Chaplain – Part Time

  • SERVICE THE POSITION IS FOR: Hospice of Holland
  • POSITION REPORTS TO: Spiritual Care Coordinator
  • DEPARTMENT: 05 – Counseling Services
  • FLSA CATEGORY: Non-Exempt
  • WORKERS COMP CLASS: Nursing and Counseling – Outside of Nursing Home
  • EEO CATEGORY: Professionals
  • Hours: Days and hours per day flexible depending on patient needs. (4 six-hour days/3 eight-hour days)

Job Description Summary

Works as a member of the interdisciplinary team to assist with the provision of spiritual care to patients/families.

Essential Job Functions

  1. 1. Provides spiritual care and counseling to patients/families as assigned by 
Spiritual Care Coordinator.
  2. 2. Participates in development, implementation, evaluation and updating of Interdisciplinary 
Care Plan for assigned patients/families.
  3. 3. Contacts patient’s clergy, when appropriate, to advise him/her of patient’s admission to Hospice, to explain the Hospice program and plan of care.
  4. 4. Participates in weekly Interdisciplinary Group Meetings as assigned.
  5. 5. Participates in care conferences of assigned patients.
  6. 6. Documents all patient/family contact and activity in an accurate, professional, and timely manner.
  7. 7. Conducts funerals and memorial services, as requested and if available.
  8. 8. Participates in training and performance review activities as required.
  9. 9. Participates in hospice and community programs as requested to promote understanding
    of Hospice philosophy and the spiritual aspects of death among community members and clergy.

The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.

All employees are required to comply with the policies and procedures of Hospice of Holland, Inc. and with all state, federal, and other regulatory requirements. They will also comply with confidentiality laws as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices as well as accepted professional standards and practice.

Job Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  1. 1. Masters degree from an accredited seminary or school of theology. Licensure or certification as a chaplain, minister, or other pastoral care provider.
  2. 2.Experience: Successful completion of at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or equivalent clinical training and experience is preferred.
  3. 3.Other: Endorsement by and in good standing with his/her own denomination or faith group. Current Michigan driver’s license and available transportation.

Skills and Knowledge:

  1. 1. Assessment, interpersonal, ethical and pastoral skills as well as a personal commitment to a maturing spiritual life.
  2. 2.Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  3. 3. Excellent communication skills.
  4. 4. Ability to work comfortably with patients/families of various faith communities and backgrounds.


Customer Focus — Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relations.

Managing Work — Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Communication — Cleary conveying ideas and information through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Building Positive Working Relationships (Teamwork/Collaboration) — Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.

Valuing Diversity — Appreciating and leveraging the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals; working effectively with individuals of diverse style, ability, and motivation


The incumbent normally receives little instruction or control on day-to-day work and receives general instructions on new assignments. The employee receives guidance in terms of assignments and objectives. Only the final results of work are typically reviewed. The employee is expected to plan the sequence of detailed steps to accomplish the work using experience and education. The employee is expected to solve through initiative, most problems of detail that come up in the course of work. The employee is expected to be able to interpret policies and guidelines and apply them to routine situations that arise. They are personally responsible for accomplishing prescribed results and objectives, and have considerable freedom while the work is in progress. The employee may provide technical/informational guidance to someone as a content expert.

Physical Requirements:

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee must also be required to stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust and focus.

Working Conditions:

The working conditions described here are representative of those encountered in the job. Specific conditions may be different than those described. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  1. 1.May be exposed to extremes of heat and cold in all weather conditions. Must drive in various weather conditions on roads in varying degrees of repair.
  2. 2.Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations. Travel required.
  3. 3.Ability to enter into patient homes under varying environmental conditions.

Continuing Education Requirements:

Hospice personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. In addition, Hospice personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job-related skills and abilities.

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