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Providence Chaplain - Hospice in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Chaplain - Hospice Access (0.0 FTE, Days On-Call) to Home Service Building in Portland, OR

This position is on-call, however the days this person will be schedule to work are often agreed upon at least 1-2 weeks in advance according to staffing needs. This person’s time will be spent managing the caseload needs of chaplains who are not scheduled to work and assisting high census chaplains with their caseloads. As a result, each day will uniquely vary as one assesses and prioritizes the current patient/family spiritual needs. In order to be successful in this role, strong organizational and time management skills are vital, as is the ability to work independently within the framework of a strong team. Finally, one can expect to orient three or more days per week for the first month in order to best integrate this role’s duties.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

*1. Covers assigned patients, care teams, worksites, facilities, and/or geographic areas during their scheduled shift, triaging and responding as appropriate to scheduled visits, referrals, end of life calls, and patient/family/staff needs.

*2.Establishes personal contact with patients and their families.

a. Assesses emotional and spiritual needs and ministers to those needs.

b. Gives appropriate referrals to other disciplines.

*3.Displays consistent commitment to customer service.

*4.Employs learned methods for achieving improved outcomes.

  1. Gives written report of all calls via electronic medical record and other office recordkeeping.

  2. Supports and guides employees in their efforts to deal with issues arising during the course of home and care facility work.

  3. Maintains personal expertise through appropriate continuing educational experiences.

  4. When requested, provides for Sacramental support of patients by calling the minister/priest of the patient’s faith tradition.

  5. Coordinates patient care and communicates effectively with Interdisciplinary (IDT) Care team members. Attends and represents Spiritual Care at IDT, Patient Care Teams, family conferences, and other meetings as assigned.

  6. Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :

  • Ability to work under pressure, in a team environment and very frequently with palliative care or dying patients and their families.

  • Ability to recognize and interpret spiritual, emotional, and psychological status of patients, families, staff, physicians, etc.

  • Flexibility and openness to rapid change in home and care facility-based spiritual care.

  • Openness to developments in faith and theology, spiritual and personal growth, outreach in compassion and justice.

  • Broad ecumenical and interfaith understanding and ability to refer appropriately to other disciplines and peers.

  • Strong written and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to read medical information well enough or receive verbal report from staff to understand the effect of a medical condition on the patient.

  • Ability to conduct and document in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) a spiritual assessment, intervention, outcome, and plan of care.

  • Ability to actively listen and project an open, non-judgmental attitude towards others.

  • Ability to work effectively as a team and independently.

  • Familiarity and ability to understand the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care facilities and how to facilitate referrals when issues arise

according to department protocols.

Major Challenges :

  1. Provides support and guidance to patients and family members through crisis situations.

  2. Actively listens and assesses needs of patients, family members, staff, physicians, and community caregivers and then appropriately ministers to the level of those needs.

  3. Regularly works with people in spiritual pain, physical pain, and the dying process.


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Master's Degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry -OR- related field

  • Coursework/Training: Successful completion of four units (minimum) of ACPE-accredited Clinical Pastoral Education

  • Certification by either the NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains), APC (Association of Professional Chaplains), NAJC (National Association of Jewish Chaplains), -OR- CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) or obtainable within two years of hire

  • Certification will be maintained in 'active status' as verified by the department Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for Home & Community Services

  • Must have endorsement from sponsoring religious community

  • Current drivers license

  • Driving record consistent with GOP Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire

  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider) -OR- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) within thirty (30) days of hire

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Spiritual Care chaplaincy in a healthcare setting with bereavement and/or hospice experience

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Day

Job Category: Spiritual/Mission/Pastoral Care

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 350295