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Welcome to the Human Resources Department

The HR Department deals with the personnel management of College Staff and is responsible for:

  • Providing professional and confidential advice and support to staff.
  • Organising mandatory staff training and maintainance of staff record
  • Assisting with the recruitment and selection of new staff.

Academic and research vacancies are administered by the Master’s Assistant.

Permanent Vacancies:

Chapel Administrator (part-time)

An opportunity exists for an experienced administrator to provide administrative support for our Chaplain, Canon Hugh Shilson-Thomas, who is also Dean of the Chapel and a part-time Chaplain at Newnham College.

About the Chapel 

The Selwyn College Chapel was consecrated on St Etheldreda’s Day, 17 October 1895, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury. Services have been said or sung daily in the Chapel during Full Term since its consecration, and the Chapel continues to be a spiritual and liturgical focus for the College, as well as an obvious architectural one.

The Chapel provides a sacred space at the heart of the College for all members of Selwyn College and Newnham College to use as a place of prayer and reflection.  The Chapel is open to all from early in the morning until late at night, and unless a service is taking place, silence is kept between 12.00noon and 1:00pm each day during Full Term. In addition to Sunday services, daily prayers are offered morning and evening on weekdays.

The Role 

Working closely with the Chaplain, Director of Music in Chapel, Choir Administrator and a team of volunteers, the Chapel Administrator will be responsible for a wide range of Chapel activities, including orders of service, weekly posters for Chapel publicity, arrangements for special services and visiting preachers.  The successful candidate will also write and circulate a weekly email Chapel Bulletin, arrange meetings, administer arrangements for high profile services, arrange Chapel events and assist in updating Chapel information on the College website.

Our Ideal Candidate 

We are looking to appoint a person with the utmost professionalism, who has the self-motivation and personal drive to complete tasks to the required timescales and standards, together with the ability to deliver a high standard of customer service. You will be able to display discretion and sensitivity and ensure confidentiality (a clear-desk policy must be adopted) when dealing with enquiries.

The successful applicant will have experience with a broad range of administrative tasks, and the ability to maintain effective administrative systems, paying close attention to detail and keeping accurate records.  You’ll have excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with all who visit and work in the Chapel, as well as Fellows and your colleagues in other departments.

This role would suit someone who enjoys the challenge of managing a variety of tasks and has a practical, hands on approach to problem solving. Excellent time management skills, and the ability to organise and prioritise your own workload to meet deadlines are essential.  Experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential.

If you are hardworking, diligent and are someone who will go ‘above and beyond’ in order to ensure that those in our community receive the very best support, service and care, we encourage you to apply. 

  • Contract Type: Permanent, part-time
  • Hours of Work: 15 hours per week, worked during 35 weeks of the year, during academic terms
  • Salary: £10.67 per hour
  • Job Description
  • Person Specification
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Application Form: Word format  Pdf format
  • Application Process: To apply for this role, send a completed application form (No CV’s please) electronically to the HR Officer (email: recruitment@sel.cam.ac.uk) or by post to Selwyn College, Cambridge CB3 9DQ.
  • Closing Date: The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 22 July 2018.
  • Interviews:  Interviews will be held on 26 July 2018.

To assist applicants with disabilities, the following documents are also provided in large print, Pdf format:

Job Description
Person Specification

Terms and Conditions

Application Form (word format)   Application Form (Pdf format)

Looking after you and your career

We offer salary progression through performance-based increments. Our attractive benefits package also includes 33 days paid holiday per annum, pro rata (including an allowance for bank holidays), on-site parking, a contributory final salary pension scheme or NEST, subsidised contributory private health insurance, free healthcare cash plan, contractual sick pay, a range of family friendly benefits above statutory requirements and free use of the College gym and College Library.

Selwyn College is home to students of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We’re proud of our diversity. We therefore welcome staff whatever their race, gender, sexuality, disability or religious belief, and we’re keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.

Casual Vacancies

We have the following casual vacancies:

Housekeeping Assistants (part-time) varied hours

Dining Hall Assistants (varied hours)


Other Employment Opportunities:

Register your interest in working at Selwyn

If you are interested in working at Selwyn College and there are no current vacancies in your particular field, please use the online registration form to register your details and to receive notification of posts that may become available in the future (administrative and manual posts only.)

Preventing Illegal Working

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will need to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.  Please see:  Evidence of right to work in the UK

Equal Opportunity

Selwyn College is commmitted to equal opportunity and aims to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment because of their age, disability, race, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.