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Staff Chaplain Women's & Babies Hospital (20 hours/week)


.5 FTE

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director, Chaplaincy Care and Education with accountability to the Chaplaincy team, the Staff Chaplain assists with faith issues in the healing process, makes spiritual assessments, provides crisis intervention and supportive care to patients, families and staff in areas to which s/he is assigned.

HOURS: 20 hours/week

LOCATION: Lancaster, PA

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Participate in delivering and arranging for appropriate pastoral care to patients, families and staff in specific areas of the institution or to particular faith groups as assigned.
  • Respond to requests for spiritual care in a timely manner and completes documentation of services according to department requirements.
  • Addresses the specific needs of patients for spiritual care, access to religious rites, and sacraments either personally or makes arrangement with area clergy.
  • Helps to coordinate bereavement care for patients and families.
  • Support an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care.
  • Participate in team meetings and rounds. Serve on institutional committees as appointed.
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care within the healthcare system.
  • Participate in maintenance of proper administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy.
  • Assist in the coordination of clergy and pastoral visitors from the religious community.
  • Document spiritual care activities to communicate with members of the department and other health care providers.
  • Participate in the department’s plan for continuous quality improvement.
  • Contribute to the wider community through publication, teaching, and research.
  • Author and co-author materials relevant to spiritual care and pastoral education.
  • Responds to requests for educational programming and presentations related to spiritual care, and perinatal loss/bereavement, as invited.
  • Serves as a mentor for assigned Chaplain Resident.
  • Participate in programs and administrative activities of the institution.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in regular professional development activities and supervision

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Serve as a liaison between the area faith communities, local supportive services, and the hospital and make recommendations for improving patient care and public relations with the community.
  • Assist the Chaplaincy Care and Education Department in providing 24 hour pastoral care coverage.
  • Provide pastoral services in such a way as to accomplish the institutional, as well as the departmental objectives. Function in such a manner that reflects the mission and vision of the institution.
  • Adhere to all Hospital standards, policies, and procedures. Adhere to the code of ethics of the Association of Professional Chaplains.
  • Participates in the on-call responsibilities for this position as required.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • The level of knowledge acquired through the completion of a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Religion, or Master of Pastoral Counseling from an accredited school of theology or Ordination.
  • 3 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains or National Association of Catholic Chaplains or certification eligibility within two years of hire.
  • The interpersonal skills needed to work with distressed and anxious patients, families, and employees.
  • The analytical ability to assess patients’ spiritual needs and sense of well-being and find appropriate solutions to patient problems.
  • An empathy for the problems experienced by patients and families; commitment to help the distressed.
  • Excellent communication skills to counsel patients, families, and employees.
  • Knowledge of grief process and unique needs of patients experiencing perinatal and neonatal loss.  
  • Personal availability and skills for partnering with internal and external groups in projects that foster a climate of toleration and respect for the cultural diversity of the community.


  • Previous experience in a hospital setting either as a clinical student or work setting.
  • Previous experience in crisis/trauma care.
  • Previous experience with grieving parents.
  • 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.


Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely. #LI-MD1

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

WBH Part Time Posted on 01/19/2023