Catholic Health Initiatives Chaplain Resident - Full Time, 8AM - 4:30PM - St. Joseph in TACOMA, Washington

Chaplain Resident - Full Time, 8AM - 4:30PM - St. Joseph



This job is responsible for providing direct spiritual care service to patients, families and staff under the general supervision of their assigned CPE Supervisor. An incumbent participates fully in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency program and the CHI Franciscan Health (CHI-FH) Spiritual Care Team.


Provides individual and group spiritual care to patients, families and CHI Franciscan Health (CHI-FH) Staff under the general supervision of their assigned CPE Supervisor. Residents are assigned to specific units and focus their efforts in this area.

Actively involves him/herself in self-care and all aspects of the clinical training program. Participates in all CPE functions.

Collaborates with physicians, social workers, nursing staff and other spiritual care team members regarding holistic wellness perspectives, working to heighten awareness of the importance of spiritual beliefs and practices as well as diverse religious and cultural values in treatment and assisting others in facing the limitations of life and healthcare systems.

Collaborates with local clergy and other spiritual leaders in augmenting patients’ faith group support.

Participates in Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) meetings to exchange information and collaborate with other caregivers. Provides input on the spiritual aspects of care and grief processes.

In conjunction with the medical ethics committee, attends to ethical considerations in patient care.

Collaborates with the IDT on clinical outcome efforts to integrate spiritual perspectives into clinical effectiveness and performance improvement projects.

Documents assessments and interventions into the patient’s medical record and any other necessary records.

Cultural Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrates proper use of communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services. Patient Population Served: Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department’s defined specific populations served.

Performs related duties as required.


Education/Work Experience Requirements

Completion of graduate level education in Theology or Spirituality or its’ equivalent; completion of a Bachelor’s degree, completion of a minimum of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and one year of successful ministry experience.

Job Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of pastoral care intervention and ability to apply these skills.

  • Ability to coordinate essential elements of spiritual care to patients and families.

  • Ability to learn spiritual assessment from a broad conceptual framework.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, other caregivers, community members, and Spiritual Care team members.

  • Ability to function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Ability to gain knowledge of medical ethics principles and develop skills in clinical ethics decision making.

  • Ability to understand and accept people of diverse cultures and those with disabilities.

  • Ability to read, understand and communicate in English sufficient to perform the duties of the position.

  • Ability to use office equipment and automated systems/applications/software at an acceptable level.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as required by the duties of the position.


At least one successfully completed unit of Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

Job Professional Non-Clinical


Daily Schedule 8AM - 4:30PM

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0161784

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.