Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Intermittent
Come Join Our Team of Chaplains at Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System at Biloxi, Mississippi that provide a complete range of spiritual and pastoral care to Veterans and their families.
Vacancy Identification Number: 1280127
OUR MISSION:
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?
JOB SUMMARY: This recruitment is for an intermittent Staff Roman Catholic Chaplain at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System at Biloxi, Mississippi. The Chaplain is to provide pastoral counseling, treatment and spiritual care; worship services and specific religious ministry to meet the needs of Roman Catholic Veterans.
Intermittent is no regular tour of duty. The chaplain is called to work when needed. The pay is per hour worked.
ABOUT VA BILOXI: Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) consists of a VHA hospital facility in Biloxi, Mississippi. GCVHCS also has Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Mobile, Alabama; and Pensacola, Eglin Air Force Base and Panama City, Florida, serving the four counties along the Alabama Gulf Coast, seven counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and seven counties in Northwest Florida. GCVHCS is a tertiary care facility classified at Clinical Referral Level 1c. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, medicine, surgery, psychiatry, psychology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, extended care, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. GCVHCS is a part of Veterans Integrated Service Network 16, which includes facilities in Alexandria, New Orleans, and Shreveport, LA; Houston, TX; Oklahoma City and Muskogee, OK; Little Rock and Fayetteville, AR; and Jackson, MS. The GCVHCS is privileged to serve more than 60,000 veterans. Additionally, it provides support to readjustment counseling centers and VA National Cemeteries along the Gulf Coast.
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Must be a US Citizen You will be required to serve a trial period of 1 year You may be subject to random urinalysis testing Ecclesiastical Endorsement by the Archdiocese for the Military Services The Roman Catholic Church endorses ordained Priest.
Position Description Number: 520-03195-A
The Chaplain's duties includes but not limited to:
Ensuring that patients (both inpatients and outpatients) receive appropriate clinical pastoral
care, as desired or requested by the patient
Ensuring the hospital, domiciliary, and nursing home patient's constitutional right to free exercise of religion is protected.
Protecting patients from having religion imposed upon them.
Collaborating with health care providers in providing holistic care throughout a full spectrum of interventions and services as appropriate to an individual's needs.
Conducting religious services and all rites and sacraments required by Roman Catholic patients
Providing pastoral care for individual patients.
Providing pastoral counseling with individuals and immediate family members in crisis situations.
Facilitating spirituality and therapeutic groups.
Conducting funerals and memorial services as authorized.
Coordinating spiritual care for VA patients in all inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.
Providing a well-rounded ministry to veteran patients and family members.
Participating in the total care program of the medical center with other professional and non professional individuals and services and interpreting the purpose and mission of the hospital, as appropriate, to the religious and civic community.
Providing religious services, instruction, and pastoral care for inpatient and outpatient recipients and their families.
Performing spiritual care assessments and interventions with patients in a variety of healthcare settings.
Working with patients in a variety of encounter modalities such as individual counseling, facilitating therapeutic groups, and providing expertise when moral and ethical issues arise.
Locating other VA chaplains in the medical center or clergy person from the community when patients have religious needs that he/she cannot meet.
Documenting patient assessment, treatment and ministry in electronic records.
To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: The Roman Catholic Church endorses ordained Priest. An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of this announcement. Ecclesiastical endorsements for Roman Catholics are issued only by the Archdiocese for the Military Service USA in Washington, DC. The endorsing official is Bishop Richard Higgins, phone number . 21. Endorsements must be specifically for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsement for the Armed Forces on the military endorsement form (2088) is not acceptable for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsements for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for the Association of Professional Chaplains or for other groups are not valid for VA.
2. 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.
3. Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the experience requirement described below, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Other training will be considered on a case-by-case basis for equivalency. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development is required for equivalency to two units of CPE.
4. Experience: For GS-11 ; at least two years of ministry experience. At least one year 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 two years of required experience. For GS-12: At least 3 years of professional ministry experience. At least 2 years of this experience must have been obtained after completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent. Experience obtained during graduate education may be counted for up to one year of the 3 years required. In addition to the GS-12, at least one year of the required ministry 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 in addition to the Master of Divinity or equivalent may be substituted for one year of this experience.
5. English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
6. 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 with the Selective Service System or be exempt from registering ( / ).
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.
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. You must give the beginning and ending dates of each period of ministry experience; and indicate whether the work was full time. If work was not full time you must indicate how many hours per week you worked.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (questions on-line)
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, by the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, signed and dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of this announcement
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, or a detailed description of training you would like considered as equivalent
6. If you are a Veteran, provide copies of all military discharge forms (DD-214). If claiming ten-point preference on account of a service-connected disability, provide form SF-15 with the documents required by the instructions on that form.
7. Transcript(s) of all graduate-level (post-baccalaureate) education. Copies are acceptable
All documents must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the _Submit My Answers_ button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following /.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using Vacancy Identification Number 1280127 and fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern TimeTuesday, December 23, 2014.
If you cannot complete the application process using one of options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.
HOW TO VERIFY COMPLETENESSS OF APPLICATION
There will be times when we cannot verify if your application is complete. Please follow the steps to verify if your application is complete.
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Select, "Application Status" history of jobs will appear.
Select, "More Information" and you will be directed to Application Manager (Application Package Status Page).
Under "Documents," lists all documents that have successfully uploaded, pending upload or upload error.
For Successfully uploaded documents: Open each documents and perform an inventory of what is required to be submitted.
For upload Error(s): Click, "Add documents," and follow the instructions. Main two reasons for upload errors - file is larger than 3 megabytes or wrong file format. The correct file formats are GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF or Word (Doc or DOCX).
REPORTING PROBLEMS WITH APPLICATION MANAGER
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Your Application Manager user name
The nature of the problem
The steps you took before the problem occurred
The main statement of any error message you may have received. (You may attach a screen capture of the error message if you know how to do this.)
Required Documents:
Your resume
Ecclesiastical endorsement by the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA signed and dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of this announcement
Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" signed and dated not earlier than 90 days prior to the closing date of this announcement
Documentation of Clinical Pastoral Education or a detailed description of education you would like considered as equivalent
Transcripts of graduate education (copies are acceptable)
if you are a Veteran, submit copies of all discharge forms DD-214.
If you are claiming 10-point Veteran preference submit form SF-15 with the documentation described in the instructions to that form.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email 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.
All qualified applicants will be rated by the Board of Excepted Service and Examiners and given a numerical rating from 70 to 100. Veteran's preference will be added to the score.
If your name is referred to the selecting official you will be contacted directly by that office in an interview is desired.
All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners.
After the vacancy has closed, you will receive notice of results via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process generally 1-2 weeks.
If referred to the hiring agency, once a selection is made you will be notified (generally 2 - 3 weeks).
Benefits: Intermittent employees are covered by Social Security (FICA)
Physical Requirement: The work is generally sedentary. The Chaplain typically sits at a desk or table with some walking and standing. Items carried are typically light such as books and files. Walking throughout the medical center is required to interact with Veteran patients.
Position Description #: 520-03195A

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