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Job Title: Staff Chaplain (Roman Catholic)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Bath, NY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Education and Library, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Military, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Staff Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

Duties include:

  • Contributing to the formulation and accomplishment of Chaplaincy objectives and activities by cooperating closely with colleagues, Chaplin leadership an ecumenical/interfaith team approach to assignments.
  • Providing counsel and pastoral support to relatives of Veteran patients in difficult and trying situations to alleviate their anxieties, to foster effective cooperation of these relatives with the treatment regimen, and to help them deal with grief.
  • Providing extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual Veteran patients when appropriate.
  • Locating other staff Chaplains or clergy persons from the community to meet the need of Veteran patients that he cannot meet.
  • The Chaplain will determine the need for and provide regular and special worship services (Mass), at times and locations such that all Roman Catholic Veteran patients will have access.
  • Perform appropriate Roman Catholic sacraments and rituals to meet the unique needs of Roman Catholic Veteran patients.
  • Providing when requested, provide counsel on medical ethical issues, such as advance directives, in the context of the Veteran patient's particular faith background.
  • Assuring that the right of each and every Veteran patients and their families to free exercise of religion is upheld when appropriate within a therapeutic milieu.
  • Ensuring that Veteran patients are protected from proselytizing by staff, other patients, or visitors, regardless of faith group.
  • Developing and conducting a well-rounded program of religious ministry for Veteran patients and family members that are fully integrated into the overall treatment program of the medical center.
  • Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams/groups, and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of holistic patient care.
  • Assisting health care providers and treatment teams in recognizing and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of Veteran patients, using specialized knowledge and abilities in pastoral care of the sick.
  • Assisting patients, providers and teams in translating religious/spiritual values into effective living.
  • Cooperating with and participating in community organizations and activities in order to assist in integrating the functions of the medical center into the larger community.
  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability, in order to understand and address their specific needs.
  • Documenting Veteran patient's assessment, treatment, and ministry in electronic records system.

To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: 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. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination 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.

Education: A Master of Divinity from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree(120 semester hours or more)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.
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.
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.

Clinical Pastoral Education in excess of two units counts toward the experience requirement.

English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption

Condition of Employment: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.


  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claimingveterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10 Points Veteran's Preference, link to the form SF-15, https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf plus the proof required by that form. You may downloadVA letters by going to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portalFor more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): This program is not applicable to positions in the excepted civil service.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume. You may complete an on-line resume in USAJOBS or you may submit a resume of your own devising. 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.
2. You must complete theon-lineAssessment Questionnaire
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months signed by the designated endorsing official of the Archdiocese of the Military.
5.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.

6. College transcript(s). Copies are acceptable. Transcripts must indicatethe 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.
7. Veteran preference Documentation, if applicable. If you are a Veteran, submit copies of all discharge document DD 214 Member-4 or Service 4 copy. If claiming 10-points Veteran's preference submit SF-15 with documentation described in the form.
*All documents must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time onTuesday, November 14, 2017

Incompleteapplications, applicationsreceived after the closing date or applicationssubmitted to theNational Chaplain Centerwill not be considered.

Qualifications & Requirements

To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: 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. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination 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.

Education: A Master of Divinity from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree(120 semester hours or more)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.
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.
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.

Clinical Pastoral Education in excess of two units counts toward the experience requirement.

English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption

Condition of Employment: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.


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