Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Employment Opportunity

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is looking to recruit a Director of SPRED (Special Religious Development). Read more:

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

Director of SPRED (Special Religious Development)

Location: Based at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Rd, Edinburgh

Part-time role, 14 hours a week, £10,626pa  

(Flexible hours, with extra hours in term time and school holidays free) 

SPRED is motivated by a vision of the Church in which members with different abilities mutually support and encourage each other’s faith development so that the faith and total life experience of all is enriched.

The Archdiocese is looking for a committed Catholic to direct the SPRED ministry – to lead and support SPRED volunteer Catechists, to ensure catechists and other volunteers are well trained, to oversee all safeguarding requirements, and to co-ordinate the programme and promote and expand SPRED. 

The person appointed must have experience of working with adults and young people with learning disabilities.  They must be either trained or willing and able to be trained in Catechesis Formation and committed to the aims of SPRED.  They must have experience of volunteering and managing volunteers.

Post is subject to a PVG check and a current driving licence is preferable.  

The post requires some evening work and more hours to be worked in ‘term time’ with therefore extra time off in school holidays to compensate.

Applicants should submit a CV with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th July 2018.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 July, 2018. 


Full Job Description: 

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh


Director of SPRED (Special Religious Development)

Part time:an average of 14 hours a week, but with flexible working, with extra hours during term time and the school holidays free

Reports to:     Chief Operating Officer with very close links to Vicar Episcopal for Caritas.   


Purpose and Scope:

To direct and support SPRED, working with young people and adults with learning disabilities in the Archdiocese: to ensure that Catechist Volunteers are properly trained and supported; to recruit volunteers and oversee their training and to ensure Safeguarding and GDPR requirements are met.


Line Management Responsibilities

No line management of paid staff but co-ordination of Catechist volunteers.  Part-time paid administrative support will be provided.


Budget responsibilities

  • For small amounts of spend     

Key Relationships

  • SPRED volunteers and supporters
  • SPRED in Scotland
  • Vicar Episcopal for Caritas
  • Chief Operating Officer and other Curia staff 


Key Accountabilities

  • To lead the SPRED programme in the Archdiocese, ensuring that SPRED, safeguarding and GDPR standards are met
  • To support and guide existing volunteers
  • To co-ordinate and implement training programmes and ongoing spiritual opportunities for volunteers
  • To support and develop catechetical and spiritual formation provided within SPRED groups and ensure groups are meeting SPRED standards
  • To ensure existing SPRED groups are well run and viable and then to try and expand to other parishes
  • To work with VE to promote SPRED in parishes  
  • To recruit, select and oversee the training of new volunteers


Experience and Skills

  • Experience and skills in working with the client group – preferably with SPRED
  • Leadership and management of volunteering, including recruiting, training and supporting
  • Volunteering in a similar context
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Highly motivated and able to organise and manage work programme on own initiative
  • Ability to work flexibly to suit the needs of the role, including evening and weekends
  • Full driving licence and access to own vehicle is preferable  



  • Of SPRED would be an advantage
  • Of the workings of the Roman Catholic Church at Parish level
  • Trained in Catechesis


It is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the role holder must be a committed and practising Roman Catholic. 

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory membership of the PVG scheme.