Job opening: Chaplain
Salary: $40 082 - 77 112 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC), Chaplain Service (CS). The position provides services within various settings, including Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs), Inpatient Clinics, Outpatient Clinics and domiciliaries throughout the United States. Most Chaplain services are usually provided in a medical facility structure.
Chaplains provide services within various settings, including Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs), Inpatient Clinics, Outpatient Clinics and domiciliary throughout the United States. Most Chaplain services are usually provided in a medical facility structure.
Duties and responsibilities:
Serves as a Chaplain professional providing complete religious ministry services to Veteran patients according to their specific needs and desires;
Serves as a primary resource, spiritual advisor and point of contact for the spiritual needs of patients, caregivers, and staff;
Conducts religious services and worship, pastoral ministry, and administration of Chaplain services;
Engages as a spiritual leader, a compassionate listener and counselor especially during times of crisis;
Provides emotional support and counseling using strong interpersonal skills to effectively connect with people of all ages with empathy;
Offers prayers and religious services for Veteran's patients, staff, and community;
Conducts rituals in front of groups of people including leading prayers, requiring effective leadership and public speaking skills;
Addresses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of patients and staff under the direct supervision and guidance of a higher-grade chaplain for complex non-routine issues;
Provides counseling services to patients and staff and conducts regular rounds of hospital wards containing the critically ill;
Ministers to newly admitted, pre- and post-operative patients, the critically ill, and the families of concerned veteran patients.
Provides advance care planning education, information, and counsel for patients and their families;
Provides pastoral ministry to patients of his/her faith group, including conscientious attention during emergencies and crises.
Ensures all patients are provided opportunities for the free exercise of religion and that Veterans are protected from proselytizing and coercion from any source;
Serves as a fully recognized member of an integrated multi-professional treatment team.
Maintains liaison with physicians, medical officers, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, or others involved to exchange information relative to background and current condition of patients;
Trains and coaches volunteer groups who offer their services as assistants;
Engages in group consultative discussions or conferences with these professionals to evaluate and review the patient's progress;
Collaborates with treatment team professionals to discuss the recommended course of action and other informed advice to attain the necessary therapeutic goals for the patient;
Locates other Chaplains and/or persons from the community to provide for patients' religious needs;
Uses knowledge of different faiths to perform various religious rituals, lead prayers, and answer spiritual questions;
Provides guidance and/or support for patients to express values through oral history, and end of life preparation and documentation;
Maintains records and documents chaplaincy care services;
Provides pastoral counseling on medical and ethical matters, including moral injury, problems of conscience, family or marital difficulties, justice or confinement matters, terminal diagnoses, or crisis;
Addresses fears that patients have when facing surgery and answers questions regarding the meaning of life, when confronted with the reality of pain, illness permanent disfigurement, crippling, or death under the direct supervision and guidance of a higher-grade chaplain;
Counsels' patients with long-term health illness to aid in developing and maintaining patience, determination, and perseverance;
Provides advice to mental health patients with deeply troubling concerns of anxiety, depression, obsessions, and fears.
Provides referrals for continuity of spiritual care;
Develops measurable, outcome-driven, and evidence-based pastoral care; and creates staff development and wellness programs;
Conducts religious services and educational classes independently;
Maintains records, supplies, and religious equipment for the assigned program; and tracks and maintain the program's budget;
Collaborates with healthcare teams to create and update treatment plans to address spiritual distress, grief, and loss as existential concerns to enhance holistic care;
Maintains records and appropriately documents chaplaincy care services in the Electronic Health Record Management (EHRM) system.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Telework: Not Authorized
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
Basic Requirements. To qualify for appointment as a chaplain, all applicants must possess the following:
United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Applicants must possess a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent educational qualifications as evidenced by a graduate-level theological degree from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
NOTE: For applicants who do not possess a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent educational degree, an approved educational equivalency review from a nationally recognized board certification body for chaplains is acceptable. Refer to Board Certification below.
