We need an experienced temporary caseworker to cover paternity leave for several weeks. This is one of the most interesting – and challenging – caseworker jobs in the building conservation world. A high proportion of the best Victorian and Edwardian architecture consists of churches, or Victorian alterations to earlier churches. Many parishes are attempting to reorder their churches, either by extending them, or by removing Victorian pews and fittings to create flexible space. While many of these proposals are unobjectionable, some involve significant harm to the buildings concerned, and call for a difficult balance to be struck between heritage considerations and the church’s needs of both mission and financial survival. This position will place you at the heart of this debate. It requires high intellectual ability, excellent writing skills, diplomacy, judgement and tact, as well as a good knowledge of 19th century ecclesiastical architecture. A genuine interest in church architecture is essential for this job, which is focused on the details of church reorderings. Two vital skills are the ability to assess large numbers of applications quickly and judiciously; and the ability to write superlative, persuasive casework letters that will persuade unsympathetic arbiters of the merits of our position.
Please set out how you meet the job description (max 1 page A4) and provide a CV to the Director@victoriansociety.org.uk. Deadline 9am on 5th October. Starting as soon as possible after that.
View the job description here.