Job: Director of Pastoral Services

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Posted: 01/01/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 6432

Job Description

Location: St. Dominic Hospital
Department: PASTORAL SERVICES - 9570
Employment Type: Full Time 80
Shift: Day
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Job Code: 6432

The Director of Pastoral Care Department is responsible for the development and implementation of a continuum of pastoral services to help fulfill St. Dominic’s mission of providing compassionate care and hope as a healing ministry of the Catholic Church.  These services are available to all patients, families and staff. The director is responsible for the economic and human resources of the department. Reports to Vice President for Patient Care Services.

Job Requirements

Minimum Education

A bachelor's degree is required.  Graduate-level theological degree in theology, divinity, religious studies, pastoral ministry, pastoral studies, or spiritually from an accredited academic institution or equivalent pastoral experience. Formal training within a management or curriculum setting or comparable experience.  


Minimum Work Experience

At least two years of clinical experience in a health care setting, preferably in clinical pastoral care. Sufficient previous experience with supervisory/management responsibilities.


Required Licenses

Board Certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains or Board Certification eligible. 


Required Skills

Knowledge of and support for the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (5th ed, USCCB). Solid standing within her/his parish, as evidenced by ecclesiastical endorsement. Good socialization skills. Demonstrable value placed on the importance of working as a team both within and outside the department. Demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity to issues and persons, with a holistic approach to life and health care ministry. Knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching. Familiarity with varying faith traditions and cooperative relationships with persons or religious/spiritual organizations of other traditions or of no tradition. Ability to be both assertive yet flexible. Ability to exercise the authority of the position while knowing how to delegate. Ability to communicate effectively, utilizing both oral and written skills. 


Essential Functions

Provides the leadership to implement the mission and philosophy as it relates to the pastoral care department. Ensures that both department and hospital standards that relate to the pastoral care staff are met and maintained. Develops department goals and objectives in discussion with members of the pastoral care team. Establishes and implements policies and procedures for department operation. Provides the human and fiscal management of the department. Oversees the staffing, development, evaluation, and education of members of the pastoral care team. Attends and participates in hospital/staff committee meetings. Ensures that spiritual programs and services are designed and implemented to meet the needs of patient/patient families, hospital employees, and medical staff, e.g., Chapel Memorial Services, Advent & Lenten Reflections, requested unit services, etc. Provides for the specific needs of individual faiths by fostering an ecumenical approach to hospital ministry. Strives to incorporate pastoral care into the ongoing organizational life of the facility by ensuring that spirituality in the workplace is articulated, reverenced, and exemplified. Consults with the hospital staff regarding hospital ministry. Collaborates with members of the hospital care team in identifying and resolving problems. Acts as a liaison between patient, family and hospital staff during periods of crisis, e.g. illness, dying etc. Participates on special projects as directed/requested, including representing the hospital at interfaith meetings, community events, etc. Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations. Nurtures spiritual growth and development through prayer, retreats, and involvement in a faith community. Visits patients routinely to provide spiritual guidance and cooperates with the health care team is assisting patient to make personal adjustments. Volunteers, and encourages staff participation, in hospital sponsored or community outreach.

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