Foreign Education. To be creditable, theological or related education completed outside the U.S. must be submitted to a current affiliate agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) listed at https://www.naces.org/members
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Applicants must have completed four units of CPE from a CPE center that is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Ecclesiastical Endorsement. In accordance with 38 C.F.R. § 17.655, ecclesiastical endorsement is a condition of employment as a VA chaplain. An individual must possess and maintain a full and active ecclesiastical endorsement to be employed as a VA chaplain. Applicants must have an ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months. Ecclesiastical endorsements must be from the official national endorsing authority of the applicant's/employee's faith group or denomination. Ecclesiastical endorsement is a written official statement, by the official national endorsing body of the faith group or denomination, certifying that the applicant is in good standing with the applicant's faith group or denomination; and stating that the individual is, in the opinion of the endorsing body, qualified to perform the full range of ministry required in the VA pluralistic setting. Loss of endorsement will result in removal from the GS-0060 Chaplain series and may result in termination of employment.
The National Chaplain Service maintains a list of approved endorsing organizations that can be found here: http://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/Employment_Information_and_Resources.asp
Board Certification. Applicants must be a Board Certified Chaplain certified by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) ® or nationally recognized certification body that utilizes the BCCI ® Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplaincy or a certifying organization that has a reciprocity agreement with BCCI ®.
Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2) for a period not to exceed two years. This exception only applies at the entry level. For the journey level and above, the candidate must have board certification. Temporary graduate chaplain appointments may not be extended beyond two years and may not be converted to a new temporary appointment in this occupation.
Loss of Endorsement or Certification. Chaplains must maintain ecclesiastical endorsement and board certification. Loss of endorsement or board certification will result in removal from the GS-0060 Chaplain occupation and may result in termination of employment.
Grandfathering Provision. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Physical Requirements. Position does not require a full physical. The employee occupational health office will require TB and an immunization assessment.
English Language Proficiency. Chaplains must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
Chaplain, GS-9 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the basic experience requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of spiritual assessments to identify patient strengths and needs and documenting services provided.
Ability to use the information of the spiritual assessment to create care plans in all dimensions of pastoral care.
Ability to provide crisis intervention and stabilization.
Skill in healthcare team collaboration to create and update treatment plans to address spiritual issues.
Ability to ensure free exercise of religion for patients and staff.
Knowledge of individual and group interventions to address spiritual and emotional needs of patients and families; providing referrals for continuity of spiritual care.
Skill in the coordination of religious services respecting the faith tradition of individual patients.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with persons of varied backgrounds.
Assignment. At the GS-9 entry level, chaplains serve in a career development position practicing under close supervision of a supervisor or qualified individual who reviews and ensures the employee meets competency requirements.
Chaplain, GS-11Experience. At this level, the candidate must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that is directly related to the position to be filled.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must meet the experience above and demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of advance care planning to educate, inform, and counsel patients and families.
Skill in guiding patients in verbalizing and expressing values through life review, oral history, and end of life preparation and documentation.
Ability to develop pastoral care programs that are measurable, outcome-driven and evidenced based within the department guidelines.
Skill in counseling on medical and ethical issues, terminal diagnoses or crises, moral injury, problems of conscience, family or marital difficulties and justice or confinement matters.
Ability to support the development of staff resiliency and develop programs for staff development and wellness by providing spiritual and emotional support.
Ability to educate and equip healthcare staff and trainees screening for spiritual and religious needs of patients and the importance of appropriate referrals to chaplains for complex spiritual distress.
Knowledge of community needs to coordinate with community organizations to provide comprehensive spiritual care, utilizing outside community resources to meet the religious needs of patients that cannot be met by chaplain staff.
Assignment. At the GS-11 journey level, the chaplain independently serves as a primary resource and point of contact for the spiritual needs of patients, caregivers and staff.
References: VA Handbook 5005/135 PART II APPENDIX G67, September 24, 2020
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grades at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy are GS-9 and GS-11.
Physical Demands: This position requires the Chaplain to meaningfully engage with Veteran patients and family members. The Chaplain is required to speak, hear (hearing aid permitted) and work closely with others.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Spark M Matsunaga Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, HI 96819
- Name: Lizbeth Torres
- Phone: (415) 221-4810 X24760
- Email: [email protected]