Chaplain

Christ School
Arden, NC United States

Reporting to the Head of School, the Chaplain serves as a member of the Leadership Team. Often referred to as the ‘custodian of the community,’ the Chaplain is integrally involved in the school’s daily life. The Chaplain seeks to find ways to foster Christ School’s philosophy and mission, seeks to foster hospitality to all, and seeks to help constituents embrace the Episcopal school identity. Just as St. Joseph’s Chapel is the geographic and spiritual hub of campus, so the Chaplain seeks to be at the crossroads of community life. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Chaplain provides spiritual and pastoral counsel to fellow administrators, faculty and staff (and their families), students, alumni, and the Board of Trustees. Two areas of focus and support are co-leading the Wellness Team and lending support and counsel to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives. The Chaplain is a steward of the Episcopal Church tradition and is also sensitive to the changing needs and challenges posed by modern life.

Integral to the Chapel program and role of Chaplain is seeking ways to bring aspects of the Christ School experience into community worship experiences. Understanding the history, mission, and the so-called “Four Pillars” is essential. To learn more about the school, please read this addendum.

DUTIES

Chapel

  • Schedule, preside, and preach at two weekday Morning Prayer services
  • Celebrate and preach at one weekday Eucharist
  • Organize and oversee the schedule of senior speeches (held in the Chapel and auditorium)
  • Schedule faculty speakers and outside speakers for Chapel
  • Oversee the Chapel lectors and lay eucharistic ministers
  • Advise and lead Sunday Fellowship (weekly informal Eucharist followed by meal at faculty member’s home)
  • Organize special school celebrations, and address pastoral challenges in the community, in the Chapel
  • Establish and foster ethos of hospitality to all backgrounds and faith
  • Plan visits by the bishop of the diocese to the school
  • Foster connection among faculty, staff, and their families
  • Officiate at weddings, funerals, and alumni celebrations in Chapel
  • Encourage Bible study and interfaith discussions among students and faculty

Administrative

  • Sit on Leadership Team
  • Supervise and mentor Assistant Chaplain and Chapel Organist
  • Serve on School Wellness Programing and Wellness Care Teams
  • Management of chapel and DEIB budgets
  • Attend and present at Board meetings
  • Attend alumni and Advancement events

Academic

  • Serve as Chair of the Religion Department
  • Teach religion courses (past semester courses offered: World Religions, Christian Literature, Honors Christian Theology, Biblical Ethics)
  • Prepare interested students and school community members for Baptism and Confirmation
  • Attend committee meetings, including Curriculum Committee

Pastoral

  • Counsel students and community as needed
  • Work with staff members to identify and assist students in need in concert with School Counselor and Student Life Office
  • Attend case conferences concerning students with social, academic, or personal problems
  • Tend to the needs of students, faculty, staff, and their families as opportunities (and crises) present themselves
  • Mentor students and faculty discerning possible vocations to ordained ministry

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

  • Serve as administrative home for both the DEIB Committee and programs
  • Liaison with Student Life and Residential offices to foster greater sense of inclusion on campus and in dorms
  • Coordinate annual Martin Luther King Day activities and programing

External Community Life

  • Participate, as schedule allows, in local clergy association
  • Serve as the School’s liaison to the Diocese of Western North Carolina, attending annual diocesan convention and committee meetings, attendance of diocesan clergy retreats, the latter as appointed/elected
  • Serve as a School representative in the greater Asheville community

Other

  • Serve as a member of a duty team, taking part in regularly scheduled supervision of students on and off campus on some evenings and weekends
  • Serve as Advisor to a small group of students
  • Support and attend various school plays, art shows, athletic events, and student presentations, as well as “All hands on deck” events outlined in Employee Handbook
  • Support Service Learning and community service programs

ABOUT CHRIST SCHOOL:

Christ School was founded in 1900 and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Located nine miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, Christ School is an all-boys boarding and day school for 300 students grades 8-12. Students come from 16 states and eight foreign countries. All world faiths are represented and welcomed at Christ School.

Christ School is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other legally protected status.

For more information about our programs, faculty, and history, please visit our website at https://www.christschool.org or social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Contact Information

If interested, please forward cover letter and resume to Steve Stay, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at sstay@christschool.org

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