Island Minister

Star Island
January 11, 2022
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Job Type
Job Category
Senior Pastor


Nonprofit seasonal retreat seeking hands on Full-time

Island Minister/Beloved Community Project (BCP) Manager

Star Island, a $4.2 million non-profit organization, with corporate offices in Portsmouth, NH is looking to add a full-time Island Minister to their organization.

The Island Minister/Beloved Community Project (BCP) Manager, reporting to the Chief Executive Offer, works to further Star Island Corporation's Beloved Community Project - a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative that is a core strategic priority of the Star Island Corporation (SIC). The Island Minster/BCP Manager develops, refines, and executes BCP strategy and collaborates with employees and stakeholders to help shape Star Island as a place that welcomes all, in line with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. The Island Minster/BCP Manager position is in direct support of SIC’s mission, vision, and values, including the Community Goal of our Strategic Resolution.

The Island Minster/BCP Manager works out of SIC's Portsmouth, NH office, and remotely (September-April) and works and resides on Star Island, Isles of Shoals, Rye, NH (May-September).

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Culture Change 

  • Work with the BCP Task Force, the management team, and others to examine SIC’s culture and official and unofficial policies and practices with an eye toward equity and opportunity.
  • Work with the task force and others to develop a BCP strategic plan and project list.
  • Offer training/programmatic conversations throughout the summer conference season and periodically throughout the year to increase awareness of programming and resources related to the BCP.
  • Work with volunteer conference leadership groups to build relationships. Work with employees, volunteer board, volunteer committees, and others on implementing changes from the Beloved Community guidebook and develop and track success metrics.
  • Review existing SIC and individual conference policies and practices with an eye toward equity; work with leadership to develop equitable policies and practices.
  • Collaborate with others throughout the SIC and across conferences to identify and address systematic policies and procedures that have become part of historic Star Island.
  • Work with key staff and volunteers to create and implement plans to diversify outreach to diverse and multicultural communities.
  • Assist SIC and individual conferences with diversity and equity focused marketing and outreach efforts.

Pastoral Care and Staff Support

  • Support/liaise and collaborate with conference ministers.
  • Design, develop, and facilitate and/or implement diversity and equity education, workshops, and training for leadership and employees, ensuring their voices and needs are heard and acted upon. Offer anti-racist training/workshops for employees and conferees.
  • Coordinate the employee community covenant process (community "rules" established at the start of each season, captured in a living document).
  • Meet regularly with the Pelicans (seasonal employees - predominantly young adults). Serve as a liaison between the Pels and SIC leadership, conferees, and others; listen to concerns; offer pastoral support with an awareness of the challenges of systemic racism.
  • Support and promote SIC's Safe Community Policy; act as a Grievance Officer.
  • Be available for pastoral care, rites of passage, and as a resource for all employees.
  • Engage, collaborate, and influence processes that support underrepresented groups' retention, engagement, and development. Examine hiring practices through an equity lens; make recommendations and facilitate implementation of changes.

Leadership Development

  • Promote leadership engagement by educating, coaching and providing feedback to leaders in a way that strengthens inclusion, equity and a sense of belonging.
  • Examine governance structures through an equity lens; make recommendations and facilitate implementation of changes.
  • Act as a strategic advisor to leadership and others in SIC and conference leadership groups.
  • Connect with like-minded organizations (congregations, camps, etc.) and keep informed of diversity, equity and inclusion best practices/industry trends and provide insights and recommendations to SIC leadership.

Development and Financial Support

  • Collaborate with finance staff and volunteers to establish BCP-related financial goals (e.g. financial grants program, diversity-based endowment structure, Pel funds).
  • Collaborate with development staff and volunteers to develop BCP fundraising goals and timelines.
  • Identify opportunities for building donor relationships, grant opportunities, and planned giving related to BCP.



  • Professional ministry credentials on par with UU and UCC ministry training, including M.Div. degree (or equivalent), Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and the affirmation of a denominational screening process
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent years of experience
  • 5+ years of leadership experience preferably in Ministerial, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, and/or Organizational Development
  • Experience with bringing change to community
  • Ability to present programming, lead workshops, provide pastoral care and leadership
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various groups and individuals and to build relationships and community
  • Success with project planning and management, including effective communication
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects


About Star Island:

Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Our mission is to hold and administer a wide variety of themed conferences and personal retreats including educational, religious, and kindred purposes consistent with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Star Island is a unique place.  SIC is a place of natural and rugged beauty and each employee is able to share in the experience of Star Island’s location and its environment. At work, SIC promotes a culture that stimulates openness, interpersonal communication, professionalism and a high appreciation for process.  Employees are recognized for their hard work and the skills they bring to the job.

If you’ve been looking for work that inspires and engages you and if you love to juggle many responsibilities, this position may be perfect for you.

Please visit to apply.  Please include resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

At Star Island Corporation, we appreciate the value and richness of different perspectives and experiences. We constantly strive to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace. We work to make you feel welcomed and engaged as a valued member of the team. We provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Star Island will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

How to Apply

Please visit to apply.  Please include resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.