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Job opening: CHAPLAIN

Salary: $69 107 - 89 835 per year
City: Belgrade
Published at: Aug 31 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE NON-BARGAINING POSITION. This National Guard position is for a CHAPLAIN, Position Description Number D1196000 and is part of the Montana Army National Guard, G9. (A copy of the Position Description can be obtained from HRO upon request.) Selecting Official: CH Brian Daum


This position is located in the Office of The Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters-State, (JFHQ-ST), Special Staff of the Adjutant General, Office of the Chaplain. The mission of the National Guard Chaplain Service (NGCS) is to provide unsurpassed spiritual leadership and care to National Guard personnel and their families at home and abroad. The primary purpose of this position is to manage the state NGCS religious program, and to ensure the free exercise of religion for National Guard personnel and their families. The employee coordinates a program of religious ministries, including workshops, spiritual leadership and care, religious education, and other activities for National Guard personnel and their families. The Chaplain Service ministry is performed cooperatively and executed in a pluralistic environment. This ministry, when directed by TAG, may be extended to active duty and reserve component military personnel and their families within the State. Provides full program management services for the State/Territory Chaplain in accordance with NGCS program goals and objectives. In conjunction with the JFHQ State/Territory Chaplain oversees the execution of the Command Master Religious Program (CMRP) and assesses the needs of the various Chaplain Services program customers. Recommends changes to the CMRP. Ensures program changes are compatible and compliant with policies, practices and program goals and objectives established by NGB Office of the Chaplain. Reviews the CMRP to ensure the Mission Essential Tasks List identified by the commanding officer are addresses and followed. Identifies and secures resources to implement the CMRP. This position requires the coordination with the State Chaplain, Chaplain Candidate, and Chaplain Assistant Recruitment Program. Independently develops and implements the various Chaplain Service functions addressed in the CMRP. Employee reviews training strategies that address, the technical and tactical proficiencies of the state National Chaplain Service personnel, quality of life programs for National Guard personnel and their families, needs of other Chaplain Service constituencies (civilian clergy, NGO's, etc.). Coordinates Chaplain Service personnel attendance at conferences, workshops, and training events such as Chaplain Regional Support Training, Marriage Enhancement Programs, Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training Programs and other training events established by the NGB's Chaplain's Office. Upon request coordinated training for supervisory, managerial, and staff personnel in quality-of-life programs such as Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Post-Intervention, Workplace Violence Awareness and Critical Incident Management. Coordinates chaplain quality of life programs (e.g., marriage enrichment retreats, post-combat recovery and reintegration, etc.) to National Guard personnel and their families. Provides chaplain support serves for National Guard personnel and their families through the full spectrum of the deployment cycle. Responds to the needs of National Guard personnel and family members through both programs and direct care. Coordinates chaplain stress management reduction efforts during all phases of the deployment cycle. Procures and maintains adequate religious supplies ensuring their distribution through the coordination efforts of Family Readiness Groups, chaplain, chaplain assistant, and other supporting chaplains. Under the Supervision of the Chief of Staff, TAG, and State level Chaplain coordinates Chaplain Service support during events such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, unit emergencies, and during times of significant national events. Coordinates with the Joint Chaplain Emergency Response Team for chaplain support issues, situational awareness, and communication for chaplain activities. Provides Chaplain Service crisis intervention programs such as on scene support, suicide prevention, critical event debriefing, defusing support, follow-up, and referral services. Ensures Chaplain Service support for specialized JFHQ functions such as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package teams, and Civil Support Teams, National Guard Reaction Force, Emergency Operations Center, and Joint Operations Center. Provides and/or coordinates religious support to National Guard personnel and their families as needed such as: Religious rites, sacraments, and observances, coordinates as necessary with other Chaplain Service personnel and/or civilian clergy to ensure the free exercise of religion, religious services, officiating at ceremonies, pastoral counseling and referral, visitation, personnel management issues, crisis responder, provides information on religious organization, practices and customs, and NGO's, provides spiritual leadership.


  • NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.
  • This is an excepted service position that requires membership in the employing state's National Guard, required prior to the effective date of placement.
  • Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.
  • Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.
  • Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • External applicants must be able to start within 6 months of selection.
  • Appointments in the Title 32 MTNG technician program may terminate/suspend your military incentives; please see your MTNG Retention Office/Military Personnel Incentive Program Manager for details.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.
  • This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.
  • Irregular and/or overtime (compensatory) hours may be required to support operational requirements or contingencies or may be required to work hours outside of the normal duty day.


Military Grades: O2 - O3 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be ordained by a religious faith group or denomination that is recognized by the Department of Defense Armed Forces Chaplain Board; be educationally qualified for appointment as a chaplain; meet physical standards; and be otherwise qualified to serve as commissioned officers. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must have at least 36 months experience, education or training that included progressively responsible work in a professional program of spiritual welfare and religious guidance which demonstrates or provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for successful performance of the position. The major functional areas that comprise the total range of chaplaincy work are (1) the religious ministry, (2) administration, (3) training, and (4) research.


Must have a baccalaureate degree (not less than 120 semester hours) and must have successfully completed three years of resident graduate study in theology or related subjects (Master of Divinity), or 72 semester hours (leading to an ecclesiastical certification as a member of the clergy) from an approved seminary or graduate school.

(Must provide copies of all relevant transcripts with application. Official transcripts may be required at a later date.)


  • Address MT J1 1956 Mt Majo Street Fort Harrison, MT 59636-4789 US
  • Name: Jessica Wharton
  • Email: [email protected]