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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Chaplain - Spiritual Care in Orange, California

We are looking for a Chaplain for the Spiritual Care Department at St. Joseph Hospital Orange.

Location: Orange, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

Job Summary:

The Chaplain is responsible for ministering the religious/spiritual/emotional needs of patients, families and staff. The Chaplain demonstrates a professional and personal commitment to spiritual growth and is trained in hospital or institutional ministry. The Chaplain will be assigned areas of care with overlapping and complementary inpatient/outpatient and community responsibilities.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides timely inpatient/outpatient services to the patient and support network including but not limited to spiritual assessments, hospitality, representational witness, bio-ethical consultation, religious and spiritual ministry according to established standards and guidelines. Communicates promptly, clearly, and accurately to the healthcare team and other chaplains who will be involved about patient pastoral/spiritual care.

  • Identifies educational needs. Creates/coordinates meaningful in-service programs to educate the healthcare team and community about interface of religion and spirituality with medical care with input from the Director. Presents clear training/orientation for Eucharistic Ministers and new employees upon request. Informs Director of problems and ideas for improvement in a timely manner.

  • Provides timely and pertinent interdepartmental services offering full range of pastoral ministry to the total hospital community by active participation on the committees and creating/presiding/participating in liturgical events to help heal or celebrate the hospital community.

  • Participates in community outreach according to established standards and guidelines including but not limited to networking with religious leaders of all faith traditions to enhance a spirit of collaboration and cooperation between hospital and congregations: creates/facilitates support groups related to one's assignment, interests when appropriate, or as requested by the Director. Networks with patients' congregations, if requested, to help provide quality and continuity of spiritual care.

  • Documents spiritual care assessments and interventions and ongoing services in the medical records promptly and completely. Completes monthly activity reports on designated form as requested and within defined timelines.

  • Supports the department through attending/participating in department meetings and in-services. Assists with development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and procedures. Contributes to and complies with the initiatives to continuously monitor and improve the quality and effectiveness of spiritual care services. Share in department coverage to meet patient spiritual care needs.

  • Offers post-discharge follow-up when appropriate through such avenues as bereavement phone calls, bereavement cards, presiding/attending memorial services.

  • Participates and contributes spiritual care perspective in patient rounds and patient care conferences. Presents current information, assists with and organizes conferences based on request or need.

  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in the field with ongoing education through literature, audio-visual aids, and attending conferences and retreats for professional growth and development. Shares information learned with staff.


  • Ability to deliver spiritual /pastoral care and support that is both personalized and focused.

  • Ability to participate in interdisciplinary conference and contribute significant data for comprehensive and holistic care/treatment plan.

  • Ability to help others explore options and empower them to identify and take the next step(s) toward spiritual fulfillment.

  • Ability to network with community clergy and congregations, providing continuum of spiritual and pastoral support within a variety of care context.

  • Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable outcomes among diverse viewpoints.

  • Ability to employ systems thinking and systems management (e.g. facilitating relationships, building partnerships, networking constituencies) toward more comprehensive, personalized and holistic outcomes for patients and staff.

  • Ability to interface with community and staff regarding holistic care.

  • Ability to help organizations or systems identify and manage inner resources and pursue the next steps in their development.

  • Ability to help others (patients, families, staff) identity and manage their inner resources.

  • Ability to function as an organizational symbol of mission, spirituality and values.

  • Ability to help others (patients, families, staff) pursue the next step in their personal development.

  • Ability to assess and respond sensitively to cultural and religious diversity.

  • Ability to help groups and individuals reflect on their lived experience from a theological or faith perspective without imposing any personal bias.

  • Ability to assist in conversation about end-of-life issues and assist with the understanding of the Advance Health Care Directives.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Master's Degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry or related field, or Theological /pastoral training.

Experience: 1 year Pastoral experience.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Education: 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Licenses/Certifications: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) certification or in the process of obtaining certification, Board Certification.

Compassion. Dignity. Justice. Excellence. Integrity.

These timeless values form the heart and soul of St. Joseph Hospital. They are the prime reason that we attract and retain high-caliber employees who believe in the sanctity of their work in our faith-based setting.

As a result of this affinity, most of our employees have remained with us for at least five years. Over 40 percent of our new employees were either referred by friends or applied to work at St. Joseph based on our reputation. It is little wonder, then, that retention rate is significantly higher than the average for healthcare institutions in our community.

Clinical Excellence

When you take the latest in medical technology and place it in the hands of highly skilled clinicians, recognition is sure to follow. In July 2007, 2008 and 2009, St. Joseph Hospital was named one "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedic Care by U. S. News and World Report. This highly esteem recognition is testimony to our unique blend medical science and compassionate, values-based care.

A haven that feels like home.

St. Joseph Hospital offers a unique environment in which healthcare givers who share a kindred spirit can do important work and grow both spiritually and professionally. Here, values-based employees view their jobs not simply as careers but also as callings.

Care to get acquainted? Then we warmly invite you to explore the many career opportunities offered by St. Joseph Hospital!

St. Joseph Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Category: Spiritual/ Mission/ Pastoral Care

Req ID: R355934