Heathwood Hall seeks a chaplain to serve as a spiritual and moral mentor for the school community and to model servant leadership. This is a position for an active and energetic ‘doer:’ in addition to planning and leading weekly chapel services for each of the school’s four divisions, the school chaplain will have opportunities to teach religion and ethics courses, support community service and service learning initiatives, assess the community’s needs for spiritual gatherings outside of the weekly chapel services, and be a key member in planning annual community-wide events, including convocation, baccalaureates and commencement, which is the school’s graduation ceremony held at a nearby Episcopal Cathedral. He or she will be an individual who is enthusiastic about being a visible and active presence on campus, both during the school day and during after-school activities and events, embracing the opportunities to be a role model and leader in all four divisions of the school. Heathwood Hall’s next chaplain will be an individual who is, ideally, an ordained Episcopal chaplain, and who:
Is energized by Heathwood Hall’s Episcopal mission and ethos, will model Christian faith, while sincerely appreciating an inclusive community that welcomes and supports many faith traditions
Will listen to the needs of the community, promoting a balanced approach to addressing the academic, social, and spiritual concerns of today’s school community
Has the ability to build warm, authentic relationships with children of all ages, their parents, and with faculty and staff
Will partner and collaborate effectively with others, both academic and non-academic leaders, on campus in supporting students, in particular building strong connections with division leaders and guidance counselors
Possesses an educator’s heart, a willingness to support faculty in preparation of daily devotions and other lessons, and an openness to teaching classes
Is adept at engaging with young adults, thoughtfully leading and navigating conversations and explorations that are culturally and socially relevant
Is intellectually nimble, highly detail-oriented, and a flexible problem-solver
Possesses strong communication skills both as a speaker and a writer
Is a person of impeccable character and integrity.
This is a compelling and wonderful opportunity to join a warm, supportive school community where the Episcopal faith tradition of inclusivity and acceptance has infused the school’s culture. Head of School Christopher Hinchey is completing his 4th year as Head, and the school is thriving under his leadership; Heathwood Hall has experienced 12% enrollment growth, and the Board has recently completed a forward-looking strategic plan. Heathwood Hall’s next school chaplain will serve as a member of a strong, highly professional senior leadership team that is characterized by collaborative and synergistic relationships and continually strives to provide all students with an exceptional school experience.
About Heathwood Hall
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (HHES) is an independent, Episcopal day school founded in
1951 that serves 730+ children ages 2 through Grade 12. Just minutes away from the urban
grandeur of South Carolina’s capital city, Heathwood Hall is a serene, environmental oasis
nestled on 122 acres of wooded wetlands. The campus is bordered on the west by the
Congaree River, and on the north, east and south by lush farmlands.
HHES has long been known as Columbia’s premier independent school. Its tradition of academic excellence is coupled with a longstanding commitment to experiential learning that has led to the development of many distinctive programs.
Holding true to its Episcopal heritage, HHES celebrates and seeks to develop the whole child, and to develop tenacious, sophisticated thinkers who value service to others over self-interest. HHES further supports the development of the whole child through a rich array of extracurricular offerings that create ample opportunities for students to find and nurture their passions beyond the classroom.
HHES believes that children learn best when they are truly known and supported by their teachers. The school’s abiding commitment to bui...lding strong relationships between students and teachers allows the opportunity for each child to be met where they are in their educational and developmental journey, as opposed to taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
While HHES’s outcomes are second-to-none—its students compete nationally and achieve at the highest levels—each student’s Heathwood experience is unique, reflective of his or her interests and abilities, challenges and talents, goals and ethos. HHES graduates don’t just master the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond; they know themselves, and know how to advocate for themselves, in ways that set them apart from most of their peers. They leave Heathwood prepared not only to take on our dynamic world, but to transform it.
While the school community includes members of many faith traditions, Heathwood is an Episcopal School where all students and faculty gather, by school division, for worship and prayer each Wednesday in the on-campus Chapel of the Epiphany. The school is affiliated with the Episcopal diocese and benefits from a supportive Episcopal community in Columbia. It is a school that engenders strong loyalty and strong connections, and promotes an authentic spirit of inclusivity, acceptance, and care for each individual.
Today, HHES seeks an experienced development professional who appreciates the culture of this exemplary place, shares it values, and will cultivate relationships and gifts to ensure the betterment of the school.
The Community | Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina is a city convenient to mountains and beaches. In just two hours you can be on a beach in Charleston, SC or head the opposite direction two hours toward the upstate and find yourself in the mountains. Sporting News recently recognized Columbia as one of the “Best Sports Cities;” residents love to support their local college teams including the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks. The city also has a more refined side and is home to the Columbia Museum of Art, the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbia City Ballet, and a myriad of performing arts groups. Columbia has received numerous accolades for its cost of living, climate, job outlook, education, the arts, health care and recreation.