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Career Center
February 11, 2020

Lower School Chaplain

The Episcopal Academy
Newtown Square PA United States
Position Starts: August 2, 2020
Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

The Episcopal Academy seeks a chaplain to serve as a spiritual and moral teacher for our Lower School community. Working collaboratively with the Head Chaplain and Middle School Chaplain to deliver chapel services and religious education, the Lower School Chaplain is one of the school's key spiritual, pastoral, emotional, and intellectual leaders. Chaplains at The Episcopal Academy honor the Episcopal Church's legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God's love for every human being. While serving and welcoming people of all faiths, they believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We seek a Lower School Chaplain energized by EA's mission to both challenge and nurture students, and by our commitment to inspiring our students to lead lives of purpose, faith, and integrity. As such, the Lower School Chaplain will enjoy school life and the diverse range of events and activities at school each day, showing this passion by being a visible, welcoming presence on campus.

The next Lower School Chaplain at the Episcopal Academy will be a community leader who:

  • Is an ordained Episcopal deacon or priest or in the ordination process.

  • Teaches Prek through 5th grade religion classes.

  • Establishes warm, authentic, and personal relationships with students, families, and colleagues.

  • Sees to the pastoral care of all constituents, acting as a source of strength in times of need and celebration at moments of joy.

  • Designs chapel services and learning experiences thoughtfully and with purpose. -The Lower School Chaplain will develop and deliver a Lower School chapel program meeting once per week, and participate actively in middle and upper school chapel services.

  • Thinks deeply and with frequent reflection about religious education, participating actively in our ongoing work ensuring that our PreK-12 religious education program is impactful.

  • Is attentive to the emotional and spiritual health of the community and its students, collaborating with school psychologists, leaders, advisors and others to ensure student health and wellbeing.

  • Possesses strong communication skills, both as a speaker and writer.

  • Participates in the development of meaningful community service and engagement experiences.

  • Is passionate about spending time with Lower School students, while also working regularly with students and faculty members in other divisions.

The Lower School Chaplain reports to the Head Chaplain and works collaboratively with the Head of Lower School and the full faculty in service of our students and community.

About Us
At The Episcopal Academy, we are united by our shared mission, rich history, and dedication to excellence. An EA employee:

  • Is kid-centered, embraces school and life and shows it through actions and interactions with students, colleagues, and parents.
  • Embodies and lives The Stripes.
  • Consistently maintains high standards for his or her own work and motivates others to achieve the same standard of excellence.
  • Demonstrates a desire and willingness to constantly grow and learn, both personally and professionally, and sees others – especially students – as having the ability to learn and reach success.
  • Fosters a positive culture by being optimistic, selfless, flexible, and collaborative.
  • Demonstrates a belief in and commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse school community.

Contact Information

Interested candidates should submit the following materials as separate PDF in one email with the subject line "Lower School Chaplain" to jobs@episcopalacademy.org. Title attachments with your last name, first initial and document name.

  • Cover letter expressing interest in this position
  • Current résumé
  • List of three references, including name, relationship to applicant, phone number, and email address of each

Application deadline: February 24, 2020

Start date: August 2020 (could be earlier if this better suits the top candidate's availability)

The Episcopal Academy seeks candidates who hope to help foster a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated, as described in our Diversity and Inclusion statement.