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Apply to Work at the Chapel for 2015-16

There are numerous opportunities to get involved at the Chapel, including many rewarding volunteer jobs. If you are interested in applying for one of the paid positions for the 2015-16 school year, please use one of the application links (below).

Applications will be accepted Feb. 16-March 6, 2015 using the on-line application process only. 

Interviews will be conducted at the Chapel beginning the week of March 16, 2015.

Application for students not currently employed by the Chapel

Application for returning Chapel student employees

Important: Once selected, in order to be hired you will need appropriate hire documentation including driver's license, Social Security card and/or birth certificate, OR passport submitted to the university Office of Human Resources by Friday, April 17, 2015. Please plan accordingly. 

Questions? Please email chapel@valpo.edu

Summary Job Descriptions for Chapel 2015-16 Academic Year

Sunday Morning HEAD SACRISTAN:  Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Attention to space, liturgical rhythm, movement, appointments, and leadership and support are ingredients which help to make worship meaningful.  To this end, the Head Sacristan is the primary overseer of the Eucharistic Student Chapel Staff. The Head Sacristan has primary responsibility for liturgical space, appointments, vestments and paraments for all Sunday Morning celebrations of the Eucharist, and special worship events within the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Additionally, the Head Sacristan is responsible for coordination and oversight of the Eucharistic Chapel Staff.  Responsible to the University Pastor, the Head Sacristan must demonstrate knowledge, appreciation of, and experience with the Western Liturgical tradition.  Qualifications include having served as Assistant Sacristan prior to application.

Sunday Morning ASSISTANT SACRISTAN:  Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Attention to space, liturgical rhythm, movement, appointments, and leadership and support are ingredients which help to make worship meaningful.  To this end, the Assistant Sacristan works under the direction of the Head Sacristan to attend to the physical needs of the worship environment -- liturgical space, appointments, vestments and paraments for all Sunday Morning celebrations of the Eucharist, and special worship events within the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Responsible to the Head Sacristan and University Pastor, the Assistant Sacristan must demonstrate an appreciation of the Western Liturgical tradition.  Upon successful completion of service, the Assistant Sacristan will be eligible to apply for the position of Head Sacristan.

Sunday Morning HEAD OF ALTAR CARE:  Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection. Attention to Eucharistic appointments is essential to making worship meaningful. To this end, the Head of Altar Care is a fundamental member of the Eucharistic Chapel Staff. The Head of Altar Care has primary responsibility for the Eucharistic appointments -- vessels and elements -- for the regular Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist.  Additionally, the Head of Altar Care recruits, trains, schedules and oversees a team of volunteers to serve as the Altar Guild.  The Head of Altar Care arranges for altar care during Sundays amid the academic year when classes are not in session.  Responsible to the Head Sacristan and University Pastor, the Head of Altar Care must demonstrate an appreciation of the Western Liturgical tradition.  

Sunday Morning HEAD USHER: The Head Usher has primary responsibility for recruiting, scheduling, training and oversight of the volunteer usher team for the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Additionally, the Head Usher provides leadership in creating and sustaining a climate of hospitality at the Chapel of the Resurrection.  The Head Usher is expected to serve at all Sunday Morning Eucharist Celebrations when classes are in session, as well as other special worship events.  Responsible to the Head Sacristan and the University Pastor, the Head Usher must be a friendly, outgoing person with good communication skills. 

CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP COORDINATOR: Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Candlelight is a unique and fundamental expression of worship within the Chapel of the Resurrection.  To this end, the Candlelight Worship Coordinator is the primary student leader with responsibility for experiential aspects of Candlelight worship for all participants on the Candlelight worship team. Additional requirements: Minimum of two completed semesters at Valpo before start date; Familiar with Chapel facility, its services and programs; Familiar with Candlelight worship  and community; Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs weight; Working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Expected to work 3 to 3.75 hours/week.

CANDLELIGHT MUSIC DIRECTOR(S):  The Candlelight Music Director(s) are responsible for all musical components of the Candlelight experience.  Primary responsibilities include:  Mastering the Candlelight music (Holden Evening Prayer); Accompanying Candlelight worship; Training cantors, as needed; Collaborating with Candlelight instrumentalists; Rehearsing with cantors and instrumentalists for 30 minutes prior to worship each week; Scheduling Candlelight Cantors and Instrumentalists; Participating in regular Candlelight Team meetings; Collaborating with the Candlelight Worship Coordinator and the University Pastor. 

