Position Classification: Full-time, 10-month, faculty, 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 Upper School, with additional reporting responsibility to the Headmaster.
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 Upper School to begin service on or around January 2022. St. Christopher’s desires candidates who can serve as a spiritual and moral guide for our Upper School and the broader St. Christopher’s community. In addition to pastoral and chaplaincy responsibility for the Upper School, the Upper School Chaplain serves as a valued member of the School’s Administrative Team and as the “Lead Chaplain” among the three divisional chaplains, partnering with the Headmaster and administrative colleagues on strategic priorities of the School.
Serving approximately 980 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 Upper School Chaplain will work closely and collaboratively with our Lower School and Middle 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 9-12, 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 Upper School constituents, including students, families, faculty, and staff
Serve on the Upper School Health and Wellness team along with US Dean of Students, US Counselor, and Director of Health Services to help ensure the health and wellbeing of every Upper School boy
Serve as the Upper School Religion Department Chair, overseeing the development of curriculum and faculty course assignments and collaborating with other US Department Chairs in setting academic vision and policy in the Upper School
Design and teach multiple sections of Bible Studies (usually grade 10) and an upper-level religion department elective (usually grade 12)
Partner with the Lower School and Middle School Chaplains to lead several All-School services each year, including the All-School Opening Chapel service, Lessons and Carols, and the Memorial Day service
Partner with the chaplain(s) at St. Catherine’s on joint pastoral matters as well as joint services such as the Opening Faculty and Staff service and Baccalaureate
Lead and collaborate in the development of meaningful community service experiences, in coordination with the Lower and Middle School community service programs when appropriate, for Upper School students and faculty
Organize and lead Upper School Missionary Society, overseeing student service learning projects, division-wide service projects, and various fundraising activities
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.