Charity registered in Scotland SC003794
The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church engaged together, and with people of goodwill across the world, in acting, reflecting and praying for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; convinced that the inclusive community we seek must be embodied in the community we practice.
Our mainland office is located in Carlton Court moments’ walk from the City Centre. Today, we are about 280 Members, mostly in Britain, with 1450 Associate Members and 1250 Friends worldwide. The Iona Community welcomes people from all walks of life at its centres on the islands of Iona and Mull. It trades through Wild Goose Publications and the Iona Community Shop on Iona, and resources a wide range of church and community organizations through its Wild Goose Resource Group and Youth Resource Team. The Iona Prayer Circle is a worldwide network which prays for people and places in distress. Coracle is the bi-monthly magazine of the Iona Community, which seeks the exchange of thoughts and ideas as a basis for finding common ground.
The Iona Community is a faith based organisation working towards justice and peace. It was founded in Glasgow and Iona in 1938 by George MacLeod, minister, visionary and prophetic witness for peace, in the context of the poverty and despair of the Depression. From a dockland parish in Govan, Glasgow, he took unemployed skilled craftsmen and young trainee clergy to Iona to rebuild both the monastic quarters of the mediaeval abbey, sharing skills and effort as well as joys and achievement. That task became a sign of hopeful rebuilding of community in Scotland and beyond. The experience shaped – and continues to shape – the practice and principles of the Iona Community.
Iona Community has a vacancy for an Executive Director, who will plan and develop commercial activities and collaborate with the Leader on the Community’s work to develop and implement its strategic goals of sustainability, inclusion and mutual accountability. The key responsibilities include:
The successful candidate should have senior management experience, experience of financial management and the ability to think and plan strategically.
Working at the Abbey Centre is a rewarding and creative experience, and whilst the work can, at times, be demanding many past staff and volunteers have described the experience as “life changing”, with rich encounter, deep learning, life-long friendships and new directions being formed. Our staffing model comprises a resident community of staff and volunteers, who are mutually accountable to each other, and share a common life of work and worship, both of which are valued in equal measure. Recognising the pressures this brings, we provide a range of supports including comprehensive training, a spiritual accompaniment scheme, an employee assistance programme and regular space for reflection and feedback.
This is an exciting time for the Iona Community, with a unique opportunity for the new team of Abbey staff and volunteers to re-establish the Centre as a vital place of welcome, encounter and challenge, enriching the lives of many, and bringing hope to the world.
The main purpose of the role of the Deputy Housekeeper is to support the Housekeeper in ensuring the Abbey and Welcome Centre are cleaned and maintained to a high standard, thus playing a key part in allowing all those who live, stay and visit to have a rich experience of welcome and hospitality. The post-holder will deputise as needed to ensure all housekeeping duties are completed in a timely manner, in keeping with the Iona Community’s Vision, Purpose and Values.
The Iona Community seeks a Programme Co-ordinator to work with our guests visiting the newly refurbished Abbey centre, on the beautiful Hebridean island of Iona. This is an opportunity to shape and lead the creative programme which attracts thousands of guests from around the world.
This post offers an exciting opportunity for a creative, well-organised person who has extensive experience of working with groups and would like to share our life in community. A member of the resident staff group, the post holder will work with colleagues to plan and deliver a yearly programme, in line with the Iona Community’s priorities and values, consisting of a range of events and activities which offer an innovative, inclusive and hospitable experience; fulfilling the needs of guests and visitors to the Abbey Centre.
The programme will include organising and running creative and arts based activities, discussions and workshops expressing the Community’s commitments,
Developing and coordinating a team of programme volunteers and workshop facilitators, the post holder will ensure programme activities are well planned and delivered, and inspire participants to take their learning into the wider world.
The Iona Community is an international, ecumenical Christian movement of over 2000 people working for peace and justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. As a movement, community and charitable organisation we pursue our Purpose through the activity of our members where they live and work and through our centres in Glasgow and on the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona.
Following a £3.7million capital appeal, and a period of major refurbishment, we are re-opening our newly improved Iona Abbey Centre to guests in early June 2020, alongside our renovated Community Shop and Welcome Centre. An exciting Strategic Plan has been developed, refreshing the Centre as a place of hospitality, spiritual renewal and learning, for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, inspiring them to commit to action for justice and peace within their communities and throughout the world.