Position Summary: As pastor, priest and teacher, the Warner Chapel Chaplain is to love and serve the people of The Hill, nourishing and strengthening them for this life and the life to come. The Chaplain is responsible for providing pastoral care and spiritual leadership to the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Hill community, and for supervising the School’s spiritual life programs which are comprised of many faiths.
With the advice of the Associate Chaplain, the Director of Vocal Music, and the school organist, plan the School’s public worship.
May serve as Department Chair for the Religion and Philosophy department.
Preside and minister, as appropriate, at the School’s public worship.
Arrange for guest preachers from the student body, faculty, and visiting clergy.
Encourage and facilitate private worship by individuals and small groups, including that of students and faculty of other denominations and faiths.
Visit students in the Menkowitz Wellness Center.
Visit students and faculty, as appropriate, in the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, and other local hospitals.
Consult with the Director of Counseling and Director of the Wellness Center to plan appropriate responses in the day-to-day life of the School.
In consultation, where appropriate, with family clergy or other spiritual advisers, minister to pastoral emergencies in the lives of individual students and faculty.
Working, wherever possible, with the Director of Counseling, provide pastoral counseling for individual students and faculty.
Fulfill denominational requirements for specialized training and general professional development.
Take part, as appropriate, in Pottstown ministerial activities, the Northeastern Independent School Spiritual Council, and similar organizations.
Serve as a member of the Community Relations Committee and play an active role in the Hobart’s Run community engagement initiatives.
Teach three sections, preferably in the Department of Religious Studies.
Fulfill the usual faculty commitments to the athletic program and supervision of student activities.
Supervise the work (with respect to the Spiritual Life program) of the Associate Chaplain, the Director of Vocal Music, the school organist, and faculty advisers to student religious organizations.
Maintain a master schedule for the use of the Chapel, including weddings in collaboration with the School’s Director of Special Events.
Collaborate with the Controller to manage any maintenance and capital improvement budgets for the Warner Chapel.
Doctorate in Divinity or Religious Studies preferred, but Master’s degree required.
Ordination as a Minister/Pastor
Five or more years’ experience as a minister serving a School or similarly sized congregation
Prior experience teaching at a secondary or post-secondary school
Ability to maintain budgets
Strong organization and planning skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including planning and delivering highly engaging sermons
Since its founding in 1851 and for 165 years, The Hill School has provided a traditional liberal arts education to its students. Although The Hill’s curriculum continues to evolve, we have never strayed very far from a proven, rigorous blend of humanities, classics and modern languages, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the arts. For our students, we have prioritized broad knowledge in ou...r steadfast belief that this comprehensive foundation best prepares students for “college, careers, and life.”
The Hill School also has begun implementing an ambitious STEM curriculum, which includes one of the most extensive secondary school engineering programs in the nation. We have bolstered our fine arts programs with courses in digital media, video production, design technology, rapid prototyping and fabrication, and design thinking. And, we are offering “pre-professional,” co-curricular programs in business and entrepreneurship.
Over the coming years, we will continue to affirm what we already do very well while honing curricular and co-curricular programs such as leadership training, service learning, experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. We will find improved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century success skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination. We are working with our Faculty and Staff to become both the most traditional and the most innovative boarding school in the country, simultaneously.
The Hill was founded as The Family Boarding School and when you visit campus, you might note that we are still a bit traditional, despite our emphasis on innovation! We follow a dress code, our students regularly sit down with faculty members for family-style meals, we gather twice a week at Chapel for thoughtful reflection; many of our students, as noted, study Latin and Greek; and we pride ourselves on a student-written Honor Code and demanding code of conduct. We enjoy historic and blossoming traditions such as 126-year-old athletics rivalries, revered a cappella vocal groups, school-wide service projects, community team-building events, small group meetings with caring faculty advisers, and a very special jump in the Dell pond after graduation!
Over the next three to five years, the Hill School is set to achieve several accomplishments sure to leave their mark on the School’s history. The School’s Advancement Office is a 25 person-strong organization driven to achieve the goals set forth in the current “Strength of All” capital campaign which is entering its second year of the five- to seven-year campaign. The capital campaign will fund many efforts, including a significant increase in our financial aid and faculty compensation endowment. The School is finalizing plans with its architectural firm and securing funding to construct the $25 million Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, and mathematics classes will be housed. We are also working to expand the seating capacity of our historic dining hall and completely renovate our food service and preparation areas used by our food service contractor, Sodexo. The School has developed property adjacent to our main campus by recently erecting beautiful new homes for our faculty in our East Faculty Village. This Faculty Housing expansion is likely to continue with additional property available for housing construction to ensure The Hill School offers the very best of this important housing benefit to our residential faculty. One of our most ambitious goals is to be a driving force in the economic revitalization of Pottstown and our immediate neighborhood and through our Hobart’s Run Community Development program and participation in Pottstown CARES, we are finding traction in ways both small and large.