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Chaplain (Fee Basis)
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. Your resume should describe in detail your ministry in health care settings. 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. Your resume must describe work you have performed and education you have completed that demonstrate that you meet the specialized requirement for this position. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/31/2019. 1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting. Only endorsements specifically for VA Chaplaincy are accepted. Note: Endorsements for military chaplaincy, for other Federal Chaplaincies, for Chaplain Cognate Groups, and endorsements to whom it may concern are not acceptable. Ecclesiastical Endorsements must be signed by the endorsing official designated to VA by the religious organization/faith group. Please see the list on our website to assure that your endorsement is signed by the appropriate official. http://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/index.asp Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the list. If your faith group is not on the list it must submit a Request to Designate an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Official to the National VA Chaplain Center on or before the closing date of this announcement. The request form, VHA Form 10-0389, is at the following web address: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-0379-fill.pdf Page 1 of the form gives instructions about documents that must accompany the request. The faith group must submit a document from the Internal Revenue Service showing that IRS has determined that the group/organization is tax-exempt as a religious organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The request form and supporting documents may be submitted by fax, email, or regular mail to: National VA Chaplain Center 100 Emancipation Drive, Building 33 Hampton, VA 23667 Attention: National Chaplain Center FAX: 757-728-3179 EMAIL: Chapvaco@med.va.gov Do not submit application documents to the above address. Do not submit the Request to Designate an Endorsing Official with your personal application documents. 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. Evidence of M.Div. or Letter of Equivalency for M.Div. from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials. To request Letter of Equivalency for M.Div., email transcripts to CHAPVACO@med.va.gov. Any applicants without a M.Div. or Letter of Equivalency will be disqualified. 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. Evidence of two units of CPE or Letter of Equivalency for CPE from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials. To request Letter of Equivalency for CPE, email CHAPVACO@med.va.gov. Any applicants without 2 units of CPE or Letter of Equivalency will be disqualified. 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.