Employment Opportunities

Associate Priest for Outreach MinistriesFULL TIME

Position Summary

The person appointed will act as the lead staff member overseeing the various outreach activities undertaken by the cathedral and will be the first point of contact and advice in matters pertaining to social justice. They will also have a full role in the liturgical and pastoral life of the cathedral, and, if appropriate, also be the lead pastor in the parish’s extensive work with young adults.

The Associate for Outreach Ministries will:

  • Be an integral member of the clergy team, participating in daily and Sunday worship, in pastoral care and in teaching ministries.
  • Join the Dean, Chapter, and staff in developing and advancing the cathedral’s vision, mission, and strategy.
  • Oversee, support, and encourage the cathedral’s meals ministries, working alongside lay volunteers and liaising with staff and Chapter as necessary.
  • Be the lead staff member responsible for all aspects of the cathedral’s annual summer camp, Summer in the City.
  • Maintain a high profile for these ministries within and beyond the cathedral, actively encouraging and training new volunteers

Qualities

The person appointed will be able to demonstrate experience of and a deep commitment to teamwork and collective decision-making and possess an ability to allow their ideas and insights to inform but not dominate discussions about the mission and ministry of the cathedral. They will need to be biblically literate, rooted in the prayer of the Church, capable of maintaining an appropriate work/life balance, enthusiastic about the Gospel, and capable of sharing its values by word and deed.

Abilities and Skills

The person appointed will need to connect well with adults, youth, volunteers, and staff, and possess strong communication skills, both oral and written. They will need to have a high level of competence with administration and organization, and the ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and competing needs in a high-energy environment while meeting deadlines. Strong preaching and pastoral skills, supervisory and leadership skills, and an ability to cultivate a network of volunteer leaders will all be vital for the person appointed to succeed in this post.

To apply

Clergy in good standing who wish to be considered for this position are asked to email/write to the cathedral’s Director of Finance & Administration, Canon Robert Black at rblack@saintjamescathedral.org

Candidates need to send a copy of their resumé and a cover letter that explains their interest in the position. They are also asked to provide a link to a video of a sermon preached this calendar year, or, if that is not possible, an audio file or written text of a sermon. They also need to provide the names and contact details of three references, including one ordained person and one lay person. If the candidate is currently serving in a parish as associate/assistant/curate, the ordained referee must be their rector. It will be helpful if their lay reference has good knowledge of their ministry.


 

Associate for Youth Ministries PART TIME

Position Summary

We are looking for an Associate for Youth Ministries who can develop this ministry with innovation and vision: to be an integral part of a staff team, collaborating closely with the Director of Children’s Ministries, the Dean, Music Director, other staff, volunteers, and parents. The goal is to meet the needs of the community, which requires flexibility, creativity, and knowledge of youth developmental and spiritual needs.

The Associate for Youth Ministries is responsible for overseeing the Christian formation program for youth in grades 6 through 12. St. James Cathedral is looking for someone who has a keen commitment to working with young people and their families. The ideal candidate will support the youth in their journey towards a deeper relationship with God, the church, the community, and each other. With the current growth of this ministry, we are keen to appoint someone who demonstrates vision and creativity.

This is a half-time (20 hours per week) position with some flexibility but including Sundays.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate weekly Sunday morning sessions for Junior and Senior High Groups

  • Ensure appropriate curriculum to encourage learning in a creative and supportive environment

  • Recruit, train, and provide support for volunteer workers
  • Ensure all participants are kept fully informed through clear communication
  • Coordinate with other members of staff regarding youth engagement with worship
  • Coordinate with the Director of Children’s Ministries about Sunday morning activities
  • Ensure that all events occur with appropriate adult supervision
  • Ensure all families have registered youth accurately

Develop opportunities for youth to actively engage with worship

  • Encourage opportunities for youth to serve as acolytes, readers, and greeters within the worship of the church
  • Coordinate with ministry leaders and staff to ensure that all youth have opportunities to engage in worship
  • Encourage and coordinate youth leadership and involvement in special worship opportunities, including the Christmas Pageant and Holy Week.

