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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4341 - Chaplain

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    312

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in providing and coordinating spiritual services for the Care Center.

The primary responsibility of this employee is to plan, direct and provide for the spiritual and emotional care of Care Center residents and families.  The incumbent coordinates with the Nursing, Medical Social Services, and Therapeutic Activities departments to identify resident needs, but is distinguished from these functions by an emphasis on spiritual counseling and programs.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Plans, coordinates and evaluates spiritual care programs for residents
•    works with community religious leaders and organizations to "market" the spiritual care program and mobilize support to meet resident needs
•    supervises and coordinates religious services conducted by volunteers
•    provides spiritual and emotional support for grieving residents, families or affected staff
•    provides spiritual counseling and pastoral support for residents and/or families including spiritual assessments and carrying out plans
•    enlists support of community clergy to visit residents of their faith, provide religious services or volunteer time transporting residents to services
•    works in conjunction with other departments in an inter-disciplinary approach to identify resident needs and preferences in the area of spiritual services
•    supervises volunteers and local clergy
•    develops and conducts in-service and other training
•    conducts religious services as needed, including funerals and memorial services, provides prayer and invocation at meetings, meals, special events, etc., or trains and encourages residents to do so.
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Professional standards, practices and techniques in the field of pastoral studies and counseling
•    Variety of theological beliefs, customs, history, practices and institutions
•    Functions, availability and resources of community churches and religious organizations
•    Medical and psychological terminology, behavior patterns and the effects of various illness
•    Geriatric or disabled population, and knowledge in the field of medical ethics.
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Providing compassionate support to those in crisis
•    Exercising patience and tolerance
•    Maintaining records and required documents.
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Prioritize and assigning work
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local


Completion of a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent from an accredited theological school; three years’ experience in providing pastoral or chaplaincy services; completion of (one (1) unit) Clinical pastoral Education courses or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.