St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church

Job Title: Rector
Name of Church: St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church
Location: P. O. Box 28, 170 Main Street, Road Town Tortola VG1110

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. To work with the Bishop, and the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, in order to facilitate a congenial working relationship between the Bishop’s Office, BVI Deanery and other missions, parishes and clergy within the Diocese as the Canons prescribe.
  2. To work with the Vestry and other lay leaders, within the Parish in maintaining the regular schedule of worship services, preaching, education, pastoral care, and pastoral offices (weddings, funerals, baptisms, and confirmation preparations), visiting the sick, the shut- ins, newcomers, and the ongoing administration of the Parish.
  3. To supervise all Parish staff who are hired and compensated under the authority of the Vestry in the exercise of their responsibilities.
  4. To serve, as ex-officio member of the Vestry and to preside at all Vestry Meetings.
  5. To organize opportunities to be held within the Parish for the study of the Bible, and practices of the Episcopal Church. This includes the instruction of all parishioners and the youth on their Biblical Responsibilities and active participation in the life of the Christian Community.
  6. Preparing for the weekly Quiet Heart morning devotion broadcasts on Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. on ZBVI Radio.
  7. To have overall responsibility for the St. Georges’ Primary and Secondary Schools as the Rector which shall include:
    • Provide religious training and guidance to the Principals, Staff and Students of both the Primary and Secondary Schools.
    • Daily oversight of the affairs of the Primary and Secondary Schools to ensure all activities and decisions are carried out in conformity with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as discerned and practiced in The Episcopal Church.
    • Serve on the School Board of Trustees on the behalf of the Parish to ensure that the Schools conform with the Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Bylaws of St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church.

Expected Skills

  1. It is expected that our Rector will be deeply committed to a life in God and be an ordained priest within the Episcopal Church.
  2. Possess sound interpersonal skills with a willingness to engage in the community to deal with various religious and social issues that exist.
  3. Must be amiable and comfortable with parishioners of all ages, ethnicities, social status and backgrounds
  4. Should be enthusiastic, encourage and facilitate 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 the advice and suggestions from trusted advisors.
  6. Be appreciative of punctuality.
  7. Exhibit leadership and effective communication skills, computer literacy and familiarity with the internet and general technology.

COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES

  1. The Rector of St. George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church will receive an annual salary of forty-five thousand dollars United States Currency (US$45,000.00), subject to deductions for social security and national health insurance, which are matched by the Church as required by local legislation.
  2. The Rector shall have full and exclusive use of the Rectory for the purpose of a personal residence.
  3. All utilities of the Rectory: electricity, water, gas, and telephone (which includes internet service and mobile phone) shall be paid by the Church.
  4. The Rector shall be provided a vehicle maintained by the Church.
  5. The Church shall provide benefits for Church Pension Fund Assessment based on salary, housing, and utilities (18%).
  6. The Church shall provide Health/Hospital, Dental Insurance, and Life Insurance for the Rector and his immediate family.
  7. The Vestry shall reimburse the Rector for reasonable expenses incurred in fulfilling the duties of the post. Full accounting bysubmission of receipts and travel logs shall be required.

Expenses

  1. Travel expenses, out of pocket expenses which are a direct result of conducting the duties of the post.
  2. Reasonable relocation expenses for transfer (to and from the British Virgin Islands) which shall not exceed five thousand United States Dollars (US$5,000.00) to relocate to Tortola including one round trip airfare (between Tortola and place of origin).

PROFILE OF ST. GEORGE’S EPISCOPAL (ANGLICAN) CHURCH

The Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, which comprises of approximately 60 islandsand small cays. The largest island is Tortola where the capital Road Town, is located. Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost VanDyke, Salt Island, Peter Island, Norman Island, Mosquito Island and Cooper Island are inhabited. The remaining islandsand cays are uninhabited. British has been unofficially attached to our name for the sole purpose of distinguishing theseVirgin Islands from the Unites States Virgin Islands, which appropriated our name in 1917 when the Danish West Indieswere 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 UnitedKingdom, who is represented on island by the Governor. The local Government is headed by the Premier, and hisCabinet and the House of Assembly.

The Virgin Island economy is based on financial services and tourism. The population is estimated to be approximately35, 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 the Church Office are located on the Church grounds.

Currently, communicants of St. George’s Church is 195 persons, and the average weekly Sunday service attendance is135. 35% of the

congregation are aged between 20 – 50 years. 35% are over the age of 50 years and 30% are under 20 years.

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

Throughout the history of the Virgin Islands the now St. George’s Church has been known for its significantcontribution to education for generations within the Territory, being one of only two schools in the early colony of theVirgin Islands, the Methodist School being the other; that is, until the government established public schools in the1940s.

As such, for many generations the St George’s Schools was every bit the education springboard for the Territory’skindergarteners and youths, many of whom would eventually grow up to become professionals in their chosen careers.Today, both Schools maintain a high ranking amongst the schools of the Territory.

The Primary School has a student population of 281, managed by 20 teachers and other staff. The Secondary School hasa student population of 125, managed by 28 teachers and other staff.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted no later than 15th August, 2022 to email address [email protected] and copied to [email protected].

To apply for this job email your details to StGCbvisearchcommittee@outlook.com