Develop and establish events occurring at times other than Sunday mornings

  • Coordinate with volunteers and staff to develop events on and off campus (e.g. parties, retreats, fund-raising activities, social events, mission-based action) to encourage fellowship for the youth
  • Work closely with Summer in the City (two-week summer arts and adventure camp) to ensure that events can work in conjunction with youth ministry
  • Coordinate with the Director of Children’s Ministries to enable joint all-age events

Recruit volunteers

  • Ensure that there are parish volunteers to lead and support the Junior and Senior High Youth groups
  • Provide training and resources for the volunteers
  • Hold regular meetings with the volunteers to support their work and to grow a team in fellowship
  • Work with the Director of Children’s Ministries to coordinate the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers for all ages

Develop and facilitate service opportunities for youth within and outside the church

  • Coordinate youth participation in outreach ministries. The goal is fun, meaningful community building, faith formation, and for youth to be in leadership roles

Provide pastoral care to youth, families, and volunteers

  • Provide consistent support for youth and their families - especially in times of personal or family crisis
  • Communicate with staff about events and issues in the lives of youth
  • Establish and maintain healthy, pastoral relationships with the youth in partnership with the clergy
  • Build relationships with parents and encourage their engagement with the ministry where appropriate

Other Responsibilities

  • Manage Youth Ministry budget
  • Participate in Sunday worship
  • Collaborate with the Director of Children’s Ministries to create and distribute communications

Qualifications/Experience

  • A personal Christian faith with desire to learn and grow
  • Ability to connect with young people
  • Strong communication skills
  • A collaborator with a capacity for strategic thinking
  • Experience in teaching or in ministry required
  • Open to lay or ordained candidates

To apply

Qualified applicants are invited to send their resume and cover letter to Alison Barrington at abarrington@saintjamescathedral.org or mail to:

Alison Barrington
St. James Cathedral      
65 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611


 

Camp Counselor SUMMER IN THE CITY

About Summer in the City

Summer in the City (SITC), a ministry of St. James Episcopal Cathedral, is a non-residential day camp for 35 campers 8-13 years old from different parts of the city. SITC is an adventure and art camp allowing Chicago youth to discover treasure in their city, themselves, and others.

Position Summary

Summer in the City (SITC) Camp Counselors are exciting and creative individuals responsible for fostering an inviting, stimulating, and safe summer camp environment. SITC Camp Counselors assist many aspects of the camp including trips, daily activities, and communicating with volunteers and parents. As a youth development camp, SITC Camp Counselors are expected to contribute to a team-centered working environment that is friendly, respectful, open, and honest. Camp Counselors are required to attend training and be available for the entire camp. SITC staff work together to share ideas and to develop projects and daily activities with staff and artists. Camp Counselors are pivotal to ensure that each camper has a welcoming and positive experience at SITC.

Applicants must be available the following dates:

  • June 25th - Family Day (meet campers & complete necessary paperwork) (4 hours)
  • July 18th - 22nd - Staff Training and Camp Preparation (8 hours per day)
  • July 25th - August 5th CAMP! (8 hours per day)
  • August 7th - SITC Sunday (4 hours)

Essential Responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for all aspects of camp coordination and success, including but not limited to the following:
  • Camp Programming - work with the Camp Manager to design, manage and teach activities, inspire and mentor campers to develop their talents and interests, and design activities with teaching artists, vendors, and volunteers to help do this
  • Logistics - aid in planning, confirming, and coordinating details of activities, including field trips, entertainment, visits to cultural institutions, recreational sites (parks, lake, etc.) and downtime between activities and events
  • Small Group Leadership - act as a team lead for a small group of 15-18 campers in support of camp programming with the help of Jr. Counselors and adult volunteers
  • Help to build relationships and community among the small group
  • Maintain Space - ensure spaces are safe, clean, and attractive; establish and maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment
  • Communication - maintain clear and effective communication with the Camp Manager, especially of time sensitive or safety concerns; communicate with parents, volunteers, teaching artists; complete daily reports and any necessary incident reports


Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist with program planning, preparation, and evaluation
  • Assure that materials and equipment are available to support planned activities
  • Show decisiveness in dealing with child-related incidents; make decisions based on an understanding of health and safety policies
  • Create and maintain a safe, attractive, and stimulating environment
  • Display the camper's work in a way that is attractive and informative to visitors, and promotes children's self-esteem
  • Alert the Camp Manager of any concerns about cleanliness, needed repairs, or safety
  • Enforce safety rules, intervene when children may injure themselves or others, and promptly complete an incident report in the event of an injury involving children or staff; practice infection control principles (proper handwashing, cleaning and sanitizing toys, tables, etc.)

Qualifications

HS Diploma required. BA in Youth Development, Education, Social Work, or related field preferred. Minimum of one year's experience working with people ages 8-13. Must be willing to work in a diverse environment and work as part of a team. Background check required.

Additional Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Honesty, integrity, and commitment to confidentiality
  • Imagination and sense of humor
  • Evidence of being a problem solver
  • Open and accepting of all backgrounds and willing to work in a diverse work environment
  • Be actively engaged and involved with children each day, including daily outdoor time in all ranges of temperatures or humidity levels, in accordance with safety guidelines

Job Type: Temporary, Contract

Compensation: $18.00 to $22.00 /hour based on experience

Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours

To apply

Send a resume and cover letter to SitC@saintjamescathedral.org
Questions, contact the Rev. Anna Broadbent at abroadbent@saintjamescathedral.org


 

Junior Camp Counselor SUMMER IN THE CITY

About Summer in the City

Summer in the City (SITC), a ministry of St. James Episcopal Cathedral, is non-residential day camp in for 35 campers 8-13 years old from different parts of the city. SITC is an adventure and art camp allowing Chicago youth to discover treasure in their city, themselves, and others.

Position Summary

Summer in the City is excited to hire five to six Junior Camp Counselors (JCC) for summer 2022. JCC's are youth ages 14-17 who are exciting and creative individuals, interested in helping to create an inviting, stimulating, and safe summer camp environment under the supervision of the St. James Cathedral Youth Minister. JCC will have the opportunity to work as a part of a team with the SITC staff and develop leadership skills that can be used throughout their lives. JCC are expected to help foster a camp environment that is friendly, respectful, open, and honest.

Applicants must be available the following dates:

  • June 25th - Family Day (meet campers & complete necessary paperwork) (3 hours)
  • July 18th - 22nd - Staff Training and Camp Preparation (8 hours per day)
  • July 25th - August 5th CAMP! (8 hours per day)
  • August 7th - SITC Sunday (4 hours)

Essential Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the St. James Cathedral Youth Minister JCC are responsible for the following:
  • Make the camp a fun place to be, helping to develop and lead games and activities
  • Help organize and prep for camp in the mornings and clean up at the end of the day
  • Help provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for campers
  • Act as a role model for all campers in word and action
  • Support SITC Counselors in small group (15-18) management and leadership

Qualifications

JCC are motivated youth ages 14-17 years old, who enjoy working with children and having fun! Past SITC campers are encouraged to apply! SITC experience is not required, but preferred.

Additional Skills

  • Honesty, integrity, and commitment to confidentiality
  • Imagination and sense of humor
  • Committed to being a member of a team
  • Evidence of being a problem solver
  • Open and accepting of all backgrounds and willing to work in a diverse work environment
  • Be actively engaged and involved with children each day, including daily outdoor time in all ranges of temperatures or humidity levels, in accordance with safety guidelines

Job Type: Temporary, Contract

Compensation: $100 per week

Estimated Time Commitment: 111 hours

To apply

Send an email to SitC@saintjamescathedral.org with a 200 word minimum answer to the following questions: 
Tell us at least one thing special and exciting about you that will help you to be an excellent SITC Jr. Counselor?
What excites you the most about the possibility of being a SITC Jr. Counselor?

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