The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Director of Property to provide management and oversight of all church properties within the Archdiocese and also of Mount Vernon Cemetery.

The role holder should have significant property-related experience with relevant qualifications and training in a related discipline such as surveying, architecture or engineering.

The role is multi-faceted and will be both strategic and hands on. Strong communication skills, organisational skills and initiative will be key to success in the role, as will experience of managing a small team.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience make you suitable for this role to by Thursday 29 June 2023. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 July 2023.

Job details

Location: 100 Strathearn Rd, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB.
Hours: Full time, 35 hours a week, Mon- Fri .
Salary: £45-£48k, dependent on qualifications/experience.

Main purpose and scope of role

  • To oversee and manage the fabric of church properties throughout the Archdiocese.
  • To oversee management of Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh.

Line management

  • Manager of Mount Vernon Cemetery.
  • Gardener/handyman.
  • Property Team Administrator.

Key relationships

  • Members of the Archdiocesan Curia, especially the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Health & Safety Coordinator, and the Director of Finance.
  • Parish Priests and parish fabric committees.
  • Architects, engineers, contractors, and utilities.
  • Trustees.
  • Government officials (councils, Historic Environment Scotland).

Key responsibilities


  • Oversee all properties and prepare plan for vacant buildings, either to sell or utilise, working with COO and Trustees.
  • Promote, encourage, and assist parishes with carrying out regular maintenance of all properties.
  • Ensure that parish buildings meet insurance, compliance and other legal requirements, through conducting annual reports on compliance, arranging for training, and related tasks, together with Health & Safety Coordinator.
  • Inform/consult Trustees about major developments regarding properties.
  • Assist Parish Priests in submitting major property projects to the Finance Committee and to the Trustees for approval.
  • Serve as resource person for Parish Priests and parish fabric committees.
  • Organise deanery meetings to assist parishes and inform them of property issues.
  • Organise quinquennial surveys for all property and prepare priority forward plan for expenditure.
  • Oversee updating of database and files on all properties.
  • Send reminders and provide assistance with parish inventories when priests are moved.

Leased Properties

  • Oversee property agents for Archdiocesan residential and commercial leased properties.
  • Inform Trustees of major developments regarding leased properties.
  • Approve maintenance under £1,000 for Archdiocesan properties.
  • Present larger maintenance and upgrading needs to COO and Director of Finance for Archdiocesan properties.
  • Serve as liaison between managing agencies and Parish Priests for leased properties belonging to parishes.
  • Engage with solicitors as needed on commercial leases, especially on new leases and variations on existing leases.


  • Oversee process of selling properties as approved by trustees.
  • Work with estate agents, solicitors, trustees, and parishes to carry out sales.

Gillis Centre, Edinburgh

  • Arrange periodic inspection of the Gillis Centre building for maintenance issues.
  • Arrange for architects and contractors as needed.
  • Prepare project list for major maintenance for review and approval by Property Review Committee and Trustees for projects over £20,000.
  • Approve minor maintenance after consulting with Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance.
  • Propose creative uses for unused parts of the property.

Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh     

  • Line Manager for the Manager of the cemetery.
  • Approve expenses over £3,000.
  • Approve Cemetery budget.

Other property work or projects

  • Annual insurance renewal updates on buildings and other property.
  • Annual response to auditors’ requests for property-related information.
  • Annual preparation of budget for Gillis Centre property and for leased properties.
  • Organise and prepare agenda and materials for Property Review Committee meetings.
  • Prepare updates and project applications from parishes for Trustee meetings.
  • Oversee care for heritage assets, including loan agreements with museums, libraries, etc.
  • Registration of properties with the Registers of Scotland (one off project).
  • Oversee property archives and respond to requests.
  • Attend bi-annual insurance conferences and Scottish Inter-diocesan Property Group meetings.


  • Degree or relevant qualification in building surveying, engineering, architecture or property/construction-related field.


  • Experience in property management, repairs and improvement works.
  • Experience with complex historic and listed buildings and an interest in church buildings would be desirable.
  • Experience in project management and administration.
  • Experience in construction.
  • Experience in line management.

Skills & Ability:

  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written.
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to organise complex tasks.
  • Able to use Microsoft tools, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to take responsibility.
  • Trustworthy and discrete with experience of handling confidential information.
  • An empathy for the work of the Catholic Church.
  • Valid driving license and access to own vehicle.