The Supervisory Chaplain is responsible for effective leadership in developing and carrying out the Health Care System's programs of religious, spiritual, and clinical pastoral care for persons of all faith groups, and managing, directing, and supervising the provision of spiritual and pastoral care to veterans and beneficiaries, and a robust Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.
Tour of Duty: Monday
Providing effective leadership of assigned staff, religious program development, planning and coordination of all spiritual and pastoral care within this Health Care System.
Assuring that all patients have opportunities for free exercise of religion and that they are protected from all forms of proselytizing.
Managing the Safe Haven Reporting System, which provides a psychologically safe method for employees reporting issues of concern throughout the Health Care System.
Planning and direction of Chaplain Service and its coordination with other services within and outside the OKC Health Care System.
Preparing budget estimates and justifications for all resources needed for the service and maintains adequate control on budgeted funds.
Planning, reviewing, evaluating, and projecting requirements for space, equipment, religious materials, and staffing required to provide for the religious needs of all Veterans for whom care is provided.
Evaluating annually Veteran demographics to plan for changes in Veteran patient needs.
Writing position descriptions for work to be accomplished by subordinates and developing performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.
Setting and adjusting long and short-term priorities for the service, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
Assigning work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
Approving leave; giving advice, counseling, and instructing employees on both work and administrative matters.
Interviewing and selecting candidates for vacancies in the service.
Hearing and resolving grievances and employee complaints.
Recommending awards for special acts or contributions by employees.
Identifying effective disciplinary measures to correct conduct problems.
Identifying developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training.
Assuring equal employment opportunity and valuing diversity within the Chaplain Service and this includes maintaining a work environment free of sexual harassment and all other types of illegal discrimination.
Coordinating and integrating work of contract and/or fee-basis chaplains to supplement the work of the permanently assigned chaplain staff.
Providing continued program development, innovation, and implementation in all major areas of spiritual and pastoral care, and throughout the diversified organizational elements of the medical center.
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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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/19/2018.
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
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 four years of ministry experience. At least three 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:
ability to perform responsible administrative duties in a complex organization.
ability to supervise a staff of chaplains from various faith groups;
ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team.
in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences.
understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans.
knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of health care delivery systems.
ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice.
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.
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.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.
The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners to determine the degree to which the documents provided demonstrate that the applicant has the following competencies:
Assesses pastoral, religious, spiritual, situational, moral and ethical issues/needs of patients
Plans care and reassesses needs as appropriate
Communicates effectively with patients, families, healthcare staff, members of the public
Makes clear and convincing presentations
Plans and prioritizes work of an organization
Sets long and short range goals and monitors outcomes
Works with individual and organizational stakeholders to resolve problems and meet their expectations
Is committed to providing quality care
Plans and provides care using knowledge of and in conformance with standards of cognate groups (APC, ACPE, NACC, NAJC, NCVACC, NAVAC, Joint Commission etc.)
Assures that all patients have opportunities for free exercise of religion
Protects patients from proselytizing from any and all sources
Provides pastoral care and support to patients, relatives and significant others
Incorporates spiritual and pastoral care as desired by the patient into the holistic care provided by the institution
Plans and provides care in accordance with principles and practices of clinical and moral ethics
Advises patients and family members who face difficult decisions
Takes initiative to lead facility-wide projects and activities
Facilitates improvements in work practices
Values, and effectively deals with diversity in all aspects of care.
Provides culturally competent care
Promotes a workplace that values diversity and is free of discrimination
Establishes and applies fair and well-justified performance standards for subordinates
Determines and justifies staffing needs. Appropriately assigns work
Uses effective and appropriate recruitment and staff retention techniques
Identifies competency needs in current staff and promotes employee developmental activities
Uses formal quality management techniques for continuous quality improvement Applicants will be given a numerical score between 70 and 100. The numerical score is based on the totality of relevant competencies. It is not determined by summing scores on each competency. Those Veterans who are entitled to preference will get either 5 or 10 points added. Applicants will be referred to the medical center for final consideration in score order. The medical center must select from among the highest three applicants.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1.Your resume, (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.Assessment Questionnaire, You must complete online through
3.Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months signed by the designated endorsing official of the faith group.
4.Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent training, 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
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