Colinton Parish Church
Colinton Parish Church

Charity registered in Scotland SC010313

The congregation is a large extended family with an extensive youth and children’s ministry and a developing programme of pastoral care. We are very much concerned with community providing today a heart and soul for this suburban parish just as our predecessors did all the way back to 1095. The life and buildings of the parish church form a meeting ground for all ages and backgrounds as we offer a welcome in our Swing Café or accommodation for many different organisations in our rooms and halls.

Current vacancies

Catering Manager

  • Part time
  • £23,100 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th February 2023

We are looking for one or two Catering manager(s) to lead the Swing Café located within Colinton Parish Church. The café is staffed by a team of volunteers, who will be led by the Catering manager(s).

About the Role

The Swing Café opened in 1999 and is run as a not-for-profit venture to reach out to the local community and visitors to the Colinton area. It is currently open on Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

The role of Catering Manager will be a 24-hour per week role, to be carried out either by one person, or by two people job-sharing. The working hours are flexible. Administration and planning time can be either within or outside the opening hours of the Café but there will need to be some time on site during opening hours to interact, supervise and manage the team of volunteers on a regular basis.

The Catering Manager(s) will be responsible for managing their own time.

Key responsibilities

• Manage the day-to-day operations of the Swing Café

• Support the Minister and Kirk Session to develop outreach activities involving the Swing Café

• Manage the team of volunteers including staff rotas, training, supervision and additional volunteer recruitment

• Ensure that the kitchen equipment is sufficient and in good working order

• Ensure all Environmental Health requirements are met

• Develop and propose new menu ideas, reflecting demand ensuring the Café covers its costs

• Oversee stock control and manage the weekly and bulk shopping requirements

• Liaise with the volunteer finance assistants to assist in book-keeping activities

Key skills, knowledge and experience:

• Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with a wide cross section of people

• Enthusiasm for working with and developing volunteers

• Interest in food and healthy eating, preferably with experience of working in the catering industry either paid or as a volunteer

• A good standard of computer literacy

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Ability to plan, prioritise and work as part of a team

• Sympathetic to the church and community ethos and values of the Café

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

• Experience of working in a catering environment

• Knowledge of health and safety in the workplace

• Up to date knowledge of food hygiene procedures

• Till operation and payment handling

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Children, Young People and Families Worker

  • Part time
  • £25,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th September 2021

As we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions, Colinton Parish Church is looking for a Children, Young People and Families Worker to work with our Sunday Club and families within the congregation and Colinton community.

Colinton is a suburban parish in the South-West of Edinburgh. We have attractive Rooms beside our Church and a separate Hall elsewhere in Colinton, which under normal circumstances support a variety of activities, including nurseries and a Café.

This appointment is for an eighteen month duration from a mutually agreed starting date which we hope will be in September or October 2021. The post is part-time, 15 hours per week. The exact working pattern is negotiable but must include Sunday mornings and some daytime and some evening work. The salary will be £10000 per annum.

Further information about Colinton Parish Church can be found on our website

More details of the role are provided in the Job Description below.