CELEBRATE! ART & MEDIA COORDINATOR:  The Celebrate! Art & Media Coordinator is responsible for the design and implementation of environmental art and media at the weekly Celebrate! service on Wednesday nights. The Art & Media Coordinator works with the Celebrate! Music Coordinator and the House Manager as well as the University Pastor to plan over-arching themes for each service. The Art & Media Coordinator designs the projections used at the service and works with the Music Coordinator to ensure that lyrics are accurately presented. Typically, the Art & Media Coordinator runs the projections at each service. The Art & Media Coordinator takes the lead in planning and presenting environmental art installations that support the nightly theme and/or provide a variety of means for those in worship to be engaged and engage the experience. The House Manager is responsible to the University Pastor and should demonstrate an interest in liturgical theology as well as contemporary and experimental worship and background in art or technology is helpful, though not required. 

PRAISE BAND LEADER: Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection. The Praise band leader is the key leader in creating the environment for worship at the Wednesday night Celebrate! service, Friday Morning Prayer and other events where a praise band serves. Primary duties: Work with the Celebrate!  and Morning Prayer planning teams to plan and implement weekly services and other services  as needed; Recruit and manage bandleaders for the bands that serve at Celebrate; Recruit and lead Friday Morning Prayer (FMP) Band; Establish and manage an audition process that allows interested musicians with a way into one of the Celebrate bands; Keep all equipment in good order, arranging for service and repairs as needed. Qualifications include: Minimum of two completed semesters at Valpo before start date; Familiar with Chapel facility, its services and programs; Familiar with Celebrate! and  Morning Prayer worship  and community; Management skills of planning, organizing, directing and communicating essential. Working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Advanced understanding of music and music theory a plus.

SOUND TECHNICIAN MANAGER: The Sound Technician Manager assists with Sound Technician recruitment, training, and job assignment scheduling. Typically, the Head Sound Technician will be scheduled into the regular sound technician rotation. Responsible to a University Pastor, the Head Sound Technician must be attentive to detail and able to work independently with little or no supervision, have timely attendance with the ability to vary schedule, present a professional, helpful, and amiable attitude, and communicate effectively. Additional requirements: A minimum of four completed semesters at Valparaiso University before start date, familiarity with Chapel facility, its services and programs; working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Hourly position, 2-10 hours per week, Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., shifts may vary.

SOUND TECHNICIANS: Each Sound Technician plays a vital role in support of worship services and special events at the Chapel by operating the sound system. Must be able to work at least one Morning Prayer service every week in addition to other services on a rotation basis. Must have a minimum of two completed semesters at Valparaiso University prior to start date. Responsible to Head Sound Technician, the Sound Technician must have timely attendance, prior experience with technology, willingness to learn, and the ability to apply knowledge and experience to new and challenging situations. Hourly position,averaging 2 to 4 hours/week. Hours and shifts may vary.

WEDDING COORDINATOR ASSISTANTS:  Each Wedding Coordinator Assistant has primary responsibility for assisting the Chapel Wedding Coordinator during chapel wedding rehearsals and services. The Wedding Coordinator Assistant operates the sound board, does room setup and teardown, and provides a climate of hospitality. Responsible to the Manager of Chapel Operations, the Wedding Coordinator Assistant must be professional, attentive to detail, have timely attendance with the ability to vary schedule, be able to relate to others and communicate effectively. The assistant should be familiar with the Chapel facility and sound system and have the previous experience as an assigned Chapel sound technician for at least three major University events.  Hours and shifts may vary, 5-6 hours/wedding.  

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY NETWORK COORDINATOR:  The Christian Ministry Network Coordinator regularly convenes student leaders from Religious Life and Campus Ministry clubs and organizations from across campus to mutually support and encourage each other in ministry and to create and carry out collaborative, ecumenical ministry events, experiences, and opportunities.  Responsible to the University Pastor, the CMN Coordinator must be actively involved in an on-campus ministry club or organization and demonstrate a commitment to ecumenical ministry relationships.   

