College Chaplain (tempoarary)
Due to an extended medical leave a great opportunity has become available, for a person with the right background and experience, to cover the work of a College Chaplain and test out whether or not this might be the path that you wish to pursue.
The work of our Chaplain is central to the life of our Catholic Sixth Form College. The Chaplain works with others across the College to ensure that the opportunity for the development of spiritual education and engagement is available to all our students and has a particular responsibility for the propagation of Christian values and spiritual reflection. Our Chaplain facilitates lay many liturgical and spiritual opportunities for all students and staff and the Chaplaincy and Chapel are at the heart of our mission open to all.
We are looking for an individual with experience of working with young adults who has experience of participation in or of leading spiritual reflection. You will work with other curriculum and pastoral teams, particularly the welfare and student support personnel, and contribute to the planning and programme of the Religion and Philosophy in which all students participate.
SFX is a dynamic and ambitious Catholic Sixth Form College, one of the closest Sixth Form Colleges to both the City of London and to Parliament. We thrive on our many relationships and connections with higher education, with employers and with external agencies and we relish the challenge of working out how best to equip our young people to progress and flourish in the future. The College achieves excellent standards and is proud to support many young people from non-traditional backgrounds to successful progression to higher education and to employment. We want to ensure that we take care of and support the development of the whole person: educational, emotional, social and spiritual.
Start date: As soon as possible
End date: Friday 3rd April (may be subject to extension)
Full time, term time only, plus two summer exams results days and occasional evenings and weekends (paid for 41 weeks)
Salary from £25,875 per annum (pro-rata of £28,021 full time) – £28,376 (pro-rata of £30,452 full time). There is a cost of living increase pending for the 2019-20 academic year.
Applicants must be practising and committed Roman Catholics, with evidence of theological, pastoral and liturgical understanding and competence. Experience in chaplaincy, education or youth work is desirable.
Benefits include excellent training opportunities, free use of our state of the art gym, free fitness classes, subsidised massage, cycle to work scheme and an on-site nursery in a supportive community environment, 2 minutes walk from Clapham South Underground Station.
The closing date for receipt of application forms is Thursday 23rd January 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held during week commencing 27th January 2020 and applicants must ensure they include an accurate email address and telephone number in their application.
In promoting equal opportunities we welcome applications from all sections of the community. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be shortlisted for interview.
SFX is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of young people. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Education through a Christian Community
Please note that it is a genuine occupational requirement for the postholder to be a practising Catholic. Priests’ references will be taken up for successfully shortlisted candidates.
The Chaplain will be a person who:
1. has an understanding of the Church and the Education system and what is required of him/her by both, and the links between the two;
2. has a proven ability to develop good working relationships with young people and all those in our college community;
3. will be proactive and able to plan and direct a range of College activities related to Chaplaincy work;
4. is comfortable enough with his/her own faith journey to support and encourage others at whatever stage they may be in their own journey in faith;
5. has sufficient expertise, creativity and passion to plan engaging and relevant liturgical activities;
6. has an ability to reflect on experiences and is open to change and the changing needs of the College;
7. has common sense, energy, vision, integrity and creativity, alongside a good understanding and acceptance of his or her own strengths and weaknesses;
8. is tolerant, with a sense of humour and a lightness of spirit;
9. can provide effective leadership;
10. is an excellent communicator;
11. has a strong awareness of ecumenical, multi-faith and multi-cultural dimensions and how best to serve the needs of our community;
12. has regard for the welfare and safety of students;
13. has an awareness of the need for personal development, both as a member of a team and as an individual;
14. has an understanding of, and commitment to, the College’s Equal Opportunities Statement, to the idenitification and meaning of “protected characteristics” and the ability to contribute to the implementation of the policy through the duties of the post.