Director of Pastoral Care

  • HCA
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • Apr 25, 2018

Job Description

Job Code: 00035-41659


No Weekends

We are seeking a Director of Pastoral Care to join CJW Medical Center, which includes Chippenham Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital.


Coordinates a comprehensive program to address the assessed emotional/spiritual needs of patients, families, physicians, and staff. Provides counseling, emotional support, religious rites/rituals, programs and services. Oversees the assistant director, chaplain associate, PRN (on-call), and student intern components of the department and provides ongoing educational opportunities for associates, interns, area clergy, staff, and community groups. Assures compliance with regulatory, budgetary, administrative and departmental guidelines. Provides leadership and guidance in bio-ethical issues, faith and cultural diversity, and the integration of faith traditions and medical science.


1. Coordinates a comprehensive program to address the emotional/spiritual needs of patients, families, physicians and staff utilizing knowledge and understanding of pertinent confidential medical, psychosocial and ethical information.

2. Offers professional counsel, religious/spiritual instruction, support, comfort, encouragement, rites/rituals, and interdenominational/interfaith services and programs based on assessed needs. Documents involvement/intervention as appropriate.

3. Recruits, orients, trains and supervises assistant director, PRN chaplains, chaplain associate volunteers and student intern(s). Provides ongoing educational opportunities for chaplain staff/ associates/interns, area clergy and community groups through on/off campus lectures or seminars on medical, ethical, end of life, bereavement and spiritual care issues.

4. Demonstrates a commitment to organizational communication including open dialogue with administration and various departments; collaboration with members of the health care team; membership on appropriate hospital committees and multidisciplinary team conferences; dialogue with area clergy; and participation in department manager and other meetings.

5. Plans and organizes work to meet/promote effective departmental operation including: review/revision of policies and procedures; operation within prepared annual budget; compliance with The Joint Commission, Medicare and State Licensure guidelines/regulations; adherence to safety, environmental and infection control standards; and demonstrated ability to respond to changing work environment.

6. Provides leadership and guidance concerning medical/ethical issues; staff motivation and support; problem solving; faith and cultural diversity; and the integration of pastoral functions, theology and behavioral sciences.

7. Enhances personal/professional growth and development through participation in continuing education and professional organizations.

8. Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  1. B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  2. M. Div. or equivalent degree from an accredited theological seminary
  1. Undergraduate degree preferably in psychology, sociology or religion

  1. Clinically trained with at least 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education
  2. Ministry in parish setting (preferably three or more years)
  3. Personal and professional ability to direct an interfaith chaplaincy program
  1. A minimum of one year in hospital setting as a full time chaplain
  2. Board Certified (or eligible)

  1. Board certified or eligible by the Association of Professional Chaplains or equivalent body
  2. Endorsement by a recognized religious faith group for ministry as a chaplain
  3. Ordination or commission to function in a ministry of pastoral care, granted by an appropriate religious authority according to the standard practice and policy of that authority

Last Edited: 04/05/2018