HOSPITALITY ATTENDANTS:  The Hospitality Attendant is the “first face” of the Chapel and plays a critical role in creating and sustaining a spirit of hospitality. Each hospitality attendant greets and offers assistance to all visitors to the building, provides guided tours for groups (scheduled in advance), and assists Chapel staff with a variety of office work. Must have excellent communication skills, ability to operate (or be trained in operating) office equipment to assist in the production of worship materials, ability to work independently with little or no supervision, and have timely attendance. The attendant should have intermediate knowledge of the Chapel historic structure and familiarity with Chapel services and programming and a minimum of two completed semesters at Valparaiso University before start date. Professional/business casual appearance is required while on duty. Hourly position, regular daytime weekly shifts Monday-Friday.

HOSPITALITY ATTENDANT MANAGER: The Hospitality Attendant Manager is responsible for managing the Hospitality Attendant staff and to ensure the day-to-day hospitality activities are delivered smoothly and all functions are carried out. This position also provides administrative support to the Chapel staff when required. Hourly position,6-8 hours per week, Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., shifts vary.

BUILDING MANAGER: The Building Manager assists with Building Associates recruitment, training, and job assignment scheduling and assists with all room set-up and take-down related to worship and Chapel special events, and provides building and room daily inspection in the morning. Responsible to the Manager of Chapel Operations, the Building Manager must be attentive to detail and able to work independently with little or no supervision, have timely attendance with the ability to vary schedule, present a professional, helpful, and amiable attitude, and communicate effectively. Additional requirements: A minimum of four completed semesters at Valparaiso University before start date, ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., familiarity with Chapel facility, its services and programs; working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Hourly position, 2-10 hours per week, Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., shifts may vary.

BUILDING ASSOCIATES:  The Chapel hosts many events each week including eight or more worship services. Building Associates work as  scheduled team to move the furniture and other necessary equipment to make these events possible. Responsible to the Building Manager, the Building Associate must be attentive to detail and able to work independently with little or no supervision, have timely attendance with the ability to vary schedule, be able to lift 50 lbs. minimum, present a professional, helpful, and amiable attitude, and communicate effectively. Minimum of two completed semesters at Valparaiso University before start date. Hourly position, 2-6 hours per week, Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., shifts vary.

PUBLICATIONS OFFICE ASSISTANT: The chapel publications office assistant provides support in the production of worship materials. Responsible to the Chapel Publications Coordinator, the assistant must be attentive to detail, have the ability to operate (or be trained in operating) a variety of office equipment, have timely attendance with the ability to vary schedule, be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., present a professional, helpful, and amiable attitude, and communicate effectively.  Minimum of two completed semesters at Valparaiso University before start date. Hourly position, 3-6 hours per week, Wednesday-Friday, shifts may vary. 

PHOTOGRAPHER: The Chapel Photographer works with chapel staff to photograph various aspects of chapel programming, as directed by the Publications Coordinator. The photographer is responsible for creating photographs that will be used to showcase the Chapel to different audiences, including prospective students, current students and the community. Must have the ability to photograph worship services and other events in a professional and non-intrusive manner and provide own professional photography equipment. Hourly position. Hours vary throughout semester.  

MORNING PRAYER STUDENT LEADER:  The Morning Prayer Student Leader is fundamental to the smooth planning and leading of Morning Prayer. Responsible to the University Pastor, the Morning Prayer Student Leader writes and occasionally leads morning prayer services. S/he also will recruit and help train student volunteers for roles of lector, leaders of prayer, and speakers, and helps promote Morning Prayer attendance and student leadership. 

MORNING PRAYER MUSIC COORDINATOR: The Morning Prayer Music Coordinator is fundamental to the smooth planning and leading of music in Morning Prayer.  The coordinator works with chapel staff and other students in planning and leading music for worship.  The music coordinator is a member of the Morning Prayer planning team, and assigns keyboardist, cantors, and instrumentalists for services.  The music coordinator assists with recruiting and training for Morning Prayer planning and coordinates all musicians serving at Morning Prayer. Reports to the Director of Chapel Music. 

KANTOREI LIBRARIAN:   This person assists the chapel staff by providing leadership in organizing music for the chapel choir.  The Kantorei Librarian assists in the worship of the chapel by providing support for the smooth rehearsals of the Kantorei.  Reporting to the Director of Chapel Music, the librarian is responsible for the music library of the Kantorei Choir. This includes taking and returning music from the music library, organizing choral anthems and choir folders, copying music as needed for the choir. 

