Come Join Our Team of Chaplains in Atlanta and serving at the Austell, Carrolton and Rome Community Based Out-patient Clinics (CBOC) that provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families.
For more information Atlanta VA Medical Center, please click on the link: http://www.atlanta.va.gov/
The main worksite is located in Austell, GA (Austell CBOC) with additional responsibilities at the Carrolton VA Clinic and Rome VA Clinic. The Chaplain is under the supervision of the Chief, Chaplain Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta (Decatur) GA. The Chaplain shares fully in Chaplain Service's responsibility, primarily in the CBOC setting, for providing a complete range of pastoral counseling and spiritual care ministries to Veteran patients and their families, as well as to enhance education and outreach to spiritual leaders within the CBOC's catchment. Such ministry will encompass all aspects of pastoral counseling and care, addressing the religious, spiritual, moral and ethical issues faced by patients as they manage their health and attend to the reality and meaning of illness.
The Chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients and their families. The Chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry to Veteran patients and their families.
Providing pastoral care and counseling to outpatients served by multiple CBOCs and their host of services.
Providing pastoral care and spiritual support to individuals, significant others, as well as provide leadership of groups.
Providing excellent pastoral ministry to outpatients in collaboration with all Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) at each CBOC assigned.
Providing extensive and intensive pastoral counseling to Veteran's significant others, especially in crisis situations assisting them in their understanding of the care regimen in the outpatient setting.
Interviewing Veterans to conduct spiritual assessments and determining Veteran's faith preference for pastoral care and spiritual support; and conveys assessment to other professionals to be considered in Veteran's total care.
Serving as a member of inter-disciplinary teams and collaborating with a variety of professionals in providing Veterans with the best care available from a variety of health care perspectives.
Maintains contacts with significant others of Veterans, local spiritual leaders, local spiritual groups, and interested community organizations to further their interest in the problems of the Veterans and their significant others.
Responding to requests from staff professionals for intervention/spiritual assessment/specific pastoral care and counseling.
Serving as pastoral counselor to Veterans and their significant others on ethical and moral matters, including problems of conscience as well as life issues.
Offers pastoral consolation, support and guidance to those looking to solve personal problems in adjustment to their illness or confinement.
The Chaplain will use spiritual assessments in the care of longer term patients and convey relevant findings to other professionals to be integrated in the patient's overall care.
Providing pertinent information to other staff professionals about the spiritual well-being of the patient.
Arranges for delivery of spiritual care including administering ordinances, rites or sacraments, conducting funerals, or seasonal services.
Documenting the Spiritual Assessments in to CPRS (patient electronic records system) to document and to provide data and information for reports.
Arranges and conducts religious worship services, sacramental services, and when required, provides "reasonable accommodation" for those unable to attend stated chapel services.
Supporting when tasked by the Medical Center to provide priority ministry to the Medical Center, Domiciliary, and Nursing Home Care Units with specific attention to the newly admitted, pre and post-operative patients, the critically ill, the lonesome, and their families in accordance with requirements.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Some evening and weekend as required. Available to provide emergency "call back" night, holiday, and weekend Veteran care coverage as scheduled by the Chief, Chaplain Service. Emergency "call backs" require a timely response.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within 12 months of the closing date
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/13/2019.
1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months to the closing date of the announcement, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group 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. Only endorsements specifically for VA Chaplaincy are accepted. Note: Endorsements for military chaplaincy, for other Federal Chaplaincies, for Chaplain Cognate Groups, and endorsements to whom it may concern are not acceptable.
Ecclesiastical Endorsements must be signed by the endorsing official designated to VA by the religious organization/faith group. Please see the list on our website to assure that your endorsement is signed by the appropriate official. http://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/index.asp 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 to the National VA Chaplain Center on or before the closing date of this announcement. The request form, VHA Form 10-0389, is at the following web address: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-0379-fill.pdf 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: National Chaplain Center
Do not submit application documents to the above address.
Do not submit the Request to Designate an Endorsing Official with your personal application documents.
2. Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree (of at least 120 semester hours) 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. Evidence of M.Div. or Letter of Equivalency for M.Div. from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials. To request Letter of Equivalency for M.Div., email transcripts to CHAPVACO@med.va.gov. Any applicants without a M.Div. or Letter of Equivalency will be disqualified.
