Vacancy: Chaplaincy Assistant

Updated: Jun 10

Fisher House, Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy, is looking to appoint a Chaplaincy Assistant, a full-time ten-month placement beginning in September 2022. You can download a PDF of the advertisement and job description by clicking the button below.

Chaplaincy Assistant Advertisement and Job Description
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Length of post: 12 September 2022 - early July 2023

Average hours per week: 37.5 hours (more hours will be expected during the term-time of the University of Cambridge; fewer during the vacations)

Salary: £20,000 for the 10 months + pension

Application closing date: Tuesday 28 June 2022

Fisher House has one of the largest Mass attendances of any university chaplaincy in the country. It is in the centre of Cambridge, with its own chapel and excellent facilities. The Chaplaincy Assistant at Fisher House will collaborate with the Chaplains and those the Chaplains ask them to work with, such as the Fisher Society (the Catholic Society), to support the worship, formative (both intellectual and spiritual), and social life of the Chaplaincy. This will principally entail providing significant administrative support. The duties of the Chaplaincy Assistant will include, but not exclusively so:

  • The maintenance of the Chaplaincy website and the Chaplaincy’s up-to-date presence on social media.

  • Ensuring the livestreaming of Liturgies.

  • Assisting the production of the weekly newsletter, and the production and distribution of printed publicity material advertising chaplaincy events.

  • Maintaining and updating contact lists.

  • Producing the rotas for readers, sacristy laundry, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. This will include maintaining accurate contact details and organising replacements.

  • Supporting the day-to-day management of the Chaplaincy’s public spaces, ensuring access to rooms and equipment for meetings at Fisher House, and liaising with the caretaker.

  • Helping to organise annual social events such as, but not exclusively, Freshers’ Week and the Fisher Dinner Party.

  • Helping to organise outreach events and devotions, such as, but not exclusively, Nightfever and prayer vigils.

  • Helping to organise Apologia, the Chaplaincy’s weekly term-time speaker meeting, which includes a common meal and prayer.

This position may be suitable for a recent graduate, for someone who is about to graduate, or for someone who has some present experience of university Catholic chaplaincy work. Ideally, they will be familiar with Canva (or equivalent, for digital graphics), WiX (for website) and OBS Studio (or equivalent, for livestreaming). They should also know how to upload to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. However, anyone with relevant experience or skills is welcome to apply.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation to apply and your suitability to Sr Ann Swailes OP, Acting Chaplain, by email: References may be required at a later stage of the application process. Should you wish to discuss the role before applying, you are most welcome to contact Sr Ann to arrange a conversation.

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