School Chaplain and Assistant Priest at St. John’s Church

St. John's Episcopal School
Tampa, FL United States


The Chaplain plays the lead role in defining, preserving, and promoting the School’s Episcopal identity to all constituencies. This position is a community builder and, as such, works across divisions leading the Chaplaincy program and Chapel, as well as serving as a liaison between the school and the Parish church. The Chaplain will also be a strong presence in St. Episcopal Parish Church, including working to support the work of the Rector. The Chaplain is expected to lead at least one Sunday Eucharist celebration at St. John’s Church each month.

The Chaplain develops, facilitates, and promotes services throughout the SJE community. The Chaplain also performs specific duties in the lower and middle divisions, including leading chapel and teaching weekly religion classes in the middle division. In addition, this position provides pastoral care to the full breadth and diversity of students, families, and employees as needed and oversees the K(4)-8 Community Engagement and Service program.


Chapel Program

  • Oversee and facilitate a meaningful, inclusive, and age-appropriate K(4)-8 chapel program.
  • Plan, facilitate and lead chapel for all three divisions.
  • Oversee, support and be involved as needed in the chapel program for all three divisions.
  • Plan all-school worship events throughout the year.
  • Provide worship opportunities to the school community, including employees and families.
  • Facilitate creative connections between Chaplaincy and the music program.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team on the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the SJE community.
  • Collaborate with division leaders to highlight student efforts to realize their power for good.

Pastoral Care

  • Promote and encourage the spiritual well-being of the community.
  • Work with division heads on building community and a sense of belonging for families.
  • Minister to the needs of students, employees, and families as opportunities present themselves.
  • Maintain a visible presence in the school community.


  • Serve as chair of the All-School Community Engagement Committee, helping facilitate opportunities for students to realize their power for good.
  • Work closely and partner with building and supporting community, support implementation of strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Support the Admissions and Development Offices in maintaining a clear and accurate understanding of the Episcopal identity in service of the mission of the school.
  • Consult with the Business Office as needed on issues of employee wellbeing.
  • Maintain and nurture the cordial relationship between the school and the parish of St. John’s.
  • Maintain an active presence in the Diocese of SW Florida.
  • Maintain an active presence in NAES.
  • Oversee the annual Chaplaincy budget.


  • Teach middle division religion and ethics courses.
  • Serve as Advisor to a group of middle school students.
  • Articulate Episcopal Identity in service to the school’s mission to all constituencies.
  • Create opportunities for parent education concerning spiritual development and life issues.

Contact Information

This is a full-time, exempt, 12-month position that comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including but not limited to paid time off, health insurance, retirement plan with generous employer match, tuition remission for admissions eligible children (contingent on availability), and abundant professional development opportunities. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, C.V., and the names of five references via email to Hugh Jebson, Head of School ( St. John’s Episcopal School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position will remain advertised until filled.