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Career Center
February 7, 2020

Lower School Chaplain

Porter-Gaud School
Charleston SC United States
k-12, co-ed day school. 1600 students
Position Starts: August 9, 2020
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Porter-Gaud School is seeking a full-time Lower School Chaplain beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.  This position is school-year only (10 months) and comes with benefits including health insurance, dental, and retirement.  The Lower School Chaplain fosters spiritual development for Porter-Gaud students, assists in the teaching of religion, and provides pastoral care to students, faculty, and families. 


As a primary responsibility, the Lower School Chaplain leads weekly Lower School chapel for students in grades 1-4.  The Lower School Chaplain serves on a rota basis with the Upper and Middle School chaplains to offer a service of Holy Communion before school hours one day per week. 


The Lower School Chaplain has primary responsibility for teaching Lower School religion classes. The Lower School Chaplain may be called on to assist with Middle and Upper School weekly Bible studies. 

Major responsibilities:

  • Assist the Religion Department Chair (Upper School Chaplain) in all aspects of chaplaincy and ministry at Porter-Gaud.
  • Teach Lower School religion classes.
  • Plan and lead weekly Lower School chapel services.
  • Assist with character education as well as parent and student education on issues affecting Lower School students and their families.
  • Serve as a member of the Lower School Student Support Team.
  • Assist with Middle School and Upper School chapels and Bible studies when necessary.
  • Offer pastoral care, both on and off campus, to students, faculty, and families.
  • Participate as appropriate in Diocesan meetings and in the life of a local parish.

The Lower School Chaplain must:

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (an advanced degree is an advantage).
  • Certify that he/she is an ordained priest in good standing with his or her Episcopal or Anglican Church, or is seeking ordination.
  • Have training and experience in pastoral care.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in the LS setting, but other teaching experience will be considered.

Personal attributes:

  • Display a genuine caring and approachable manner.
  • Minister effectively to a wide variety of people, including students, parents, faculty and staff as well as people of diverse faiths.
  • Evidence a passion for working with young people, especially Lower School students.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively within an academic institution.


The Porter-Gaud School Lower School Chaplain reports directly to the Lower School Division Head and coordinates closely with the Religion Department Chair (Upper School Chaplain).

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Email cover letter and resume as PDFs to careers@portergaud.edu

Porter-Gaud School is committed to increasing the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of our faculty and staff. The School welcomes applicants who would bring additional dimensions to the School's teaching mission. In accordance with law, Porter-Gaud School is an equal opportunity employer and hires without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex/gender, age, or disability.

Porter-Gaud School is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students. We hold our employees to the highest possible standards. All employees are subject to extensive background check screenings and must sign our code of conduct. We strive to monitor employees while interacting with students. We take any inappropriate interactions between students and employees seriously and are committed to mandatory reporting standards as required by law.  We will fully cooperate with authorities in any allegation or case of abuse.

Contact Information

Email cover letter and resume as PDFs to careers@portergaud.edu