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Career Center
April 25, 2019

School Chaplain

The Gooden School
Sierra Madre CA United States
K-8 Co-ed Day School
Position Starts: August 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Rolling

The Gooden School is an independent co-educational K-8 school in Sierra Madre, CA, now in its 44th year of educating and serving a diverse group of students and their families. The Gooden School enrolls 185 students from a variety of backgrounds in Kindergarten – Grade 8. Everything at Gooden is based on our mission of the 3Rs – Respect for self, others, and the world. The school provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. Caring, committed faculty and staff members, in partnership with parents, serve as role models, advisors and guides. Gooden has an academically talented and ethnically diverse student body and seeks the same in its faculty and staff. 

From Gooden’s founding, students have been engaged in equitably based programs in the community and have brought their experiences to the classroom. In the Episcopal tradition, Gooden encourages an understanding of and respect for world faith traditions. Families at Gooden are from all faith backgrounds, or none, and the twice weekly, student run Chapel sessions are multi-faith and explore a variety of topics. We are seeking to hire a part-time School Chaplain to lead these services and provide pastoral care for our community.

The Chaplain has one of the most public and influential voices within The Gooden School community. The Chaplain coordinates services with teachers, administrators and students and families, and is intentionally involved in the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts, its learning programs, and its celebrations and special events. 

School Responsibilities

  • Chapel (twice weekly): In collaboration with Dean of Religious Life, and the student chaplains, organizes and leads Monday and Thursday Chapel services. The Chaplain schedules time to meet with teachers and classes to support student presentations on various topics, select music and prepare brief weekly homilies.
  • Community Gatherings: The Chaplain provides the logistical, organizational, and inspirational support at several community and spiritual gatherings throughout the year including:
    • In-Service, Chalk4Peace, Back-to-School, Blessing of the Animals, Grandparents Day, Lessons and Carols, Special Eucharist Services, Saints Days, Stations of the Cross, Easter, Baccalaureate, Graduation, Admissions Events.
  • Community Engagement and Stewardship: Working with the Dean of Religious Life, the Chaplain serves as a liaison with community partnerships to enrich the academic program and community engagement. 
  • Pastoral Care: Provide support and guidance to students, families and faculty as needed.
  • Faculty Retreat: Be available for In-service in August before the start of school
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: Sit on this committee that is chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees



The ideal candidate:

  • Is experienced in working with children in a pastoral role
  • Has a passion for working in an interfaith and multicultural environment
  • Values diversity, inclusion and equity



Ordination in the Episcopal Church or an experienced lay leader, preferably with an M.Div., M.A. in Religion/Theology, or B.A. in Religious Studies, etc. 

Contact Information

Jo-Anne Woolner

Head of School

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024