Founded in 2011 by St. Mark’s Church (Locust Street), St. James is a unique community comprising a college (grades 4-8), a graduate support program, a community development program offering equity communities ranging from resource sharing to adult education, a wellness center and a Sunday worshiping community. This Episcopal community supports students, families, and neighbors in the Allegheny-West neighborhood of North Philadelphia. St. James serves the students and families most in need, providing a full scholarship to every student. We work to develop the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts of each of our members. Learn more about: www.stjamesphila.org
Commitment to anti-racism education:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old is past; see, everything has become new! All of this comes from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
St. James is committed to partnering with others to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within our school community and beyond. By teaching a more comprehensive and unbiased history, St. James will equip students, graduates, and employees with the tools and knowledge to better address complex issues such as systemic racism and privilege and challenge them rather than contribute to them. . The St. James Racial Equity Team leads reflection and change at St. James by actively researching, challenging and evaluating racial equity and inclusivity in our policies and practices – from our curriculum books to our hiring practices.
Overview of Chaplaincy and Religious Education:
St. James’ holistic approach includes developing the spiritual gifts of students, families, and team members. As an episcopal community, we are committed to living the values and principles of our episcopal identity in all areas of our common life. Episcopalians, like all Christians, believe that our life is grounded in the life of Jesus and that as a church we are called to offer God’s redeeming love in Christ to all. We are a concrete expression of the Church’s concern for people of all ages and of the conviction that God calls us to love all of God’s children. At the heart of our identity is an inclusive community, welcoming all individuals, regardless of religious background, into shared experiences of prayer, worship, reflection and study.
Prayer and worship
Every class, every meeting, everything we do at St. James begins with prayer. Prayer is an opportunity for those gathered to recognize God’s presence in the lives of others and active in our community. This is the time for individuals to share their concerns, their hopes and even their dreams. This is a time for individuals to give thanks and express gratitude for the blessings and challenges in our lives. Prayer offers a way for the community to ground itself beyond what we can do and what we were created to do.
All students participate in daily prayer and weekly worship. Community prayer and worship services originate from the 1976 Book of Common Prayer. These services are rooted in the reading of the scriptures, the prayer of the psalms, the sharing of prayers and the moments of remembrance. Weekly Mass is offered in the church and provides opportunities for students to take active leadership by acolyting, reading, preaching, singing, inaugurating, and actively participating in service. Sunday Masses provide opportunities for the wider community to come together and join in the activity of the liturgy.
Study & Reflection
St. James’s Religious Studies program aims to provide a general knowledge of various religions, while helping students deepen their own understanding of their religion and spiritual life. Students explore the nature of God, principles of religion, personal identity, and their own family’s religious tradition. Like any field of study, religious studies has a unique vocabulary and approach to information and knowledge. Our goal is to help students develop a strong sense of literacy with language and religious understandings. Students bring their own traditions and experiences into dialogue with the ideas and topics explored in class.
The Chaplaincy team works together to animate and support the religious life of the St. James community. Over the past six years, our chaplaincy work has expanded to include community chaplaincy. This model includes the religious and pastoral care of our district, faculty, staff, and friends of St. James. The growth of our pastoral work has led to the addition of several chaplains and team members to work together in carrying out the following core functions:
- Oversee the care and maintenance of the Church of Saint-Jacques le Minus
- Plan services, including collaboration with music/choir team and student/community leadership at Mass
- Planning of special services
- Train and supervise student acolytes and readers.
- Participate in the regular rotation of preachers and/or celebrants for weekday and Sunday masses
- To provide pastoral care to all members of the St James community.
- Teach courses in religion and other subjects as needed (depending on the candidate’s experience).
- Attend baptism and confirmation classes.
- Build relationships with students, families, faculty, and staff to nurture and support the community.
- Respond to other faculty commitments (leading student enrichments, field trips, weekend homework, tutor meetings, facilitating service learning).
- Participate in annual church events (e.g. Lessons and Carols, St. James Day, Ash Wednesday, Baccalaureate, etc.)
- Direct the operation of Servant Year, an Episcopal Service Corps program.
- Ordained Episcopal priest (or in the process of ordination) preferably.
- Teaching experience at the college level is preferred.
- Experience working with tweens, teens and young adults.
- Strong pastoral skills.
- Experience in interfaith settings.
- Adaptability, honesty, self-reliance, teamwork, dependability, flexibility, willingness to listen and learn, work ethic, determination, perseverance, problem-solving skills problems, loyalty and friendliness are essential
- Proactive problem solving, both detail-oriented and flexible, demonstrating sound judgment and the ability to maintain confidentiality and composure under pressure
- Ability to manage multiple priorities strategically and under tight deadlines, while maintaining a high degree of accuracy
- Must pass verification and background check
Physical requirements and working environment:
- Works regularly in standard office conditions and climate
- Regularly uses near and distance vision, including working at a computer screen for long periods of time
- Frequently required to move around the office; works at a desk for long periods; travels occasionally on campus
- Ability to occasionally move items weighing up to 30 lbs. across the office or campus
- Works in an environment of high pastoral needs, effectively dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a diverse and diverse range of contacts with stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions
- Ability to work flexible hours on a regular basis to support team members with emerging and urgent items and to meet deadlines; the position will require non-traditional work hours, including occasional nights and weekends
- Medical/prescription/dental/eye care insurance coverage through the Medical Trust
- Defined contribution plan through the Church Pension Fund
- Funds available for professional development and continuing education
- 5 weeks paid vacation
- Wellness benefit covers gym membership expenses
- Free lunch offered daily as part of the school-wide community lunch program
- Charge cell phone for work-related communications
Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements for consideration to the Rev. Andrew Kellner, Chaplain, at [email protected] We regret that we cannot respond to each candidate. Only those interested will be contacted.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
St. James School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. St. James School strives to have the best person available for each position. St. James’s School policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, health, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made illegal by the Federal, State. , or local law, ordinance or regulation. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits and termination. Any unlawful discrimination is expressly prohibited.