Senior Manager

Job Title: Senior Manager
Salary: IRO £30,000
fte Hours: 0.6fte
Senior Post reporting to Board Location: St Nicholas Priory

  • Closing Date for applications 19th October 2021
  • Applications to be sent to

The board of St Nicholas Priory is delighted to advertise for the role of Senior Manager to support our next phase of development. The post has been made possible by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It is our privilege to own and manage St Nicholas Priory, the oldest building in Exeter dating back to 1087. Exeter Historic Buildings Trust was established to preserve and maintain historic buildings in and around Exeter for local people and visitors. Prior to the pandemic St Nicholas Priory had a great visitor offer and was establishing itself as a venue for performance and community events. You can find more info at

We have exciting plans to make St Nicholas Priory a true community hub, using history as a way of creating a sense of civic pride and personal well-being. We want to continue to enhance our visitor offer and develop income streams which will make the organisation financially sustainable in the long term.

Our recent successful application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund means we are
looking forward to welcoming a new senior member of our team. Could you help us to
deliver our ambitions? More detail on the role is below.

We encourage potential applicants to contact us for an informal chat. If you live locally, we can arrange a visit to the Priory.

The principal responsibilities for this role are:

  • Delivery of the NLHF-funded project the key objective of which is:
  • Implementation of the operational plan to ensure financial sustainability of St Nicholas Priory
  • In conjunction with others, oversee the work of consultants and contractors
  • Line management of staff
  • Maintenance of clear and timely communications in all operations
  • Contribute to the revision and redevelopment of the business plan
  • Contribute to the continuing development of the Trust
  • Oversight of operational budget and volunteer recruitment and development
  • The Quinquennial Review and condition survey
  • Community Engagement and Education
  • Marketing
  • External Representation of EHBT/SNP

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

The person we are looking for would, ideally, have all or some of the following skills,

experience and knowledge (or be able to acquire them)

  1. Experience and understanding of managing organisations in a cultural,
    community, heritage or social enterprise context
  2. Experience of developing business opportunities in a cultural, community,
    heritage or social enterprise context
  3. Heritage Management/Arts &Cultural/Community Development qualification or
  4. Proven ability to lead anddevelop a staff team and volunteer work force
  5. Team Player – experienceof working with Trustees,committees and working
  6. Good level of understanding of essential policies – H&S etc
  7. Competent IT skills
  8. Experience of bidwriting and Project Management
  9. Knowledge of funding opportunities for the Cultural, Community Health, Wellbeing
    and Heritage sectors and the preparation of successful grant applications
  10. Excellent Communicationand interpersonal skills
  11. Excellent organisational skills