Position Classification: Faculty, full-time salaried exempt
Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with additional hours as needed to fulfill teaching and pastoral responsibilities
Reports to: Head of Middle School, with additional reporting responsibility to the Upper School Chaplain.
Position Summary: St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a Chaplain for our Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. St. Christopher’s desires candidates who can serve as a spiritual and moral guide for our Middle School community.
Serving approximately 960 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming and prides itself on bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning.
The Middle School is a busy, purposeful, and boy-centered place. We seek applicants who will provide inspiration and joy to our boys and contribute to the dynamic and energetic ethos within our school community. The ideal candidate will have proven success teaching and developing meaningful learning experiences for boys. The Middle School Chaplain will work closely and collaboratively with our Lower School and Upper School Chaplains, classroom teachers, as well as faculty and staff across all divisions and departments.
Design Chapel services in keeping with the Episcopal tradition and specifically geared toward boys in Grades 6-8, two-three days per week, through liturgy and homilies as well as by organizing “guest” homilists for varied perspectives and voices--faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
Actively respond to the pastoral needs of all Middle School constituents, including students, families, faculty, and staff
Teach 7th and 8th grade classes; each class is 40 minutes long: Old Testament (7th grade) and New Testament (8th grade), six weeks each section
Serve on the Middle School Student Life team along with MS Director of Student Life, MS Counselor, MS Student Conduct Director, and MS Director of Resource to help ensure the health and wellbeing of every Middle School boy
Lead and collaborate in the development of meaningful community service experiences, in coordination with the Lower and Upper School community service programs, for Middle School students and faculty, working in concert with the Middle School Director of Student Life
Organize and lead Middle School Missionary Society, overseeing student service learning projects, division-wide service projects, and various fund raising activities
Qualifications & Key Skills:
Is ordained Episcopal clergy, is presently in the ordination process, or has a strong foundation in Episcopal lay ministry
Experience working in a school setting is preferred
Experience working with Middle-School-age students, particularly with boys
Ability to establish warm and authentic relationships with students, families and colleagues
Effective communication skills, both as a speaker and writer
A willingness to accept feedback for professional growth
A professional demeanor and integrity
Personal traits for nurturing the growth of boys and working cooperatively with adults; a passion and joy for working with young people, and an enthusiasm for learning
Commitment to St. Christopher’s mission, policies, and initiatives
A flexible, positive, can-do attitude and a sense of humor
Additional Information: Candidates interested in pursuing this position should send a cover letter, résumé, a statement of personal theology, and a minimum of three references with contact information to: [email protected]. Please include “Middle School Chaplain” in the subject line.
About St. Christopher's School
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.