Holderness School seeks a full-time Interim Chaplain to begin August 2021.
The Chaplain is the spiritual leader for the Holderness School community and leads the school’s faith-based mission and vision. The chaplain guides our students, faculty, and the greater community on relevant, collective, andindividual spiritual journeys. As the shepherd of our community, the chaplain provides pastoral care to all members of our community.
The Chaplain reports directly to the Head of School. The Chaplain also works closely with the Associate Head of School and Deans on day-to-day implementation of programs. In addition, the Chaplain is also responsible to the Bishop of New Hampshire in whose diocese the Chaplain will be canonically resident.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Chaplain
In normal circumstances, Holderness School gathers for chapel twice per week, the specific times depending on the academic season and schedule. The Chaplain is responsible for designing, planning, and officiating those services. The Chaplain is expected toprovide chapel services that are provocative, relevant, and faith-based for all members of the community. The Chaplain works together with the Music Director and others to developinspirational music programming. The Chaplain is also responsible for designing, planning, andofficiating worship services throughout the liturgical, cultural, and academic seasons of the year, including Easter Season and Christmas Season services.
The Chaplain will provide leadership for Christian worship on campus through weekly Night Church and by working to welcome and integrate the local Emmanuel Episcopal Church into our regular campus community. The Chaplain will maintain a steady effort to teach confirmation and or baptismal courses on an annual basis.
The Chaplain is the Chair of the Theology & Religious Studies (TRS) Department at Holderness School. Working in collaboration with another teacher, the Chaplain oversees the entire theology curriculum for grades 9-12, which consists of three courses -- World Religions, Ethics, and The Bible as Literature. As Department Chair, the Chaplain drafts and oversees the periodic review of learning goals and outcomes in consultation with the Academic Committee. Because of the interdepartmental nature of the discipline, the TRS Department Chair participates in History and English department work on an ad hoc basis, especially where group work is on the agenda.
Please see further information regarding this position and our School on our website at
An ordained minister of the Episcopal Church
Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will begin after July 30.
Criminal background checks are performed on all new hires. Holderness School is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Holderness School
Located amid the lakes and mountains of central New Hampshire since
1879, Holderness School is a traditional co-ed independent secondary
school, serving grades 9-12. Holderness strives to strike a balance in
fostering the resources of the mind, body, and spirit: the mind through a
challenging college preparatory curriculum; the body through outdoor
activities and required interscholastic athletics; and the spirit through
school and community service and affiliation with the Episcopal Church.
Holderness remains by choice a small school where everybody plays an
important role, and where students, faculty, and staff maintain close
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