join the Minsteracres Team

Minsteracres Retreat Centre is a Christian place of prayer with a resident community of Roman Catholic Passionist priests and lay people.

We welcome people who share our values and we invite you to enjoy our hospitality, food and accommodation.  Minsteracres is set in a beautiful 110 acre estate in the North East of England. Within our historic buildings and estate we have spaces for prayer and rooms to hire for retreats and events.

The charity has three charitable objectives, which are a continuing expression of the Passionist charism (ethos) to reach out to those on the margins of Church or society:

  1. operate the residential retreat centre, which includes a retreat programme prepared and delivered by the Rector and volunteer retreat team as well as mainly Christian groups arranging their own retreat programmes;
  2. provide an Outreach programme which brings groups of refugees and asylum seekers, carer groups and others on the margins to Minsteracres for respite days or stays. The Outreach Co-ordinator is supported by a team of volunteers in delivering the programme for the service users; and
  3. the conservation of the house (Grade II listed) and extensive grounds.

The staff include a Retreat Centre Administrator and assistant, a Catering Manager/Chef, an assistant chef and 3-4 part-time kitchen assistants; a housekeeping supervisor with two assistants, an Outreach Co-ordinator and an Estate and Buildings Manager with an assistant. We are presently recruiting for a full-time housekeeping supervisor.

Current Vacancies

General Manager

Salary circa £43 to 47K depending on experience and qualifications

Full time and Permanent

42 hrs/week incl. occasional Saturday mornings

Minsteracres is an Ecumenical Retreat Centre open to people of all faiths and none set in a beautiful 110 acre estate in Northumberland.  We are looking for a General Manager to fulfil this strategic role who has a proven track record of leading an organisation and developing its people and its reach.  You will be joining the small staff team and will contribute to the high level of hospitality for which Minsteracres is renowned.  We offer a good salary, generous holidays and the option to join our pension scheme. In particular, your role will include:

  • Leading Minsteracres, helping to develop and deliver the organisation’s strategic direction;
  • Overall responsibility for financial performance including sales, legal compliance, and reputation of MRC;
  • Overall responsibility for staffing;
  • Ensuring there is a collaborative and constructive relationship between Minsteracres and sponsors, partners and other third-party organisations present on site; and
  • Being a visible presence to visitors

To Apply:

Further information on this post including job description, background information and application can be found below…

Closing date for applications:                            31st May 2024
Provisional date for interviews:                        w/b 10th June 2024
Own transport essential.

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