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Staff Chaplain (Certified)-Mercy Health St. Vincent

Requisition R086682 Market Toledo, Ohio Department Pastoral Care - St. Vincent Shift Days/Evenings Schedule Full-time

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Under the direction of the Regional Director of Spiritual Care, the chaplain ministers to patients, families, and staff around religious and spiritual needs.As an integral member of the multidisciplinary team, the chaplain provides spiritual care and emotional support within the context of illness, crisis, loss and death.The chaplain is committed to the Mission and models its core values.

Mission/Core Values/Promise:It is expected that all of the duties and responsibilities of this position will be performed in a manner consistent with Mercy Health’score valueswhich are: Excellence, Human Dignity, Justice, Compassion, Sacredness of Life and Service. All supervisors and above are expected to model the organizational mission, values, and promise through their daily actions, decision making and priority setting. All supervisors and above are expected to develop, implement and monitor short and long range plans to meet or surpass standards consistent with the overall strategic plan.

Job Expectations:

  •  Provide spiritual care and support for patients, families, and staff on assigned units
  •  Provide prayer, support, and comfort especially to the dying patient and his/her family
  •  Provide bereavement services as needed, including memorial services, funeral services, etc.
  •  Provide for the worship / sacramental / liturgical needs of patients and staff
  •  Assess the emotional / spiritual needs of patients and families including psychosocial issues, adjustment to illness or disability, status of religious / spiritual coping
  •  Document in patient's medical record with appropriate intervention and plan of care
  •  Participate as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team with skills in spiritual assessment, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and pastoral care
  •  Demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide appropriate spiritual / emotional support to persons of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religions, and various age groups.
  •  Support staff especially in times of crisis, conflict, loss, and/or need for debriefing
  •  Coordinate and participate in ethics consults; keep updated on ethical issues
  •  Participate in goals and objectives of the department; participate in the department plan for continuous quality improvement
  •  Participate in maintenance of administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy; serve on institutional committees and community-based organizations
  •  Participate in the rotation for 24/7 coverage including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  •  Educate patients and families regarding advance directives; work with interdisciplinary team in preparing documents related to their health care, e.g., living wills, health care power of attorney
  •  Develop and present orientation and continuing education programs regarding spiritual care, advance directives, bereavement, and application of the Ethical and Religious Directive for Mercy Health for associates, staff, local clergy, and community-at-large
  •  Provide training and support for pastoral care volunteers/ Eucharistic ministers
  •  Provide programs that foster Mission and spirituality in the workplace
  •  Maintain re-certification requirements in professional chaplaincy associate every five years.

The above is intended to describe the general content and functions of this job.It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties or responsibilities. Employees may be required to perform other job related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. The job description is subject to continual revisions as needed for patient care. Due to the services and care provided by this institution, personnel may be requested to serve in related capacities as determined by their qualifications in a different unit, department, and campus, in an effort to not disrupt patient care and continue to provide a safe environment to our patients. All employees are expected to follow Mercy Health policies and procedures, maintain high standards of safe work performance, and maintain good attendance and punctuality.


Specialty/Major: Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Studies or equivalency

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS: (must be non-expired/active unless otherwise stated)

Required:50 contact hours of professional training and education required annually to meet departmental and certification requirements


  • 3-5 years chaplaincy experience in a clinical setting
  • Four or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Board certification by a professional certifying organization (National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional Chaplains, Association of Jewish Chaplains, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Pastoral Counselors)
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement and /or ordination.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

High level of interpersonal, facilitative and communication skills.Ability to lead and teach theological reflection.Flexibility in work hours, programs and services.Ability to lead and coordinate prayer and worship services.Ability to be present to others in their illness or crisis, providing pastoral support within the context of the patient's culture, values and belief system.Ability to teach an understanding of diverse theologies and ecclesiologies.Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.

Mercy Health is an equal opportunity employer.

We’ll also reward your hard work with:

  • Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance w/AD&D
  • An employer-matched 403(b) for those who qualify.
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance
  • And much more

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Pastoral Care - St. Vincent

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you’d like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for  Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, please email If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at

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