Requisition ID
Employment Type
Part Time
Chaplain Services
Hours Per Pay Period
CHI Saint Joseph Berea
Standard Hours
Day Shift
Work Schedule
8 Hour


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


As part of the interdisciplinary health care team, the chaplain provides expertise regarding the spiritual dimension of human life and healing as it interrelates to illness and death. The chaplain provides extensive and intensive spiritual care to patients, families, and staff from diverse spiritual/religious backgrounds with respect for the dignity and unique experience of each person, helping to ensure whole-person approach to healing.




  • Works collaboratively with members of the spiritual care department to build a cohesive, spiritually grounded and mutually formative team; covers on-call and holiday shifts as scheduled based on department need
  • Establishes mutually respectful working relationships with staff and physicians from a variety of departments
  • Gathers and evaluates relevant information pertinent to the holistic care of patients and their families
  • Develops and implements spiritual care plans to promote the well-being of patients, including but not limited to crisis intervention, spiritual care and counseling, assistance with religious/spiritual rituals
  • Provides spiritual care and counseling for patients and their families in response to referrals and through proactive rounding
  • Documents assessments and interventions in the Electronic Medical Record
  • Collaborates with other care providers to promote the well-being of patients and their families
  • Provides spiritual care to employees and medical staff through group and individual interactions
  • Respects the confidentiality of information from all sources, including the care recipient, legal, or organizational records, and other care providers
  • Serves as a liaison to community clergy/faith community leaders and collaborates with them in the care for patients and their families
  • Provides spiritual care to the organization in ways consonant with the organization’s Core Values and Mission
  • Provides staff and community education on matters of spirituality and spiritual care
  • Makes referrals to community resources as appropriate
  • Participates in on-call and holiday rotation based on department need
  • Serves as mentor to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Interns, if organization has a CPE program
  • Other duties as assigned by management


Required Education

  • Master's Degree in Divinity, Theology, or related field

Required Licensure and Certifications

  • Certified by one of the nationally recognized accrediting bodies: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC); Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc (BCCI), an affiliate of Association of Professional Chaplains (APC); Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC); or Neshama (NAJC) required; Board certification prerequisites include: Ordained as a minister or rabbi, or recognized by a religious congregation as a formal member or a lay person with the appropriate credentialing; Minimum of four (4) units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from a program accredited by ACPE or USCCB/CCA; 2,080 hours experience in clinical chaplaincy; Documentation of maintenance of certification is required.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have strong relationship-building skills and the ability to make and use connections throughout the organization to complete projects and maintain strong partnerships with other departments. Must demonstrate basic understanding of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, the ability to apply in concrete situations, and awareness of when and who to contact when greater expertise is needed Must demonstrate an understanding of various religious / faith traditions and a sensitivity to addressing the needs of persons from those traditions Must possess an understanding of the human condition across the lifespan, including physical, mental, cognitive, cultural and spiritual differences Must have strong initiative and be able to gather and analyze information skillfully and be able to brainstorm alternative resources and directions Must be detail oriented in gathering relevant data while attending to essential details; checks work for accuracy and quality Must be able to problem-solve by identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner, as well as develop alternative solutions when needed Must have great flexibility and the ability to continually look for ways to make appropriate adjustments and changes to meet service needs Must have ability to read, analyze, and interpret common and industry-related documents, including organizational and departmental policies, procedures and handbooks, and safety guidelines Must have the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from patients, families, KentuckyOne staff and the general public. Must have the ability to write reports and presentations that conform to prescribed style and format Must have ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must have the ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deliver successful results Must have strong working knowledge Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint Must have the capacity to learn other relevant systems and databases, as needed, including electronic health record, patient demographic/registration system, and timekeeping system


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