Christchurch School, one of six schools that make up the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, seeks candidates for the new position of Chaplain and Dean of Community Life. This position encompasses both the design and execution of our weekly chapel services and the pastoral care of our students, faculty, and staff as well an important administrative role that oversees our Community Life Office, which includes the Dean of Students (conduct), the Dean of Residential Life and Activities, and the Guidance Services Office. We understand the Chaplaincy to be highly praxis-oriented, and this administrative role enables our Episcopal identity to permeate our community, actively informing our policies, practices, and traditions. A sense of our understanding of Episcopal identity may be found onthis page.
While certainly weekly chapel services following the Book of Common Prayer are important, having the tone and language to broadly support the well-being of our widely diverse student body is crucial. We are looking for candidates comfortable working with young people “growing up in an unsteady and confusing world,” who want to listen and counsel but also lend a steady leadership presence to our community. We are looking for a candidate who can bring a thoughtful, coordinated, and intentional approach to our community life programming in all of its aspects.
Qualified candidates should hold ordination in the Episcopal Church or have degrees or experience sufficient to lead chapel services, have administrative experience, and have experience and genuine interest in working with teenagers! Candidates should also be realistic and excited about the challenges and rewards of teaching and living in a boarding school, as well as working with students who have a wide variety of backgrounds and ability levels.
About Christchurch School
Christchurch School: we combine strong community with innovation to deliver our mission to meet students where they are and help them to find their infinite value in a rapidly changing world. Our traditions encompass being a coeducational Episcopal boarding and day school with an academically diverse student population of 200 college-bound students in grades 9 - 12. We believe strongly in being a mission-driven community. Our teachers know our mission and believe in it, and try to live it everyday. Prospective faculty members should embrace the mission, values and aspirations of our school, and want to live and work with students of many different kinds. Prospective teachers should also be committed to our progressive approach to education, which uses a highly relational, mastery, and place-based approach to build competencies and make meaningful connections so that learning is relevant. More details about our innovative curriculum--as well as our co-curricular programs, which include successful athletics and place-based outdoor immersion programs--are available on our website.
Situated on the banks of the Rappahannock River in rural Tidewater, Virginia, Christchurch is near ...to the village of Urbanna and the towns of Gloucester and Kilmarnock. We are forty-five minutes from Williamsburg (home of the College of William and Mary), and one hour from both Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. With a student population of 200 and a teaching faculty of 30, the atmosphere on campus is collegial, friendly, personal, and above all, community-oriented.
70% of faculty members and their families live on campus, where housing includes utilities. Faculty families are welcome for all regular meals when school is in session. Resident and non-resident members of the faculty participate in the full life of the school-from morning assembly and chapel to classroom and after-school activities, athletics, residential life oversight and weekend activities, as well as special events and awards ceremonies.
The standard load carried by faculty members is 4 classes, 2 co-curricular seasons or the equivalent, and rotating dorm duty. All positions include competitive salary commensurate with experience and education, as well as benefits (major medical insurance, dental, and vision, TIAA-CREF, disability insurance, life insurance, meals, and professional development) and may include housing and utilities.
One of six schools in the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Christchurch is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. We are accredited by VAIS through the Virginia Council for Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia's authorized accrediting agency for independent schools. We subscribe to the principles of good practice of these organizations.
Christchurch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or age in the administration of its hiring procedures.
Check out our website and our mission, values, and aspirations: we believe in fostering the infinite value of each student, and we try to live that everyday. Great Journeys Begin at the River!