultural/Community Development qualification or experience

Understanding of managing a successful heritage site

Experience of community engagement
Project management Experience of NLHF bid writing and Project Management

Knowledge of funding opportunities and writing funding applications
GeneralExcellent communication and interpersonal skills

Excellent organisational skills
An empathy for ancient buildings

IMPORTANT: If you have already sent in an application or made an enquiry about this vacancy and not had a response, please resend as we have had an email issue.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this post, please contact the Trust Secretary, Katharine Chant at  To apply, please send a full CV and a covering letter, including a personal statement outlining your suitability for the post and two references, to

Closing date extended to 31st July 2021. Please note our  application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support this post has been successful .

Outline of current staff structure