WEDNESDAY MATINS ORGANIST: The Matins Organist assists worship in the chapel by providing weekly music leadership at Wednesday Morning Prayer.  This person supports the work of Morning Prayer by providing keyboard leadership each Wednesday morning.  The organist plays weekly for Wednesday Morning Matins service in the chapel.  The organist works with the Morning Prayer planners for hymn choices, and works with the Matins Choir, playing accompaniments as needed.  Reports to the Director of Chapel Music. 4 hours per week. 

MATINS CHOIR DIRECTOR(S): This person provides leadership to the Morning Prayer worship assembly by leading the choir weekly. The Matins Choir Director(s) support the work of Wednesday Morning Prayer by providing leadership for choir and congregational singing.  The Matins Choir Director(s) plan and select all psalm setting for use in Wednesday Matins services.  They recruit and publicize the choir and its rehearsals.  They prepare rehearsals, set up choir copies, accompaniments and instrumentalists’ parts.  They lead weekly rehearsals and Wednesday morning warm-up.  They direct the choir at Wednesday morning Matins services and report to the Director of Chapel Music. 4 hours per week. 

HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR(S): The Handbell Choir Director(s) support the worship of the Chapel of the Resurrection through leadership at select services throughout the academic year.  The Handbell Choir Directors(s) plan and select all handbell music for the choir(s).  They recruit and publicize the choir and its rehearsals.  They prepare rehearsals, set up choir copies, and keep all equipment in good order.  They check equipment for repairs and service.  Working with the presidents and faculty advisor, they prepare for campus services (Advent/Christmas Vespers, Transfiguration Vespers, Palm/Passion Sunday) and off-campus events.  They prepare Sunday afternoon rehearsals and lead those rehearsals.  Reports to the Director of Chapel Music. 6-8  hours per week. 

SUMMER ASSISTANT: Worship is the center of the life of the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Attention to space, liturgical rhythm, movement, appointments, and leadership and support are ingredients which help to make worship meaningful.  To this end, the Summer Assistant works under the direction of the Summer Lead Assistant to attend to the physical needs of the worship environment as well as special worship events, and other office projects within the Chapel of the Resurrection during the summer months, when classes are not in session. Areas of responsibility include: Assist the Summer Lead Assistant in preparation of the all Eucharistic appointments (including, but not limited to the paraments and vestments) when assigned; Serve as Altar care for Sunday Morning Eucharist Celebrations, including set-up of vessels and elements for the Eucharist when assigned; Clean up following worship; Change font water and 7-day candles weekly; Assist the Summer Lead Assistant  with set up and tear down as necessary; Be present at all Sunday Morning Worship, when assigned. Qualifications: Minimum of two completed semesters at Valpo before start date; Familiar with Chapel facility, its services and programs; Familiar with Sunday worship, Morning Prayer worship, and Candlelight worship  and other community services; Working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs weight. Hourly pay; 3 - 5 hours per week. Shifts vary.

SUMMER LEAD ASSISTANT:  the Summer Lead Assistant has responsibility for Sunday Morning celebrations of the Eucharist, special worship events, and other summer special projects within the Chapel of the Resurrection during the summer months, when classes are not in session.  Responsibilities include: Serve as Summer Head Sacristan and Altar Care for all Sunday Morning Eucharist Celebrations, including set-up of vessels and elements for the Eucharist; Preparation of the all Eucharistic appointments (including, but not limited to the paraments and vestments); Clean up following worship, assist with liturgical inventory project; Serve as Usher for Sunday Morning Eucharist Celebrations; Coordinate work schedule with Summer Assistant for each Sunday of summer worship; Change font water and 7-day candles weekly; Be present at all Sunday Morning Worship, when assigned; Serve as Summer Special Event Assistant on the rehearsal and event day and ensure everything runs smoothly including event setup and teardown; Serve as Summer Sound Technician and assist with setting up, testing, operating, and tearing down sound equipment for the event. Monitor workstation and storage areas to ensure sound equipment security, functionality, and safety. Assist with A/V equipment inventory project. Qualifications: Minimum of four completed semesters at Valpo before start date; Must have working experience as Chapel Sound Technician for two semesters; Familiar with Chapel facility, its services and programs; Must have working experience with Sunday worship,Morning Prayer worship, and Candlelight worship and other community services; Working experience as Chapel student staff and/or volunteer will be a plus. Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs weight. Hourly pay; 15 - 18 Hours per week. Hours and shifts vary.