The Role

The role of Head Porter is a senior leadership role, crucial to College life with a wide ranging remit.  Reporting to the Bursar, this role makes a vital contribution to the smooth running of the College, through collaboration across a varied and diverse community, and a large estate.  As well as managing a welcoming hospitable first class front of house function based at the three Porters’ Lodges on the main College sites, the Head Porter is responsible for the monitoring and continuous improvement of the College’s Health and Safety and security processes and policies.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work for the second oldest of the 31 Colleges in the University of Cambridge. Regarded as one of the most progressive and informal, Clare is renowned as a College that achieves academically at the highest levels, whilst also being welcoming, forward-thinking, and inclusive. 

Located in the heart of Cambridge city centre, the College is extraordinarily beautiful and famed for its gardens on “the Backs” (the famous backs of the Colleges that overlook the River Cam). Our gardens are widely renowned as some of the best in Cambridge and are valued by all members of the College, as well as our guests. Clare’s Old Court, a Grade I listed building, is the centre of the College and is unique among the ancient Cambridge Colleges in having maintained its architectural integrity over the course of its history. 

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary will be between £42,000 and £46,000 DOE. In addition to this the post holder would be eligible for a bonus every year, meals on duty and uniform is provided.  We also offer membership of a defined pension contribution scheme, a Healthcare cash plan and parking.  

The Application Process

The Candidate Information Pack is below with the job description, person specification and a list of all the benefits available to staff.

All applicants must complete the application and equal opportunities form and email these to Sally Hewings (  The contents of the Equal Opportunities Form will not be disclosed to the selection or interview panels.  

The closing date is 19 May 2023 and interviews will be held on the 31 May 2023.