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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Senior Chaplain in Lubbock, Texas

Covenant Health is seeking a full time Senior Chaplain with the Pastoral Care Ministry at Covenant Medical Center.

Job Summary:

With minimal supervision, provides advanced professional and competent spiritual care ministry and is responsible for serving the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs of others in a variety of settings. The Chaplain provides a holistic approach to improve the health and quality of life to patients, their loved-ones, and in the community they serve.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides pastoral care to patients, families, and hospital staff through spiritual assessments, hospitality, and religious and spiritual ministry according to established standards and guidelines.

  • Provides, or arranges for, the sacramental needs of patients, their families, and hospital staff as assigned or commissioned.

  • Participates, where possible, in interdisciplinary team meetings at specific units to provide spiritual and emotional input into patient care plans.

  • Creates or coordinates in-service education to the healthcare team and community regarding religion, spirituality and medical care.

  • Creates and facilitates community education events (workshops, conferences, support groups, etc.) related to one’s congregational affiliation.

  • Documents spiritual care assessments, interventions and on-going services in the medical records within the same day the service was provided.

  • Supports the department through attending/participating in department meetings, in-services, memorial/ecumenical services and team building activities/events.

  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in the field with on-going education through literature, audio-visual and web conferences, retreats, etc., for professional growth and shares information learned from these forums.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education :

  • Master's Degree in Theology or Divinity

  • Coursework/Training - 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent educ/experience

Experience: 3 years experience in a hospital setting

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains or the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education or comparable association for professional ministry.

  • Endorsement of one’s Ecclesial Authority.

  • Complete advanced training or certification over and above education required for certification by NACC, APC, NAJC or ACPE in two additional areas. Examples:

  • Ethics

  • End of life care

  • Specialty areas of patient care (e.g., Palliative, OB, Pain Management)

  • Bereavement

  • Spiritual Direction

  • Geriatrics

Covenant Health is celebrating nearly 100 years of serving Lubbock and our South Plains region. As the oldest and largest health system in Lubbock and the region, we currently employ over 5,200 people with a medical staff of over 600 physicians.For nearly 100 years, Covenant has been driven by a mission of providing a Christian ministry of healing and caring for the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Our vision and differentiator is we are the only faith-based, integrated health network in the West Texas/eastern New Mexico region dedicated to a Christian ministry of healing.As an expression of our mission, we believe we hold an important Covenant with our patients and try and treat every interaction as Sacred Encounters.Our ministry includes six hospitals with over 1,100 licensed beds: Covenant Medical Center - CMC Covenant Children’s Covenant Specialty Covenant Plainview - PLV Covenant Levelland - LVL Trustpoint (joint venture: Rehab Hospital of Lubbock) Covenant Medical Group (CMG) Covenant Health Partners Hospice of LubbockCovenant Health's total service area includes 25 counties that covers most of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. The service area covers approximately 750,000 people and approximately 35,000 square miles.Covenant / St. Joseph Health (SJH) 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, Covenant / St. Joseph Health (SJH) 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: Covenant Health

Category: Spiritual/ Mission/ Pastoral Care