School Chaplain and Ministry Associate

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
New York, NY United States

School Chaplain and Associate for Ministry

Full-time: 40 hrs/week, Clergy

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields seeks its next School Chaplain and Associate for Ministry. This full-time clergy person will report directly to the Rector and work closely with the Head of St. Luke’s School in fulfilling the following responsibilities: 

  • School Chaplain to St. Luke’s School (50% – 20 hours a week) 
  • Associate for Ministry 
    • Outreach (30% – 12 hours a week – Saturdays required)
    • Ministry Assistant for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries (20% – 8 hours a week)

School Chaplaincy

St. Luke’s School, an independent Episcopal School open to families and children of all faiths and spiritual practices, is proud of its chapel program which is offered to all students (JK – 8), faculty, and staff. The School Chaplain will lead the various chapel services, provide religious instruction and education to the school community and/or lead and support others who teach religious education, and serve as pastor and spiritual caregiver to all members of the school community. In addition, to the extent possible, the Chaplain will work with our Chief Officer of DEI, Dean of Service Leadership, and Dean of Students in supporting students and their families.

Liturgical Responsibilities 

The Chaplain will oversee the worship life of the School Community. This involves the planning and leadership of the following:  

  • Wednesday Chapels: Upper School Chapel (8:30 – 8:55): for students in Grades 5 – 8 that are shared between the Head of School and School Chaplain. Lower School Chapel (9:00 – 9:15): for students in Grades JK – 4 
  • Thursday Chapel:  Thursday Eucharist (9:00 – 9:40): for Grades 4 – 8. (Grade 3 in Spring)

Educational Responsibilities 

The Chaplain will provide religious instruction and education as appropriate in consultation with the Head of School and Division Heads, and coordinate and collaborate with those providing instruction in world religions. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Third Grade Religious Ed (Fall) – Exploring the Eucharist: this course focuses on preparing Grade 3 for First Communion and is held in parallel with Thursday Eucharist. Two sections rotate weekly between instruction with the Chaplain and Grade 3 teachers to connect the prayers and principles of the Eucharist with the Grade 3 RE curriculum. 
  • Upper School Religious Ed (as needed): This work aims to support the worship life of the community by being the space to engage student involvement. Upper School RE provides the context for chapel planning such as: Grade 7 Benedictions, Student-led Inter-religious Chapels, Rogation Chapel, etc. 

Additional Educational responsibilities include: 

  • Other teaching as appropriate, including social-emotional learning and character development
  • Supporting classroom instruction as appropriate and possible, especially in areas of religion, morality and ethics, and social justice.

Pastoral Responsibilities 

The Chaplain, in conversation with the Rector and Head of School, will serve as the primary pastor and spiritual caregiver for the school community. Examples of this work include: 

  • Visiting classrooms throughout the year (as planned or ad hoc) 
  • Maintaining a notable presence within the school community 
  • Provide support for students/families/teachers as appropriate 
  • Work with teachers and students when responding to ethical, social, and justice issues in developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Serve as liaison to SLS service committees for collaborative outreach and social justice initiatives.

Associate for Ministry

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields continues to grow its Christ-centered mission in the heart of the West Village. The Ministry Associate portfolio will contribute to this mission by supervising and managing outreach and service programs on the block. The Ministry Associate will also support the work of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, by serving as an assistant to the Associate for Children Youth and Family Ministries.

Outreach Responsibilities 

  • Saturdays: Oversee volunteers, guests, and safety & offerings of space, at In Our Fields mobile feeding program (10:30-1), Community Closet (3-4), and Art & Acceptance (roughly 4:30 to 7:15 pm). You will be assisted by and directly oversee an assistant program manager (hourly).
  • Oversight of volunteers: identifying training and/or communication needs & strategies within and beyond the parish
  • Work with Development to create funding appeals, communications, and media in order to engage and recruit support from the parish and wider community, and ensure grant calendar and fundraising schedule remain on pace

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Responsibilities: 

The Ministry Associate will assist in the work of CYF Ministries, under the direction of the Associate for Children Youth and Family Ministries. This work will include: 

  • Coordinating Sunday School leader schedule, leading Sunday School lessons on occasion 
  • Offer pastoral care and support to families on Sunday mornings
  • Assist in CYF programming as needed

Additional responsibilities include preaching and celebrating at Weekday Mass, and occasional Sundays.  

Rest: Two days will be given off per week. 

The successful candidate for this role will be:

  • An ordained Episcopal priest
  • Enthusiastic about working in a progressive Anglo-Catholic parish 
  • Eager to connect to children ages 4 – 14 and their families
  • Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic
  • An excellent collaborator able to both support and lead groups of people
  • A dynamic presenter and effective communicator
  • Experienced in working with children and young teens
  • Comfortable engaging a community of diverse identities and needs

Contact Information

Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to Fr. Andrew Ancona: