• Chaplain, Spiritual Care

    Job ID 2019-33570
    Area of Interest
    Patient & Family Support
    Location Name
    Hospital Main Campus
    FTE/Hours per pay period
    0.8 FTE (64 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
    Work Status
    Spiritual Care
    Day/Evening Shift
    Primary Location : City
    Primary Location : State/Province
  • About Us

    Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


    Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


    In 2019, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


    As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


    Provide for the spiritual, emotional, religious and educational needs of patients, their families, loved ones, care givers, staff, faculty and volunteers.


    Required Education/Experience:
    • A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent graduate degree in theology, religious studies, pastoral counseling, or spirituality appropriate for board certification
    • Satisfactory completion of four units (if board certified) or two units (if working toward board certification) of clinical pastoral education in a program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
    • Ordination/commissioning and ecclesiastical endorsement or equivalent for healthcare chaplaincy by one’s religious judicatory body as well as a member in good standing with endorsing body
    • One year of healthcare ministry experience as staff and/or volunteer
    • Strong experience and interpersonal skills in assessing and addressing spiritual, religious, and existential distress with anxious patients, families, and staff
    • Experience in working effectively and collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team utilizing knowledge and practice of theology, the grieving process, and medical ethical issues
    • Experience in providing staff support (group, individual, and organizational) through formal and informal debriefings and intentional rounding with staff

    Required Credentials:
    • Current certification by a professional chaplaincy organization that participates in the Common Standards and the Common Code of Ethics (e.g., the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains), except if one is from a religious/spiritual tradition that does not yet have a path to certification by one of the recognized certifying bodies. Alternatively, must be provisionally certified or be eligible to obtain certification within 1-3 years of employment
    • Maintenance of professional certification

    • Chaplaincy experience in a pediatric hospital or academic healthcare organization focusing on children, families, and staff
    • Ability to communicate orally in Spanish at functional or fluent proficiency or other non-English language
    • Experience working with those from various cultural, linguistic, religious and non-religious backgrounds
    • Experience in providing staff support through events such as or similar to Tea for the Soul
    • Experience in staff support and education related to spiritual care, spiritual/religious/existential distress, cultural/spiritual humility, resiliency and palliative care
    • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training and experience in facilitating healthcare staff debriefings
    • Experience with research related to spiritual care and healthcare chaplaincy

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


    The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


    Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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