The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Dean of Formation

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Position Title: Dean of Formation

To Apply: Please submit CV/resume and cover letter on

Summary: The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, known as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT), is a non-profit Christian religious organization devoted to participating in God’s mission. The Dean of Formation has general oversight and development of programs related to the raising up and education of Christian leaders (lay and ordained) with the diocese functioning as the primary vehicle for such formation.

Position Description: The Dean of Formation is a three-quarter time, exempt, staff position that works collaboratively with the Bishops and the Commission on Ministry (COM) to ensure life-long Christian formation for all baptized with a particular focus on educating deacons and presbyters for the Church in the 21st century. The position is a combination of educator, academic advisor, tutor, and program administrator. The Dean of Formation works with each person in the ordination process through a Colleagues Formation Group in which a Personalized Formation Plan is developed and communities of learning are engendered. The Dean of Formation is also the primary staff contact for the COM and works to implement the recommendations of the COM. The Dean of Formation acts at the direction of the Office of the Episcopate and is supervised by the Bishop Suffragan.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned.)

General Duties

  • Collaborate with Bishops and Canons in shared areas (ordination processes, resources for lay discernment and formation, communication and web-based resources, finances, etc.)
  • Connect with those engaged in re-imagining formation across The Episcopal Church and theological education in general
  • Manage communication with clergy and laity regarding discernment and formation
  • Assist in develop of agenda for, attend, take minutes for COM meetings
  • Collaborate with the Bishops and the Canon for Mission Leadership in overseeing those who are mentoring postulants and candidates for ordination and new (to ECCT) clergy
  • Maintain a working knowledge of, and relationships with, institutions and resources for theological education
  • Assist the COM in implementing plans for recruitment for the presbyterate and diaconate
  • Oversee Region Discernment groups
  • Oversee process for dispersing COM scholarship funds
  • Represent ECCT on the Iona Collaborative (monthly calls and annual meeting)
  • Attend weekly ECCT Staff meetings
  • Meet regularly for Supervision
  • Represent the COM at Ordinations

Specific Duties

  • Formation of all the Baptized
    • Support COM in providing resources for the formation of all the baptized
    • Create and maintain website/blog of resources
    • Oversee Region Discernment Groups
  • Diaconate Ordination Process
    • Support the Bishop Suffragan, who oversees the diaconal ordination process
    • Maintain regular communication with all in the process
    • Facilitate Colleague Formation Group of all in the diaconate ordination process
    • Maintain systems and structure for ordination process, g., portfolio tracking
  • Presbyterate Ordination Process
    • Supervise Colleague Formation Groups for all in the presbyterate ordination process
    • Provide mentors, tutoring, coursework, and other resources as needed for formation for postulants and candidates
    • Oversee development and implementation of Individualized Formation Plans for all in the process   
    • Maintain system and structure for ordination process, g., portfolio tracking
    • Coordinate canonically mandated and practical trainings for candidates in the process
    • Provide resources for Anglican/Episcopal formation for presbyters coming from another denomination or another part of the Anglican Communion
    • Maintain regular communication with all those in the process

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must be an ordained clergy person in good standing in The Episcopal Church with demonstrated parish experience
  • An academic (Ph.D. or Th.D in a related theological field) or ministerial doctorate (D,Min.) preferred; degrees in process acceptable
  • A vision for the Church in the 21st century with an ability to reimagine the role of Holy Orders for the Church of the future  
  • Must work well with others, be a creative thinker and one who takes initiative
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to empower and encourage others
  • Ability to navigate shifting roles and responsibilities
  • Attentive to details with accuracy and excellent follow-through
  • Demonstrated facility to multi-task and efficiently manage time
  • Highly organized and proficient in maintaining detailed records, complete necessary documentation, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communications
  • Must maintain confidentiality

Certificates and Licenses:

Valid driver’s license with safe driving history

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and should be proficient with navigating the Internet. Ability to edit and post web pages (in a WYSIWYG editor) is a plus. Familiarity with Google Apps and Dropbox and videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals or groups of managers, church leaders, members and other. Facility to speak/read Spanish and/or Haitian is a plus.

Math Ability:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to calculate figures and amounts.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or lift; and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus and ability to see in color.

Work Environment:

There are approximately 30 employees (19 of which are full time) who are paid through ECCT’s payroll. Some employees work in our workspace, known as The Commons, in Meriden while others work in variety of other locations across the diocese. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a three quarter time, exempt position. The hours of work are 30-38 hours per week. There is an expectation that some of these will be in the daytime, evening, and/or weekends. Ability to be present during overnight meetings is required. The ability to have flexible hours is essential. Work by the Dean of Formation beyond 38 hours in any given week will not result in additional compensation or compensatory time, placing the burden of managing work hours on the Dean of Formation. The expectation is that the employee will make every effort to be present at the Commons on Wednesdays for staff meetings.


Significant travel throughout Connecticut is required in order to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Optional travel to the Iona Collaboration Annual Meeting in Texas. Reliable transportation is required. Mileage and expenses will be reimbursed according to ECCT policies.


  • An academic (Ph.D. or Th.D in a related theological field) or ministerial doctorate (D. Min.) preferred; degrees in process acceptable
  • Experience in teaching at the university level
  • Demonstrated proficiency in administration and program development/oversight


This three-quarter time position entitles the incumbent to health, life, dental and disability insurance (ECCT currently contributes at least 85% of health care premiums and 100% of life, dental and disability insurance).The incumbent will receive a pension contribution equal to 8% of salary. ECCT currently matches employee pension contributions up to an additional 4% of salary. The incumbent is entitled to 5 weeks of vacation annually. Note that all of these benefit policies are subject to change in the future.

Affirmative Action:

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut believes diversity is of God and God’s good creation. We are dedicated to recognizing, understanding, celebrating, and utilizing differences to participate in God’s mission. ECCT is particularly committed to racial healing, justice and reconciliation in the Church and in society. Individuals from historically under-represented identities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, employer.      

To Apply:

Please submit CV/resume and cover letter on


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