Harvard-Westlake School seeks a new Chaplain to serve our non-denominational, religiously diverse, and highly inclusive community. Harvard-Westlake is a coeducational, independent day school serving 1600 students in grades 7-12 on two campuses in Los Angeles—one for the Middle School (grades 7-9) and one for the Upper School (grades 10-12).
Since the 1991 merger of Harvard School, which was previously affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and Westlake School, which had no previous religious affiliation, Harvard-Westlake has had both an Episcopal priest and a Jewish rabbi on staff, each serving a different campus. The new Chaplain will replace both of those positions and serve the entire community on both campuses.
The Chaplain’s primary role will be to build community, teach lessons of character and ethics, offer counsel and comfort, provide spiritual leadership, and help students and adults fulfill our mission of “living and learning with integrity and purpose beyond ourselves.” While religious ordination of some kind is preferred, it is not a job requirement.
Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
Successful candidates will demonstrate significant experience in chaplaincy or related community leadership (preferably in a school setting), the ability to connect with adolescents, a belief in religious pluralism, and a loving and nurturing spirit.