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Staff vacancies:

We are seeking a new CEO who will join our small team and work closely with colleagues and the board of Trustees to shape the organisation for the future.

Chawton House, Hampshire is a registered charity caring for the Grade 2* Elizabethan manor house and estate once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Knight. The buildings and landscape are historically significant and include a world-class library of early women’s writing c.1600-1830). As a whole, the unique collections provide increasing insight into the influences that shaped Jane Austen and her much-loved writing.

Chawton House is undergoing a major transition to become a significant cultural and literary destination, seeking to work in close partnerships across Hampshire as part of the ‘Jane Austen Country’ experience. It aims to build on all that has been achieved to date to develop a sustainable future for the charity, benefitting the local community, visitors from further afield, and audiences from across the globe.

This new role of Chief Executive will lead and deliver the transformation of the charity. Working with an ambitious Board of Trustees and a skilled and committed team of staff and volunteers, the post-holder will be responsible for devising the future vision and strategy, and implementing the business plan to deliver it. They will lead on securing the financial health of the organization, through the development of commercial income streams, fundraising activity and sponsorship.

To make a success of this role, you will need a strong track record in commercial delivery and fundraising. You will be able to demonstrate clear leadership skills in motivating and galvanizing staff and volunteers towards a collective purpose. Some experience in positive stakeholder management is essential.

Salary up to £55,000, depending on experience.

For a full job description and informal enquiries, please contact Jane Hammond jane.hammond@chawtonhouse.org

Applications should consist of a full CV, and a covering letter setting out why you are suitable for the role. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 19 October 2018. First round interviews will take place on the 31 October; second round on 7 November.

Our tearoom is getting busier, it seems that people can’t get enough of our tea, cakes and light lunches, especially on sunny days when they can soak up the sun in our courtyard.

Saturday Kitchen Assistant

We’re looking for an energetic, friendly and enthusiastic kitchen assistant to to come and help us on Saturdays.

Main duties:

  • Opening up the kitchen and preparing for the day;
  • Working closely with the tearoom assistant: receiving table orders and plating lunches from our light lunch menu;
  • Communicating with the Duty Manager about stock and anything else that is needed;
  • Clearing up and thoroughly cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day.

Our ideal candidate would have:

  • Experience of working in the kitchen of a café/tearoom/restaurant or similar
  • The ability to work alone – taking initiative and keeping busy during quiet periods but also staying calm when it is busy
  • Excellent customer service skills – must be warm, friendly and welcoming!

Competitive hourly rate, commensurate with experience.

Please contact our Tearoom Manager, Carol, if you’re interested in applying. carol.smith@chawtonhouse.org

Sunday Tearoom Assistant

We’re looking for energetic, friendly and enthusiastic people to come and help with Front-of-House in the Tearoom on Sundays.

Our ideal candidate would have:

  • Experience of working in a café/tearoom/restaurant or similar
  • Excellent customer service skills – must be warm, friendly and welcoming!
  • A willingness to muck in when its busy: multi-tasking between greeting customers, placing orders, serving food and clearing tables.

Competitive hourly rate, commensurate with experience.

Please contact our Tearoom Manager, Carol, if you’re interested in applying: carol.smith@chawtonhouse.org

We also always welcome help from volunteers.