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Chaplain - Spiritual Services, Part-time in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 9/15/2018

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Job Description

General Summary 

The Chaplain provides counseling, guidance and training to patients, their families, and Institute staff regarding spiritual and emotional support to facilitate total patient care.

The Chaplain consistently demonstrates support of the SRAlab statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Chaplain demonstrates SRAlab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRAlab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.


Principal Responsibilities


  1. Visits patients and their families to provide counseling and guidance to help strengthen their faith and ability to cope with spiritual/emotional challenges accompanying disability or grief.
  2. Provides spiritual and emotional support, guidance and counseling to Institute staff regarding patient care concerns.
  3. Prepares, coordinates, and conducts interdenominational chapel services and other special worship services.
  4. Maintains departmental records including patient progress notes, chapel attendance, weekly schedules and religious service reminders.
  5. Participates in team conferences, floor supervisory meetings and other pertinent patient/team related meetings to facilitate interdisciplinary patient care.
  6. Acts as a resource person and liaison to local pastors, community leaders and chaplains with regard to Institute patients.
  7. Co-facilitates support groups, when necessary.

Reporting Relationships

  1.  Reports to Manager, Chaplaincy

Job Requirements


  1. Master’s degree in Divinity or equivalent training in an accredited religious seminary or theological school.
  2. Chaplaincy training in clinical pastoral education or equivalent for a minimum of one year or four quarters and endorsement by an Ecclesiastical Judicatory for specialized pastoral care.
  3. Must fulfill requirements for certification in a professional Pastoral Care Association belonging to the Commission on Ministry in Specialized Setting (COMISS) within two years of employment and must be certified within three years of employment.
  4. Work normally requires three to six months related experience to handle emotional and spiritual issues involved in dealing with people in crisis situations and to gain the administrative ability to prepare and conduct chapel services.  Knowledge of comprehensive rehabilitation in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation preferred.
  5. Requires advanced level of interpersonal skills in conducting counseling sessions and in dealing with emotional and spiritual issues in stressful situations such as disability and/or death.  Requires ability to work with other health care professionals in a team approach to patient care.
  6. Analytical ability to identify and determine the cause and resolution of religious and spiritual problems and questions.

Working Conditions

  1.  Patient care environment with occasional exposure to infection and/or communicable diseases.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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