Staff Chaplain

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Come Join Our Team of Chaplains at VA Maine (Togus) Healthcare System that provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families.
Vacancy Identification Number: 1266554
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Summary of the Job: This recruitment is for a full-time Clinical Staff Chaplain at the VA Maine (Togus) Healthcare System located in Augusta, Maine.
The chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients. The chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral and ethical problems of patients and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry.
About Main (Togus) VA healthcare System: The Togus VAMC is a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as a 100-bed Nursing Home consisting of 50 Skilled and Longer Stay beds, and a 50-bed Dementia Unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country, having opened in the fall of 1866, Togus is located approximately four miles east of Augusta, the state capital. The Togus campus encompasses 500+ acres of buildings and natural woodlands serving as natural habitats for some of Maine's wildlife.
The Togus VAMC has served this nation's veterans for 138 years and is the oldest facility in the current Department of Veterans Affairs. A National Cemetery comprised of 5,373 burial sites is also located on campus. The first veteran was buried in the West Cemetery in 1867 and the last burial was in the East Cemetery in 1961.
For information about VA Main Healthcare System, please click on the link: /
For information about the City of Augusta, please click on the link: /
Background and-or Security Investigation required Ecclesiastical Endorsement Must be a U.S. Citizen
Position Description: 402-00076A
The Chaplain's duties include but not limited to:
Working both in Hospice and non-Hospice Care, and patients served include: inpatients and outpatients, the newly admitted, pre- and post-operative patients, the critically ill, PTSD, traumatic brain injured, the terminally ill, homeless, nursing home, substance abuse, spinal cord injured, ambulatory care, psychiatric, and the families/significant others concerned.
Providing extensive and intensive pastoral counseling to meet the expressed needs and desires of individual patients.
Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams/groups, and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the medical center's holistic patient care.
Assisting health care providers and treatment teams in recognizing and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veteran patients, using specialized knowledge and ability in pastoral care of the sick.
Assisting patients, providers and teams in translating religious and spiritual values into effective living.
Providing counsel and pastoral support to relatives of patients in difficult and trying situations to alleviate their anxieties, to foster effective cooperation of these relatives with the treatment regimen of the medical center, and to help them deal with grief.
Determining the need for and provide regular (e.g. pluralistic memorial services/ceremonies) worship services, at times and locations such that patients will have access.
Providing counsel on medical ethical issues, such as advance directives, in the context of the patient's particular faith background, when requested by patients.
Assuring as appropriate within a therapeutic milieu, that the right of each and every patient to free exercise of religion is upheld; and that patients are protected - from proselytizing by staff, other patients, or visitors, regardless of faith group.
Contributing to the formulation and accomplishment of chaplaincy objectives and activities by cooperating closely with colleagues and the supervisory chaplain in an ecumenical/interfaith team approach to assignments.
Developing and conducting a well-rounded program of religious ministry for veteran patients and family members that are fully integrated into the overall treatment program of the medical center.
Fostering community supports for the medical center and encourages individuals to volunteer in support of the religious program.
Facilitating for the needs of patients of all faith groups and will locate other staff chaplains or clergy persons from the community to meet specific religious needs that he/she cannot meet.
Being creative and innovative in the use of resources to foster ministry.
Collecting significant data on which to base original contributions to the literature of spiritual care and to provide for future research projects.
Documenting accurately in electronic records all contacts with patient's assessment, treatment and ministry per VA policies.
To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group/denomination. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting.
Ecclesiastical Endorsements are only accepted from the endorsing official designated by the faith group. The faith group must have officially designated an ecclesiastical endorsing official for VA Chaplaincy. The list of endorsing officials is online at the VA Chaplain website: / Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the list. If your faith group is not on the list it must submit a Request to Designate an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Official (VA Form 10-0379) to the National VA Chaplain Center on or before the closing date of this announcement.
The form is at the following web / Page 1 of the form gives instructions about documents that must accompany the request. The faith group must submit a document from the Internal Revenue Service showing that IRS has determined that the group/organization is tax-exempt as a religious organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The request form and supporting documents may be submitted by fax, email, or regular mail to:
National VA Chaplain Center
100 Emancipation Drive, Building 33
Hampton, VA 23667
Attention: John Batten
EMAIL: John.
Do not submit application documents to this address.
Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.
Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development will be considered for equivalency to the required CPE.
Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
At least three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
(a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
(b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
(c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
(d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;
(e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
(f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.
Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience.
English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form . For more information on veterans' preference see /
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service ( / ).
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible #ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners to determine the degree to which the documents provided demonstrate that the applicant has the following competencies:
Assessing patients' spiritual needs and planning care in various care settings
Communicating health care information to individuals, groups, patients, treatment teams
Acquiring new pertinent knowledge and skills through on-going professional self-development
Organizing work, setting goals, measuring and documenting outcomes
Providing information and assistance to internal and external stakeholders including patients, families, staff members, community organizations, Veterans organizations
Providing pastoral care in a hospital setting to patients, relatives and significant others in accordance with standards of cognate groups such as the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Joint Commission
Assuring that patients have opportunity for free exercise of religion and preventing proselytizing from any source
Utilizing information technology including documenting care in electronic medical records
Advising interdisciplinary teams about patient needs and incorporating spiritual care into holistic health care
Providing care and advice on difficult and complex issues in accordance with principles and practices of clinical and moral ethics
Performing sacraments, rituals, ordinances, and worship service as appropriate to meet the needs of patients of the faith group by which the individual is endorsed
Dealing effectively with diversity. Providing culturally competent care
Taking initiative to seek methods to improve care and to lead workgroups, committees, and teams
Assessing patients' spiritual needs and planning care in various care settings
Applicants will be given a numerical score between 70 and 100. The numerical score is based on the totality of relevant competencies. It is not determined by summing scores on each competency. Those Veterans who are entitled to preference will get either 5 or 10 points added. Applicants will be referred to the medical center for final consideration in score order. The medical center must select from among the highest three applicants.
Applicants who have completed a Clinical Pastoral Education residency or fellowship in a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center within the past year; and who meet the minimum qualification requirements, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration without a numerical rating. This is called "non-competitive consideration." Veteran preference will be applied in making selections from lists of applicants eligible for non-competitive consideration.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 08, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to Monday, December 08, 2014.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1266554.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume. Your resume should describe in detail your ministry in health care settings. List all jobs held whether paid or unpaid. You must indicate whether each job held was full time or part time. For part time jobs indicate the average number of hours you worked per week.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (questions on-line)
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months
4. Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" signed and dated not earlier than 90 days prior to the closing date of this announcement
5. Certificates or evaluations showing completion of Clinical Pastoral Education. Only documented units of Clinical Pastoral Education completed in programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) automatically count toward the CPE requirement. You must provide a detailed narrative description of any other training you would like considered toward the CPE requirement. Your description must include the following information:
The beginning and ending dates of training
The name and location of the institution(s) in which the supervised ministry was performed;
The name(s) and title(s) of the educational supervisor(s)/instructor(s);
The total number of hours of performance of ministry in a health care setting; The total number of hours of classroom or didactics, and individual meetings with the supervisor/instructor;
The learning objectives, the method(s) of reporting on and evaluation of the practice of ministry, and how feedback from peers and teachers was obtained.
6. College transcript(s), copies are acceptable. Transcript must indicate you have been awarded the degree such as a completion, or conferred date. A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted, if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcript must show the name of the institution
7. Veteran preference Documentation, if applicable. If you are a Veteran, submit copies of all discharge document DD 214 Member-4 or Service 4 copy. If claiming 10-points Veteran's preference submit SF-15 with documentation described in the form.
All documents must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, December 08, 2014
Incomplete or applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Once the online questionnaire is completed and submitted you will receive an automated email acknowledgement that your submission was successful.
The acknowledgement email does not mean that your application is complete.
You must submit all the documents listed in the How to Apply instructions.
All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners.
The Board of Excepted Service Examiners will assign a numerical rating from 70 to 100.
Veteran's preference points will be added to the score of individuals entitled to preference.
If your name is referred to the hiring official, you will be contacted directly by the medical center if an interview is desired
Approximately 2 weeks after the vacancy has closed, you will receive a "Notice of Results" via email, or by mail, if you did not provide an email address.
The Notice will tell you your rating; and whether your application was forwarded to the selecting official for final consideration.
If your application is referred and you are not selected you will be notified by email, generally about 3 weeks after you receive the Notice of Results.
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The withholding rate for the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for Federal civil service employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 will be 4.4% of the employee's salary. The Federal Office of Personnel Management is modifying its systems to implement this new withholding rate. Until the personnel/payroll systems are updated, FERS retirement contributions will be withheld at the prior rate of 3.1%.

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