3. 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)] or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). 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. Evidence of two units of CPE or Letter of Equivalency for CPE from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials. To request Letter of Equivalency for CPE, email CHAPVACO@med.va.gov. Any applicants without 2 units of CPE or Letter of Equivalency will be disqualified.
4. 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.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicant must have a minimum of three years of ministry experience following completion of the basic education described under Education above which has demonstrated both practical pastoral knowledge and skill, and the ability to minister in a pluralistic setting. Experience during graduate education may count for up to 1 year of the 3 years of required experience. Substitution of Education for Experience: Successful completion of a doctoral degree which is directly related to pastoral ministry, at an accredited college or university, may be substituted for 1 of the 3 years of required experience (unless the doctoral degree is being used to satisfy the minimum educational requirement).
5. English Language Proficiency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
6. Specialized Experience: Your resume must support your narrative assessment responses clearly. In-depth knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional pastoral counseling theories and assessment methods to Veterans and Family members. In-depth knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional pastoral family counseling theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations and families. Ability to provide pastoral counseling, marriage and family and couples ministry and individual pastoral ministry in a pastoral counseling center, mental health counseling center, or outpatient medical clinic, as evidenced by demonstrated experience which consists of either: A combination of: Two hundred (200) hours of approved supervision in the practice of pastoral counseling, ordinarily to be completed in a two- to three-year period, of which at least 100 hours must be in individual supervision. This supervision will occur preferably with more than one supervisor and should include a continuous process of supervision with at least three cases; 1,000 hours of clinical experience in the practice of pastoral counseling under approved supervision, involving at least 50 different cases; or A combination of: One hundred and fifty (150) hours of approved supervision in the practice of psychotherapy, ordinarily to be completed in a two- to three-year period, of which at least 50 hours must be individual supervision; plus at least 50 hours of approved individual supervision in the practice of pastoral counseling, ordinarily to be completed within a period of not less than one nor more than two years; and Seven hundred and fifty (750) hours of clinical experience in the practice of psychotherapy under approved supervision involving at least 30 cases; plus at least 250 hours of clinical practice in pastoral counseling under approved supervision, involving at least 20 cases.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Transcripts must be submitted with your application (student copies are acceptable.) Transcripts must indicate the degree(s) awarded and the date(s). A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
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.All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements (including Specialized Experience as noted in #6 above) 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, planning and providing pastoral counseling, marriage and family counseling and couples counseling and individual counseling in a counseling center, medical center, pastoral counseling center, or outpatient clinic settings
Performing individual counseling, group counseling, and family therapy for Veterans and families with specialized needs, including Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Grief and Military Sexual Trauma.
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
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 (4 units of CPE) or fellowship in a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center within the past year; and who meet the minimum qualification requirements, may be referred to the selecting official for consideration without a numerical rating. This is called "non-competitive consideration." Applicants with eligibility for Veteran preference will be referred first from lists of applicants eligible for non-competitive consideration.
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume: List all positions held whether paid or unpaid. You must indicate whether each position held was full-time or part-time. For part-time jobs indicate the average number of hours you worked per week.
2. Assessment Questionnaire: You must complete online through www.usajobs.gov
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Dated within the past 12 months signed by the designated endorsing official of the faith group.
4. Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent training: Certificates/evaluations or Letter of Equivalency for CPE from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials 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.
5. College transcript(s): Copies are acceptable. Transcripts must indicate the degree awarded, if any, and the date awarded or conferred. A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted, if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution. If you have a Master of Divinity Degree you do not need to submit undergraduate transcripts. Evidence of M.Div. or Letter of Equivalency for M.Div. from the National VA Chaplain Center must be uploaded in the application materials.
6. Document(s)/certification(s): Copies of Clinical Fellow, Pre-Clinical Fellow, Diplomate, Pastoral Psychotherapist or equivalent pastoral counseling certification, as applicable.
Required documents if you are a Veteran claiming either 5-points or 10-points Veteran's preference:
DD-214 or other appropriate documentation to show dates of service and character of discharge;
Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense civil service preference letter, if claiming 10 pints Veteran's preference. You may download your civil service preference letter at https://www.ebenefits.va.gv/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal;
Form SF-15, you may download from https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.
For more information on Veteran's preference, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (VA)
Ecclesiastical Endorsement - Dated within 12 months of the closing date of this announcement
CPE Evidence; copies of applicable certifications
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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