Centre Director – A Rocha Portugal

A Rocha Portugal is searching for a couple to run their Centre as Centre Directors. These people play a major role in the organization as the Centres are a hub of life, sometimes with a life in itself, where people from all backgrounds get together to work, rest, study or just experience A ROCHA for a short time. Working and living at the Centre is an opportunity to invite and welcome people to share life, to work hard, to study, to get involved in conservation and to grow together for God.

If the paragraphs from A Place at the Table didn’t put off your enthusiasm to apply then we recommend that you read the detailed Job Description.

Position: Centre Director
Position type: Full-time with three months trial
Location: Cruzinha, Mexilhoeira Grande, Algarve, Portugal 
Salary: Self-funded
Looking for: Married couple, preferably with small children

Purpose of position

The Centre Director manages the Centre, surrounding grounds and all activities associated with these in close relationship with the Executive Director.

The Centre Director ensures that general Centre maintenance takes place and oversees its management and day-to-day running.

Skills summary

  • A heart for hospitality and Christian discipleship
  • Ability to carry out general maintenance (from electrics to plumbing and all general
  • Centre equipment) and upkeep of the building. Ensuring the site is ready for daily
  • activities
  • Capability for administration and organization, for overseeing the booking and use
  • of Centre resources and facilities
  • Ability to handle health and safety, operational and financial matters (related to the
  • centre and shopping)
  • Competence to handle food shopping, cooking and/or supervising a cook
  • The willingness to handle daily ad hoc responsibilities
  • Possession of a driver’s licence (B & B1)


The Centre Director is expected to carry out the following key responsibilities and duties:

Execute or supervise general Centre and equipment maintenance

  • This person/couple should have general Centre maintenance skills and be able to evaluate issues, from electrics to plumbing, to ascertain whether a professional is needed.

Person specification

  • Serving heart and a love of looking after others, regardless of status at the Centre (volunteer or visitor)
  • Happy to be surrounded by people all day long and able to manage during quieter periods
  • Committed to A Rocha’s biblical and Nature Conservation values
  • Mature Christian with spiritual insight
  • Member of a local church
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal and
    communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Committed to team working
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

If after reading the Job Description you still think that you are suitable candidates, then do get the following ready:

  • Your CV;
  • Your Motivation Letter, including a short text indicating what you think running an A ROCHA Centre is all about, your understanding of the Job Description and why you think you are suited for the job;
  • A short video, less than five minutes, in which you introduce yourselves and indicate why we should move you to the final stage.

When you have all these ready you can fill in the Application Form.

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