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This is a full time Staff Chaplain position located at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. For information of the Hospital click the website, http://www.fargo.va.gov/
The position may be filled at either grade GS-12 or at grade GS-11 with promotion potential to grade GS-12.
Must be a US Citizen
Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within the past year.
You may be subject to random urinalysis testing
Incumbent is responsible for offering spiritual ministry to all Veteran patients, and specifically to the Community Living Center patients and the Substance Abuse Treatment Program patients. The chaplain has responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients in a pluralistic setting. The chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of patients and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry.
The chaplain, as appropriate provides extensive and intensive spiritual counseling for individual patients. The chaplain also provides counsel and pastoral support to relatives of patients in difficult and trying situations to alleviate their anxieties and to help them deal with grief.
Plans and carries out spiritual and pastoral care as a member of interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. Documents care in electronic medical records. 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.
At grade GS-11 the chaplain will work in a developmental assignment, providing spiritual and pastoral care under closer supervision. Upon meeting all administrative requirements and demonstrating proficiency, the chaplain may be promoted to GS-12. Promotion to GS-12 is not guaranteed.
Encumbent must be willing to perform call-back work.
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 must be signed by the official designated by the faith group to endorse individuals for VA Chaplaincy. The list of endorsing officials is on the VA Chaplain web site: www.va.gov/chaplain . Look under "Employment Information." 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. If your faith group is not on the list of endorsing officials, it can designate an endorsing official by submitting VA form 10-0379 to the National Chaplain Center. This form is on line at: www.va.gov/vaforms . Enter 10-0379 in the Form Number box and hit Search. The form and all of the supporting documents described on the instructions page that accompanies the form must be receved at the National VA Chaplain Center by the closing date of the announcement. The form can be faxed to 757-728-3179.
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 church 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 claiming veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you have a service-connected disability or are claiming preference as the spouse or widow of a Veteran , you must 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, if there are persons entitled to Veterans' preference, persons without preference in that category cannot be selected. Applicants in the highest category will be referred to the medical center for interview and selection.
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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp
Instructions for the on-line application process are on the VA Chaplain web site: www.va.gov/chaplain Open "Employment Information" then the "How to Apply Pamphlet."
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