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Job Title: Clinical Chaplain (Roman Catholic)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Diego, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Clinical Chaplain (Roman Catholic)
  • Providing direct patient care and conducting Roman Catholic rites and religious services for Roman Catholic Veteran patients.
  • Serving as spiritual-pastoral counselor to patients and their families on spiritual, religious, ethical and moral matters, including problems of conscience and family and marital issues.
  • Offering spiritual consolation, support and guidance to those looking to solve personal problems in adjustment to their illness or confinement.
  • Providing pastoral bereavement care and grief-loss counseling to patients, their families, and staff.
  • Preparing and conducting Roman Catholic religious services on daily and weekly basis per regular schedule.
  • Ensuring that the chapel facility is returned to "neutral" religious status upon completion of religious ceremony.
  • Participating in worship services, and when required, provides in-unit services for patients unable to attend regular chapel services.
  • Conducting spiritual assessments in accordance with hospital policy, related institutional directives and accreditation requirements.
  • Determining patient's faith tradition and preference for pastoral care.
  • Providing contact and availability information to patient as needed and requested by the patient. Identifying special needs of patient as it relates to posttraumatic stress, moral injury, complicated grief, or military sexual trauma.
  • Offering relevant information on "need-to-know" basis about patient's circumstances with interdisciplinary team members.
  • Conveying critical elements of spiritual assessment to other professionals to be considered in patient's overall treatment plan.
  • Responding appropriately to patients who request specific support of family members or community clergy of their particular faith.
  • Responding also by restricting visits and avoiding pastoral care to patients who specifically elect to decline chaplain services. Follows hospital policy and National Chaplain Center guidelines on transcribing spiritual assessment information onto electronic clinical patient record system.
  • Arranging for special services including administering ordinances, rites or sacraments, conducting funerals, memorials, or seasonal observances.
  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability to understand and address their specific needs.
  • Seeking other clinical staff chaplains or clergy person in the community for religious/pastoral care service that he or she cannot provide.
  • Documenting care in electronic medical records and protecting sensitive information from loss, disclosure, or alteration.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/12/2018.

1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Do you have an ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services USA?

The designated endorsing official for the Roman Catholic Church is Bishop Richard B. Higgins (Vicar for Veterans Affairs). His contact information is Phone: 202-719-3600, Fax: 202-269-9022, email: rhiggins@milarch.org


2. Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree (of at least 120 semester hours) from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.

3. Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)]. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development will be considered for equivalency to the required CPE.

4. Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A minimum of three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
(a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
(b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
(c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
(d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;
(e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
(f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.
*Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience, unless the doctoral degree is used to satisfy the "equivalent education" as described above. Part time experience is prorated in comparison to 40 hours per week to determine its length.

5. English Language Proficiency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your resume, (List all jobs held whether paid or unpaid. You must indicate whether each job held was full time or part time. For part time jobs indicate the average number of hours you worked per week).
2. Assessment Questionnaire, You must complete online through www.usajobs.gov
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months signed by the designated endorsing official of the faith group.
4. Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent training, Certificates or evaluations showing completion of Clinical Pastoral Education. Only documented units of Clinical Pastoral Education completed in programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) automatically count toward the CPE requirement. You must provide a detailed narrative description of any other training you would like considered toward the CPE requirement. Your description must include the following information:

  • The beginning and ending dates of training
  • The name and location of the institution(s) in which the supervised ministry was performed;
  • The name(s) and title(s) of the educational supervisor(s)/instructor(s);
  • The total number of hours of performance of ministry in a health care setting; The total number of hours of classroom or didactics, and individual meetings with the supervisor/instructor;
  • The learning objectives, the method(s) of reporting on and evaluation of the practice of ministry, and how feedback from peers and teachers was obtained.

5. College transcript(s). Copies are acceptable. Transcripts must indicate the degree awarded, if any, and the date awarded or conferred. A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted, if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution. If you have a Master of Divinity Degree you do not need to submit undergraduate transcripts.


Required documents if you are claiming 5 points, and/or 10 points Veteran's preference. For more information on Veteran's preference, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
*All documents must be submitted by midnight EST on
Qualifications & Requirements
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/12/2018.

1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Do you have an ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services USA?

The designated endorsing official for the Roman Catholic Church is Bishop Richard B. Higgins (Vicar for Veterans Affairs). His contact information is Phone: 202-719-3600, Fax: 202-269-9022, email: rhiggins@milarch.org


2. Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree (of at least 120 semester hours) from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.

3. Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)]. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development will be considered for equivalency to the required CPE.

4. Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A minimum of three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
(a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
(b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
(c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
(d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;
(e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
(f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.
*Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience, unless the doctoral degree is used to satisfy the "equivalent education" as described above. Part time experience is prorated in comparison to 40 hours per week to determine its length.

5. English Language Proficiency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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