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The scope of work for a Chaplain is to assess spiritual beliefs, practices, strengths and resources; plan care to meet spiritual needs; provide spiritual presence, counseling and ethical guidance; and facilitate observation of religious and other practices that provide meaning and/or comfort.

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Education, Experience and Skills Requirements
Completion of an advanced degree in Divinity or Theology or its equivalency, ecclesiastical endorsement, a minimum of one unit of clinical pastoral education, with the goal of completing 4 units. Must be eligible for certification in the Association of Professional Chaplains or Catholic Chaplains, or comparable professional organization. Must have a theological and psychological understanding of spiritual and human dynamics, knowledge of liturgical worship, knowledge of medical ethics, and knowledge of the pastoral counseling role in a health care setting. A minimum of two years pastoral care experience, preferably in a Health Care setting, is required.

Licensure/Certification Requirement

Job Specific Competencies
  • Provides spiritual care and counseling to patients, families, and associates.
  • Functions as a team member throughout Sanford.
  • Promotes relationships with the faith communities, religious institutions and the community at large throughout the region.
  • Functions as a teacher within areas of expertise for students, associates, parish nurses, lay ministers and area clergy.

Core Competencies
Customer Service
  • Interacts with customers in a warm and friendly way.
  • Takes immediate action to meet customer requests or needs.
  • Listens to understand what customers have to say.
  • Recognizes safety hazards and takes corrective action; seeking assistance when needed.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of operational policies and procedures.
  • Performs work safely, without causing harm or risk to self, others or property.
System Behavior
  • Makes a decision considering the impact of the decision on other areas.
  • Initiates collaboration with others outside of service area.
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to the principles, values, and ethics of the organization.
  • Models accountability for learning by sharing knowledge and learning from others.
  • Builds effective working relationships.
  • Expresses appreciation to others for their work.
  • Treats others with respect.

Leadership Competencies
  • Demonstrates both knowledge and application of Sanford policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Demonstrates the ability to take charge, take unpopular stands if necessary, face difficult situations, and is looked to for direction from others.
  • Facilitates and supports change within the Sanford Health.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning for themselves and staff.
  • Demonstrates and applies continuous quality improvement knowledge and skills.

Information Management Competencies
  • Demonstrates skill in accessing, preparing and using information as relevant to position.
  • Verbalizes and demonstrates knowledge of procedures for maintaining security, confidentiality and integrity of employee, patient, family and other medical information.

Equipment Competencies
  • Demonstrates skill in use of equipment relevant to position; verbalizes knowledge of appropriate safety procedures.
  • Diagnoses equipment problems; fixes or seeks out someone to fix.
  • Consistently informs appropriate person of problems encountered with repairs or calibration of equipment.

Age Related Competencies
  • Applies knowledge of growth and development in customer interactions and adapts care according to patient's age/developmental stage.
Blood Exposure
  • This position is classified as a Category III position under OSHA guidelines with no risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials.


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