Chaplain (Roman Catholic)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Milwaukee, WI

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The Department of Veterans Affairs provides outstanding health care for our nation's Veterans.

VA Core Values: I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect, E xcellence = I CARE

This is a position for a full time Roman Catholic Chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a US Citizen

Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within the past year.

You may be subject to random urinalysis testing

Endorsement must be by the Archdiocese for the Military Service USA

DUTIES:
Provides for the religious and spiritual needs of Veterans according to their needs and desires. Leads worship services, provides sacraments and ministers to family members. The chaplain provides for the specific religious needs of Roman Catholic Veterans, while assuring that all patients have opportunities for free exercise of religion. The chaplain gives special attention to religious and spiritual needs of patients in crisis. The chaplain will locate other chaplains and/or persons from the community to provide for patients' religious needs that he or she cannot meet. Evaluates patients' needs and documents care provided in electronic medical records. Cooperates with professional health care providers to plan and carry out patient care. Maintains relationships with the larger community which support the Medical Center mission; and responds to emergency needs of patients and family members. The work emphasizes an ecumenical, team approach to assignments.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess all of the following:

Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months. Ecclesiastical endorsements for Roman Catholics are issued only by the Archdiocese for the Military Service USA in Washington, DC. The endorsing official is Bishop Richard Higgins, phone number 202-269-9100 ext 21.

Endorsements must be specifically for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsement for the Armed Forces on the military endorsement form (2088) is not acceptable for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsements for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, or for the Association of Professional Chaplains or other groups are not valid for VA.

Basic Educational Requirement: The degree of Master of Divinity form an accredited institution OR a bachelor's degree plus at least 70 hours of graduate course work at an accredited institution which included at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions

Clinical Pastoral Education: Completion of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, in program(s) accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE); or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal educational program that incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development can be considered as equivalent training. The most common equivalencies are internships/field study during seminary, and diaconal study during and/or after seminary. You must give a narrative description of all training you would like considered towards equivalency. The description must include the beginning and ending dates of training, the location at which the supervised ministry was performed, the number of hours per week, a description of how the ministry was supervised, including a description of a peer-group if any.

Experience : In addition to the required Clinical Pastoral Education applicants must have at least two years of ministry experience. At least one year of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent. Ministry experience obtained during graduate education will be given credit for up to one year of the required experience. Experience prior to graduate education will not count toward the minimum experience requirement.

Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience.

English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form . For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/veteranscenter

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be given a category rating of: Minimally Qualified, Qualified, Well Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Most Qualified. In each category, Veterans will be given preference to which they are entitled.

Applicants in the highest category will be referred to the medical center for interview and selection.

BENEFITS:
Benefits: Department of Veterans Affairs employees receive comprehensive benefits including eligibility for Federal Employee Health and Life Insurance programs, weekend differential pay, the Federal Employee Retirement System, and generous vacation and sick leave. For further information on benefits see http://www.vacareers.va.gov/salary-benefits/index.asp

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