Job Description

Location: St. Dominic Hospital
Department: PASTORAL SERVICES - 9570
Employment Type: Full Time 80
Shift: Day
Other Shift Details:
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 Minimally, a bachelor's degree is required. Ideally, a graduate degree in a related field is appropriate. 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
[Mississippi, United States] Chaplain; Certification through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).  
Certification by an appropriate clinical pastoral agency and ongoing advanced training in theology, religious studies, management, or clinical or pastoral skills or comparable competencies.
Required Skills Knowledge of and support for the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health 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 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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