Diocese of Long Island

Canon for Pastoral Care

Date Posted February 27, 2017
Diocese Long Island (Valerie Giannuzzi & Thomas Orso)
Location Garden City
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Competitive
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Budget N/A


The Canon for Pastoral Care is a senior staff position whose efforts are principally focused on working closely with clergy and lay leadership by providing support, resources and insight that will encourage the spiritual and organizational health of the individuals and the parishes they serve. Additional responsibilities of the Canon for Pastoral Care will be the deployment and supervision of deacons, as well as, direct pastoral support to retired clergy and their families. The Canon for Pastoral Care will serve as the Diocesan In-Take Officer for all Title IV allegations. In short, the Canon for Pastoral Care is called to encourage a vision of congregational life that is spiritually vibrant, mission-focused and fully alive in the local community.


Nature and Scope of Work

Title IV In-Take Officer:

  • Direct recipient of all communication, verbal and written, concerning Title IV allegations and clergy misconduct in general.
  • Make report to the Bishop in a timely manner
  • Follow through on all directives to ensure a satisfactory resolution for all concerned.


Pastoral Support to Clergy, their Families, Bishop’s Staff and Lay Leadership:

  • Work with Mercer School to support programming to address their current needs
  • Provide tools, training and resources that will strengthen and support those in need
  • Provide ongoing moral and technical support and encouragement


Stewardship Formation – Partner with Mercer School and EMLI to:

  • Provide access to educational and spiritual resources
  • Encourage best practices
  • Provide training opportunities for clergy and lay leaders


Support for Retired Clergy, their Spouses and Families:

  • Develop close working relationship with the Chaplain for Retired Clergy and register as Assistant Chaplain for Retired Clergy
  • Assist Chaplain for the Retired Clergy with providing pastoral support
  • Attend annual Church Wide Conferences and Diocese gatherings
  • Make recommendations to the Bishop regarding those in need of financial support either ongoing or one-time occurrences
  • Manage applications for support to Church Pension


Deployment and Supervision of Deacons:

  • Interim placement after ordination
  • Develop a schedule for communicating in writing and via face to face meetings
  • Encourage continued education for permanent deacons
  • Report quarterly on Deacons ministry to the Bishop and recommend best utilization of their gifts and talents


Coordinate the diocesan work in the world on the behalf of the Bishop:

  • Follow up on “calls for relief” for our partnership dioceses and other imminent calls for assistance
  • Relay all current relief projects organized by Episcopal Relief & Development to the Bishop Diocesan
  • Follow up on any initiatives put in place by EDLI and keep track of progress


  • Must be ordained and should have a range of experience and knowledge of the Episcopal Church its culture, canons, polity, and theological traditions
  • Must have a strong track record as an effective leader in the life of a congregation
  • A healthy prayer life and an eagerness to explore Christ’s call to mission and service
  • Must be able to work collaboratively but also take personal initiative
  • Proficiency with MS Word and MS Outlook

Contact Information

All interested candidates should contact:

Nancy Signore
Diocese Human Resource Manager
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
(516) 248-4800 ext. 111