St. John's Parish Day School
Ellicott City, MD United States

St. John’s Parish Day School, Ellicott City, Maryland a suburb or Baltimore announces a search for a full-time, 10-month, Pre-school and Lower School Chaplain beginning August 2022. St. John’s Parish Day School (SJPDS) seeks a school chaplain who is passionate about working with pre-school-5th grade children to encourage their spiritual exploration and creative growth, who is willing to walk alongside our students, faculty, staff and families with insight, warmth and good humor.

As a chaplain in an Episcopal Parish day School, the School Chaplain will be both grounded in Episcopal traditions and offer joyful and sensitive support for the broader spiritual life of the school community. We root our chaplaincy in Episcopal tenets, traditions, and rhythm of the Church year, while attending to and celebrating the diversity of religious expression and values in our community.

Serving as chaplain for both the Pre-School and Lower School, the School Chaplain is responsible for pastoral care, worship, teaching a story based curriculum to classes daily, working with the lower School Student Counsel and leads the weekly chapel services for the both the Pre-School and Lower School and collaborates with faculty on prayer, and planning all-school weekly services. The Chaplain reports to both the Rector of St. John’s and the SJPDS Head of School.

Salary is competitive and based on experience. Benefits include optional housing available on campus for a single individual or couple in addition to health, dental and retirement. A qualified candidate will be an ordained Episcopal priest, or an ordained deacon with the intention of priesthood. SJPDS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. Qualified candidates will have experience in working with students, families, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and identities and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion.

The typical School day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Chaplain has the opportunity to support the life of the Parish serving once a month on the Parish worship weekend worship leadership rotation and coordinating Pastoral Care needs for SJPDS families with the St. John’s Pastoral Care Staff. Other responsibilities include dismissal time coverage, recess, lunch table oversight, regular grade-level team discussions, faculty meetings, Administrative team meetings, and other duties as assigned.

SJPDS requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any boosters recommended and available to the general public, absent eligibility for medical or religious exemptions.

SJPDS serves 280 students from age 3 through 5th grade. Faculty and staff are curious, creative, collegial and collaborative, and they view education as an engaging vocation. Our students are curious, fun, and kind, and here at SJPDS we foster the spark of creativity in every child. As an Episcopal school, SJPDS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with the Parish’s mission to strive to develop a deeper relationship with God and one another in Christ. Located in Howard County, Maryland on 12 beautiful acres, SJPDS is a place where children are encouraged to be children and use their individual gifts, to rise to their full potential, grow as strong independent thinkers, people of sound character, and active stewards of the world.

Contact Information

Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter, résumé and the names and contact information of three to five references. A complete application should also include a statement (no more than one page) of the vision the candidate brings to the particular ministry of school chaplaincy. Please submit these materials as one combined attachment in Word or pdf format with “SJPDS Chaplain” in the subject line to: