Do you inspire confidence in your customers?
Do you take pride in achieving results?
Do you want a new challenge?

We are looking to recruit a Property Manager who will:

  • manage the maintenance and repair of our 210 diocesan houses
  • provide excellent customer service
  • plan and manage a substantial budget, 2019 £1.1 million per annum
  • develop our asset management systems
  • work with agents to maximise the return from our commercial land and property portfolio.


The Diocese of Durham is one of 42 Dioceses within the Church of England and covers an area of 987 square miles bounded by the River Tyne in the North and the River Tees in the South. It includes the cities of Durham and Sunderland, the metropolitan boroughs of Gateshead and South Tyneside (including Jarrow and South Shields) and Hartlepool, Darlington and Stockton on Tees. Away from the more urban east side the Diocese also encompasses in the West the rural beauty of Weardale and Teesdale, which reach into the North Pennines.

The Diocese consists of 270 churches across 214 parishes.

The Opportunity

Our Property team provides a key supporting role in the mission and ministry of the Diocese.
Reporting to the Diocesan Secretary, the Property Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of our operational properties. This includes:

  • Planned and reactive maintenance
  • Condition surveying
  • Specification of works
  • Contract management

You will bring insight and know-how relating to domestic property management, based on a proven track record as a surveyor. Holding Chartered membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors or Chartered Institute of Builders, you will combine knowledge of legislation and regulations with an appropriate safety qualification and strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

We offer a good working environment together with a good salary, holiday, pension and other benefits. Normal hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday; occasional flexibility may be required in accordance with the nature of the role. More importantly, we offer the chance to play a part in an organisation at the heart of spiritual and community life in the region.


Salary:            Starting salary £41,586

Holiday:          25 days (rising to 28 days after 3 years in post), plus statutory holidays and other customary holidays (including the Tuesday in Easter week and three days between Christmas and New Year).

Pension:         10% employers’ contribution, plus up to a further 5% if matched by the employee.

  • Closing date:  Noon Friday 12th April 2019
  • Interviews:  TBA

Additional Details

Reporting to the Diocesan Secretary, the Diocesan Property Manager fulfils the duties of a Diocesan Surveyor, being responsible for the day to day management of the portfolio of operational property, and for the delivery of projects within that portfolio.

The work includes the preparation of quinquennial inspection reports for each property, the creation and ongoing management of the planned maintenance programme, the specification and management of projects, and liaison with local stakeholders as required.  The post-holder oversees the work of the Property Administration Team.

The context for the work is a move towards a strategic approach to property management, featuring a greater emphasis on a planned maintenance programme.  The post-holder will bring insight and know-how relating to domestic property management, surveying, contract and project management, and construction procurement to the team.

The post includes a requirement to travel to meetings throughout, and sometimes beyond, the Diocese when required, and to work flexibly outside office hours as the needs of the post dictate.

If you have the skills we need for this role we would like to hear from you.

Full Job Details and Application form can be viewed and downloaded below.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting information can be viewed and downloaded here:

Job Description: JD Property Manager draft.docx

Location of The Diocesan Office

An application form for this role can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

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Diocesan Plan-on-a-page

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If you have the excellent financial, administration and people management skills we need to deliver our vision we would like to hear from you.