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The Lawrenceville School School Chaplain and Religion Teacher in Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, plus postgraduate students. The School’s 815 students hail from 33 states and 45 countries, with 70 percent boarding and 30 percent day students. Thirty-two percent of students receive $13.9 million in financial aid grants, and 53 percent are students of color. Lawrenceville has 375 full-time employees, including 109 full-time teaching faculty. Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.

The Lawrenceville School seeks a School Chaplain for full time, 10-month employment starting July 1, 2023. The Chaplain reports directly to the Dean of Students and is charged with fostering religious life on campus in line with Lawrenceville’s mission and strategic vision. We are seeking spiritual, enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.

Religious Life

  • Keep Religious Life visible and vibrant and relevant for our school community

  • Work closely with the Director of Religious Life to:

  • Strengthen and deepen the student Religious Life Council

  • Work with the Director of Religious Life to support the student Explorations Council

  • Contribute thoughtfully and proactively to the community conversation regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Promote diversity of religious and cultural traditions as part of what makes Lawrenceville rich in both learning and experience

  • Oversee and support the Religious Life Leaders beginning with the annual letters of agreement for the adjunct leaders. There are currently nine Religious Life leaders for the 2022-23 school year

  • Manage expenses and budget for School Chaplain, Religious Life Leaders, Religious Life Council, Explorations and related activities

  • Connect to Chaplaincies at other schools and participate in MAPL, 8 Schools and other professional gatherings

Pastoral Presence

  • Be a consistent and attentive pastoral presence to members of our school community by reaching out especially to those who are in a crisis

  • Perform weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other rites of passage for current and emeritus faculty, staff, students, and alumni

  • Create and officiate at "Solemn Assemblies," such as the annual assembly for 9/11 as well as at vigils that happen after a national or international crises

  • Work closely with students and those involved to offer community events

  • Pastoral presence for students who have made mistakes in judgment or are separated from the school

  • Pastoral presence for faculty and staff who have made mistakes in judgment or in the midst of a crisis of one sort or another

Steward of the Edith Memorial Chapel

  • Keep the Edith Memorial Chapel a welcoming space

  • Meet regularly with the School Organist to cultivate the welcoming space among other responsibilities write annual letter of agreement for School Organist

  • Administer and oversee maintenance work on the organ, piano and the carillon

  • Organize and support carillonneurs when appropriate

  • Work regularly with Buildings and Grounds personnel

  • Manage budget and funds available for the chapel

Officiate and Pray at School Functions

  • Officiate at Baccalaureate

  • Officiate at In Memoriam

  • Officiate at Installation

  • Prayers at Convocation and Commencement

  • Prayer Poems for Dedications and House Gatherings

  • Coordinate music, programming, and participants for services, working with musicians, readers, and all involved for the above events

Teaching and Residential Life

  • Teach 2 classes in the Religion and Philosophy Department

  • Advise five to eight students, and do one evening a week of “House duty,” providing supervision in a student residence from 7-11:30 pm

  • Appropriate background in theological studies

  • Deep experience leading congregations and a commitment to working with young people

  • Ordained clergy member in a particular faith

  • Experience in schools and/or leading worship for young people

  • Teaching experience in high school or college

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse religious populations

Job ID: 2023-1740

External Company URL: https://www.lawrenceville.org

Street: 2500 Main Street