Chaplain - Per Diem

  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Seattle, WA 98109
  • Jan 05, 2021

Job Description

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education. Spiritual Health at the SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, multidisciplinary, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UW Medical Center) and at multiple outpatient settings. Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and professional leadership in the oncology and outpatient chaplaincy arenas. The SCCA has an immediate opening for a per diem Spiritual Health clinician, potentially working at any of the sites of care. Responsibilities include provision of care to adults with cancer as well as to their support persons and to staff. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated chaplaincy care skills work well both independently and with colleagues (e.g., within a department of five and with health care teams) function well in a complex academic medical specialty care context demonstrate good analytical skills and attention to detail evidence strong capabilities with electronic charting and Microsoft Office and exhibit proficiency in thorough documentation of clinical work thrive in an environment of ongoing change, both in healthcare services delivery and in chaplaincy care. The successful candidate will be committed to ongoing learning and to providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care. Care is provided in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues in supportive care services. Previous experience in oncology and/or in an academic health care setting is preferred. Work Schedule: This is per diem position. We are anticipating that Chaplain will work at .8 for about 4 months from late April - mid August. Responsibilities Provide spiritual, religious, existential, and emotional care to patients/families at all sites of care Support staff, providers, volunteers, and non-employees when work and outside of work issues are weighing upon them in ways that are or may potentially impact their highest level of care for our patients/families at all sites of care Provide education (orientations, in-services, trainings) to staff, providers, volunteers, nonemployees, and students at all sites of care and beyond Participate in the life of the organization in supportive and leadership capacities Screen and assess patient/family needs, resources, struggles, hopes, and goals Actively, empathically, and compassionately inquire and facilitate conversation, rituals, and connections around these issues, intervening in ways that sustain, guide, and/or work toward healing Explore life histories, legacies, and values/goals that guide medical decisions and that help patients/families navigate challenging times in meaningful and potentially transformative ways Provide care, counsel, debriefings, and specialized programs to support staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees at all sites of care Educate staff, providers, students, and volunteers regarding spiritual, religious, emotional, and existential issues as well as how to collaborate in screening for and addressing these issues Be a voice for the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs and well-being in the broader organization Be active participants in relationally-grounded, evidence-based, research-informed chaplaincy care that seeks continuous quality improvement


Required: MDiv or equivalent degree appropriate for certifications below; at least four units of clinical pastoral education (ACPE) Ordination/commissioning and endorsement for health care chaplaincy by one's religious judicatory body (or completed upon "call" to the SCCA). Within two years of employment, must be certified by a professional chaplaincy organization that participates in the Common Standards and the Common Code of Ethics (e.g., the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains) Ability to communicate effectively with culturally, religiously, and spiritually diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, non-employees Demonstrates professional values and behaviors, demonstrates good boundaries, demonstrates good leadership skills, remains non-judgmental , and respects the dignity and worth of every individual Must have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office Must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field Preferred: Education or experience in a major academic health care organization Substantial experience in oncology Knowledge regarding spiritual/religious/existential distress and negative spiritual/religious coping Application Instructions To apply and be considered for the position, please include all of the following: a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume Please e-mail a verbatim account of one of your chaplaincy care encounters and analysis reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at Our Commitment to Diversity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.

Employment Type

Regular Per-Diem