Part-Time Pediatric Palliative Care Staff Chaplain

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals

Part-Time Pediatric Palliative Care Staff Chaplain

Reports to: Director of Spiritual Care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Salary Range: Competitive based on experience

Employment Type: Half Time (20-hours per week)

Start Date: As soon as possible


Position Summary:


Provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff of varying denominations and faiths. The chaplain functions by virtue of his/her call to ministry, endorsed by his/her religious denomination. S/he ministers by providing appropriate pastoral care within an interdisciplinary palliative care team providing care for children with chronic, life-threatening illness and their families. S/he works closely with other team members offering assistance with medical decision-making, communication issues, end-of-life care, psychosocial and spiritual crises, and symptom management. S/he will assist the members of the palliative care team and hospital staff to draw on their spiritual resources to move towards hope, healing and wholeness. This is a grant-funded position.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Assist patients and families in making connections to whatever sustains them spiritually (values and beliefs) and to help them find meaning in their experience of illness whether or not they are part of a particular religion.
  • Assist patients and families with a particular religious faith to experience, as fully as possible, the reality of their Sacred Being’s presence and love in their lives.
  • Advocate for dignity and respect for all persons.
  • Increase awareness of the role of spiritual values in patient/family care.
  • Perform thorough spiritual assessment from a family-centered care perspective in different clinical settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and home visits, and prenatal diagnoses.
  • Develop and implement a plan of care to promote patient/family wellbeing.
  • Provide ongoing spiritual support for patient, family and staff.
  • Perform appropriate rituals and faith practices in cooperation with family and their local religious leaders.
  • Assist in completing advance directives.
  • Offer pastoral counseling to facilitate effective coping.
  • Develop and lead bereavement follow-ups and assist in bereavement groups.
  • Perform weekly team meeting spiritual moment of remembrance and encouragement.
  • Assist in planning and leading annual remembrance services and other remembrance services as they arise.
  • Facilitate communication among family and team members.
  • Participate in conflict management, bereavement care planning and support, and training and education.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities and research as assigned or indicated.


Required Education/Qualifications:


  1. Graduate degree in an area related to pastoral ministry (e.g., M.Div., M.Th., etc.) from an accredited theological school.
  2. Ordained, with an ecclesiastical endorsement from denomination of record or appropriate religious authority.
  3. Completed a minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education (CPE) from an accredited CPE provider.
  4. Board certified, or will earn professional certification by a recognized national chaplain association (e.g., Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains) within two years of hire.
  5. Hospital pediatric experience or CPE credits with an emphasis in pediatric pastoral care; palliative care experience preferred.
  6. Available for on-call ministry with established patients.
  7. Able to relate to all ages (children to adults) including addressing children’s grief issues both in patient and siblings.
  8. Collaborative presence.
  9. Approachable
  10. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  11. Ability to work independently.
  12. Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.


Desired Attributes:


  1. Experience in working in a large academic medical center.
  2. Holds the APC sub-specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Care, or will earn the certification within 5 years of hire.
  3. Experience with patient charting using electronic medical record program(s).


The above description is meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities necessary for the successful execution of the position. The selected individual may be requested to perform job-related duties in addition to or other than those stated above.


Send resume, references, and salary requirements to: Mark Laskey, Executive Director, Chaplain Partnership (

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