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Clinical Chaplain

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Saginaw , MI 48601

Posted 3 months ago

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The Chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients and their families. The Chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry to Veteran patients and their families.

Tour of Duty: Determined by the Chief of Chaplain Service based on needs of the medical center.

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  • Providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients by assessing religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of patients and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry.

  • Assessing religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of Veteran patients.

  • Planning and providing appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry.

  • Providing extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual patients, when requested.

  • 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 of the medical center, and to help them deal with grief.

  • Determining the need for and provide regular and special worship services, at times and locations such that ail patients will have access.

  • Performing sacraments and/or rituals to meet the unique needs of patients of his/her religious faith group.

  • Seeking other clinical staff chaplains or clergy person in the community for religious/pastoral care service that he or she cannot provide.

  • Serving as part of an interdisciplinary team which honors the holistic care of the patient and family.

  • Serving in an interfaith setting which upholds the patient's right to freely exercise religious preference, while also ensuring the right to not have religion imposed on any patient.

  • Providing counseling on medical ethical issues, such as advance directives, in the context of the patient's faith background when requested by patients

  • Meeting the needs of Veteran patients while supporting VA missions which consist of communicating and treating customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.

  • Documenting spiritual as pastoral care interventions in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and the Decision Support System/Event Capture System (ECS).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/12/2018.
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. 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: 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: John Batten

FAX: 757-728-3179


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.
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.



Transcripts must be submitted with your application (student copies are acceptable.) Transcripts must indicate the degree(s) awarded and the date(s). 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

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Clinical Chaplain

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Department Of Veterans Affairs