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Caretaker- Westminster Synagogue

  • Location: Knightsbridge, London
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  • Salary: £21,000- £23,000 depending on experience
Job Description
The Westminster Synagogue Caretaker’s primary role is to carry out the day to day physical operational tasks of Kent House and such other tasks as may reasonably be requested to assist the smooth running of this multi-functional building.  Full training will be provided where required.  Duties will include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Setting up and breaking down: A key role of the caretaker is to set up the building for the activities of the day – be it meetings, events or functions.  The building may be turned around several times a day depending on schedules. 
  • General Cleaning: The caretakers are the primary cleaners of the building (all areas).  
  • Door supervisor and Security:  Often responsible for security and access control, you will be aware of regulations and vigilant at all times.  You will be firm but courteous when greeting visitors to the building.  You will provide security briefings at events to all relevant staff and providing training to key volunteers. 
  • House  Manager at events:  You will act as a house manager at events (both internal and external), keeping an eye on the running of the building and ensuring the events are running smoothly and safely, in keeping with the rules and regulations of the building
  • Sound & AV responsibilities:  Full training will be provided for you to be able to operate our sound desk, projectors and other AV equipment.  At some events you will be working as an AV technician.
  • Building maintenance and upkeep:  The House Team follow a strict maintenance schedule to ensure the building remains in top condition.  For example, duties include polishing the marble and wooden floors.
  • DIY & redecoration works:  As required to keep the building in top condition and functional.  This can include painting, general repair work and basic installation tasks (eg. Putting up shelves).
  • Health & Safety:  Have a continual awareness of any Health & Safety issues arising from the building and fix / report as required.  The House Team are responsible for ensuring the building is a welcoming and safe environment for all staff and visitors. 
  • Opening and closing the building:  The House Team are nearly always the first staff to enter the building and the last to leave.  You will be responsible for carrying out the various tasks required to ensure the building is ready in the mornings and ensure it is closed properly in the evenings.
  • Kitchen Support:  The House Team ensure the kitchen is kept functional and tidy, both during the week and at events.  This will include tidying, cleaning and washing as necessary.  In addition, you will be on hand to help with catering duties such as laying out drinks and snacks after services or at meetings. 
  • Managing external contractors:  External contractors report to the House Team and it is the House Teams responsibility to manage and oversee contractors whilst on site, ensuring that the works have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Key Jewish Festivals:  Often the busiest time for the Synagogue, the House Team oversee all aspects of the building, both in the lead up to the days and on the days. 
  • Take control as required: The Synagogue has a duty of care for the safety of all persons in the building. On occasion there will be the need to take command of situations involving groups of people so as to avoid accident or hazard; you must be ready to take initiative and to give clear and authoritative directions to remove people or objects from harms way.
  • Along with your scheduled duties you will be helpful to tenants, staff, and volunteer helpers, providing assistance where required.
  • This is not an exclusive list and the role will vary according to the requirements of the Synagogue
Person Specification
  • The ability to carry out work with a high level of accuracy, ensuring attention to detail and effective management of time
  • The ability to work unsupervised and take initiative
  • This is a physically demanding role and thus the right person needs to have a high level of stamina and be capable of moving heavy items around the building
  • Manage and prioritise a wide range of tasks and duties, both complex and routine.
  • Work in a professional manner at all times and develop effective working relationships with colleagues, members and external hirers
  • Be able to work as an effective and pro-active member of the Synagogue team.
  • Basic computer skills (web browsing and emailing)
  • You must be a team player
  • Having a welcoming and helpful approach when dealing with visitors to the building
  • Experience in facility management in a similar environment would be an advantage
  • The ability to communicate effectively in English – both spoken and written
 Terms & Conditions
This is a full time position (40-hour week) with flexi-hours. 
 During weeks of no events, typical hours will be 1.30pm-10pm Monday-Friday (this includes half an hour for lunch).  Once a fortnight you will be required to work on a Saturday (8am-4.30pm) and will thus receive a day off in lieu the following week. 
 However, flexible hours are essential.  During weeks where events take place  (or colleagues are on holiday) hours will change and you must be able to adapt accordingly.  Sometimes you will be required to work until 2am and sometimes you will be required to open the building at 7am.  You may be required to work on Sundays or any statutory holidays (and Jewish Holidays) as to meet the needs of the Synagogue.
 The Salary will be £21,000-£23,000 p.a. commensurate with experience.  There is a six-month probationary period for new candidates.  Salaries are subject to annual review when the position is made permanent.  Paid monthly, by bank transfer.  Auto-enrolment of pension will be offered. 
 The role is based at Westminster Synagogue in Knightsbridge.
 
The deadline is Monday 4th December