Full-Time System Director of Chaplaincy Services for
Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Newport Hospital

Lifespan, Rhode Island
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN)
Position Description

 

Summary of Position

As an employee of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, the Director of Chaplaincy Services is responsible for managing the Chaplaincy Services Department at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital in Rhode Island. S/he will:

  • Ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient program of Chaplaincy Services to patients, their loved ones and staff of all faith traditions
  • Develop and maintain proper strategic planning and administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy
  • Actively support full integration of Chaplaincy Services in the institution
  • Manage an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program
  • Participate in and contribute to the professional Chaplaincy Services community
  • Participate in programs and administrative activities of HCCN
  • Report to HCCN and the Administrative Director of Clinical Social Work for Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

1. Ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient program of Chaplaincy Services to patients, their loved ones and staff of all faith traditions

  • Ensure that Chaplaincy Services is delivered according to a written plan which specifies a comprehensive model, priorities, goals, and high priority populations
  • Ensure that Chaplaincy Services is delivered according to the Standards of Practice of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the principles and practices of Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy and congruent with the hospital mission and priorities
  • Actively participate in the delivery of Chaplaincy Services
  • Ensure that all requests for Chaplaincy Services are responded to in a timely manner
  • Actively support the inclusion of chaplains in patient care initiatives
  • Ensure that appropriate worship opportunities are provided
  • Ensure that ritual and sacramental needs are met
  • Coordinate on-call schedule to provide 24/7 coverage
  • Work collaboratively with community clergy and spiritual care volunteers

 

2. Develop and maintain proper strategic planning and administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy

  • In consultation with institutional and HCCN administration, develop and periodically review a strategic plan for Chaplaincy Services that is aligned with overall institutional goals and objectives
  • Develop and maintain procedures to keep records of chaplaincy care activity to communicate with other members of the department and report to institutional administration and HCCN
  • Develop and administer the department’s plan for continuous quality improvement (CQI) aligned with hospital CQI initiatives where applicable
  • Manage assigned Chaplaincy Services resources according to institutional budgetary parameters
  • Oversee the use and maintenance of the Chaplaincy Services offices and chapel
  • Supervise, support and facilitate the work of those delivering Chaplaincy Services including chaplain interns, spiritual care volunteers and community clergy ensuring accountability
  • Maintain compliance with external regulatory and accreditation requirements (e.g., CMS, RI Department of Health, The Joint Commission) for Spiritual Care Services

 

3. Actively support full integration of Chaplaincy Services in the institution

  • Provide liaison to other departments such as social work, volunteers, etc.
  • Provide orientation to Chaplaincy Services to employees and other departments as invited
  • Serve on institutional committees as appointed
  • Actively seek involvement in institutional initiatives where Chaplaincy Services skills can contribute including cultural competence initiatives, marketing to new customer populations, employee satisfaction programs, and customer service training. Discuss proposed expansion of Chaplaincy Services with institutional administration (e.g., Administrative Director of Social Work) before offering services to support additional initiatives
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to Chaplaincy Services
  • Participation on palliative care rounds/committee as requested by institutional administration (e.g., Administrative Director of Clinical Social Work)
  • Provide spiritual care education to hospital community as needs are identified
  • Provide chaplaincy support to hospital staff to the extent agreed upon by institutional administration (e.g., Administrative Director of Clinical Social Work)
  • Provide ethics, crisis and grief support

 

4. Manage an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program

  • Respect and protect student’s rights to have a quality CPE center
  • Maintain compliance as a Clinical Placement Site of HCCN
  • Participate in student selection as appropriate
  • Ensure that students are properly oriented and comply with hospital policy
  • Assist with integration of students into clinical placements and the hospital community
  • Responsible for student on-site needs and mentoring
  • Support students CPE training including co-signing monthly and end of unit time-sheet

 

5. Participate in and contribute to the professional Chaplaincy Services community

  • Maintain certification and good standing in a professional Chaplaincy certifying association
  • Author or co-author materials relevant to spiritual care
  • Participate in teaching/lecturing as invited
  • Participate in research relevant to the field
  • Collaborate with HCCN and hospital community on research and writing initiatives

 

6. Participate in programs and administrative activities of HCCN

  • Participate in monthly HCCN staff meetings
  • Participate in regular professional development activities
  • Participate in monthly supervision with HCCN’s director of clinical services
  • Participate in monthly planning meetings for department directors
  • Ensure the provision of HCCN resources are well integrated into the institutional setting

 

Qualifications

  • Must be certified, or eligible for certification, as a Board Certified Chaplain by and in good standing with a national chaplaincy certifying body, such as the Spiritual Care Association, Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.
    • This certification requires a college degree, a master’s level degree in a field related to health care chaplaincy, minimum two units of clinical pastoral education, and a rigorous professional assessment and peer review process.
  •  Five years minimum experience in the field of professional chaplaincy
  • Two years minimum experience in management
  • Computer literacy and a skill level in Microsoft Office Suite of intermediate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must be willing to learn Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy

 

Working Conditions

  • Some direct contact with patients with communicable diseases using accepted universal precautions
  • Substantial time spent with students, staff, patients and their loved ones requiring a high degree of emotional energy and mental alertness
  • Must have mobility through the health institution’s facilities which are handicapped accessible

 

Cover letter and resume should be sent to Edward Haran This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject line: Lifespan Director of Chaplaincy Services.