Upper School Chaplain

National Cathedral School
Washington, DC United States

National Cathedral School (NCS) seeks a school chaplain (beginning August 15, 2024) who is passionate about working with upper school students to encourage their spiritual exploration and creative growth, and who is willing to walk alongside our students, faculty, staff and families with insight, warmth, and good humor. The chaplain plays a vital role in the life of the school and supporting our community.

As a chaplain in an Episcopal Cathedral school, the Upper School Chaplain will be grounded in Episcopal traditions and offer joyful and sensitive support for the broader spiritual life of the school community. We celebrate the diversity of religious expression and values in our community while rooting our chaplaincy in Episcopal tenets and the rhythm of the Church year. The chaplaincy supports NCS’s mission statement: We believe in the power of young women and educate them to embrace our core values of excellence, service, courage, and conscience.

Serving on a three-person chaplaincy team, the Upper School Chaplain is the primary chaplain for the upper school division (grades 9-12), and is responsible for teaching, worship, pastoral care, and academic advising. This position works in close partnership with the student Vestry to lead weekly divisional chapel services and collaborates with the other chaplains to plan all-school weekly services in the Washington National Cathedral. The Chaplain is a member of the Religious Studies Department and reports to both the Senior Chaplain and to the Upper School Division Head.

NCS prefers an ordained Episcopal priest or someone who is in an Episcopal ordination process and will also consider a candidate with extensive experience in school chaplaincy. NCS 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. Salary is competitive and based on experience. This is a 10-month position, beginning August 2024. A typical school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter, résumé and a statement (no more than one page) of the vision and wisdom the candidate brings to the ministry of school chaplaincy. Please submit these materials as one combined attachment in Word or pdf format with “Upper School Chaplain” in the subject line to: NCSemployment@cathedral.org.

National Cathedral School serves 593 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, and collaborative, and they view education as an engaging vocation. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral’s commitment to being a house of prayer for all people. Located in Northwest Washington on 57 beautiful acres, the Cathedral Close is home to NCS, St. Albans School for Boys, and Beauvoir: The National Cathedral Elementary School.

National Cathedral School 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.

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Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter, résumé and a statement (no more than one page) of the vision and wisdom the candidate brings to the ministry of school chaplaincy. Please submit these materials as one combined attachment in Word or pdf format with “Upper School Chaplain” in the subject line to: NCSemployment@cathedral.org.

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