Employment Opportunities at Saint Mark's Church

Bass Section Leader Position Open

Saint Mark's, Locust Street, is seeking to fill a BASS position for the 2019-2020 season. The successful candidate should be strongly proficient and experienced both as ensemble and solo singers, with the ability to blend and sing repertoire of various periods and styles. He will help lead a section of committed, auditioned volunteers. (There are 9 staff singers at the core of the choir.) Extremely strong sight-reading skills are required, as each Sunday the choir sings a complete choral setting of the Mass ordinary, in addition to anthems, psalms, and other service music. Saint Mark's has a nationally-recognized music program in the Anglican tradition, known for upholding the highest musical standards. Saint Mark's also supports an intensive chorister program for boys and girls, who often sing alongside the adults. Staff singers are compensated as employees of the parish, rather than as independent contractors. Compensation is competitive. In an average year, there are approximately 70 services and 45 rehearsals. Further information is available here: http://www.saintmarksphiladelphia.org/choir/. Interested Candidates should contact Robert McCormick, Organist and Choirmaster, at ramccormick@saintmarksphiladelphia.org.

Nursery Caregiver Positions Open

Saint Mark's Church is seeking two additional nursery caregivers to serve as substitutes on occasion for our regular caregivers. Caregivers must maintain the highest possible level of safety and cleanliness, create a nurturing and happy environment for the children, provide age appropriate activities for the children in their care, and be a good member of the nursery care team. Caregivers must have regular attendance, and be on time to work. Nursery Caregivers will be required to perform all of the duties and adhere to all of the regulations listed below.

Work Hours

  • The nursery operates on Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Staff schedules will be established by the Assistant Rector in conjunction with the nursery caregivers.

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends for special church events and programs is required.

  • Participation in occasional employee meetings, trainings, and cleaning events are required.

  • Caregivers are required to arrive on time as scheduled and to procure a substitute if they need to be absent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for children and families.

  • Setting up the nursery prior to children arriving.

  • Cleaning up at the end of the day, including wiping down and disinfecting toys and surfaces, including diaper changing table and other tables in the nursery and/or Family Care Room.

  • Working as a team with all other nursery staff and volunteers.

  • Notifying the Assistant Rector if toys and equipment are broken, incomplete, or unsafe.

  • Greeting parents and children.

Additional Information

  • Caregivers must be flexible in the duties required of them and perform other appropriate duties as assigned.

  • Caregivers must conduct themselves professionally while on church property.

  • Any concerns or grievances should be reported in a timely manner to the Assistant Rector.

  • Caregivers must keep CPR/First Aid and Safe Church certifications current during employment with Saint Mark’s.

  • Caregivers (as all Saint Mark’s employees) must undergo background checks and training as specified in our Safe Church Policy.

  • In the case of emergency, call 911 immediately, and, when it is safe to do so, notify the Assistant Rector or any member of the clergy.

Caregivers are compensated $50 for each Sunday. 

To learn more about these positions or to apply, please contact the Rev. Dr. Kyle Babin, Assistant Rector, at kjbabin@saintmarksphiladelphia.org or 215-735-1416.

About Saint Mark’s

Saint Mark’s is a growing, urban parish with strong emphases on the worship of God and service to God’s people, especially the poor and needy. A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, we treasure our Anglo-Catholic tradition and outlook, joined to a Eucharist-centered, socially progressive, deeply sacramental expression of Christian faith.

Service to those in need is the one of two markers of the parish’s identity. Saint Mark’s has operated a Food Cupboard for more than 30 years that provides staples for up to 200 families a month, and the Saturday Soup Bowl feeds nearly 200 hungry people every Saturday morning. Saint Mark’s was also instrumental in the 2011 founding of St. James School – a tuition-free independent urban middle school for children from low-income families – at an abandoned church in North Philadelphia.

Ministry to and with families with children is an area of necessary growth and renewed attention in the parish. On Sundays during the school year, the 9 a.m. Family Mass is designed to be more accessible for families with young children and the continued growth of this Mass is one of the top long-term goals identified by the parish. The Family Mass also features the Saint Mark’s Choir of Boys & Girls, established in 2013. The choir provides children and youth ages seven to 17 with an outstanding after-school music education with professional choral training, music theory, and leadership development. A Summer Choir Camp is held at Saint Mark’s annually in early August.

Saint Mark’s seeks to provide opportunities for Christian formation for young and old and for people in various stages of their spiritual journey. The parish community is always aware that this kind of formation happens best when being attentive to developing the gifts of the community, and providing individuals paths to discovery and transformation in the context of an active parish.