Interim School Chaplain

Holderness School
Plymouth, NH United States


The Chaplain is the spiritual leader for the Holderness School community and leads the school’s faith-based mission and vision. The chaplain guides our students, faculty, and the greater community on relevant, collective, andindividual spiritual journeys. As the shepherd of our community, the chaplain provides pastoral care to all members of our community. 

The Chaplain reports directly to the Head of School. The Chaplain also works closely with the Associate Head of School and Deans on day-to-day implementation of programs. In addition, the Chaplain is also responsible to the Bishop of New Hampshire in whose diocese the Chaplain will be canonically resident.

Specific Employee Objectives:

In normal circumstances, Holderness School gathers for chapel twice per week, the specific times depending on the academic season and schedule. The Chaplain is responsible for designing, planning, and officiating those services. The Chaplain is expected to provide chapel services that are provocative, relevant, and faith-based for all members of the community. The Chaplain works together with the Music Director and others to develop inspirational music programming. The Chaplain is also responsible for designing, planning, and officiating worship services throughout the liturgical, cultural, and academic seasons of the year, including Easter Season and Christmas Season services.  

Episcopal Church

The Chaplain will provide leadership for Christian worship on campus through weekly Night Church[1]  and by working to welcome and integrate the local Emmanuel Episcopal Church into our regular campus community.  The Chaplain will maintain a steady effort to teach confirmation and or baptismal courses on an annual basis. 


The Chaplain is the Chair of the Theology & Religious Studies (TRS) Department at Holderness School. Working in collaboration with another teacher, the Chaplain oversees the entire theology curriculum for grades 9-12, which consists of three courses — World Religions, Ethics, and The Bible as Literature.  As Department Chair, the Chaplain drafts and oversees the periodic review of learning goals and outcomes in consultation with the Academic Committee.  Because of the interdepartmental nature of the discipline, the TRS Department Chair participates in History and English department work on an ad hoc basis, especially where group work is on the agenda. 

Meaningful Presence in Daily Life of the School

The Holderness School Chaplain will be a visible presence in the school community. This will be exercised by participating fully in all aspects of school life including but not limited to coaching and dorm/advisory responsibilities.

Stewardship of Sacred Spaces

The Chaplain works with others to ensure proper care and upkeep of the Outdoor Chapel and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  The Chaplain serves as a scheduler and gatekeeper for any other gatherings in the Chapel. The Chaplain looks for creative ways to incorporate visits to Old Trinity Church and Chocorua Island into the chapel program.

Pastoral Care

The Holderness School Chaplain will provide pastoral care to all members of the community as needs arise. The Chaplain will contact individuals and families that have experienced a death, birth, job loss, move, or other significant events that require pastoral care. The Chaplain will provide prayers for people as well as officiate services that are needed to mark events such as funerals, weddings, confirmations, and baptisms. In consultation with the Head of School and the Administrative Team, the Chaplain will design appropriate liturgies in response to significant events of national, community, or school impact.

Service Learning

The Holderness School Chaplain will lead the Holderness School Vestry. Additionally, the chaplain will collaborate with the Community Service Coordinator and Project Outreach Director.

Other Duties

As needs and opportunities arise, the Chaplain is expected to offer pastoral care for all members of the community. The Chaplain:

  • Will serve as a member of the Head’s Direct Report Team, Administrative Team, Deans Team, and School Life Team, and will regularly attend meetings with the Student Support Team, the Equity and Inclusion Team, and regular one-on-one meetings with the Director of Teaching and Learning and the Head of School.  
  • Is expected to be an active participant in the life of the Episcopal Diocese of New  Hampshire, National Association of Episcopal Schools, and network with chaplains of  other New England Episcopal boarding schools, and the local Emmanuel Church
  • Member of the School Counseling Team

Attributes of an Effective Chaplain

  • Ability to relate to all ages of people, with a particular gift for children
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Ability to anticipate needs
  • Knowledge of a broad range of worship and music styles
  • Good sense of humor

Must be an ordained Episcopal priest

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Housing is provided.

Universal Employee Objectives:

All employees should act in support of the mission and strategic goals of the school.  The mission is: Holderness School fosters equally in each student the resources of the mind, body, and spirit in the creation of a caring community, inspiring all to work for the betterment of humankind and God’s creation.

Leadership at Holderness is each person’s journey to best serve and empower others. It is expected that all employees of Holderness model leadership in their conduct and the performance of their jobs through the exhibition of four characteristics:


  • Be a proactive and continuous learner: take opportunities to learn new skills and to extend one’s education.
  • Strive to Continuously Improve: regularly looks for ways to improve practice.
  • Anticipate Challenges: be prepared to deal with difficulties and rise to challenges.


  • Be a Role Model: colleagues should look at you as a positive model and a resource.
  • Actively Seek Feedback: gather feedback from peers, supervisors, and those you serve in order to improve your performance.
  • Collegial and Congenial: be respectful, supportive, and caring of those around you.


  • Consistent Achiever: Effectively and efficiently manage all areas of responsibilities.
  • Diligent: Be on time and meet deadlines.
  • Active Communicator: take the initiative to communicate important information to the appropriate people in a timely and professional manner.


  • Positive Force: seeks and recognizes strengths in others and provides specific and positive feedback to others.
  • Supportive and Preventative: supportive of others, working both individually and collectively to construct and maintain a safe environment.
  • Deal Directly: do not participate in gossip, either through listening or speaking.  Feedback and communication should be made directly, not through others.

Contact Information

If interested in this position, please send a résumé, cover letter, and philosophy statement to Paulette Ryan at Candidates may submit materials by July 30, 2021. Candidate interviews are tentatively scheduled for early August 2021.

No phone calls, please. We prefer electronic attachments rather than paper. An onsite interview is required. Criminal background checks are performed on all new hires.

Holderness School is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law.