Lay Chaplain

Job description

Open Date:


Classification Title:

Lay Chaplain


Provost's Office


All Saints' Chapel

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:

2A or 2B depending on level of education and experience

Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



If Term, specify number of years:

3 years to start on July 1, 2021

Primary Function:

Through excellent interpersonal relationships and the development and management of diverse programming, the primary function is to extend the reach of All Saints’ Chapel as it nurtures spiritual growth and communities of health and belonging. The Lay Chaplain will be the principal organizer of the Growing in Grace service, nurture supportive relationships across the student body, and work toward the development of a peer ministry program from among the student body.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as principal administrator for Growing in Grace to include: maintaining a strong music team; recruiting and scheduling speakers; providing the semester’s theme; and helping to create a space conducive to worship, prayer, and healthy relationships.
  • Participates in the pastoral care and mentoring of students, serving as a highly visible and accessible member of the Chapel staff with an office outside the Chapel in a major center of student activity
  • Principal organizer of a coordinated communications and social media strategy to demonstrate the resources and programming of the Chapel as valuable and accessible.
  • Actively invites students, faculty, and staff into the diverse program offerings of the Chapel.
  • Will research and initiate the creation of a peer ministry cohort, eventually participating in the supervision of those student leaders as they serve as a supportive resource to their peers and develop programming that nurtures healthy community.
  • Demonstrates a continuing commitment to one’s own spiritual journey through personal practice and corporate worship.

Judgment Required:

Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Monitors expenditures against budget; prepares budget data for review/approval by supervisor/department head.

Machines & Equipment Used:

Computer, Copy/scanner/fax


Bachelor’s Degree


A solid grounding in the life of the Church is vitally important, as well as ongoing interest in theological education and spiritual development. Experience developing programming in a church context preferred.

Job Related Skills:

Excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to remain accessible and nurture community while also maintaining personal boundaries; the ability to form partnership with a diversity of individuals and institutions; experience in effective utilization of social media and/or graphic design a plus.

Student Contact:

Daily: worship, relationship building, consultation, responding to requests
Regular: leadership development


Daily; worship, consultation, responding to requests


Frequent; answer questions, and fielding calls.

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:

Functionally serves as supervisor to Growing in Grace speakers and musicians (who are unpaid volunteers). Once program is established, will participate with the Chaplain in working to hire, train, supervise, and evaluate peer ministers.

Confidential Information:

Student records

Working Environment:

Programs/activities may be conducted at night or on weekends, and may involve limited travel.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders), Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain, Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks, Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work), Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work)

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 5/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time