This position is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic person to intensify the Episcopal Identity in a school that cares deeply about building inclusivity, values, and spirituality. The duties are diverse and include offering pastoral care, supporting the social-emotional needs of the students and families, and overseeing community outreach and service learning. The Director of Counseling, Spiritual Guidance, and Pastoral Care epitomizes the school’s core values and Episcopal identity and works alongside a very collaborative leadership team to ensure the implementation of the school’s mission and strategic plan. He/she serves a school of 425 students, as well as parents, teachers, and school administration.
Preferably an ordained priest with a Masters or advanced degree
Experience in counseling, spiritual guidance and pastoral care
A commitment to the principles of the Episcopal Identity of the school, while serving in a diverse community
Outstanding organization and communication skills
Excellent judgment, approachability, and ability to problem solve
Experience and passion for working with multiple constituencies, especially children, ages 3-12.
Develop and provide counseling services to students, families, faculty, and staff as needed. Such services may include (but are not limited to) peer facilitation, relationships, spiritual guidance, crisis counseling, grief work, and social skills.
Coordinate support systems for community members in times of need.
Provide individual and small-group counseling to meet students’ developmental and emotional needs.
Communicate and meet with parents regarding physical, social, emotional, or psychiatric concerns.
Meet the needs of individual students by working closely with the faculty, parents, and the school’s instructional facilitators and student support teams.
Assist teachers with developing classroom lessons that correspond with the school’s mission, core values, character development, Episcopal identity, and SEL programs.
Work with the Inclusivity Committee of the Board to incorporate a multicultural curriculum and social emotional learning activities in the school and community at large.
Work with outreach committees of the church and school to ensure cohesive, age appropriate initiatives.
Help coordinate and execute the School’s CTP testing program along with the Director of Curriculum.
Maintain detailed, up-to-date records, routinely update the Head of School, and provide non-disciplinary pathways to address sensitive student health concerns.
Assist with the Grade 5 examination process along with the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, Associate Head of School, Head of School, and Grade 5
Develop relationships with Grade 5 students and parents so as to advocate for them in the ongoing school process and support them in their search for the best school “fit.”
Develop a strong knowledge base of the school options for 5 th Grade students by participating yearly in welcome coffees and keeping up to date on the differences between ongoing schools.
Maintain a visible presence in the school by participating in the school’s admission and re-enrollment process, all school-wide events, parent coffees, and ongoing parent education.
Pursue continuing education opportunities and remain current in educational counseling practices.
Teach SEL and/or conduct appropriate groups for social/emotional learning.
Partner with Parent University in the planning and execution of pertinent topics and presentations related to social-emotional learning and inclusivity initiatives.
Help coordinate and execute the Responsive Classroom program with parents, students, and faculty.
Attend admin meetings, retreats and planning sessions.
Attend faculty meetings including division, as well as full faculty and staff meetings.
Participate in student supervision duties: carpool, lunch duty, recess supervision, etc.
Be an integral part of the broader life of the school.
Meet regularly with the Head of School.
About St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School
St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School is an active, passionate community with rich traditions and a legacy of excellence. The chaplain position is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic person to intensify the Episcopal Identity in a parish and school that is hungry for direction and cares deeply about building inclusivity, values, and spirituality.