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Job title: Rector

Church name: St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church

Location: Road Town, Tortola. British Virgin Islands

Responsibilities

  1. Work with the Bishop and Diocese of the Virgin Islands, to facilitate a friendly working relationship between the Bishop’s office, the Deanery of BVI, and other missions, parishes, and clergy in the Diocese, as prescribed by the Canons.
  2. Work with the sacristy and other lay leaders, within the parish, to maintain the regular schedule of worship services, preaching, education, pastoral care and pastoral services (weddings, funerals, baptisms and confirmation preparations), visiting the sick, near-ins, newcomers and the day-to-day administration of the parish.
  3. Supervise all parish staff hired and paid under the authority of the sacristy in the performance of their responsibilities.
  4. Serve as an ex-officio member of the sacristy and preside over all meetings of the sacristy.
  5. Organize occasions to be held within the parish for the study of the Bible and practices of The Episcopal Church. This includes instructing all parishioners and youth on their biblical responsibilities and their active participation in the life of the Christian community.
  6. Preparing Quiet Heart’s weekly morning devotional broadcasts on Thursdays at 6:45 am on ZBVI Radio.
  7. Have overall responsibility for St. Georges Elementary and Secondary Schools as Principal, which includes:
  8. a) To provide religious training and guidance to primary and secondary school principals, staff and students.
  9. b) Day-to-day oversight of primary and secondary school affairs to ensure that all activities and decisions are conducted in accordance with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as discerned and practiced in The Episcopal Church.
  10. c) Serving on the school board on behalf of the parish to ensure that schools comply with the canons of the Episcopal Church and the statutes of the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of George.

Expected skills

  1. Our rector is expected to be deeply committed to a life in God and to be an ordained priest within the Episcopal Church.
  2. Possess strong interpersonal skills with a willingness to engage in the community to address the various religious and social issues that exist.
  3. Must be personable and comfortable with parishioners of all ages, ethnicities, social statuses and backgrounds
  4. Must be enthusiastic, encouraging and helping church members to provide ideas and suggestions that would unify and grow the church.
  5. Must possess self-awareness to know when he/she needs to seek outside help; and must be humble enough to receive advice and suggestions from trusted advisors.
  6. Be sensitive to punctuality.
  7. Demonstrate leadership and effective communication skills, computer literacy, and familiarity with the Internet and general technology.

Remuneration and expenses

  1. The Rector of St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church will receive an annual salary of forty-five thousand dollars in United States currency (USD 45,000.00), subject to deductions for social security and health insurance national, which are compensated by the Church as required by local legislation.
  2. The rector has full and exclusive use of the presbytery for personal residence purposes.
  3. All parsonage utilities: electricity, water, gas and telephone (which includes internet service and cell phone) will be paid for by the Church.
  4. The Rector will have a vehicle maintained by the Church.
  5. The Church will provide benefits for the assessment of the Church pension fund based on salary, housing and utilities (18%).
  6. The Church will provide health/hospital, dental, and life insurance to the rector and his immediate family.
  7. The sacristy reimburses the rector for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the position. Full accounting by presentation of receipts and travel diaries will be required.

Expenses

  1. Travel expenses, disbursements resulting directly from the performance of the duties of the position.
  2. Reasonable relocation expenses for transfer (to and from the British Virgin Islands) not to exceed Five Thousand United States Dollars (USD 5,000.00) to relocate to Tortola, including round-trip airfare (between Tortola and place of origin).

PROFILE OF ST. EPISCOPAL (ANGLICAN) CHURCH OF GEORGE

The Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, comprising approximately 60 islands and lesser cays. The largest island is Tortola where the capital Road Town is located. Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Salt Island, Peter Island, Norman Island, Mosquito Island and Cooper Island are inhabited. The remaining islands and cays are uninhabited. The British were unofficially attached to our name for the sole purpose of distinguishing these Virgin Islands from the US Virgin Islands, which appropriated our name in 1917 when the Danish West Indies were purchased by the United States of America.

The Virgin Islands operates as a democracy and the head of state is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who is represented on the island by the Governor. Local government is headed by the prime minister, his cabinet and the house of assembly.

The economy of the Virgin Islands is based on financial services and tourism. The population is estimated at around 35,000.

St. George’s Church was established over 275 years ago on the island of Tortola and is located in the center of Road Town. The parish hall and church office are located on the church grounds.

Currently, St. George’s Church communicants number 195 and the average weekly Sunday service attendance is 135. 35% of the congregation is between the ages of 20 and 50. 35% are over 50 and 30% are under 20.

St. George’s Church has two schools, St. George’s Primary School (SGPS) which is located behind the church, and St. George’s Secondary School (SGSS) which is located approximately 4 miles to the west at Palestina Estate, Tortola.

Throughout the history of the Virgin Islands, the current Church of St. George has been known for its significant contribution to education for generations in the territory, being one of only two schools in the first colony of the islands Virgins, the Methodist school being the other; that is, until the government established public schools in the 1940s.

So, for many generations, St George’s Schools have been the educational springboard for kindergarten children and young people in the territory, many of whom will eventually become professionals in their chosen careers. Today, both schools maintain a high ranking among schools in the territory.

The primary school has 281 students, managed by 20 teachers and other staff. The secondary school has 125 students, managed by 28 teachers and other staff.

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