Position Description

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Position Type Staff and Administrator
Employment Type Full time
Department Religious Services
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Thank you for your interest in our Director of Religious and Spiritual Life position here at Phillips Exeter Academy.  Please be aware that although we are still accepting applications, we have paused our search during the summer months and will resume it in the fall once school is back in session.


Please submit a cover letter and resume with application.

REPORTS TO:  Assistant Principal

STATUS/HOURS:  Full-time 11-month position.   Schedule may vary according to departmental and Academy needs.

Position Purpose

Primary responsibilities include planning for and/or sharing in the religious and spiritual needs of the student body, and promoting interfaith dialogue and education.  

Key Accountabilities


  • Oversee religious fellowship groups, advisers, proctors and interfaith student leadership.
  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Plan, and lead or coordinate regular and special services to celebrate religious holidays or events for the campus community for students with diverse faith backgrounds and needs.
  • Lead and coordinate weekly Evening Prayer and Meditation, as well as special events held in Phillips Church.
  • Support and guide students through spiritual, religious, and/or pastoral counseling.
  • Assist students who are preparing for rites of passage in their faith practice.
  • Cultivate and coordinate relationships with outside organizations and communities, acting as a liaison with other churches and religious organizations that support PEA students.
  • Lead and/or coordinate worship services for alumni reunion classes, in collaboration with colleagues in the office of Institutional Advancement.
  • Occasionally officiate at private weddings and memorial services for members of the school community.
  • Support the community, administration, and/or incident response team as necessary in emergent situations on or off campus that present a need for immediate religious and/or spiritual support.

  • Interact with students, faculty and staff by being present in the daily life of the Academy and participating in the residential program and classroom teaching as appropriate.


  • Develop and manage the religious services budget.
  • Supervise the department’s administrative staff.
  • Supervise, lead and provide support to advisers of faith-based student organizations.
  • Serve on faculty committees as required.

Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff, students, and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Religious Services Staff Assistant


Phillips Church Kitchen Coordinator

Faith-based Student Advisors

Internal & External Contacts

Frequent collaboration with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, alumnx and staff.  External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors .

Position Requirements


  • Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. Divinity, Hebrew Letters, etc.)


  • Teaching experience preferred.
  • Residential school experience preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated pastoral and formal church or other religious organization program skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.

  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • Ensures compliance and adherence to Academy policies and procedures as well as legal requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.

Additional Requirements

  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 3 years).
  2. Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).
  3. Required to live on campus.


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