Saratoga, CA United States
JOB TITLE Chaplain
REPORTS TO Head of Middle School
FLSA DESIGNATION Exempt- Salaried
SCHEDULE 10-month position, full-time
SUPERVISES Lower School Chaplain
COMPENSATION $75,000-$120,000 based upon various factors, including education, credentials, and experience.
NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB
The Chaplain is the spiritual leader and main pastoral presence of the school community, providing spiritual support to the SAES students and faculty and epitomizing the school’s Episcopal identity. The Chaplain’s duties are diverse and include leading worship, teaching religion classes, offering pastoral care, and overseeing community outreach and service learning. In addition, the Chaplain works collaboratively with the faculty to support students’ spiritual development, character development, social and emotional learning, and physical and mental wellness.
About the School
Located in Saratoga, CA Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent school for Pre K (4 years old) through 8th grade students. Saint Andrew’s is a wholehearted community of learners with a wholehearted commitment to cultivating student happiness, academic achievement and character. The school’s complete, balanced and inspiring approach to education ensures that graduates are exceptionally good people who are exceptionally well-prepared to thrive in high school, college, and life. Founded by Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in September 1961, the school opened with single sections of Kindergarten and First Grade, then subsequent grades were added each year to Grade 8. Today, the school has 398 students from over 15 communities in the San Jose/South Bay and Peninsula Area.
Saint Andrew’s sits alongside Big Basin Road which leads in and out of Saratoga, CA. The view from the road belies the depth of the campus which stretches back many acres and well along the path of the Saratoga Creek.
School Mission – A wholehearted education in the ❤️ of Silicon Valley.
The mission of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is to offer an enriched curriculum within the tradition and values of the Episcopal Church. We aim to educate the whole student, developing as fully as possible the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social capacities of each student.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
By embracing diversity, we are a stronger community.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is a community rooted in kindness. We believe that learning happens best when we bring our whole self to school. We support every person’s right to define, express, and live comfortably within their own evolving identity. We are committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that recognizes the worth of each individual.
Our Episcopal faith is anchored in inclusivity and love as guided by the National Association of Episcopal Schools. One of its hallmarks is to celebrate the diversity of beliefs and perspectives around life’s questions, no matter one’s traditions. Human reason and critical thinking in the pursuit of knowledge are valued as a means to grow deeper in our spiritual journey. Episcopal schools cultivate a strong sense of ethics and develop agents of change through all aspects of the student experience.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Plan, organize, and lead weekly Middle School chapel service and weekly All-School chapel service that are joyful, developmentally appropriate, and reflect the mission and values of the school.
- Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcoming of all faith traditions in worship services
- Coordinate a high level of student participation in worship services
- Plan, organize, and if a priest, should lead monthly school Eucharist services.
- Lead opening prayers at all major school events, including evening and weekend events.
- Pastoral Care
- At Saint Andrew’s, pastoral care involves a wholehearted approach to supporting and enhancing spiritual and character development, social and emotional learning, and mental wellness.
- Collaborate with key personnel and school leadership to lead pastoral care services across the school community in order to ensure the implementation of the school’s mission.
- Offer pastoral counseling services to students, families, faculty, and staff as needed. Such services may include (but are not limited to) crisis counseling, grief work, and other assistance.
- Lead periodic parent education activities related to pastoral care.
- Be a pastoral presence across campus throughout the school day as much as possible.
- Support student events and activities, including after school, evening, and weekend events.
- Serve as a member of the DEI Committee and other committees as directed by the administration.
- Oversee a Middle School religion curriculum that reflects the mission, core values, and Episcopal identity of the school, and that increases the religious understanding of our students.
- Provide religious instruction by teaching Religion class for grades four through eight.
- Supervise Study periods as assigned for grades six through eight.
- Collaborate with key personnel to develop and teach periodic lessons during Study period and/or class meetings on topics including social and emotional learning, character education, digital citizenship, and mental health/wellness.
- Assist with grade level retreats and experiential learning trips, including chaperoning overnight trips, as assigned the administration.
- Service Learning
- Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the school’s Service Learning program and oversee program requirements
- Guide faculty in incorporating service learning into the Advisory program and subject area curricula.
- Cultivate and sustain parent and community partnerships in order to provide diverse service opportunities for all ages
- Engage the entire school community in the service learning program, including coordinating and communicating with students, faculty, parents and other volunteers.
- Plan and participate in off-site service opportunities for students, including working alongside students during outings.
- Lead the Middle School Service Club, including overseeing school service awards and The President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
SAES COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS
- Bring a positive attitude to the workplace every day and enjoy working as part of dynamic, supportive team
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Welcome students at morning drop off and afternoon pickup
- Passion for interacting with students in and outside of the classroom
- Willingness to embrace continuous improvement and professional growth
- Organizational and time management skills
- Holds students and leaders accountable – encourages, equips, and empowers them
- The desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences, and viewpoints
- A sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
- The ability to use technology to enhance the classroom and chapel experience
- Engage in ongoing professional development experiences, including out of the area opportunities, throughout the calendar year (including summer) as directed and supported by the administration.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Ordained Episcopal Priest, Ordained Lutheran Pastor, or Vocational Deacon or Lay Leader
- To be licensed in the Diocese of El Camino Real
- Bachelor/Master Degree in Divinity or a related field
- Mandated Reporter Training
- TB Health Clearance
- Live Scan Background Check
POSITION SKILLS, SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE
- Experience working with young people, preferably in a school setting
- Strong preaching and pastoral skills
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Computer literacy
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY DEMANDS
- Reading, typing, and writing
- Communication skills
- Lifting up to 25 lbs.
- Mobility to move around campus, participate in student field trips, including overnight trips
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