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Job Description

Provides direct pastoral care to patients, families and staff manage pastoral care in various clinical areas provide rotate institutional back-up pastoral care 24/7 designs pastoral care programs for specific patients/clients/organization and provides pastoral consultation in interdisciplinary patient care.

Job Summary
The chaplain and bereavement coordinator provides specialist level expertise in assessing and addressing the spiritual, existential, and bereavement needs of patients, families and staff through the provision of comprehensive spiritual screening, assessment and interventions, including pastoral presence, consultation, education, and support. Responsibilities are divided equally between clinical (50%) and supportive/administrative (50%).

The chaplain is a clinical staff member of the Department of Pastoral Care, and a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary CSCT, contributing to team goal setting. The chaplain models and collaborates with the treating teams in respecting and providing cultural, emotional and spiritual/religious competent patient and family-centered care. S/he acts as a consultant to the clinical team, service lines and other departments and participates in program development and quality improvement initiatives. The chaplain practices evidence-based care and takes responsibility for continued professional development.

Duties/Essential Job Functions (Responsibilities are divided equally between clinical and supportive/ administrative) Clinical Duties
1. Provides spiritual assessment to pediatric palliative care patients (inpatients and outpatients receiving CSCT consults) and their families, including spiritual distress and disorientation, identifying sources of strength and meaning, forgiveness and reconciliation, closure and end of life concerns, pain and suffering, life review, and preparation for death

2. Chooses and utilizes appropriate pastoral care interventions targeted to intended outcomes
3. Supports caregivers and families for their role in the care of the patient and addresses conflicts if appropriate
4. Provides grief resources and bereavement support to patients and families experiencing end of life and loss (e.g., making referrals to community agencies and programs when appropriate, coordinating annual family memorial programs, providing one-on-one counseling, sending out grief education and support materials such as emails or newsletters)
5. Helps to identify and interpret cultures and faith traditions that impact health care practice and decisions
6. Provides religious resources, including prayer, sacramental ministry, rituals, and collaboration with community clergy when appropriate
7. Facilitates or assists in complex goals of care discussions, family meetings and other conversations about values and emotional/spiritual/cultural needs
8. Complies with standards for timely submission, accuracy and completeness of documentation in the medical record and collects all required statistical data

Supportive and Administrative Duties
1. Develops, describes and advances the plan of care specific to spiritual issues with the pediatric palliative care team; acts as spiritual care leader to other members of the team for CSCT and the Department of Pastoral Care

2. Provides education on sustainable practice and spiritual needs of pediatric palliative care patients and families to variety of learners rotating with the palliative care service as well as throughout the hospital
3. Provides supportive services and debriefings to providers and staff
4. Participates in meetings of relevant hospital committees, including the UNC Pediatric Palliative Care Committee, taking leadership roles on projects when appropriate
5. Collaborates with other clinical chaplains to provide clinical care and staff support throughout the Children’s Hospital
6. Collaborates in the organization of hospital-wide bereavement programs and offerings to families and providers
7. Participates in quality improvement, team goal setting, program development and outcomes measurement for the Department of Pastoral Care, CSCT, and all appropriate service lines
8. Complies with standards for timely submission, accuracy and completeness of all required statistical data related to program development, quality improvement initiatives

9. Other duties as assigned

1. Ability to work successfully and cooperatively on a multi-disciplinary team; and to foster and enhance inter-professional and team relationships within palliative care service and all levels of the institution
2. Ability to work sensitively and competently with diverse cultural, religious, and ethnic groups
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with focus on clarity, empathy, and discretion
4. Experience in teaching various levels of adult learners from diverse professional backgrounds
5. Demonstrated resourcefulness, organizational skills, and collaborative capabilities
6. Self-directed in creative problem solving, systems planning, and patient care in a high-volume work environment
7. Demonstrates a working knowledge of ethical and legal issues in pediatric palliative care
8. Demonstrates and models the ability to maintain one’s own resilience and support the resilience of the interdisciplinary team through appropriate activities for sustainable practice
9. Demonstrates a working knowledge of the care options upon discharge from inpatient care, including advanced illness management in the home or pediatric hospice
10. Evidence of continuing education credits related to fields of pediatrics, spiritual care, palliative care, end of life, and/or grief and bereavement


Master's degree in Divinity (M.Div.) or equivalent degree from an accredited seminary or university. Graduation from accredited college and seminary with four (4) units of ACPE CPE, faith group endorsement. Prior pastoral experience in hospital setting and/or congregation. Board eligible by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Certification must be obtained within two years of hire.

Primary Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States


Shift: Day Job

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