General Summary of Position Responsibility:
A chaplain is an integral member of the health care team and provides pastoral and spiritual services to patients, families, and staff. The core functions of pastoral care include: providing pastoral/spiritual care to assist patients and families in coping with illness or hospitalization; providing pastoral interventions and support in times of stress or crisis (new diagnosis, chronic illness or extended hospitalization, medical or family crisis, trauma, code, end-of-life issues, death); helping families address their needs for ritual and worship; and linking families with their own religious groups and spiritual traditions. A chaplain also educates staff regarding services and systems that address the importance of spiritual care in the context of a family's healthcare experience and addresses spiritual needs as appropriate throughout the hospital.
Essential Job Functions:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Education: Master of Divinity or other graduate pastoral care or religion degree or equivalent from a school accredited by the Association of Theological schools or one of the regional Associations of Colleges and Schools; four quarters of clinical pastoral education or equivalent experience.
Certification: Endorsement for ministry by religious group with which chaplain is affiliated (i.e., ordination, denominational endorsement); certification by professional chaplains' endorsing body (recognized by COMISS); either meets or is actively pursuing requirements for endorsement and certification.
Job Related Experience: Pastoral care experience in acute care setting or with children and their families, or equivalent.
Skills/Knowledge: Ability to think proactively, acts creatively, and takes initiative appropriately. Excellent communication, critical-thinking, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work as a part of multiple teams. Spanish language abilities and skills strongly preferred.