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Staff Chaplain- Palliative Care

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Job ID: 150027
Category: Other
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania- Penn Medicine is seeking a Staff Chaplain in Palliative Care:


The Staff Chaplain in Palliative Care provides spiritual care in the manner consistent with the Hospital of the  University of Pennsylvania- Penn Medicine's mission, vision and values.  Committed to respecting the dignity, faith tradition, culture and/or philosophical world view of each individual, loved ones and staff, chaplains support and guide the spiritual climate of the entity. The foundation of the Chaplain services is the spirit of inclusiveness. Additionally, when requested, the Staff Chaplain will facilitate communication and connection between individuals and their religious/spiritual communities.  As an active member of the Interdisciplinary Palliative care team, the chaplain will act as a consultant to the primary clinical team, service lines and other departments. The palliative care chaplain educates students, residents, nurses, fellows and CPE interns about spiritual assessment and spiritual care generally and specifically as it relates to the care of patients receiving palliative care and their families. 


• Provide spiritual care, evaluation and assessment of spiritual needs for patients, loved ones and staff.
• Supports the end of life care for patients by offering spiritual care support and counseling to patients and families.
• Participate in and/or facilitate patient care conferences as determined to assess patient/family understanding of illness,     prognosis, goals and preferences.
• Respond to requests for spiritual support in a timely manner. 
• Fulfill regulatory requirements for spiritual assessment and documentation. 
• Act as liaison between the palliative care team and spiritual care department 
• Participate in the offering of worship opportunities, meeting ritual and sacramental needs. 
• Assist in coordinating community clergy and religious visitors. 
• Serve on institutional and palliative care departmental committees as appropriate 
• Promote an interdisciplinary approach to pastoral care. 
• Participate in maintenance of proper administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy. 
• Record spiritual care in EMR to effectively communicate with all members of the patient care team.
• Participation in inpatient consultation psychosocial team clinical responsibilities
• Participate in the department’s continuous quality improvement process.
• Contribute to the wider community through research, publication and teaching as requested. Education may include training of   medical trainees, CPE students and staff. 
• Participate in weekly palliative care interdisciplinary meetings and departmental staff meetings. 
• Participate in regular professional development activities. • Participate in regular supervision. 


Must be certified by and in good standing with the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, or the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Certification required within 1 year of hire. 

Education or Equivalent Experience:

Master of Arts or Science in Divinity from a recognized institution (Required)
Bachelor of Arts or Science from a recognized institution (Required)
CPE in Pastoral/Spiritual Care (Required)
2+ years practice in pastoral care (Preferred)
Experience working in pluralistic setting (Preferred)

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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