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School of Deacons Needs a Dean!

April 25, 2019


Province I launched its School for Deacons in 2015 under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. Molly James.  With Molly's appointment as deputy executive officer of the General Convention, we need a new dean.  Interested clergy are invited to send a resume and cover letter to the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens (  The deadline for applications is May 31st.  Preference given to persons living in Province 1.


Position Title: Dean of Province I School for Deacons

Reports to/Supervisor: Bishop Suffragan of ECCT, in collaboration with Bishops of
Province 1

Position Summary:
The Dean of the Province I School of Deacon is responsible for the
development, oversight, and implementation of the School for Deacons of the
participating Episcopal diocese in New England. The job is a combination of
teacher and program administrator. The Dean works collaboratively with
Formation colleagues in the Province. The Dean tracks each student’s process
in the school and oversees other administrative roles for each student. The
Dean is primarily responsible for overseeing the eight academic online sessions
and written assignments. The Dean designs quarterly retreat weekends
collaboratively with the other diocesan coordinators. The Dean is also the
primary staff contact for the school and will work in collaboration with
Archdeacon in RI and Director of Formation in Western Massachusetts, and
other colleagues as appropriate. The position is part-time (¼ time) with costs
shared among the dioceses.


Key Responsibilities:
● Work under the direction of the Bishops who oversee the diaconal ordination
● Maintain regular communication with all those in the diaconal ordination
● Recruit teachers for online sessions
● Plan and lead quarterly formation retreats, serving as host (providing snacks,
schedules, name tags, etc)

Host and attend online formation sessions (8 per year)
● Provide feedback in collaboration with the instructors and the diocesan
coordinators for all students on any written assignments
● Maintain online files for the school
● Oversees of the finances of the school
● Critiquing papers and other assignments
● Monthly supervision with Bishop who has oversight of the School


Must be an ordained clergy with a Master's Degree. A doctoral degree in a ministry
related field is preferable. Must be professional and able to maintain confidences.
Must be computer knowledgeable and able to use a variety of programs across
platforms. Knowledge of Zoom, MS Office, Google Apps, and Dropbox are required.
Ability to edit and post web pages (in a WYSIWYG editor) is a plus.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
The position is quarter time, defined as 8-12 hour work week. Hours of work can be
negotiated with supervisor.


Attendance at quarterly formation retreats is required. Mileage and expenses will be


Please send a resume and cover letter to the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens

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